Party Politics, Big Media and Japan’s China Policy: The Chinese Fishing Boat Collision Incident

June 16, 2011 6:30 PM (finished)


Ming Wan

(Professor of Government and Politics of George Mason University)

Date/Time June 16, 2011 6:30 PM
Location Room 549 5th floor, Akamon Sogo Kenkyuto Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo  [map]
Abstract In this talk I will discuss Sino-Japanese relations focusing on the Chinese fishing boat collision incident in September 2010, the worst bilateral dispute since 1952. In the context of growing tension over the territorial issue, the DPJ government took an action viewed by the Chinese government as provocative and Beijing overreacted. I will also examine Japan's party politics, big media and foreign policy, which played out differently in the pre-crisis, crisis and post-crisis stages.
Bio Ming WAN is Professor of Government and Politics of George Mason University. He is on academic leave in Japan from August 2010 to August 2012, currently as a visiting professor at Keio University. His Ph.D. was from the Government Department, Harvard University. He held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard from the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and the Pacific Basin Research Center, and was also a visiting research scholar at Tsukuba University and a George Washington University-Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Luce Fellow in Asian Policy Studies. He has authored four books, including The Political Economy of East Asia: Striving for Wealth and Power (CQ Press 2008) and Sino-Japanese Relations: Interaction, Logic, and Transformation (Stanford 2006). His current research interests include Sino-Japanese relations, the China model, and the Democratic Party of Japan and Japanese foreign policy.