My ongoing research interests are focused on the interactions between politics, institutions, and market dynamics. They fall into the fields of international comparative political economy and technology managements. My country expertise is primarily in Japan, with comparisons to South Korea, China, and the US. I have four streams of research
1. Political economy issues surrounding information technology. For example,
3. The transformation of Japan's political economy since the 1990s, focused on institutional change. I'm currently working on an edited volume with Kay Shimizu and Jean Oi.
4. Understanding the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. A draft report that gives a detailed narrative of what happened -- badly needed since there was so much confusion in the media, which led to information overload. With new sources and extensive interviews in Japan becoming available, it is time a good narrative is published in English. Everybody who lives in a country that relies on nuclear power should read the narrative of what happened.
Books on Biculturalism, International Schools in Japan
The first, "Biculturalism and the Japanese: Beyond English Linguistic Capabilities" (Japanese) was published in 2006. It advocates thinking of bilingual as separate from bicultural, and contends that double-insider-outsider worldviews can be useful in the journey towards biculturalism. Some of the main points were picked up in the ASIJ Ambassador (alumni magazine) and in a letter to the editor in the Financial Times.
The second, "International Schools, an Introduction" (Japanese, 2008) fills a glaring information gap in Japan; despite intense interest in international schools, very little substantial or useful information is available to the Japanese public. I offer a typology of different types of international schools operating in Japan. I illuminate critical structures, aspects of their educational systems, and explore sociocultural issues. To combat questionable fly-by-night international schools which exploit the lack of information generally available, I offer a set of parameters for parents to use in evaluating international schools.