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.

The editors, including the managing editor, are responsible for management of the journal. They can be reached at See the submission guidelines below before sending emails. 


We take pride in the speed and rigor of our peer-review process. From date of acceptance, your article will normally be published within two weeks . . . we publish semi-monthly, on the first and fifteenth of each month. You can expect to reach a large global audience with concentrations of readers across the Asia-Pacific including East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific, North America and Europe and beyond. You will find yourself in the company of authors rigorously addressing the most urgent issues in contemporary and historical affairs in the region and globally. The journal is published semi-monthly on the first and fifteenth day of each month.


Ethical Publishing and Post-Publication Communication


Editorial Board and Management

The editors, comprised of specialists in a broad range of subjects related to the Asia-Pacific, constitute the governing board of the journal, establishing priorities for publication and standards for peer review of submissions. Their names, affiliation and contact information are provided below, together with contact information for the journal. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus is an open source journal in which all management issues are the responsibility of the editors.


Authors, Author Responsibilities and Publication Ethics

Authors take responsibility for the integrity and accuracy of research and writing, adherence to ethical standards including approval by relevant local ethics committees, and absence of plagiarism. Individuals listed as authors or co-authors of all articles are limited to those with significant input in the research and writing. The same research may not be published in more than one journal with the exception of agreement to publish simultaneously in more than one journal. The Asia-Pacific Journal is committed to working with authors to correct errors of fact and interpretation, both in the review process and after publication, and to prevent publication of papers in which research misconduct has occurred. Online publication facilitates correction of errors, clarification, retractions and apologies as necessary after publication. No fees are required for manuscript review and publication.


Peer Review

All submissions are peer reviewed by specialists in the field. Reviewers should have no conflict of interest, should advise authors of relevant published work and offer suggestions for strengthening their contributions, and should treat reviewed articles confidentially. Communication between authors and the journal are handled via the journal editors during the review process and following publication. Articles include author identification and brief biographies that may list, among other things, education, past and present institutional affiliations, and publications. Our peer review process is recognized by Ulrich's Global Serial Directory.



Copyright of all published articles remains in the possession of the author.



Articles at The Asia-Pacific Journal are published under a Creative Commons license. Permission is granted to forward electronically to others and to post Asia-Pacific Journal texts for non-commercial purposes following Creative Commons guidelines, provided they are reproduced intact and the source indicated and linked. To publish Asia-Pacific Journal texts in electronic, print or other forms, including course use, contact us at We request that requests be made to the editors at the same address to reprint articles from The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus and that reprints include the source of the original publication and a hot link or bibliographical citation of the original author, title and journal.



All articles published at the journal since its inception in 2002 and including current issues, are available online at no charge to readers. Subscribers receive a semi-monthly newsletter providing access to current articles. Backup of all articles from the inception of the journal to the current issue is provided by Data Momentum which hosts the journal website.


Publication Schedule

The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus is published semi-monthly, that is, 24 issues per year, on or near the first and fifteenth day of each month.

The Journal prioritizes Special Issues. It welcomes proposals for special issues and articles from scholars, authors, journalists, and researcher including a brief outline and precis of the proposal.

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.

Subscribers may choose to receive a free Newsletter published twice a month with links to new articles and access to our entire backlog of thousands of articles. More than 21,000 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 a graduate fellowship provided by The Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies of Harvard University.

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 at introducing yourself and explaining what you propose to write in the form of a letter or a precis. After approval, submit the article to us as a Word file.



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,

Sven Saaler, Sophia University, Tokyo

Mark Selden, Managing Editor, Cornell University, New York City,

Yuki Tanaka, Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima,

Tomomi Yamaguchi, Montana State University, Bozeman, 


Contributing Editors

Nobuko Adachi Yonson Ahn  Matthew Allen 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 Joseph Essertier 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 
Rebecca Jennison  Paul Jobin David Johnson  Eric Johnston 
John Junkerman  Cary Karacas Victor Koschmann  Jeremy Kuzmarov 
Heonik Kwon  Youngmi Lim Douglas Lummis Vera Mackie
Noriko Manabe Michele Mason John A. Matthews Richard Minear
Jon Mitchell Yuki Miyamoto Mark Morris Tessa Morris-Suzuki
R. Taggart Murphy Koichi Nakano Chris Nelson Yoshiko Nozaki
Oguma Eiji James Orr Nissim Otmazgin Emanuel Pastreich
Michael Penn Roger Pulvers Steve Rabson Rumi Sakamoto
Lawrence Repeta 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

Brian Yecies

Hideki Yoshikawa    



Website Manager

Yayoi Koizumi


Harvard University Reischauer Institute Editorial Fellow

Joelle Tapas


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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