December 18, 2014

[SSJ: 8793] Re: Asahi-comfort women-Hokusei University

From: Iwona Merklejn
Date: 2014/12/18

Dear Nakano san,

Thank you for the good news!

All the best for Xmas and Happy New Year, Iwona Merklejn, Ph. D.
International Research Fellow
Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

THe University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 JAPAN Tel. 03-5841-5930
Fax: 03-3811-5970
merklejn[a]umk.pl

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[SSJ: 8792] REMINDER: Beyond Nationalism? ICU-Sophia Symposium, Dec 20 ICU

From: Giorgio Shani
Date: 2014/12/18

Dear colleagues,

This is just a reminder that the 34th annual ICU-Sophia symposium co-organized by the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and the Institute for Global Concern
(IGC) will be held this Saturday, December 20.
Professors Sudipta Kaviraj (Columbia University), Shin Chiba (ICU) and Koichi Nakano (Sophia) are the keynote speakers. For more details, see below:

Title: Beyond Nationalism? Peacebuilding and Religion in Asia

Date and Time: 10:30- 17:30, Saturday December 20 2014

Venue: International Conference Room, Kiyoshi Togasaki Memorial Dialogue House

Language: English and Japanese (simultaneous translation available)

Sponsors: Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), ICU, Tokyo, Japan.

Co-sponsors: Institute for Global Concern (IGC), Sophia University

Link: http://ssri-igc.com/

Conference Abstract:

The centenary commemorations of the First World War serve as a stark reminder of the perils of nationalism which have as yet remained unheeded throughout Asia. In a lecture given in Japan as the war unfolded, the Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore criticized the nation-state and offered a vision of a society independent of it. The twentieth century, however, saw a proliferation of nationalist ideology throught the region and the establishment of an international society of nation-states. In recent years, the revival of nationalism, which had previously remained dormant since the Second World War, has threatened peace and stability in the region, most notably in the dispute over the Daiyou/Senkaku islands.
This symposium, the 34th joint symposium held by SSRI and the Institute for Global Concern (Sophia University), will seek to critically interrogate the prospects for peace in Asia by posing the following
question: What can be done to counter the rise of nationalism within Asia and what role, if any, can inter-faith dialogue play in peacebuilding in the region?

Speakers:

Keynotes:
Prof. Sudipta Kaviraj (Professor, Columbia University) Prof. Shin Chiba (Professor, ICU) Prof. Koichi Nakano (Professor, Sophia University)

Presenters:
Prof. Jun-Heok Kwak (Associate Professor, Songsil University, Republic of Korea) Prof. Atsuko Ichijo (Associate Professor, Kingston University, UK) Prof. Kosuke Shimizu (Professor, Ryukoku University) Prof. Takeshi Deguchi (Associate Professor, University of Tokyo)

All are welcome. No prior registration necessary.
To reserve a seat, please contact SSRI at:
ssri@icu.ac.jp

--

Giorgio Shani PhD (London)
Director, Social Science Research Institute, Associate Director of the Rotary Peace Center, Senior Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, International Christian University,
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)422-33-3708, Fax: +81 (0)422-33-3229 http://researchers.icu.ac.jp/Profiles/6/0000527/prof_e.
html
http://icu.academia.edu/GiorgioShani

Region President, Asia-Pacific,
International Studies Association
http://www.isanet.org/ISA/Regions/AsiaPacific.aspx

New Book: Religion, Identity and Human Security (Routledge 2014) http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415509060/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B001HP3QB2
http://www.amazon.co.jp/-/e/B001HP3QB2

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July 28, 2013

[SSJ: 8194] Number of employees at large firms in Japan

From: Peter Cave
Date: 2013/07/28

I would like to ask if anyone can confirm whether I am correctly interepreting the apparently very different data shown by two different Japanese government surveys on the labour force.

First, the Economic Census:
http://www.stat.go.jp/data/e-census/2012/pdf/gaiyo.pdf
Table 3-6 seems to state that there were about 56 million employees in Japan as a whole in 2012, of which about 8 million (15%) were employed in workplaces
(jigyousho) of 300+, while about 28 million (48%) were employed in workplaces of below 30. Judging by the explanation of terms on pp. 50 ff, I believe that jigyousho 事業所 in table 3-6 refers to a place of business, not a company.

