Kenji Kushida

KENJI E. KUSHIDA is the Takahashi Research Associate in Japanese Studies at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford Univer- sity. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Kushida’s research focuses on comparative political economy, particularly in the areas of information technology and comparative capitalist systems. His streams of research include commoditization in information technology sectors around the world, cloud computing, Japan-Korea comparisons in the broadband and wireless industries, Japan’s “Galapagos” IT sector, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, systemic change in Japan’s financial sector, the effects of multinational corporations in Japan, and Silicon Valley–Japan relationships. His book publications include Japan under the DPJ: The Politics of Transition and Governance (coedited with Phillip Y. Lipscy, APARC/Brookings 2013), Syncretism: The Politics of Economic Reform and System Change in Japan (coedited with Kay Shimizu and Jean Oi, APARC/Brookings 2013) and articles in journals including Socio-Economic Review, Social Science Japan Journal, Communications & Strategies, Japanese Political Economy, Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Asian Survey, and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. Complete publications at