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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
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.