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About Takashi Inoguchi

Takashi Inoguchi is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Tokyo, and president of the University of Niigata Prefecture. His books include Japanese Politics: An Introduction (TransPacific Press, 2005); (edited with Jean Blondel) Citizens and the State: Attitudes in Western Europe and East and Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2010); and (edited with Ian Marsh) Globalisation, Public Opinion and the State: Western Europe and East and Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2011). His website is here

Articles by Takashi Inoguchi

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

2012, an era of uncertainty

The tsunami and nuclear accident made 2011 an especially hard year for Japan. But the questions raised by the experience are similar to those being asked across the world, says Takashi Inoguchi.

America and Japan: the political is personal

Two political partnerships - Ronald Reagan and Yasuhiro Nakasone in the 1980s, George W. Bush and Junichiro Koizumi in the 2000s - helped forge the world’s most important “special relationship”. Takashi Inoguchi explains how personal chemistry smoothed Japan’s route to global influence.

An ordinary power, Japanese-style

Japan is learning a new geopolitics. Its sense of identity, capacity, and relation to the world is shifting amidst great economic, military and regional pressures. But what kind of foreign policy model will Japan choose? One of the country’s foremost analysts explores the possible answers to a reopened question.

The Japanese decision

Why has the Japanese government decided to send armed forces to Iraq to assist in its economic recovery? A leading scholar of Japanese politics places the decision within the context of the country’s search for a self-defined global role over the past generation.
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