Junior Research Programs

Roundtable: Japan as ‘Number Three?’: Revisiting Academic and Public Discourses on Japan’s ‘Lost Decades’


Ranging from rapid demographic decline to post-3.11 energy policy and the geostrategic implications of China’s rise, this public roundtable provides an overview of the complex social and political challenges confronted by contemporary Japan. The roundtable will critically discuss explicitly and implicitly deployed notions of crisis in politically relevant narratives. Panelist will discuss what crisis means, how this notion has been deployed in their respective fields of expertise, and how Japan has responded to the various complex social-economic and political changes. While this roundtable will focus on Japan, it is nevertheless our objective to contextualize the origins of crisis narratives and their political impact in the form of institutional change internationally.

Date and Time

February 8, 2018 16:00 – 18:00


TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity 3F, Lecture Theater, Katahira Campus, Tohoku University【Access

Speakers  [Feb. 15, 2018 Updated]

Sebastian Maslow (Tohoku University / Kobe University)

David Chiavacci (University of Zurich)
Koichi Hasegawa (Tohoku University)
Paul O’Shea (Lund University)
Hiroko Takeda (Nagoya University)
Christian Wirth (GIGA Institute of Asian Studies)

Video  [Oct. 18, 2018 Updated]


Sebastian Maslow (Tohoku University / Kobe University)
E-mail: maslow*law.tohoku.ac.jp (change * to @)