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Kenji E. Kushida

Kenji E. Kushida, MA, PhD

Research Associate, Japan Program

Shorenstein APARC
Stanford University
Encina Hall
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

(510) 224-4197 (voice)
(650) 723-6530 (fax)

Research Interests

International comparative politics; political economy; information technology; Japan's political economy; IT-enabled transformation of services; and cloud computing.


Kenji Kushida is the Research Associate in the Japan Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a graduate research associate at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy. Kushida has an MA in East Asian studies and BAs in economics and East Asian studies, all from Stanford University.

Kushida’s research interests are in the fields of comparative politics, political economy, and information technology. He focuses mainly on Japan with comparisons to Korea, China, and the United States. He has four streams of academic research and publication: institutional and governance structures of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster; political economy issues surrounding information technology; political strategies of foreign multinational corporations in Japan; and Japan’s political economic transformation since the 1990s.

Kushida has written two books in Japanese, entitled Biculturalism and the Japanese: Beyond English Linguistic Capabilities (Chuko Shinsho, 2006) and International Schools, an Introduction (Fusosha, 2008).