AJRC Working Paper Series

The AJRC publishes the AJRC Working Papers, previously the Asia Pacific Economic Papers. This series contains the latest research and analysis from the AJRC and affiliated scholars. While the working paper series focuses on Japan’s economic development, it also features issues on the political economy, regional integration and trade. The series aims to provide a forum for the exchange of topical research which is disseminated to a specialised audience of researchers and libraries throughout the world. AJRC Working Papers are published in freely accessible online on the AJRC website as well as online repositories including RePEc and SSRN.

Previously the AJRC published the Asia Pacific Economic Papers (APEP) on behalf of the Crawford School. This series has now been replaced by the AJRC Working Paper Series, but old papers are still available via RePEc.

AJRC Annual Newsletter

Past AJRC Annual Reports can be accessed on the AJRC website. As of 2013 the Centre produces smaller, electronic biannual reports on our activities which is distributed throughout our network. To join the AJRC network, subscribe online.

Australia and Japan in the Region (AJIR) Forum

Australia and Japan in the Region (AJIR) is a monthly publication produced by the AJRC. focussing on Japan’s role in the region, on Australia-Japan interactions and on regional issues of significance to both countries. AJIR encourages input from Japanese scholars, as well as presenting ongoing and new research from the Crawford School and from AJRC’s associated researchers and partners.

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East Asia Forum Quarterly – Japan edition

The AJRC together with the East Asia Forum produces special edition each year a of the East Asia Forum Quarterly (EAFQ) on Japan.

The most recent edition is Japan's leadership moment (Vol. 11, No. 3) published in 2019.

Most recent Japan EAFQ

The second most recent edition is Peak Japan (Vol. 10, No. 3) published in September 2018.

Most recent Japan EAFQ

About this issue

Japan’s postwar transformation saw the country grow into an economic superpower and a key ally of the United States in Asia and the Pacific. Yet a number of features emblematic of that transformation have peaked. Japan’s asset price bubble burst in the early 1990s, its economy suffered three lost decades, and it was overtaken by China as the world’s second-largest economy in 2010. Population peaked in 2008 at 127 million and has continued to decrease. And post-Cold War defence reforms under the Article 9 ‘peace clause’ have hit a possible peak after the Abe government passed the September 2015 security-related bills recognising the right of the Japan Self-Defense forces to engage in limited forms of collective self-defence. This issue of the East Asia Forum Quarterly is about how Japan is managing these peaks.

Previous Japan EAFQ editions include:

Peak Japan (Volume 10, Number 3, 2018)

Japan Repositions (Volume 9, Number 3, 2017)

Reinventing Japan (Volume 8, Number 3, 2016)

Japan-China Relations (Volume 7, Number 3, 2015)

A Japan that can say yes (Volume 6, Number 3, 2014)

Japan: leading from behind (Volume 4, Number 3, 2012)

Find other previous editions of East Asia Forum Quarterly on the EAF website.

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