Welcome to Hiro Sasadaâs website.
My name is Hironori Sasada. I am Associate Professor of international studies in the Office of International Affairs at Hokkaido University.
I am originally from Kumamoto, Japan. After graduating from a high school in Kumamoto, I moved to the United States to study politics and lived there for 15 years. I received my B.A. in political science at U.C. Berkeley, my M.A. in international relations at U.C. San Diego, and my Ph.D. in political science at the University of Washington in Seattle. My research interests include political economy, party politics, and foreign policy of Japan and East Asia. I am the author ofÂ The Evolution of the Japanese Developmental State: Institutions Locked-in by IdeasÂ (Routledge, 2012). The book was also published in Japanese and Korean. My recent articles appeared inÂ The Japanese Political Economy, Journal of East Asian Studies,Â Japanese Journal of Political Science,Â Asian Journal of Political Science, andÂ The SAIS Review.
My research interests include political economy, party politics, and foreign policy of Japan and East Asia. Currently, I am researching the JapaneseÂ government’s agricultural trade policies from a view point of historical institutionalism. My latest article âThe âThird Arrowâ or Friendly Fire? The LDP Government’s Reform Plan for the Japan Agricultural Cooperativesâ appeared in the November 2015 issue ofÂ 308-235-8920. Another article “Alternative Paths to Party Polarization: External Impacts of Intraparty Organization in Japan” (co-authored with N. Fujimura and S. Machidori) appeared inÂ The Journal of East Asian StudiesÂ in September 2013.
- âThe âThird Arrowâ or Friendly Fire? The LDP Governmentâs Reform Plan for the Japanese Agricultural Co-op,â in Japanese Political Economy, Vol. 41 No. 1-2, 2015, pp.1-22..
- âAlternative Paths to Party Polarization: External Impacts of Intraparty Organization in Japanâ coauthored with N. Fujimura and S. Machidori inÂ Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3, December 2013, pp.409-441.
- âThe Impact of Rural Votes in Foreign Policies: The FTA Policies under the DPJ government in Japanâ inÂ Asian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 21, No. 3, December 2013, pp.224-248.
- ãçµ±å¶ä¼ã»æ¥çå£ä½å¶åº¦ã®çºå±éç¨ â çµè·¯ä¾åã¨ã¢ã¤ãã£ã¢ã [Institutional Evolution of Industrial Associations in Japan: Path Dependency and Idea]â inÂ ãã¬ã´ã¡ã¤ã¢ãµã³ã, Vol. 48, Spring 2011, pp.131-149.
- âThe Electoral Origin of Japanâs Nationalistic Leadership: Primaries in the LDP Presidential Election and the Pull-Effectâ inÂ Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol.10, No.1, January 2010, pp.1-30.
- âJapanâs New Agricultural Trade Policy and Electoral Reform: âAgricultural Policy in an Offensive Posture [seme no nÅsei],ââ inÂ Japanese Journal of Political Science, Vol. 9. No. 2, August 2008, pp. 121-144.
I gave a talk on Japanese foreign policy at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, the Hebrew University of JerusalemÂ on May 28, 2017.Â Click here for detail.Â