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Saori N. Katada
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$46,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2009 – 6/30/2010

Fragmented Regionalism: Japan's Approach to East Asian Economic Institutions

Has Japan's dream of taking regional leadership ended with its economic downturn and the rise of China? After more than a century of mixed results, it may appear that Japan has given up and retreated. I argue that this is not the case. To the contrary, the Japanese government is more interested than ever in engaging in East Asia, especially in the form of building regional economic institutions. My book, "Fragmented Regionalism," will be the first to examine in depth Japan's emerging strategy to influence the "regional economic architectures" of East Asia. These regional architectures include free trade agreements, and funding and currency cooperation, which are crucial to securing East Asia's continued stability and prosperity. By focusing on Japan's initiatives in building institutions in these areas, my book examines the sources of Japan's policy priorities, the implications of those priorities on the regional economy, and the future of Japan's leadership in the region.