A New Perspective to Understand Modern Japan from External Relationship

Conference: AAS-in-Asia2020 (AAS-in-Asia2020)
Title: A New Perspective to Understand Modern Japan from External Relationship
Stream: International Relations
Presentation Type: Panel Presentation
Kelin Chen, Northeast Normal University, China (organizer, presenter, discussant, chair)
Chung-Yen Chi, The University of Tokyo, Japan (presenter, discussant)
Jing Xie, Waseda University, Japan (presenter, discussant)


The panel's members are interested in understanding Japan in certain periods through different perspectives. This idea is to pursue some synchronic ideas based on diachronic snapshots of modern Japan's historical images and its external relationship. Chen's thesis aims to reexamine Nikka-gakkai's role in the Sino-Japan relationship. While, Chi focuses on the status of Taiwan as Japan’s first colony under Japanese Kokutai theory in Meiji period. Xie focuses on Sino-Japanese relations and strives to understand Japan’s responses to China’s signaling of domestic constraints in anti-Japanese protests and its pattern. Presenters in this panel use historical methods and international relations approaches to conduct their projects, they are looking at Japan and its external relationship from different perspectives and using different materials in a wide range of time. For instance, Chen examines the intellectual history of Nikka-gakkai from1918 to 1945, situating on Hattori Unokichi, Matsumoto Kamejiro, and Takahashi Kunpei's collected works within a historical context and employing current scholarship of modern Japanese history. Chi studies on the status of colony in the Kokutai theory in the field of intellectual history in Japanese empire through using the discourse of intellectuals including Fukuzawa Yukichi and Kato Hiroyuki in Meiji period. Xie, falling in the field of diplomacy, uses cases of anti-Japanese protests in China since the normalization of China and the reactions from Japan in these cases to explore the credibility of China’s signaling behaviors in Japan’s eyes and factors influence Japan’s responses.