Secondly, the Labour Force Survey:
http://www.stat.go.jp/data/roudou/longtime/zuhyou/lt04-
02.xls
This seems to state that there were about 55 million employees in Japan in 2012, of which about 15 million were employed in enterprises of 500+, while another 15 million were employed in enterprises of below 30.

Obviously the distinction is extremely important when trying to work out what proportion of the workforce is employed at large companies as opposed to SMEs etc - a point about which I have seen different figures quoted over the years. (And this has implications for the proportion covered by 'lifetime employment' - even though we know that this doesn't mean quite what it used to, and that large enterprises are employing more non-regular workers anyway.) My attention was drawn to this when reading Tobias Harris's blog for June 19, where Tobias refers to the Economic Census but interprets 'jigyousho' as 'companies'. I suspect he is wrong - and as a result dramatically underestimates the proportion of workers employed at large firms - but is my suspicion correct?
Peter Cave
Lecturer in Japanese Studies
SALC, University of Manchester

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July 05, 2013

[SSJ: 8151] Re: Open search for a full-time faculty position in Public Policy at ICU

From: Wilhelm Vosse
Date: 2013/07/05


My official response is that it means commitment to the University's Christian mission is required.

Please send all further inquiries to:
public-search@icu.ac.jp

Wilhelm Vosse

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[SSJ: 8148] Re: Open search for a full-time faculty position in Public Policy at ICU

From: Robert Dujarric
Date: 2013/07/05

Question: 3. Commitment to the University's Christian mission
Does this mean that non-Christians need not apply?

Robert Dujarric

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June 07, 2013

[SSJ: 8099] Re: Japanese politics texts

From: Haddad, Mary Alice
Date: 2013/06/07

Dear John,

I apologize for the blatant self-promotion, but my recent book Building Democracy in Japan (Cambridge
2012) isn't exactly a text, but it does cover political history, the main parts of government, inter-governmental relations, as well as civil society organizations, generational change, and gender relations. It does not spend too much space on party politics or the electoral system, so it is useful to pair it with Krauss and Pekkanen's work or Sherry Martin and Gill Steel's book.

I use it in my own Japanese politics course to good effect, and I've given a couple of guest lectures for colleagues who are using it in their courses as well.

Cheers,
Mary-Alice

Mary Alice Haddad
Government Department
Wesleyan University

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June 28, 2012

[SSJ: 7546] Re: Call for Papers--Working Paper Series, Dojo

From: SATO, Yoichiro
Date: 2012/06/28

There seems to be a problem with the pasted link.
The address is correct, and our server is working. It works when you retype the address in the browser. Sorry about the inconvenience.

Yoichiro Sato


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June 19, 2012

[SSJ: 7526] Re: teaching of Japanese threatened in University of Gothenburg

From: Krauss, Ellis
Date: 2012/06/19

I'm sorry, but I had Google translate the petition language and it says nothing about Chinese (or Japanese). All it says is:


"Because of the Faculty of Arts plans to close subjects Russian, Italian, Greek and Old Church Slavonic, University of Gothenburg conducted here a petition for all of us who see and understand the language's value.
The name list shall be forwarded to the president and faculty leadership. For more info, see:
http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/sprakundervisning-i-fara-v
id-goteborgs-universitet"

I understand your fear that other languages might be next, and I think that closing down Russian at least is shortsighted, but I personally am not supporting opposition to the languages named, but rather to Chinese and Japanese so did not sign. Please let us know once there is a threat to Asian languages too.
Best regards,
Ellis
Ellis S. Krauss
Professor,
Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies University of California, San Diego

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May 15, 2012

[SSJ: 7463] Re: Petition to Save Japanese Language Courses at NTNU

From: Krauss, Ellis
Date: 2012/05/15

Indeed. Great news, Paul and I'm delighted. And thank YOU for all your great efforts to save this essential program!

Best regards,

Ellis

Ellis S. Krauss
Professor,
Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies University of California, San Diego La Jolla

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May 14, 2012

[SSJ: 7462] Re: Petition to Save Japanese Language Courses at NTNU

From: Christopher Gerteis
Date: 2012/05/14

That's great news Paul.

