PhD supervision

While interest in international relations and Asia-Pacific affairs is steadily increasing — with East Asia often cast as the engine of global economic growth but simultaneously a region of multiple security flashpoints and a shifting balance of power leading to tensions and suspicions among major nations — there is a need for dedicated research on Japan, from the point of view of specialist researchers who can develop advanced Japanese language skills and an understanding of the country’s economic, political and cultural institutions. The AJRC recognises that PhD students are a crucial part of research development at universities. They not only build capacity for deep understanding and knowledge but are important in building up a research program more broadly. The AJRC provides a number of scholarships for PhD projects details of which are available on request from

Current student projects

  • Ben Ascione: The influence of domestic politics on Japanese foreign policy

  • Ryosuke Hanada: Japan’s foreign policy making: Policy making of the China-Japan-ROK trilateral cooperation since 1998

Issues in Japanese Policy (POGO8220)

Convened by Dr Shiro Armstrong, Issues in Japanese Policy exposes students to the key policy debates in Japan drawing upon strong academic expertise at ANU, and the expertise and experience of a range of top scholars and thinkers on Japan who join the course as guest lecturers. The course was launched in September 2016 and in 2017 will also be open to senior undergraduate students. More information about the course can be found on the Programs and Courses site.

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