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Program on U.S.-Japan Relations names fellows

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Harvard’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations recently selected 17 fellows for the 2005-06 academic year. Founded in 1980, the program enables outstanding scholars and practitioners to come together to conduct independent research and participate in an ongoing dialogue with other members of the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.

This past August, the program moved its offices from 1033 Massachusetts Ave. to 61 Kirkland St.

The following fellows will be in residence at Harvard:

Alexis Dudden earned her B.A. in East Asian studies from Columbia University in 1991, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history at the University of Chicago before assuming her current position as the Sue and Eugene Mercy Associate Professor of History at Connecticut College. Her publications include “Japan’s Colonization of Korea: Discourse and Power” (2004). While at Harvard, Dudden will research the politics of apology among Japan, Korea, and the United States after 1945 and continue her research of Japanese colonization of Korea.

Reijiro Fujikawa earned a B.A. in law at the University of Tokyo in 1990 before working at Tokyo Gas. He has also held a two-year post in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 1996 and 1998. In 2001, he co-authored a paper titled “Natural Gas in the Asia Pacific: Expectations and Challenges,” which he presented to the 18th World Energy Council at Buenos Aires. His current position is manager of liquid natural gas contracts in the Gas Resources Department. Fujikawa’s research at Harvard will focus on the energy policies of China and the United States and their implications for Japan.

Nobuhiro Hiwatari earned a B.A. in international relations, a bachelor of laws, an M.L.L., and a doctor of laws from the University of Tokyo. In addition, he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently professor of political science at the University of Tokyo. His recent publications include “The Problem of Macroeconomic Policy Crossroads: Explaining the Economic Policy Paradox.” While at Harvard, Hiwatari will examine the paradox of deepening economic interdependence and persisting Cold War state rivalry in the Asia-Pacific region.

Kanako Ida earned a B.A. in social pychology at the University of Tokyo in 1992 before joining the Asahi Shimbun as a staff writer. She has worked in the branch offices in Hokkaido and Kyoto, as well as the city news section in Tokyo, and currently serves in the foreign news section. Among the many topics she has written include judicial reform, the revision of prison laws, the death penalty, international treaties on criminal justice, immigration control, and the Refugees Convention. Her research at Harvard will focus on the introduction of citizen participation in Japan’s judicial system.

Rieko Kage earned an LL.B and LL.M from the faculty of law at Kyoto University in 1995 and 1997, respectively. In 2005, she earned her Ph.D. in government from Harvard. Since 2003, she has been an associate professor in the Graduate School of Law at Kobe University. Her publications include “Mars and Venus at Twilight: A Critical Investigation of Moralism, Age Effects, and Gender.” While at Harvard, she plans to prepare a book manuscript based on her dissertation, titled “Defeat and Reconstruction: Explaining the Rise of Civic Engagement in the Wake of Wars.”

Seiki Kageura earned a B.A. in international relations from the National Defense Academy in 1989. Later, Kageura was commissioned into the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, where he is now a lieutenant colonel. In 1993, he received an M.S. in human resource management and development from Chapman University, and in June of 2005, he earned MC/M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His research will focus on the influence of 9/11 on the U.S.-Japan alliance cooperation in Northeast Asian strategic crises.

Taisuke Kanayama earned an L.L.B. at Tokyo University in 1980 before embarking on a career in the National Police Agency. He worked in the Office of National Security Council, the Embassy of Japan in Thailand, and was the chief of police of the Yamanashi Prefectural Police Department before becoming chief of the Chubu Regional Police Academy in 2004. While at Harvard, Kanayama will compare the transparency of the criminal justice process in Japan and the United States.

Yoshihisa Masaki earned a B.A. in law at Waseda University in 1992 before joining the Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation). He has served in the Public Affairs Department, the Economic Policy Bureau, Social Affairs Bureau, and the Secretariat of Industrial Affairs Bureau. Masaki has published several articles on topics ranging from entertainment content policy to the revision of Japan’s commercial code. While at Harvard, Masaki will compare business laws in Japan and the United States, especially those relating to commercial code, securities and exchange, and mortgages.