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April 05, 2012

[SSJ: 7348] Re: research_Great East Japan Earthquake

From: Jeff Kingston
Date: 2012/04/05

Please refer to chapters 5 & 6 in Kingston (ed) Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan (Routledge 2012).
Here is the table of contents.

PART I
Disaster: Reports from Tohoku
1 Tōhoku diary: Reportage on the Tohoku disaster 000 Gerald L. Curtis
2 Recovery in Tohoku
J.F. Morris

PART II
Volunteerism, civil society and media 000
3 From Kobe to Tohoku: The potential and the peril of a volunteer infrastructure Simon Avenell
4 Civil society and the triple disasters: Revealed strengths and weaknesses Kawato Yuko, Robert Pekkanen and Tsujinaka Yutaka
5 Social media in disaster Japan
David H. Slater, Nishimura Keiko, and Love Kindstrand
6 March 11, 2011 online: comparing Japanese newspaper websites and international news websites Leslie M. Tkach-Kawasaki

PART III
Energy
7 Networks of power: institutions and local residents in post-Tohoku Japan Daniel P. Aldrich
8 Hard choices: Japan’s post-Fukushima energy policy in the twenty-first century Paul J. Scalise
9 Fukushima and the political economy of power policy in Japan Andrew DeWit, Iida Tetsunari, and Kaneko Masaru

PART IV
History and politics
10 Dealing with disaster
Peter Duus
11 The politics of natural disaster, nuclear crisis and recovery Jeff Kingston
12 Friends in need: 'Operation Tomodachi' and the politics of US military disaster relief in Japan Chris Ames and Yuiko Koguchi-Ames Natural Disaster.indb xii 19/12/2011 08:32:00 Contents xiii

PART V
Recovery and reconstruction
13 The economic fallout: Japan’s post-3/11 challenges Kenneth Neil Cukier
14 Ageing society, health issues and disaster:
Assessing 3/11
Otani Junko
15 Thousand-year event: Towards reconstructing communities Riccardo Tossani
16 Can post-3/11 Japan overcome twenty years of drift?
Togo Kazuhiko

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January 10, 2012

[SSJ: 7090] A plea for civility

From: Ethan Scheiner
Date: 2012/01/10

Dear Colleagues,

I was impressed for many years with our ability at SSJ to have disagreements (even strenuous ones), but maintain a civil tone. I hope such a norm is not going to disappear any time soon. Until our words and actions at SSJ actually have the capacity to alter the direction of world events, I would like to encourage SSJ participants to follow this mode of behavior in current and future discussions.

All the best,
E. Mickey Scheiner

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November 12, 2011

[SSJ: 6947] Why did America remove three paragraphs from NSC 13/1?

From: Mark Murata
Date: 2011/11/12

In the years after World War II, the National Security Council wrote a document that contained a set of policy recommendations for how America should deal with Japan.
This document was called NSC 13:
Recommendations With Respect To U.S. Policy Toward Japan. There were three versions of this document. All three versions are nearly identical. However, the second version, NSC 13/2, is missing three paragraphs.
This version was completed on October 7, 1948, which was about two weeks after the original version was compiled.

I want to know why America made those changes. A while back, I asked someone on Twitter, a person whose username is tokyorich, why America made those changes.
He said that America changed the document in reaction to the change in prime ministers (from Hitoshi Ashida to Shigeru Yoshida). That sounds like a plausible explanation to me. But when I asked tokyorich for more information, he refused to elaborate.

So I thought I'd throw the question over to you guys.
Why did America remove those three paragraphs from NSC 13/1? Is it related to the change in prime ministers?
If so, why did the removal of Hitoshi Ashida and the appointment of Shigeru Yoshida lead to the removal of those three paragraphs?


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October 18, 2011

[SSJ: 6912] Re: Documents related to the payments Japan made to America for the reversion of Okinawa

From: Mark Murata
Date: 2011/10/18

George,

No. It wouldn't do any good because I know the Japanese government claims they have lost these documents.

Mark Murata

> From: George Ehrhardt
> Date: 2011/10/17
>

> Mark,
>
> Have you tried FOIA'ing at the Japanese MOFA? In my
experience, they
> were pretty quick and forthcoming about requests for
US-Japan meeting
> records of that era.
>
> George Ehrhardt

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October 17, 2011

[SSJ: 6909] Re: Documents related to the payments Japan made to America for the reversion of Okinawa

From: George Ehrhardt
Date: 2011/10/17

> From: Mark Murata
> Date: 2011/10/16
>
> I would like to read the documents related to the $65
million payment
> Japan made to America for the return of Okinawa. Does
anyone know if
> these documents have been declassified in America? If
so, could you
> send them to me? If you can't send them to me, could
you tell me the
> name of the documents (which I could use to obtain
the documents from
> the National Archives or the Nixon Library)?

