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Intellectual Exchange Discretionary Grants 2011

 Asia Society of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
The Japan Rising Conference
Project Director: Bill Imada
This grant supports a daylong conference that focused on Japan’s future economic outlook against the backdrop of the disasters of March 11, 2011, its continuing influence in the global marketplace, and its close ties to the vast business interests and Japanese American communities in Southern California.   

Columbia University, New York, NY
Innovation or Immobilism: Japan’s Political Economy One Year After the Earthquake
Project Director: Kaoru Shimizu, Assistant Professor of Political Science
This grant supports a panel at the 2012 AAS conference.  It brings together an international and interdisciplinary panel to discuss the question of whether Japan will be able to advance toward “innovation” or become entangled in “immobilism”. 

DePaul University, Chicago, IL
“Change or Die”: Immigrants, Foreigners, and the Future of Human Capital Development and International Relations in the Japanese Political Economy
Project Director: Kathryn Ibata-Arens, Associate Professor
This grant supports a roundt able at the 2012 AAS conference.  This roundtable of senior scholars and policy experts will discuss policy changes promoting domestic human capital development, responding to the need for Japan to adapt to challenges posed by an aging society, and rising economic competition from other Asia countries.  

East West Center, Honolulu, HI
U.S. – Japan Relations Before and After the Great East Japan Earthquake
Project Director: Karen Knudsen
This grant supported a two-day program including a community event and a roundtable discussion on U.S.-Japan Relations before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake.  

The Johns Hopkins University SAIS, Baltimore, MD
Japan and the United States in South and Central Asia: Challenges and Opportunities in an Era of a Rising China
Project Director: Kent Calder, Professor
This panel brings together scholars with diverse and complementary expertise from the U.S. and Japan to examine the foreign policies and practices of Japan and the United States toward Central and South Asia over the recent decades, with an emphasis on the understudied issue of U.S.-Japan cooperation in these two strategic sub-regions.  

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN
The Politics of Information Governance in Japan, the Asia-Pacific, and Beyond
Project Director: Eiji Kawabata, Assistant Professor
This grant supports a panel at the 2012 AAS conference on the impact of the development of information and communication technology on society and government policymaking in Japan, the U.S., and other countries.  

Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
Climate Change, Toxic Spills, and Eco-Cities: Japanese and American Responses to the Environmental Crisis
Project Director: Peter Friederici, Associate Professor
This grant supports a panel at the 2012 AAS conference composed of journalists who will present their research on environmental crisis in Japan and the United States.  It is a timely topic in light of the environmental and energy issues raised by the disasters of March 11th, 2011. 

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Asian Responses to Climate Change: Comparing Debates and Protagonists
Project Director: Jeffrey Broadbent, Associate Professor
This grant supports a panel at the 2012 AAS conference.  The panel will present an empirical comparison of newspaper coverage and interpretation of global climate change, along with socio-political explanation(s) in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and India.  These reports are part of a larger 16 case project, the Compon Project.  

University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
The DPJ: Assessing the First Two Years in Theory and Practice
Project Director: Ellis Krauss, Professor
This grant supports a panel at the 2012 AAS conference.  The panel will feature an international group of scholars who will present their work on the DPJ from new angles. 

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Asia’s Nuclear Plans Post-Fukushima
Project Director:GiacomoChiozza, Assistant Professor 
This grant supported a panel at the 2012 AAS conference.  The panel will bring together an international group of scholars to consider the effects of the Fukushima accident on the nuclear policies of Japan, China, Korea, India, and beyond.