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Jeff Kingston

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Areas of Expertise

The political economy and social history of modern Japan, modern Southeast Asia, regionalism in Asia, conflict and reconciliation, and law and social change. Dr. Kingston's op-eds and book reviews appear in the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Japan Times and Bangkok Post. The BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CBS, ABC, Time, Newsweek, AFP, AP, NHK, Asahi Shimbun, Voice of America and other media organizations interview him frequently.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Kingston teaches courses on modern Japanese history; contemporary Japan; Japan's relations with Asia; conflict and reconciliation, world history and modern Southeast Asia. He is director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan. 


Dr. Kingston's research interests focus on contemporary Japan; civil society; law and social change; migration; trafficking, minorities and East Timor. He has recently published two books that examine sweeping social change in contemporary Japan. He reassesses the so-called Lost Decade of the 1990s, focusing on the transition to the rule of law, judicial reforms, freedom of information and transparency, the role of the media and the growth of civil society organizations. He is currently researching the public discourse, anxieties and agendas involving the demographic time bomb and what this means in terms of families, working women, the elderly and foreign workers. He has recently published articles on the political economy of public works in Japan, compensation for colonial lepers, Uighurs in China, terrorists in Kyrgyzstan, and justice and reconciliation in East Timor.
Position Title: 
Asian Studies
PhD in History, Columbia University