My main research interest is intellectual history and how it shapes policy formulation and politics of postwar Japan. While political science these days primarily concerns itself with institutional change, I’m interested in the influence of ideologies such as conservatism or neoliberalism on political elites and their policy decisions.
In my first book, I analyzed the constitutional amendment proposals of a wide variety of conservative elites throughout the postwar period. This book became the impetus for me to look more closely at political thought in Japan in a comparative context. While my research has mainly been qualitative in nature, I have recently worked on analyzing qualitative and quantitative changes in Japanese parties’ election platforms. For an up-to-date overview of my publications, please refer to my list of publications.Tweet