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2014/07/23 14:11 [Detail]
JIGS Workshop 2014 "Cross-national and Japanese Regional Studies of Civil Society Groups"

JIGS Workshop will be hold on July 28.

Date: July 28, 2014 (Monday)

Location: Jinsha Building, Room A101, University of Tsukuba

Cross-national studies panel 10:00~11:30

Presentations:

Shakil AHMED, Yohei KOBASHI, Yutaka TSUJINAKA "Service Serves Advocacy: Cross-national Analysis of Japan Interest Group Study"

Willy JOU "Who Joins Civil Society Groups? Factors affecting group membership"

Wei LIU "Configuration Characteristics of Civil Society Organizations: A comparison of the U.S, Japan and China"

Swasti RAO "Understanding Indian Civil Society Landscape through the Japanese Lens: Some important conclusions from JIGS-IN survey"

Break 11:30~12:00

Japanese Regional studies panel 12:00~13:30

Presentations:

Yohei KOBASHI 「都道府県の産業構造・団体政治構造に及ぼす族議員の影響」
Katsuhiro WAJIMA 「株式会社の農業参入の農林水産業団体への影響について」
Hiroomi ABE 「2009年政権交代後の利益団体と政党」

Discussants

Yutaka TSUJINAKA (Professor, University of Tsukuba)
Shinsuke HAMAMOTO (Associate Professor, University of Kitakyushu)

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2014/07/22 15:23 [Detail]
The First Tsukuba ICR Seminar was held at the University of Tsukuba

The Institute for Comparative Research in Human and Social Science organized its first ICR seminar on 'the Fukushima Disaster and Japan's Nuclear Plant Vulnerability in Comparative Perspective' at the University of Tsukuba on July 11, 2014. At the seminar, Dr. Phillip Y. Lipscy, Assistant Professor, Political Science and Thomas Rholen Center Fellow at the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center Stanford University, USA, presented a comparative study about the Fukushima disaster in 2011. His study is based on the Joint project with Kenji Kushida and Trevor Incerti and is part of a broader project on the politics of energy.

After a brief introductory remarks by professor Yutaka Tsujinaka, an executive advisor to the president of the University of Tsukuba, Dr. Lipscy discussed whether Japan was uniquely under-prepared for a nuclear disaster? If so, why or why not. Then, he focused on the explanation about the variation in disaster preparedness across nuclear plant sites and as well as across countries. The study raised the question of whether other nuclear power plants would have fared any better if they had experienced a comparable nuclear disaster. Based on the within country comparison and the cross national comparison, his research project finds that Japan was indeed more exposed to a tsunami-induced nuclear disaster in cross national comparison, mostly due to natural vulnerability; however, there is an important variation within and outside of Japan. In Japan and abroad, large utilities (such as TEPCO) appear to under-invest in protection against disaster and deserve greater regulatory scrutiny.

Before ending the presentation, professor Lipscy outlined some future policy implications, which include risk assessment should be conducted by neutral parties, not utilities, and the large utilities should be subjected to particular scrutiny. However, in reality these are very difficult for political reasons, he mentioned.

The seminar was held on campus in the Jinsha seminar room A101 (1F Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences), where more than 20 participants engaged in a question-answer and a free discussion session on the Fukushima disaster, regulatory scrutiny of the large utilities and the overall vulnerability of the nuclear based energy. Along with the researcher, the participants expressed that more cross-national and comparative research on the politics of nuclear energy and its regulation would be useful to find out the future ways out. The presentation was conducted in English.

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2014/07/07 15:33 [Detail]
Report of CAJS lecture meeting: Willy Jou "Citizen Participation in Political Activities-Does Policy Distance from the Government Matter?"

Time: July 4 (Fri), 11:30 - 13:00

Location: Room A101, Jinsha building

Presentation title: Citizen Participation in Political Activities-Does Policy Distance from the Government Matter?

Presenter: Willy Jou (Researcher of University of Tsukuba)

In a presentation title 'Citizen Participation in Political Activities: Does Policy Distance from the Government Matter?', Dr. Willy Jou (researcher at University of Tsukuba) discussed the effect of ideological position on voting and other political activities, such as contacting politicians, taking part in election campaigns, and joining protests. Specifically, this study investigates how citizens' self-expressed ideological orientation and the distance of their own positions from that of their government can exert an influence on turnout and other modes of participation. Analysis of a cross-national survey covering more than two dozen countries shows that citizens with more radical orientations (on both the left and the right) participate more than centrists, and that being ideologically closer to one's government reduces the propensity for political engagement. These findings apply especially to activities other than voting.

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Presentation Material(PDF:192KB)


2014/07/01 14:16 [Detail]
CAJS lecture meeting: Willy Jou "Citizen Participation in Political Activities-Does Policy Distance from the Government Matter?"

CAJS lecture meeting is going to be held at this Friday.

Time: July 4 (Fri), 11:30 - 13:00

Location: Room A101, Jinsha building

Presentation title: Citizen Participation in Political Activities-Does Policy Distance from the Government Matter?

Presenter: Willy Jou (Researcher of University of Tsukuba)

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