Jackson School Journal
of International Studies

Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Volume 3 Number 1 – Spring 2012


Laura Araki

Joining the FTA Frenzy

How Japanese Industry Drives Preferential Trade Diplomacy


This paper analyzes the recent major trade policy changes in Japan through the key influences of big business interest groups. The author argues that Japan’s shift towards greater utilization of economic partnership agreements is a direct reflection of the desires of key corporations looking to improve their international competitiveness against rising foreign exclusionary arrangements. Through the examination of several case studies, the paper illustrates how large multinational corporations were able to influence the policy-making decisions of the Japanese government. The paper concludes with predictions regarding Japan’s potential entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement currently in development.

Volume 1 Number 2 – Spring 2011


Matias Villaseca


Bonsai Democracy

Looking Into the Evolution of Japan’s Government


After Japan’s defeat in WWII, American authorities under General MacArthur introduced a new constitution and governmental institutions they hoped would swiftly change Japan into an American-style democracy. This paper argues that as Japanese culture inherently conflicts with egalitarianism, Japan could not fully adopt American notions of democracy. The author characterizes Japanese democracy as dominated by the bureaucracy and one-party rule, and explores the Japanese ideas of groupism, hierarchy, and consensual decision-making that changed democracy to fit Japan.