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Contemporary American Studies

Active Years: 2007-2015

As the United States is the most important foreign nation to Japan, researchers have long focused heavily on Japan-US relations in their work. However, insufficient attention has been devoted to American society itself. There is a paucity of specialized research directed toward US domestic policy, diplomacy and security; media coverage is not enough to provide critical analysis of these issues.

This program analyzes policy trends in the United States, drawing heavily on presidential election campaigns—an excellent topic of study for understanding American society. Participants look also at issues of race, religion, and culture as they produce a fuller picture of contemporary American society.



  • Watanabe, Tsuneo ( –2017.3) SENIOR FELLOW

Project manager(s):

  • Asano, Takaaki (–2017.8.31) RESEARCH FELLOW, PROJECT MANAGER


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