Mark,

Have you tried FOIA'ing at the Japanese MOFA? In my
experience, they
were pretty quick and forthcoming about requests for US-Japan meeting records of that era.

George Ehrhardt

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October 16, 2011

[SSJ: 6906] Documents related to the payments Japan made to America for the reversion of Okinawa

From: Mark Murata
Date: 2011/10/16

I would like to read the documents related to the $65 million payment Japan made to America for the return of Okinawa. Does anyone know if these documents have been declassified in America? If so, could you send them to me? If you can't send them to me, could you tell me the name of the documents (which I could use to obtain the documents from the National Archives or the Nixon Library)?

Mark Murata

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January 13, 2010

[SSJ: 6022] Re: NGO/NPO Statistics

From: Deborah J. Milly
Date: 2010/01/13

The best way I've found to get numbers on NPOs that can be sorted out is to use the NPO Center's database and do a search on whatever criteria or keywords I have. The database contains listings for registered NPOs.The information is all in Japanese though--you'll have to work from the Japanese pages. However, I'm not sure how reliable the database is for eliminating entries once an organization is dissolved or its registration lapses. Having a searchable database allows you to compile data according some (not necessarily all) of the researcher's criteria. You'd have to build your own tables based on a series of searches, depending on what you need.

See: http://www.jnpoc.ne.jp/

If there are other more specific (and less cumbersome) sources of data accessible from a distance I'd be interested in knowing, but this works for a lot of purposes.

Hope this helps!
Deborah Milly

Deborah J. Milly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
531 Major Williams Hall - 0130
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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[SSJ: 6020] Re: NGO/NPO Statistics

From: Mary Alice Haddad
Date: 2010/01/12

Hi Ryan,

It seems you may have tried this, but the NPO Hiroba has a great searchable database (by year, type, region, etc.) for all the registered NPOs. The current NPO figure it lists is 36,869. I am assuming you read Japanese. If you have trouble with the Japanese just get back to me, and I can help you find the key navigation. http://www.npo-hiroba.or.jp/

If you're looking for a number that includes non-registered groups, you're going to have a lot of trouble finding it. The best estimates I've found are in the Lifestyle White Paper, which comes out of the Cabinet office annually (http://www5.cao.go.jp/seikatsu/whitepaper/index.html).

You can probably find NGO stats in one of the MOFA White Papers.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Mary Alice

Mary Alice Haddad
Government and East Asian Studies
Wesleyan University
mahaddad@wesleyan.edu

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[SSJ: 6019] Re: NGO/NPO Statistics

From: Jörg Kruth
Date: 2010/01/12

Dear SSJ Forum,

Concerning Ryan Hartley's question the following web sites could be of
interest:
http://www.npo-homepage.go.jp/data/report24.html
http://www.npo-homepage.go.jp/portalsite.html

Best regards,
Jörg Kruth

--
Dr. Jörg Kruth
Ostasiatisches Seminar, Japanologie
Universität zu Köln
Germany
http://www.japanologie.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de
http://www.joergkruth.kulturserver-nrw.de

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[SSJ: 6018] Re: NGO/NPO Statistics

From: Wilhelm Vosse
Date: 2010/01/12

Dear Ryan Hartley,

you find statistics about the number and field of activity of NPOs in Japan here:
http://www.npo-hiroba.or.jp/

Best regards,
Wilhelm Vosse (Tokyo)

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January 12, 2010

[SSJ: 6017] Re: NGO/NPO Statistics

From: Vincent K. Pollard
Date: 2010/01/12

Dear Colleagues,

This is in response to Ryan Hartley's question.

In 1995, I heard a presentation that Terrence George gave at the Center for Philippine Studies, the University of Hawai'i-Manoa. He had a marvelous comparative grasp on numbers of NGOs -- and the comparative density of "networks of networks of NGOs" from one country to another.

