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Challenging the Myth of Uniqueness: Japan in Comparative Perspective

Third Annual Graduate Student Symposium for Japanese Studies, May 4th, 1996.

The symposium committee welcomes proposals from all academic disciplines which attempt to view Japanese social, political, and economic development in light of and in relation to the historical experience of other nations and cultural entities. Approaches employing theoretical and explanatory models of historical development and change as they apply to Japan are also welcome.

Panels Participants
Culture and Identity
  • Owen Griffiths, University of British Colombia; History
    "The Reconstruction of Self and Society in Early Postwar Japan, 1945 - 1950"
  • Joshua Medeiros, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Religion
    "Tenrikyo and the Church of the Latter Day Saints: A Comparative Inquiry into Group Formation and Societal Adjustment"
  • Andrea G. Arai, University of Washington; Antrhopology
    "Renarrating the Nation: Japan's Discourse of Internationalization"
  • Commentator: Leslie Pincus, University of Michigan
Technology and Policy
  • Jim Stockton, University of California, Berkeley; Geography
    "Behind the Japanese Technopoles; Social Institutions of Science"
  • Richard W. Shannon, University of Denver; International Studies
    "The Social Impacts of Advanced Telecommunications: Lessons from Regulation in Japan and the United States"
  • Greg Corning, University of Southern California; School of International Relations
    "Internationalizing Frontier R&D: Japanese Initiatives and Foreign Responses"
  • Commentator: Sharon Traweek, University of California Los Angeles
Institutions and Society
  • Jennifer Amyx, Stanford Universityl; Political Science
    "Sankin Kotai: INstitutionalized Trust in the Tokugawa Era"
  • L. Thomas Vest, Jr., University of Southern California; School of International Relations
    "The End of Recognition? Trust and Mistrust in Japan's Economic and Security Future"
  • Yasuhiro Suzuki, Arizona State University; POlitical Science
    "Gaiatsu and Domestic Politics: The Case of Burden Sharing in US-Japanese Relations"
  • Commentator: Ulrike Schaede, University of California, San Diego

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