Reemerging political geography in Japan

Takashi Yamazaki, Akihiko Takagi, Shinya Kitagawa, Yuichi Kagawa

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The Political Geography Research Group (PGRG) of the Human Geographical Society of Japan was established in 2011 to promote political geographic studies in Japan. The PGRG is the very first research unit on political geography in the Society which was established in 1948. Political geography was once one of the weakest sub-fields in Japanese geography with a very limited number of scholars and published works. This, however, is not at all the case now. Political geography is a reemerging field in Japan. In this review paper, four of the PGRG members contribute chapters on general trends in Japanese political geography, legacies of Japanese wartime geopolitics, the introduction of "new geopolitics" into Japan, and geographical studies on environmental movements. All of them have confirmed with confidence that Japanese political geography has been reemerging and making steady progress in terms of theory, methodology, and case study since the 1980s. Although the current stage of Japanese political geography is still in the regenerative phase, they strongly believe that political geography should be firmly embedded in Japanese geography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-94
Number of pages23
JournalJapanese Journal of Human Geography
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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