APJ Subscription Drive December 2017

With tensions between the US and North Korea at fever pitch in the era of Donald Trump, with mounting conflict between the US and China, China and the nations of the South China Sea, and between Okinawa and the US-Japan, we believe that APJ is more important than ever.

We have no corporate, foundation or university angel, so our ability to publish relies heavily on our core supporters.

A matching grant on contributions of $100 and more (up to a cumulative total of $5,000) is in effect through January 1. Now is the time to contribute.

Your financial support allows us to provide APJ free to our 18,000 regular readers and thousands of others around the world. The journal is strong and growing. But we need support to maintain it free to global readers and expand our coverage.

If you value the journal, please go to our homepage where you can both subscribe to our semi-monthly Newsletter and contribute (tax deductible) via Paypal or credit card.

We need support in the range of $100-500-1,000 to maintain the site toward our goal of $12,000.

We're off to a good start with $4,200+ toward our goal of $12,000. Please help us now.


The Editors


The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus is a peer-reviewed on-line publication providing critical analysis of the forces shaping the Asia-Pacific and the world. The Journal explores the geopolitics, economics, history, society, culture, international relations and environment of the modern and contemporary Asia-Pacific region.

Articles labeled Feature comprise special issues. Course Readers make the best work of the journal accessible to teachers and students for classroom use. In addition, the Journal offers translations from Japanese, Chinese, Korean and other languages as well as links to translation of APJ articles in other languages. Our peer review process is recognized by Ulrich's Global Serial Directory.

Subscribers may choose to receive a free Newsletter published twice a month with links to new articles. More than 17,000 people in 195 countries presently subscribe to the journal, approximately half through our Newsletter, while others follow us through Facebook or Twitter. Readers on six continents access articles 100,000 to 150,000 times each month.

The Journal is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service. Contributions are tax-deductible and may be made via Paypal which accepts major credit cards and bank transfers.

The Asia-Pacific Journal is the recipient of The Ryukyu Shimpo's first Ikemiyagi Syuui Prize. The award recognizes that "Japan Focus has made an outstanding worldwide contribution to proposing solutions to problems confronting Okinawa."


Contributing to the Journal

To contribute an article to The Asia-Pacific Journal contact us introducing yourself and explaining what you propose to write. After approval, submit the article to us as a Word file following our style sheet:



The Editors

Andrew DeWit, Rikkyo University, Tokyo,

Norma Field, University of Chicago,

Geoffrey Gunn, University of Macau,

Laura Hein, Northwestern University, Chicago,

Jeff Kingston, Temple University, Tokyo,

Gavan McCormack, Australian National University, Canberra,

David McNeill, Sophia University, Tokyo,

Matthew Penney, Concordia University, Montreal,

Sonia Ryang, Rice University, Houston,

Satoko Oka Norimatsu, Peace Philosophy Center, Vancouver,

Mark Selden, Cornell University, Ithaca,

Yuki Tanaka, Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima,


Contributing Editors

Nobuko Adachi Yonson Ahn  Matthew Allen Andrea Arai
Sandi Aritza Cemil Aydin  Tim Beal  Herbert Bix 
Vivian Blaxell Heather Bowen-Struyk  John Breen  Mark Caprio 
Jenny Chan Zeljko Cipris  Bruce Cumings  John Dower 
Alexis Dudden Stephen Epstein  Aya Ezawa  John Feffer 
Ruediger Frank Sabine Frühstuck  Aaron Gerow  Tom Gill 
Andrew Gordon Mel Gurtov  Nanyan Guo  Kimie Hara 
Michiko Hase Peter Hayes  Julie Higashi  Linda Hoaglund 
Christine Hong Asato Ikeda  Jean Inglis  Robert Jacobs 
Sheila Miyoshi Jager Rebecca Jennison  Paul Jobin  David Johnson 
Eric Johnston John Junkerman  Cary Karacas  Victor Koschmann 
Heonik Kwon Adam Lebowitz  Douglas Lummis  Vera Mackie 
Noriko Manabe Richard Minear  Jon Mitchell  Yuki Miyamoto 
Mark Morris Tessa Morris-Suzuki  R. Taggart Murphy  Koichi Nakano 
Chris Nelson Yoshiko Nozaki  James Orr  Nissim Otmazgin 
Emanuel Pastreich Michael Penn  Roger Pulvers  Steve Rabson 
Lawrence Repeta Sven Saaler  Rumi Sakamoto  Peter Dale Scott 
Philip Seaton Ae-Gyung Shim  Aaron Skabelund  David Slater 
Gregory Smits David Adam Stott  Jae-Jung Suh  Akiko Takenaka 
Mariko Tamanoi Miyume Tanji  Richard Tanter  William Underwood 
Vanessa Ward Tomomi Yamaguchi  Brian Yecies     


Website Managers

Connor Griffin and Maria Salmon


Harvard University Reischauer Institute Editorial Fellow

Álex Bueno


Social Media Coordinator

Yayoi Koizumi


ISSN Number: 1557-4660


Citation format

Since 2002, the Journal has gone through a number of different citation formats. In 2016 the Journal moved to unify the article database and assign correct metadata to all articles.

The earliest articles listed simply author, title and date of publication. The Journal began publishing the Newsletter in late 2008 as a means to organize our increasing output into volumes and issues. Lacking page numbers in online format, the system assigned consecutive numbers to each article per issue. Subsequent articles contain a recommended citation at the end of the article.

From mid-December 2008 through 2010, articles were labeled in the following format: x-y-z, where x is the week of the year as issue number, y the article number, and z the last two digits of the calendar year. Starting in 2011, consecutive volume numbers were adopted and have now been retroactively assigned volume and issue numbers. As the publication of the Newsletter has switched to twice a month, the issue numbers now consecutively number the issues. Also, the PDF files of articles have been given page numbers, which may be used for more precise citation.



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