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Stanford Conference on "The Political Economy of Japan under the Abe Government"


Date and Time

February 8, 2018 8:30 AM - February 9, 2018 5:45 PM


By Invitation Only.


Philippines Conference Room
Encina Hall, 3rd Floor
616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305

Stanford Conference on "The Political Economy of Japan under the Abe Government"

February 8 - February 9, 2018

Philippines Conference Room

Sponsored by: Japan Society for Promotion of Science, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (Stanford University), and Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center (Stanford University)

Organizers: Takeo Hoshi and Phillip Lipscy





8:30am     Breakfast

9:15am     Welcome remarks
                 Gi-Wook Shin (Stanford University)
                Toru Tamiya (Japan Society for Promotion of Science)


9:30am  "Transformation of the Japanese Political System: Expansion of the Power of the Japanese Prime Minister", Harukata Takenaka (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)

Saori Katada (University of Southern California)

10:30am  Break

10:50am  "Constitutional Revision Under the Abe Administration", Kenneth McElwain (University of Tokyo)

Yu Jin Woo (Stanford University)


11:50am  Lunch

1:00pm    "Do election results reflect voters' policy preferences? Evidence from the 2017 Japanese general election", Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth College), Shiro Kuriwaki (Ph.D, Harvard University), Daniel Smith (Harvard University)

Rob Weiner (Naval Postgraduate School)


2:00pm   "Japan's Security Policy in 'the Abe Era': Radical Transformation or Evolutionary Shift?", Adam Liff (Indiana University)

Ashten Seung Cho (Stanford University)


3:00pm  Break

3:20pm   "Abenergynomics: The Politics of Energy and Climate Change under Abe", Trevor Incerti (Yale University) and Phillip Lipscy (Stanford University)

Kent Calder (Johns Hopkins SAIS)


4:20pm   "Innovation Policy", Kenji Kushida (Stanford University)

John Zysman (University of California, Berkeley)

5:20pm     Adjourn

6:30pm     Group Dinner



9:00am   Breakfast

9:30am   "Abenomics, Monetary Policy, and Consumption", Joshua Hausman (University of Michigan), Takashi Unayama (Hitotsubashi University), and Johannes Wieland (University of California, San Diego)

Huiyu Li (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)

10:30am  Break

10:50am "The Great Disconnect: The Decoupling of Wage and Price Inflation in Japan", Takeo Hoshi (Stanford University) and Anil Kashyap (University of Chicago)

Joshua Hausman (University of Michigan)
Johannes Wieland (University of California, San Diego)


11:50pm  Lunch

1:00pm  "Corporate Governance Reform", Hideaki Miyajima (Waseda University)

Curtis Milhaupt (Stanford University)

2:00pm   "Womenomics", Nobuko Nagase (Ochanomizu University)

Steve Vogel (University of California, Berkeley)

3:00pm  Break

3:20pm  "Japanese Agricultural Reform Under Abe Shinzo: Two Steps Forward, A Half-Step Back?", Patricia Maclachlan (University of Texas at Austin) and Kay Shimizu (University of Pittsburgh)

Takatoshi Ito (Columbia University and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)

4:20pm   "Yen Depreciation and Competitiveness of Japanese Firms", Kyoji Fukao (Hitotsubashi University) and Shuichiro Nishioka (West Virginia University)

Katheryn Russ (University of California, Davis)

5:20pm  "Next Step", Takeo Hoshi (Stanford University) and Phillip Lipscy (Stanford University)

5:50pm  Adjourn