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Japanese Political Economy Revisited: Abenomics and Institutional Change

This special issue starts with a short summary of the changing perceptions of Japan’s political economy from its meteoric rise as worldwide leading model in the 1970s and 1980s to its demotion to a problem and reform case since the later 1990s. Based on this overview, it identifies some striking issue and open questions in this conventional view of Japan’s political economy as problem and the high expectations on Abenomics as Japan’s current economic reform programme. Then we discuss the articles of the special issue and their new contributions to a better understanding of the developments at the corporate level as well as institutional change and economic reforms at the macro level in the last two decades.

Discussion Paper Series 2017 #04: « Understanding Corporate Responsibility in Japanese Capitalism: Some Comparative Observations »

By Gregory Jackson and Julia Bartosch. This paper discusses cross-country patterns of corporate responsibility with an interface to the discussion of a variety of capitalisms, and how corporate responsibility mirrors or substitutes for institutionalized forms of coordination.

Discussion Paper Series 2017 #02: « Premature financialization: a conceptual exploration »

By Hugh Whittaker. This paper reviews some of the recent writing on financialization and its effects in developing countries. Acknowledging the positive role of finance in development, it argues that beyond a certain point of ‘financial deepening’ there are negative consequences. Financialization affects the economy, and also the state.

Discussion Paper Series 2017 #01: « Institutional investors, corporate social responsibility, and stock price performance »

The launch of the United Nations Global Compact Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2006 prompted the Japanese government to emphasize corporate social responsibility (CSR) in investment policies and put pressure on institutional investors to monitor environmental and social performance.

15th International Conference EAJS : Call for Panels and Papers

The 15th EAJS International Conference will be held from 30 August to 2 September 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. The European Association for Japanese Studies invites paper and panel proposals for the forthcoming 15th EAJS International Conference. Panel and paper proposals should be written in English and submitted no later than 14 December 2016.

Malaysian Capitalism: In Comparative Perspective

The Khazanah Institute, the French Embassy in Malaysia and the Malaysia France University Centre are organizing the Franco-Malaysian international conference entitled « The Malaysian capitalism in comparative perspective », which will take place on 7-8th November 2016 Kuala Lumpur.

Discussion Paper Series 2016 #06 : «The Evolution of the Ict Start-Up Eco-System in Japan: From Corporate Logic to Venture Logic?»

This paper uses the notion of institutional logics to advance our understanding of institutional change in the ICT start-up eco-system in Japan. We chose to study ICT start-ups because the rates of entry, growth, and exit are faster in this sector than in others, making it easier to observe institutional change.