At the time, Terrence George was a program oficer with the Ford Foundation. Unless I am mistaken, he subsequently has worked professionally as a program officer with the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation -- and perhaps other organizations.

Along with a thorough literature search, I'd recommend trying to contact him.

Meanwhile, another likely source for data or referrals is the United Nations Development Programme.


~ Vincent K. Pollard
Asian Studies / Social Sciences
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
& Kapiʻolani Community College

http://www2.hawaii.edu/~pollard/Asia.html

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[SSJ: 6015] NGO/NPO Statistics

From: Ryan Hartley
Date: 2010/01/10

Dear SSJ Forum,
I am wondering if anyone out there has up to date statistics, or links to statistics, for NGO and NPO numbers in Japan. I have tried the Cabinet Office website but am not getting anywhere.

All the best,


Ryan Hartley (Tokyo)

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December 25, 2009

[SSJ: 6005] SSJ Forum New Year's Holidays Offline, Dec26-Jan5

From: SSJ Forum Moderator
Date: 2009/12/24

Dear SSJ-Forum subscribers,

SSJ Forum will be offline during New Year's holidays, from December 26th, 2009 to January 5th, 2010. If you wish your message to be posted within this year, please send it to us by 4PM on December 25th (Japan time).

On behalf of Shaken, I would like to thank you for your participation in the forum and the insightful discussions this year. We wish you all a happy holiday season and yoi otoshi o!

Warm regards,
Satsuki Takahashi
Moderator, SSJ Forum

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November 17, 2009

[SSJ: 5964] New Report: Managing Unmet Expectations in theU.S.-Japan Alliance

From: Tracy Timmons-Gray
Date: 2009/11/16

SSJ Forum members may be interested in the new NBR report released this week-"Managing Unmet Expectations in the U.S.-Japan Alliance" by Michael Finnegan. A summary and a link to download the report are both below. - Tracy Timmons-Gray

"Managing Unmet Expectations in the U.S.-Japan Alliance,"
By Michael Finnegan (NBR Special Report, November 2009)

Download the PDF of the report: http://bit.ly/1rteoL

Report Summary

This report examines the U.S.-Japan alliance to answer three related questions: Is the alliance meeting the mutual expectations of the partners? If not, what are the potential consequences? Given the stakes involved, what are the policy implications for the alliance?

Main Argument

The alliance is failing to meet the expectations of both the U.S. and Japan in significant ways. For the U.S., the continuing inability of the alliance to operationalize itself in the core mission of the defense of Japan as well as to be operationally relevant in the region remain the key failings. For Japan, the primary growing concern is the U.S. meeting and sustaining commitments to the defense of Japan, including extended deterrence. At base, both partners have reasonable reasons to feel their core expectations are not being met nor will be met by the current trajectory. Thus, despite public statements about strength, the alliance is actually quite brittle precisely at a time when both allies are perhaps depending on it more than ever. In a crisis the exposure of the alliance's inability to meet key expectations is likely to engender a subsequent significant and deal-breaking breakdown of confidence, leading one or both partners to consider alternatives beyond the current configuration.

Policy Implications

- The efforts of alliance leaders to sustain the alliance "as is" put both nations at risk. The allies must develop a more sustainable set of expectations to form the basis of the alliance.

- Current efforts of policymakers to strengthen, deepen, or broaden the alliance fall short and in meaningful ways distract the allies from meeting the central expectation of the alliance-the defense of Japan.

- Leaders must recognize that both countries have several alternatives to the current alliance relationship, which although carrying significant downsides, must be considered in policy calculations.

- Policy leaders should consider implementation of a new "grand bargain" on Japanese defense, wherein the primary focus of the alliance reverts to the defense of Japan, Japan assumes primacy in this area, and newly clarified U.S. support commitments are met.

Learn more about NBR's Managing Unmet Expectations: The Japan-U.S. Security Alliance project by visiting the NBR website at: http://www.nbr.org/research/initiative.
aspx?id=676b087d-2fb8-466f-aa02-2d353bce4b3d

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November 16, 2009

[SSJ: 5951] Apologies for the forum shut down

From: Moderator
Date: 2009/11/16

Dear Forum members,

I sincerely apologize for the forum shut down for the past week. The H1N1 pandemic was indeed so powerful that it even affected the forum. I am sorry for any inconvenience caused.

