Japan and Asia-Pacific Regional Integration

The 53rd Stockholm Seminar on Japan Several regional integration frameworks have emerged in the Asia-Pacific region since 2010, but their contents, rules, and membership composition are all different, culminating in a tangle of regional integration initiatives. Japan is currently the only nation that has participated in three regional integration negotiations.

This seminar aims to examine Japan’s regional integration strategy and identify three key consistent interests; 1) dealing of China’s rise in both political and economic terms, 2) market expansion, and 3) investment liberalisation. The seminar finally explores the recent development of Japan’s agricultural reform to which the Abe administration has committed itself, as a necessary step to accelerate its fuller engagement in negotiations in these regional integration frameworks.

Takashi Terada is a professor of international relations, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. He has also held academic positions at National University of Singapore, Waseda University, University of Warwick and Woodrow Wilson Center. His areas of expertise include international relations in Asia and the Pacific and theoretical and empirical studies of regionalism. The recipient of the 2005 J.G. Crawford Award, Terada received his Ph.D. from Australian National University in 1999.

Discussant: Marie Söderberg, Director, European Institute of Japanese Studies.
Moderator: Linus Hagström, Senior Research Fellow, UI.

The seminar series is jointly organized by the European Institute of Japanese Studies at Stockholm School of Economics, the East Asia Program at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, and the Department of Japanese Studies at Stockholm University.It features monthly seminars on Japanese economy, politics and society.


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