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Humanities & Social Sciences

1 Aoyagi, M.
(Institute of Social and Economic Research)
Collusion through Mediated Communication in Repeated Games with Imperfect Private Monitoring
Economic Theory, 25, 455-475 (2005)

Kurosawa, M.
(Osaka School of International Public Policy)
Moving Beyond the Debate on a Nuclear Japan
The Nonproliferation Review, 11, 110-137 (2004)

The paper examines Japan’s nuclear status and how it affects Japanese, regional, and international security. Building on the analysis of historical development, it analyzes the causes of renewed discussion of the nuclear issue in Japan and examines both sides of the debate by proponents and opponents. It concludes that the arguments in favor of Japan becoming a nuclear power are not entirely convincing, and suggests alternative policies to enhance Japanese, regional, and international security without the need for nuclear weapons.

3 Miyamoto, M.; Abe, T.
(Graduate School of Economics)
The Corporate Governance of Japanese Firms at the Early Stage of Industrialization: Osaka Cotton Spinning and Nippon Life Assurance
Fitzgerald, R. and Abe, E.(eds.), The Development of Corporate Governance in Japan and Britain, Hants, Ashgate Publishing Limited, 9-31 (2004)

This article sheds light upon the changing structure of corporate governance in early Japanese companies in the Meiji period, through the case studies about two companies shown at the sub-title. It reveals that the corporate governance of the Anglo-Saxon style ruled by the stockholders did not necessarily prevail in the world of big businesses in the prewar Japan and that the corporate governance of today's Japanese style led by the salaried managers did not emerge suddenly under the wartime regime.

4 Miyamoto, Y.
(Graduate School of Language and Culture)
On Scope Interaction
Generative Grammar in a Broader Perspective: Proceedings of the 4th GLOW in Asia 2003, 303-325 (2004)

This paper examines scope interaction between a WH-phrase and a QP. In particular, I focus on the cases discussed in Sloan 1991. I show that Sloan’s original proposal is empirically inadequate and I propose an analysis based on Hornstein 2001/Kayne 2002. This study suggests that the behavior of D-features and Q-features is linked. Based on this supposition, I proceed to show that the scope phenomena observed in Japanese scrambling can be accommodated under Kitahara 2002/Saito 2003.

5 Nakamichi, M.; Silldorff, A.; Bringham, C.; Sexton, P.
(Graduate School of Human Sciences)
Baby-Transfer and Other Interactions between Its Mother and Grandmother in a Captive Social Group of Lowland Gorillas
Primates, 45, 73-77 (2004)

6 Ono, Y.; Ogawa, K. ; Yoshida, A.
(Institute of Social and Economic Research)
The Liquidity Trap and Persistent Unemployment with Dynamic Optimizing Agents: Empirical Evidence
The Japanese Economic Review, 55, 355-371 (2004)

Standard dynamic monetary models assume people’s desire for money/wealth holding to be satiable and prove that full employment eventually obtains as prices/wages adjust. However, Ono (2001, IER) theoretically finds that full employment is never realized although prices/wages continue to adjust if the desire is highly insatiable. The remaining important task is to find which is empirically plausible. Applying parametric and nonparametric methods to Japanese data we find it to be insatiable and thus long-term unemployment naturally occurs.

7 Takenaka, T
(Graduate School of Letters)
Foreign Sound as Compensation: Social and Cultural Factors in the Reception of Western Music in Meiji Japan (1867-1912)
Cornelia Szabo-Knotik et al. (eds.), Floodgates: Technologies, Cultural Ex/change and the Persistence of Central Europe (Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang), 185-202 (2005)

This paper focuses on what moved the Meiji Japanese to introduce Western music willingly to which they had first shown strong aversion. By noting that former samurai from the defeated pro-Shogunate camp were overrepresented among the Western musicians of the first generation, the author points out the significance of the social and cultural factors: The ex-warriors who were alienated in the Meiji regime sought compensation for their social and economic deprivation in the newly introduced music.


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