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Asia-Pacific Studies Meeting

2019-6-9 (Sun) 9:30 - 20:30

Dear Colleagues:

We will hold the following meeting on 9 June at Osaka University (Toyonaka Campus).
If you wish to participate in the meeting, please contact me in advance: Yone Sugita (


Asia-Pacific Studies Meeting

(Project Representative: Yoneyuki Sugita, Osaka University)
Workshop on book project
“Black Swan, White Crane – Lessons from Paradoxes and
Particularities in Japan’s Development”
Osaka University
Date: 9 June 2019 (Sunday)
Venue: Quartier Multilingue, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University (access map) (campus map)
For more information, contact:
Yoneyuki Sugita, Representative of the Asia-Pacific Studies (

09:30-10:30 Session 1
Introduction, background, aims, approach, concepts, theory, structure
(Co-editors Bart Gaens, Jelena Gledić, and Yoneyuki Sugita)

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Session 2
1. Red Spectre: Paradoxes within the Japanese Communist Party’s ‘Military Policy’ of 1950-1956 (Thomas French, Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University)

2. The Business Paradox: The Impact of Environmental and Energy Regulations on the U.S.–Japan Automobile Industry (Keiji Fujimura, Lecturer, Kobe Gakuin University)

12:15-13:15 Lunch Meeting (Editorial Meeting, discussion on book project and future collaboration)

13:15-14:45 Session 3
1. The Impact of 3/11 on Japan’s NPOs, Civil-military Relations, and Energy Policy (Philip Streich, Associate Professor, Osaka University)

2. Defying divisiveness: Japan’s bilateral relations with Yugoslavia and its successor states (Jelena Gledić, Senior Instructor, University of Belgrade)

14:45-15:00 Break

15:00-16:30 Session 4
1. The “East Asian security paradox” and Japan’s issue-based cooperation in the Indo-Pacific (Bart Gaens, Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs)

2. The Japan Paradox: Artificial Intelligence in Japan (Yoneyuki Sugita, Professor, Osaka University)

16:30-16:45 break

16:45-18:00 Session 5
1. Possible Skype link with Europe-based researchers
2. Comments from all participants on the papers by the contributors who are not present at the Osaka workshop
3. Lessons learnt, deadlines, format, referencing system etc.

18:30-20:30 Dinner
Indian Café & Restaurant MORE

Date: 2019-6-9 (Sun) 9:30 - 20:30
Organizer: Sugita Laboratory
Venue: Quartier Multilingue
Registration: Registration is required for this symposium. (Email)
Contact: Yoneyuki Sugita

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