UTokyo lecture July 12, 2018, Saori KATADA (USC) Japan’s Regional Economic Strategy: New TPP, the BRI and Geoeconomics in the Asia Pacific

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July 12, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Political Science

The Contemporary Japan Group at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science

(ISS, or Shaken), welcomes you to a lecture by


Saori N. Katada

(School of International Relations, University of Southern California)



Japan’s Regional Economic Strategy:

New TPP, the BRI and Geoeconomics in the Asia Pacific




Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo



One decade after the Global Financial Crisis, the Asia Pacific economic order is in flux. We see increasingly confident China introducing alternative rules, approaches and institutions to economic governance of the Asia Pacific region, while the United States with its precarious leadership struggles to balance domestic demands with maintenance of a liberal international economic order. Geo-economic competition in the area of trade has taken place, as the Transpacific Partnership (TPP), despite the US withdrawal, lives on among the promoters. In the area of infrastructure investment, China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI) has energized an investment boom, and establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has conjured up reform at the Asian Development Bank. In both cases, Japan’s role has been important and Japan’s strategy has contributed to shaping the regional economic order. What kind of economic strategy has the Japanese government taken during this period, and what are the sources of its strategic choice? I argue that Japan’s state-led liberal strategy has been guided by the country’s changing political and economic institutions as the country has grown out of its developmental state model.



Saori N. Katada is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California (USC). She is the author of Banking on Stability: Japan and the Cross-Pacific Dynamics of International Financial Crisis Management (University of Michigan Press) and The Global Economic Crisis and East Asian Regionalism (Routledge), and co-author of the upcoming Taming Japan's Deflation: The Debate over Unconventional Monetary Policy (Cornell University Press).



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