The Association of Japanese Institutes of Strategic Studies (AJISS) has just published the AJISS-Commentary No. 243, "The Rise of Protectionism and Japan' s Trade Policy", by Shujiro Urata, Professor of International Economics at Graduate School Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University.
Protectionism is on the rise worldwide. [Trump's protectionist policy is one such example.] Unless rising protectionism is stopped and reversed, the world economy will shrink, resulting in military conflict or other disastrous consequences.
- The TPP will not now be realized because of Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the TPP. Japan needs to contribute to the conclusion of other mega-FTAs such as the TPP-US, the RCEP and the Japan-EU FTA by cooperating with like-minded countries. - If the US approaches Japan for a bilateral FTA, Japan should accept this on several conditions, one being that a bilateral FTA would be a steppingstone to a mega-FTA such as the TPP.
We have received by snail mail the Songkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 16, no. 2 (Oct. 2016), a refereed multi-disciplinary publication on East Asian Studies in English published by the Academy of East Asian Studies of Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea.
This issue includes: Articles: "Theorizing "Person" in Confucian Ethics: A Good Place to Start" by Roger T. Ames; "A Tang-Dynasty Manual Governance and the East Asian Vernaculars" by Peter Kornicki; "The Sacrifices of Youth: Historical Feature Films on South Korea's.." by Kyung Moon Hwang; "Multi-Discursive Ethnography and the Re-Narration of Chinese Heritage..." by Song Hou, Zongjie Wu, and Huimei Liu; "The Practice and Recording of Censorship in Colonial Korea: A Critical Review..." by Minju Lee and Keunsik Jung. Book Reviews
We have just received the International Edition of the Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, vol. 26 / August 2016, which is published by the Institute of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, Academy of East Asian of Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU - Seoul, Korea). It includes English and Korean papers.
Content: Articles; Appendix
Articles: LUO Ying, "The Jesuits' Latin Translations of the Zhongyong..", KIM Hak Ze, "Li Zhi's Religious Syncretism, or Sanjiao heyi..", GO Jaesuk, "Alternative Forms of Capitalism Supported by the Lunyu..", JIA Zhenzhen, "Time: A Unique Perspective on the Relationship between Heaven..", PARK So Jeong, " Philosophing Jigi of Donghak as an Experienced..", SHU Dhagang, "The Different Sets of Confucian Classics and the Ruzang Shuxue..", MA Jun, "Zhongdao (Middle Path) and Fortune in the Yijing..", LEE Hsing-Ling, "Kongzi's Approach to Social and Reclusive Lifestyles", TANG Minghui, "A Study of Chen Chun's Annotations of the Lunyu", CHOI Byeonggyu, "A Study of the Literary Value and Confucian Spirit of Inkstone".
The economy of Nepal sustained heavy knocks in two quick successions, initially by the earthquake and then by the border blockade. In an attempt to trace the blockade’s ramifications and provide a fresh pair of lenses to the discourse we have jointly come out with a study conducted through visits and interactions with people across the Terai-Madhes belt, and aimed at comprehending the depth and breadth of the impact on different key sectors of the economy.
New book: Enrica Garzilli, Il Duce's Explorer. The Adventures of Giuseppe Tucci and Italian Policy in the Orient from Mussolini to Andreotti. With the Correspondence of Giulio Andreotti (Milan: Asiatica Association, Nov. 2015).
The book deals with the life and work of Giuseppe Tucci, the world famous Italian explorer, scholar, book collector, archaelogist, spy, and Mussolini's spokesperson in Asia. This book also reconstructs the Italian policy in Asia from Mussolini to Andreotti (1924-1984).
Tucci was the central protagonist of Fascist cultural policy in Asia: from his first expeditions to the valleys of the Himalayas and the plains of the Ganges, to his diplomatic activity in Japan as Il Duce’s spokesman; from his encounters with scholars and leaders such as Gandhi, Tagore, the Dalai Lama, Subhas Chandra Bose, Mircea Eliade, Julius Evola and Giovanni Gentile – his great protector, along with Giulio Andreotti – to the archaeological excavations in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran in his later years, his is a human and intellectual adventure tied inextricably to the history of modern Italy, which Tucci himself helped to forge.
We tried to retrace his adventure in the pages of this book, where the pace of a thrilling narrative combines with the scientifc rigor of reconstructing the history of Fascist policy in Asia. A history based on eyewitness accounts and historical documents, including the original and unedited correspondence of Tucci and Andreotti, and the unpublished notes of Mussolini.
This volume is the first in a series of nine, which together represent an enlarged translation of the two-volume Italian book, L’esploratore del Duce: le avventure di Giuseppe Tucci e la politica italiana in Oriente da Mussolini a Andreotti. Con la corrispondenza di Giulio Andreotti (1st ed. not for distribution, Milano: Asiatica Association, Roma: Memori, January 29, 2012; 2nd rev. ed., Milano: Asiatica Association, Roma: Memori, August 13, 2012; 3rd rev. ed. Milano: Asiatica Association, April 14, 2014).
The Association of Japanese Institutes of Strategic Studies (AJISS) has just published the AJISS-Commentary No. 217: "Prime Minister Abe’ s Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII: The Case for Japan’ s Public Diplomacy" by Akio Watanabe, Vice-Chairman of the Research Institute for Peace and Security and Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo.
This is the statement by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of August 14, 2015.
Commentary by Prof. Akio Watanabe:
- Underlying the Abe Statement is the hope for a future in which the issues now confronting Asia can be overcome in the spirit of conciliation and tolerance.
- The Statement gained the acceptance of many people for the profound remorse expressed toward the number of innocent people who helplessly suffered countless hardships due to Japan's actions, and for the prime minister's adherence to the sincerely pologetic stance taken by his predecessors.
- The ultimate assessment of the Abe Statement will depend on whether it inspires positive feedback.