Kenneth McElwain earned an A.B. at Princeton in 1999, and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford in 2005. In the summer of 2000, he served as an intern to Yasuhisa Shiozaki, a member of the House of Representatives in Japan. McElwain’s dissertation was titled “Manipulating Electoral Rules: Intra-Party Conflict, Partisan Interests, and Constitutional Thickness.” While at Harvard, McElwain will conduct research on causes of single-party dominance in advanced democracies, particularly the strategic manipulation of political institutions.

Norihide Miyoshi earned a B.A in social and international relations at the University of Tokyo in 1982 before joining the Yomiuri Shimbun. While he was based in Berlin from 1997 to 2001, he covered a wide range of news relating to Germany and Europe. Miyoshi has been the deputy editor of the International News Department since September 2001. While at Harvard, he will analyze the transformation of the trans-Atlantic alliance and the U.S.-Japan alliance after 9/11.

Sumiko Mori earned her B.A. in human relations from Keio University and her master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She recently completed a communications fellowship on the staff of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman. A career journalist at the Fuji Television Network, she has covered Japan’s economic issues at the Ministry of Finance, Tokyo Stock Exchange, Bank of Japan, Nippon Keidanren, and many other institutions. Mori’s research at Harvard is titled “Japan’s Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, and Regional Integration in Asia.”

Holly Sanders earned her B.A. in Asian studies at the University of Texas in 1996, an M.A. in Japanese studies at Osaka University in 2000, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2005. Her dissertation, “Prostitution in Postwar Japan: Debt and Labor,” examines the efforts of prostitutes and brothel keepers to negotiate a changing legal and social landscape during the early postwar years. While at Harvard, Sanders will conduct research on prostitution in 20th century Japan, prostitution around U.S. military bases abroad, and human rights in postwar Japan.

Toshiki Tanaka earned a B.A. in law from Kanazawa University in 1984. After completing his studies, he joined the Ministry of Finance. Tanaka has published articles on finance and development issues, and most recently served as the director of corporate planning at the Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan. His research at Harvard will examine bankruptcy laws and court-supervised business revitalization in Japan and the United States.

Satoshi Ueno earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Tokyo in 1995 before joining Tokyo Electric Power Co. He has worked in the sales and contracting group as well as the marketing and customer relations department, where he has most recently served as an assistant manager. While at Harvard, Ueno will examine energy market deregulation in Japan, with a focus on the electricity sector.

Kazuhisa Uryu graduated from Kyoto University with a B.S. in aeronautical engineering in 1993 prior to entering the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). He has served in the Technical Cooperation Division, the Business Start-up and Alliance Promotion Division, before assuming the post of deputy director of the Information Policy Division. He has also worked in the Aircraft Division of the Japan Defense Agency. His research project is titled “Government Procurement as Industrial Policy in Japan’s Defense, Support of Start-up Companies, and Information Technology Sectors.”

Gaku Yoda joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) in 1993 after earning a B.A. in economics at the University of Tokyo. He served in the Secretariat for the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy at the Cabinet Office and the Meat and Egg Division at MAFF, before becoming chief deputy director of the Management Improvement Bureau. At Harvard, he will examine the World Trade Organization and agricultural policy reform in the United States and Japan, with a focus on the relationship between trade policy and food safety.

Yusuke Yoneyama earned a B.A. in economics at Waseda University in 1991 prior to joining the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) as a staff writer. After serving in the Fukuoka branch, he joined the Economic News Department in 1994. Since then Yoneyama has covered monetary policy, banking systems, currency, fiscal policy, and tax reforms, and co-authored “Examination of the Japanese Taxation System” in 2002. At Harvard, Yoneyama will examine Japan’s tax and regulatory reforms aimed at coping with its aging society.