WELCOME

 

Welcome to Dr. Yutaka Tsujinaka's homepage!
 
 
 

 In 1969, when I was fifteen in high school, Osaka Prefecture Board of Education issued a notice titled “Prohibition against High School Students’ Political Activities.” Although it was like a storm in a small glass, I felt a surge of real politics and was overwhelmed with learning society and politics. Through reading books on social thought and philosophy in my college days, the words such as “civic engagement” and “civil society” enchanted me and inspired me to study.

After twenty years since then, I published my first book, Rieki Shudan [Interest Groups] (1988, University of Tokyo Press). Along with that, I had the chance to carry out my research abroad in the United States for two years. In the U.S., I got to see the real world of intelligence where scholars were vying for fruitful research. However, most researchers there did not seem to correctly understand the true situation of contemporary Japan, if they knew it at all.

It was already around the mid-1990s when I revisited this issue and found my answer: seeing Japanese civil society through a comparative lens should contribute to a globalized academic world to the extent that ordinary citizens as well as academics will understand it with ease despite their nationality. Once I started conducting surveys while focusing on social groups and organizations, my research developed into a cross-national comparison in the United States, Germany, and South Korea, thus drawing attention among Chinese scholars at the end of the 20th century. My surveys in China made it possible to conduct further research in various countries.

Today, I have collected social survey data consisting of over 60,000 organizations from 15 different countries, and have been devoting most of my time analyzing these data. Following the Fukushima Disaster in 2011, my primary concern shifted towards the strengths and problems of civil societies. I do hope that my research will contribute to solving global issues from the viewpoint of civil society and governance.

 
   

NEWS

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On June 9th Invited Lecture and Visiting Professor Appointment Ceremony were Held at Southwest University in Chongqing, China.

 

 

  

        

The title of the lecture was “International Japanese Studies as Innovation of Researches in Humanities and Social Sciences: Local Governance in Japan and Asia”.  It was lectured in Japanese and was translated in Chinese by lecturer Liu Wei from Southwest University who received a doctoral degree (social sciences) from the University of Tsukuba in 2016.

There were about 80 people present, such as teachers of Administrative Management and Political field and Japanese Research field, graduate students, and undergraduates of Southwest University.

There were lively questions from about 10 people after one and half hour lecture.

Also I was appointed as a visiting (guest seat) professor at Southwest University and an appointment ceremony and commemorative photo shoot were held.



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May 19th gave an invited lecture at the "CARIFS 1st International Conference" held in Seoul City.

                             


                             



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A serial series on "Politics of Japan viewed from foreign country" is posted on Social Studies NAVI from Nihon Bunnkyo Publishing.



     Vol 13. "Politics of Japan viewed from foreign country"  -From China 1

     Vol 14. "Politics of Japan viewed from foreign country"  -From China 2

     Vol 15. "Politics of Japan viewed from foreign country"  -From the U.S.

     Vol 16. "Politics of Japan viewed from foreign country"  -From the U.S. 2


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Director Tsujinaka was featured in newspaper (Nikkei China)

 

Please click below for more information.

http://cn.nikkei.com/columnviewpoint/viewpoint/24088-2017-04-26-04-56-00.html


辻中丰:应向中国推广日式“草根自治”

2017/04/26

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     日本筑波大学教授 辻中丰:日本和中国的关系总有些磕磕绊绊。在外交和安保政策方面,各种利害关系相互交织,难免存在无奈之处。不过,我认为可以从完全不同的视角去改善日中关系。那就是让日本为中国的“地区自治”提供帮助。

 

筑波大学教授 辻中丰

      在中国,随着1980年代的经济市场化,全面管理人们生活且由国家管控的、被称为“单位”的社会组织已经不再发挥作用。1990年代以后,作为取代“单位”的互助组织,大型公共自治组织和公共NPO等被陆续组建,但在原则上仍处于中国共产党的管理之下。

 

      在这种环境下,中国人强烈希望了解真正自立的市民社会的理想状态。此时,日本社会事实上成为了他们试图了解的对象。作为研究日本和全球社会组织的学者,我不仅接到北京大学等多所大学的共同研究申请,而且每年还接收10个左右的留学生。

 

      尤其是中国的年轻一代,通过动漫和电视剧对日本有了较为详尽的了解。他们感受到其背后与中国不同的日本的市民社会和人际关系,带着憧憬来到日本。此外,“计划生育政策”导致的少子老龄化迅速发展,这也是中国人期待建立市民互助的新型社会的原因之一。

 

      日本有多达30万个自治会和町内会,99%的市町村与之展开合作。虽然最近出现脱离自治会的趋势,但参加率仍达到5成,日本依然属于世界范围内罕见的居民团体大国。在日本,遇到红白事和灾害时通过居民组织相互帮助,或者进行街道美化活动等生活文化已经扎根。

 

      此外,在日本,NPO和城市建设等新的市民团体也在增加。我相信,如果现有团体和新团体进一步积极展开合作,将形成新型的“地区自治”。如果能将其作为居民追求的社会模式向中国推广,或许有助于将日中关系推向友好。

 

      目前在中国开展自由的市民社会活动并不容易。但中国的市民也在权利方面开始觉醒。观察留学生的面貌可以看出,市民团体的草根活动改变中国社会形态的时代已不再遥远。届时,日本模式无疑会对自治改革有所助




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 On December 12 2016, a new book titled『政治変動期の圧力団体』(Japanese Pressure Group Politics in Flux: Evidence from 4 Systematic Survey) has been published from Yuhikaku Publishing Company.



                         
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 On July 14 2016, a new book titled『比較視野中的中国社会団体与地方治理』(Civil Society, Interest Groups, and Local Governance in Contemporary China) has been published from Social Sciences Academic Press (China) in Chinese.
   


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CURRENT PROJECTS

 

Institute for Comparative Research in Human and Social Sciences



 
 
   

PAST PROJECTS

 

Three-Level Comprehensive Empirical Research on Civil Society Structure and Governance in Japan, South Korea, the United States, Germany, and China

Comparative Empirical Research on Changing Political Structures, Interest Groups, Policy Networks, and Civil Society  

 
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Office Address:
University of Tsukuba Cooperative Research Bldg. A404  1-1-1 Tennodai Tsukubashi Ibarakiken, 3058571 Japan

TEL:
81-29-853-6289 (direct)
FAX:
81-29-853-7454
E-mail:
yutaka-tsujinaka.fu [at] u.tsukuba.ac.jp
 
Office Hours:
Monday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm (Cooperative Research Bldg. A404)
Friday, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (Cooperative Research Bldg. A404)

 
   
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