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. Perspective articles present concise interventions and analyses on breaking contemporary events and historical controversies that complement longer and more fully annotated articles. 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 weekly Newsletter published twice a month with links to new articles. More than 16,000 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
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 Manager

Kienan Knight-Boehm


Harvard University Reischauer Institute Editorial Fellow

Álex Bueno


Northwestern University Editorial Fellow

Emilie Takayama


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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