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Demographics and Innovation in the Asia-Pacific

New Book Explores the Intersection of Demographic Shifts and Innovation, Offering Lessons from Asian Nations

News / March 5, 2021
Contributing authors to the new volume 'Demographics and Innovation in the Asia-Pacific' convened for a virtual book launch and discussion of the challenges facing aging societies in East...
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APARC Offers Fellowship and Funding Opportunities to Support, Diversify Stanford Student Participation in Contemporary Asia Research

News / January 25, 2021
The Center has launched a suite of offerings including a predoctoral fellowship, a diversity grant, and research assistant internships to support Stanford students interested in the area of...
President Biden walks past a row of Chinese and American flags.

APARC Experts on the Outlook for U.S.-Asia Policy Under the Biden Administration

News / January 14, 2021
Ahead of President-elect Biden’s inauguration and on the heels of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that has left America shaken, an APARC-wide expert panel provides a region-by-...
A man wearing a face mask prays for the new year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.

Japan's Challenges in the Next Year are Greater than its Opportunities

Commentary / January 4, 2021
Surging coronavirus cases and ongoing political scandals have docked Suga's approval ratings, but successfully handling the upcoming Olympics and taking further strides with the United States,...
The flag of Japan is displayed over the Olympic rings.

Japan's Three Most Consequential Events of 2020

Commentary / January 4, 2021
Abe's resignation, the COVID-19 pandemic, and delaying the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic games have disrupted Japan's efforts to re-establish itself as a strong leader, both domestically and...
A loaded shipping liner sails out of port.

Let's Keep it the 'Free and Open' Indo-Pacific

Commentary / January 4, 2021
Both Japan's Suga and the incoming Biden adminstration should maintain the language of the "free and open Indo-Pacific" for consistency and to signal their ongoing commitment to...
Photos of China's Xi Jinping walking and Japan's Yoshihide Suga speaking at a podium

How Japan's Suga Can Build an Alliance to Counter China

Commentary / December 7, 2020
The strengths and weaknesses of the Quad
A man walks past a digital screen showing images of President-elect Joe Biden in a news program.

Japan's Role Could Redefine Asia-Pacific Relations Under Biden and Suga

Commentary / November 25, 2020
President-elect Biden's early conversations with Japan's prime minister Yoshihide Suga seem to signal a renewed commitment to coordination on issues of security, environmentalism, human...
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APARC Announces 2021-22 Postdoctoral Fellowships for Emerging Scholars in Contemporary Asia, Japan, and Korea Studies

News / September 21, 2020
The Center’s commitment to supporting young Asia scholars remains strong during the COVID-19 crisis.
Suga Yoshihide at a press conference at the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) headquarters.

Five Ways in Which Japan's New Prime Minister Suga is Different From Abe

Commentary / September 21, 2020
Yoshihide Suga has promised to continue many of Shinzo Abe's policies and goals, but APARC's Japan Program Director Kiyoteru Tsutsui explains how Suga's background, experience, and...
Japan's outing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and incoming Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga hold a flower bouquet

Suga Is Fit to Lead, But Are Voters Ready to Like Him?

Commentary / September 14, 2020
Japan's next prime minister is a deeply pragmatic, self-made man.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a podium with audience seen at the front

Three Hits and Three Misses: What is Prime Minister Abe’s Legacy?

Commentary / September 1, 2020
Despite this long period as prime minister, it is not entirely clear that Abe accomplished major policy goals.
The Japanese delegation onboard the USS Missouri during the surrender ceremony on September 2, 1945.

How WWII Continues to Shape Regional and International Relations in Asia

Q&A / August 27, 2020
In an interview with Stanford News, Gi-Wook Shin, the director of APARC and the Korea Program, describes how divergent perspectives on the legacies of WWII continue to shape different understandings...
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Call for Stanford Student Applications: APARC Hiring 2020-21 Research Assistants

News / August 13, 2020
To support Stanford students working in the area of contemporary Asia, the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center is offering research assistant positions for the fall, winter, and spring quarters of the...
A young boy prays after releasing a floating lantern onto the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan.

Why the US-Japan Partnership Prospered Despite Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Commentary / August 11, 2020
There has been little diplomatic conflict between the United States and Japan over the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII, but that stability could change in the future writes...
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan and President Donald Trump of the United States walk alongside the White House in Washington D.C.

Don't Take Our Allies for Granted, Even Japan

Commentary / July 22, 2020
As political tensions in the Asia-Pacific increase, Kiyoteru Tsutsui, senior fellow and Japan Program director, cautions the United States from taking long-standing economic and military allies like...
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Kiyoteru Tsutsui Joins FSI as a Senior Fellow

News / July 1, 2020
Tsutsui, whose research focuses on social movements, globalization, human rights and political sociology, will lead the Japan Program at the Asia-Pacific Research Center.
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APARC Announces Diversity Grant to Support Underrepresented Minority Students Interested in Contemporary Asia

News / June 16, 2020
To encourage Stanford students from underrepresented minorities to engage in study and research of topics related to contemporary Asia, the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center is offering a new...
Michael McFaul, Xueguang Zhou, Karen Eggleston, Gi-Wook Shin, Don Emmerson, and Yong Suk Lee

FSI Hosts APARC Panel on COVID-19 Impacts in Asia

News / April 27, 2020
Scholars from each of APARC's programs offer insights on policy responses to COVID-19 throughout Asia.

APARC Announces New Fellowship and Internship Opportunities for Stanford Students

News / April 2, 2020

Amid the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, students are facing summer internship cancelations and hiring freezes. They are left wondering about the long-term implications of the current crisis for their academic careers and their access to future jobs and valuable work experience.

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Japan and South Korea on the Brink: International Affairs and Trade Relations Experts Elucidate the Conflict between the Two U.S. Allies

News / October 31, 2019

The recent escalation of diplomatic and trade disputes between South Korea and Japan has alarmed numerous observers and is rather confusing to many around the world to whom the two countries seem to have much to lose and little to gain by the deterioration of the bilateral relationship. What underlying forces are driving the conflict? Are these new forces, or the same historical forces coming to a head? How much are factors from the international environment, such as the behavior of the United States, influencing the current escalation?

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Stanford Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference Examines New Pathways for Aging Societies

News / July 1, 2019

The world is “graying” at an unprecedented rate. According to the UN’s World Population Prospects 2019, the number of persons over the age of 65 is growing the fastest and expected to more than double by 2050, then triple in another 50 years’ time.

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Experts Discuss Future of the International Order in East Asia

News / May 30, 2019

“For seven decades our thinking about Indo-Asia-Pacific security and international cooperation issues has been underpinned by the narratives of a U.S.-led international order centered around the rule of law, economic openness, and multilateralism. Now this post-WWII order is being challenged.”

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Do Innovation Subsidies Make Chinese Firms More Innovative?

Commentary / May 7, 2019

Motivated by the realization that China’s economic growth model is about to become obsolete, the Chinese government has been using various subsidies to encourage innovations by Chinese firms. This study examines the allocation and impacts of innovation subsidies, using the data from the China Employer Employee Survey (CEES).

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Abenomics, Seven Years In: Has It Succeeded?

News / March 13, 2019

In September 2018, Shinzo Abe won a party election, thereby securing his third consecutive term as president of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party and getting closer to becoming the longest-serving prime minister in the country’s postwar history. With his current administration now in its seventh year, Abe looks likely to continue implementing the economic policies he started in 2012, dubbed "Abenomics” and based upon “three arrows” of bold monetary policy, flexible fiscal policy, and structural reform to promote private investment.

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