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Ongoing Project

Japan’s Transforming Political Economy and Finance

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View of Shinjuku skyscrapers and Mount Fuji as seen from the Bunkyo Civic Center in Tokyo, January 2009.
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Wikimedia Commons/Morio; CC-BY-SA-3.0; http://bit.ly/sSx6S

A sustained interest of the Japan Studies Program is to analyze Japan’s transforming political economy and finance. Japan experienced one of the fastest growth rates in the world throughout the 20th century. In the 1990s, however, it grew at the slowest rate among advanced industrial countries. Major change occurred during the 1990s, leading new political, social, and economic dynamics during first decade of the 21st century. Corporations were reorganized, new social realities emerged, and major political transitions occurred. Through conferences, papers, and publications, we bring scholars from around the world to analyze how Japan is transforming.