The Japanese economy – the third largest in the world – remains healthy but faces headwinds like an aging population, impediments to entrepreneurship, and longstanding concerns about diversity and gender equality. Aside from being a fascinating country to study on its own terms, Japan offers valuable lessons for other societies navigating similar challenges.
A little bit about myself: I spent much of my childhood in Tokyo attending an international school. This experience – as well as my mixed-race, multicultural background – shaped my early interest in international relations and Japanese politics. I completed my Ph.D. at Harvard University and began my academic career as faculty at Stanford University. At Stanford, I worked with my colleagues to establish the Japan Program in 2011 and developed various initiatives to promote Japan studies. I am co-editor of volumes on the Democratic Party of Japan, which ruled from 2009-2012, and the Abe government, which has been in power since 2012. My research also uses Japan as a case study and source of data to examine broader topics in political science, such as the renegotiation of international institutions, the politics of financial crises, and energy and climate change policy.
I hope you will join us at various Centre events. We also welcome your suggestions and ideas for collaboration. Finally, I thank the Government of Japan, our many institutional partners, affiliated faculty, and staff for their support of the Centre.
Phillip Y. Lipscy
Director, Centre for the Study of Global Japan