Japanese Political Studies in China: Progress, Problems and Prospects

2010 Japanese Journal of Political Science  
The quantity and quality of Japanese political studies in China are influenced by political developments in China and Japan, Sino-Japanese relations, and academic development of political science. After the collapse of Japan's bubble economy and the end of the LDP's long rule in the early 1990s, many Chinese scholars diverted their attention from economic issues and took more interest in Japanese political studies. Political issues such as the resurgence of nationalism, the rise of right-wing
more » ... rces, the end of the '1955 system' , the political origin of long and heavy recessions, the 'normal state' , national strategy, and foreign policies have been discussed and debated. New approaches and perspectives such as the political pluralist approach, the new institutional approach, the ecological approach and the political process approach have been used. It is imperative to overcome the institutional, political, and financial problems in order to improve the state and raise the quality of Japanese political studies in China. * This article is the revised version of my paper originally prepared for the international conference held in October 2009 in Niigata, Japan. My sincere thanks go to Professor Takashi Inoguchi, the organizer and all participants for their critical comments and insightful discussions. I am also grateful to the anonymous reviewers for their precious suggestions and to Mr Kilian for his valuable help.
doi:10.1017/s1468109910000149 fatcat:wgoxnpha35ff5h4kgbod4ea7n4