All of the postings that have been sent to the forum during the shut down will be reviewed and sent out as soon as possible. Also, I apologize in advance for sending you multiple postings at once.

Many wishes,

Satsuki Takahashi
Moderator, SSJ Forum

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October 16, 2009

[SSJ: 5924] contact with new Minister of Justice

From: Daniel Aldrich
Date: 2009/10/14

Dear Colleagues,

I write to see if any researchers have direct connections to the new Minister of Justice, Ms. CHIBA Keiko. If you do, could you kindly email me directly at daniel.aldrich[at]gmail.com?

Thanks so much,

Daniel

--
Check out my book SITE FIGHTS at
http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/cup_detail.taf?ti_id=4791
Dr. Rabbi Daniel P. Aldrich
Assistant Professor, Political Science, Purdue University http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~daldrich/

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September 24, 2009

[SSJ: 5904] Ajia Onnatachi no Kai

From: Vincent K Pollard
Date: 2009/9/22

Dear Colleagues,

If the organization Ajia Onnatachi no Kai still functions and if it has a current e-mail address or if any colleagues subscribed to Social Science Japan-Forum e-mail list were involved with Ajia Onnatachi no Kai, please contact me.

And thanks.

Vincent K. Pollard, Ph.D.
Asian Studies / Social Sciences

http://www2.hawaii.edu/~pollard/Asia.html
http://www2.hawaii.edu/~pollard/book.html
http://www2.hawaii.edu/~pollard/chculture.html

University of Hawai'i at Manoa /
Kapi'olani Community College - UH System

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June 18, 2009

[SSJ: 5610] Re: query on video on Occupied Japan

From: Walter Klinger
Date: 2009/6/18

searching on google,
it looks like it is available from at least this
consulate--

Consulate-General of /Japan/ in Atlanta

231 /OCCUPIED JAPAN: AN EXPERIMENT IN DEMOCRACY/
(1996) 60 min -
Currently Available For Loan. This program offers a new perspective on the way the Japanese *...*

www.atlanta.us.emb-*japan*.go.jp/video.html

walt

walter klinger

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[SSJ: 5609] Re: query on video on Occupied Japan

From: Vincent K Pollard
Date: 2009/6/18

The following video is available in at least one research university's collection (University of Hawai'i
- Manoa) and perhaps more:

Spencer A. Sherman and Janice Fuhrman (writers,
producers) and Jon Both (director). "Occupied Japan: An Experiment in Democracy." VHS video. Alexandria,
Virginia: PBS Video, 1996.

I recommend searching WorldCat to see what other university libraries have a copy. Then make an InterLibrary Loan request. Sometimes, videos are processed. Or contact PBS in Virginia.

Vincent K. Pollard

Lecturer / Cooperating Graduate Faculty
Asian Studies Program

Moore Hall 416 / Fax: + 808 956-2682
University of Hawai'i - Manoa

Department of Social Sciences
Kapi'olani Community College
UNIVERSITY of HAWAI'I SYSTEM

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[SSJ: 5608] query on video on Occupied Japan

From: Llewelyn Hughes
Date: 2009/6/18

SSJ Forum members,

I am writing to see if anyone has a documentary titled "Occupied Japan: An Experiment in Democracy" they are willing to copy for me for teaching purposes. I contacted Oregon Public Broadcasting (who originally commissioned the documentary) who told me they no longer sold it. They also stated: "you are at liberty to make copies of the program and play it for educational or entertainment use. The only restriction I can think of is that you can't sell admission to an event to show this program." There should therefore be no copyright issues at stake given intended use.

I would be very grateful if a Forum member were able to help.

Llewelyn Hughes

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June 03, 2009

[SSJ: 5589] Seeking Email address of Prof. Kaneko

From: Anthony D'Costa
Date: 2009/6/3

Dear Colleagues:

I am organizing a conference on Economic Nationalism in Asia in early December in Copenhagen. I am trying to reach Prof. Masaru Kaneko (I believe in Keio). Could someone on this list help?

Thanks.

