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Undergraduate Programs Information

Major or minor in Asian Studies.

Graduate Programs Information

Including: Master of Arts in Asian Studies, Master’s in Asian International Affairs, and Graduate Certificates in Asian Studies.

Student Testimonials

Christina Geisse

The Asian Studies Program was incredible because most professors were undertaking their own research, passionate about their subject of study, and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with students. It felt fresh and profound at the same time. Inspiring! 

Christina Geisse
Kim Sluchansky

I was able to delve deep and focus on the areas of Asian Studies that truly interested me, and therefore gained a much more thorough and developed understanding of my fields of interest, which are applicable to my current career path. Also, the professors are extremely helpful and want their students to succeed. They were very supportive both while I was at UH and after I graduated.

Lonny CARLILE, Ph.D.

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Contact information

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Political Science. University of California at Berkeley, California, 1989. Dissertation: Zaikai and the Politics of Production in Japan, 1940-1962 (Committee Chair: Chalmers Johnson). 468 pp.
  • M.A. (Hogaku Shushi), Political Science. Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, 1979.
  • B.A. with Distinction, Political Science and Asian Studies. University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1974.

I currently hold a joint appointment at the Associate Professor level in the University of Hawaii Manoa Asian Studies Program and the Center for Japanese Studies.

Book cover of "Divisions of Labor"


Although trained as a political scientist in the fields of comparative political economy and Japanese politics, my work is grounded in interdisciplinary area studies approaches and focuses geographically on the East Asian region and the Asia-Pacific.

In my research I am particularly interested in exploring how social processes and state policies interact in shaping contemporary Japanese society and its institutions, both historically and regionally. Topics on which I have written published books and articles include labor politics, state-business relations, and tourism policy.

In my teaching and in occasional extra-curricular projects, I explore in a variety of ways the inter-connections and interactions among Asia-Pacific societies and cultures, both historically and in the contemporary setting.


  • ASAN 320O – Asia Past & Present: Okinawa.
  • ASAN 320Z – Asia Past & Present
  • ASAN 393J: Field Study: Japan.
  • ASAN 499: Directed Reading.
  • ASAN 600J: Approaches to Asia: Japan.
  • ASAN 695 Plan B Culminating Experience.
  • ASAN 700 Plan A Thesis Writing.

Selected Publications

Brief Resume

  • Associate Professor (Japanese Studies/Asian Studies). Center for Japanese Studies/Asian Program, School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS), University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA. July 2001 – present.
  • Visiting Researcher. Faculty of Law. Kyushu University. Fukuoka, Japan. August 2002-January 2003.
  • Assistant Professor (Japanese Studies/Asian Studies). Center for Japanese Studies/Department of Asian Studies, School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies (SHAPS), University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA. January 1994- July 2001.
  • Assistant Professor (Japanese Politics). Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. July 1988-December 1993.
  • Visiting Instructor (Japanese Politics, International Relations). Department of Political Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA. August 1987-July 1988.
  • Resident Foreign Scholar, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. September 1984-August 1987.
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