Anthony
--
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Anthony P. D'Costa
Professor of Indian Studies and
Research Director Asia Research Centre
Copenhagen Business School
Porcelænshaven 24, 3 DK-2000
Frederiksberg, Denmark

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May 07, 2009

[SSJ: 5557] question re: Taisho Democracy and Social Capital

From: Daniel Aldrich
Date: 2009/5/1

Dear Colleagues,

I wonder if anyone has worked with empirical data from the 1920s and 1930s which has sought to measure social capital in Japan, especially within Tokyo. I have located information on voter turn out (as universal male suffrage came into being during this time) along with the number of demonstrations held per year, and would love to hear thoughts about the appropriateness of these measures as proxy for mobilization and community ties.

Daniel

--
Check out my new book SITE FIGHTS at
http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/cup_detail.taf?ti_i
d=4791
Dr. Rabbi Daniel P. Aldrich
Assistant Professor, Political Science, Purdue University http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~daldrich/

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April 07, 2009

[SSJ: 5501] Lolicom (and kawaii) - Research question

From: Vincent K Pollard
Date: 2009/4/02

Dear Colleagues,

Kelly Ann Ota is one of nine students in my "Introduction to Research" class. The students are majoring in a wide variety of academic fields. For her senior honors thesis, Ms. Ota is developing a proposal on the cultural and political meanings of the lolicom phenemona.

Having undertaken a review of relevant literature in psychology and anthropology, thus far she has been working primarily with English-language materials. But regardless of language, Kelly Ota wishes to be as thorough as possible so as to take advantage of existing scholarship and also to avoid duplicating previous efforts. Therefore, she has asked me to share the following question with you:

"Lolicom (and kawaii) in its various forms (enjo kosai, lolicom anime, gothicloli) are particularly Japanese phenomena. What are the two or three most important books and articles -- in English or in Japanese -- that have explained these phenomena in terms of Japanese perceptions of gender, gender and identity? And if you wish, feel free to indicate why you attach importance to the works you are recommending."

Thank you for considering this student's question.

Vincent K. Pollard, PhD

Lecturer / Cooperating Graduate Faculty
Asian Studies Program

Assistant Professor (temporary)
Undergraduate Honors Program

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March 16, 2009

[SSJ: 5466] Japan's aging population - Catastrophic interpretations, an antidote

From: Vincent K Pollard
Date: 2009/3/16

Dear Colleagues,

Demographers and political economists may be interested in the following recently published article:

John Creighton Campbell, "Japan's Aging Population; Perspectives of 'Catastrophic Demography'," review essay, The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 67, no. 4 (November 2008), pp. 1401-1406.


Vincent K. Pollard, PhD

Lecturer / Cooperating Graduate Faculty
Asian Studies Program
UNIVERSITY of HAWAI'I at MANOA

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March 27, 2008

[SSJ: 5000] (missending a personal message to SSJ-Forum)

From: SSJ-Forum Moderator
Date: 2008/03/27

( In [SSJ: 5000], SSJ-Forum moderator missent a personal message to SSJ-Forum.
Therefore, the content of [SSJ: 5000] was removed in this archive. )

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January 12, 2007

[SSJ: 4333] Re: New Monograph on Japanese Public Opinion andPolicytoward Security

From: Fred Uleman
Date: 2007/01/12

Having gone public with my problems, I should probably mention that I was eventually able -- thanks to the generous advice offerred on this list -- to overcome my cyberblocks and print out the monograph (and another in the series).

Many thanks, and apologies for the interruption.

--
Fred Uleman

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[SSJ: 4328] Re: New Monograph on Japanese Public Opinion andPolicytoward Security

From: Kristina Troost
Date: 2007/01/10

I had no trouble using Firefox.

Kristina Troost

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January 10, 2007

[SSJ: 4320] Re: New Monograph on Japanese Public Opinion andPolicytoward Security

From: Jonathan Lewis
Date: 2007/01/10

> From: Paul Midford
> Date: 2007/01/10
>
> My experience and the word from the EastWest Center
> Washington office suggests that the most reliable way
> to download their Policy Studies, including mine, is
> by using MS Internet Explorer.

Cool. So no danger of these excellent papers falling into the hands of Mac users (6.1% of US PC market; IE undeveloped since 2003, unsupported since 2005) or Germans (39% of whom use Firefox as their main browser) .

http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/07/11/firefox-surgest-to-15-market-share-in-us/
http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=2158

Jonathan Lewis

Hitotsubashi University

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[SSJ: 4319] Re: New Monograph on Japanese Public Opinion and Policy toward Security

From: Wilhelm Vosse
Date: 2007/01/10

This is the correct link.

http://www.eastwestcenterwashington.org/publications/midford.pdf

WV

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[SSJ: 4318] Re: New Monograph on Japanese Public Opinion and Policytoward Security

From: Paul Midford
Date: 2007/01/10

Dear All:

My experience and the word from the EastWest Center Washington office suggests that the most reliable way to download their Policy Studies, including mine, is by using MS Internet Explorer.

Best,

Paul

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[SSJ: 4316] Re: New Monograph on Japanese Public Opinion and Policy toward Security

From: John Campbell
Date: 2007/01/09

When I tried it, said no such URL on the server . . .
__________________________
From John Creighton Campbell
Professor of Political Science
University of Michigan.
Visiting Professor
Institute of Social Science
Tokyo University
Apt #1005, Hiroo Center Heights
5-23-2 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0012 Japan
Tel & Fax: 050 8881 9303
(from abroad +81 50 8881 9303)

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January 09, 2007

[SSJ: 4315] Re: New Monograph on Japanese Public Opinion and Policytoward Security

From: Wilhelm Vosse
Date: 2007/01/09

Dear Fred at al,

I found that you could download it from here:
http://www.eastwestcenterwashington.org/midford.pdf

Best,
WV

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[SSJ: 4314] Re: New Monograph on Japanese Public Opinion and Policy toward Security

From: John Campbell
Date: 2007/01/09

Dear Fred et al,

I found I could view it ok using Safari. However, it seems to come as an HTM or HTML document that opens in Safari (same should be true of Explorer, Firefox etc I imagine). I can read it fine, but can download it only as a "web archive" which I think is just a link-- if it goes off its host server I can't get it anymore. I can copy it into a text file but the formatting isn't great. If there is a way to download as a PDF I don't see it.

Anyway, easy to read, and at first glance well worth it.

jc

ps I looked at the site again and it said it might not download if pop-up windows were blocked. I unblocked mine, and it still didn't download (just came up as htm). I tried it on Firefox, unblocked, and same deal.
__________________________
From John Creighton Campbell
Professor of Political Science
University of Michigan.
Visiting Professor
Institute of Social Science
Tokyo University
Apt #1005, Hiroo Center Heights
5-23-2 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0012 Japan
Tel & Fax: 050 8881 9303
(from abroad +81 50 8881 9303)

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[SSJ: 4313] Re: New Monograph on Japanese Public Opinion and Policy toward Security

From: Fred Uleman
Date: 2007/01/09

This study sounds very interesting. But I get an "operation not allowed" upon clicking for the PDF version? (Yes, I am using Adobe Reader.) Anyone else having the same problem?

Note: I also get "not allowed" for the PDF on "Nine Lives?" (where I wonder if "lives" is a noun or a verb).

Is this perhaps a membership thing?

--
Fred Uleman

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September 12, 2005

[SSJ: 3851] Research Paper

From: Rachel Cordell
Date: 2005/09/09

I am currently attending Axia College of Western International
University. I am working on a research paper covering women's
rights in the East. I am trying to compare women's rights between
different countries throughout Asia. I would greatly appreciate
any information concerning this issue. I am trying to also cover
how women's rights have changed over the last 50 years or so.
I would be extremely interested in setting up either phone or email
interviews to obtain information for this project. Any help would
be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Rachel Cordell
Rachel.Cordell[atx]phoenix.edu
KnowNothing[atx]email.wintu.edu

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May 26, 2005

[SSJ: 3717] primary sources on Japanese bureaucracy

From: Daniel P. Aldrich
Date: 2005/05/25

Apologies for the cross-posting,

I'm wondering if subscribers have come across well-researched
sources on the Japanese bureaucracy, especially MITI, MOC, and MOT (now
rolled into MLIT) beyond Johnson's 1982 study, the 1998 thesis by
Taehwan Han (University of Hawaii), the 1999 study edited by
Suzuki Hiroshi, and the 2000 study by Tanaka Kazuaki and Okada Akira.

Please respond directly to me (aldrich[atx]fas.harvard.edu).

Thanks,

daniel

Dr. Daniel P. Aldrich Assistant Professor
Tulane University Department of Political Science

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