Japanese Higher Education and Multilateral Initiatives in East Asia

Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Arthur Meerman

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


In March 2011, eastern Japan was struck by the largest earthquake and tsunami on national record, triggering an ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plants. Many of the cities and institutions directly impacted by this triple-faceted event have managed to achieve remarkable recovery in a very short time. However, confidence and trust in those in positions of political, administrative, and intellectual leadership were badly shaken. Preparedness of the nation and the mechanisms in place not only to deal with unforeseen crises, but also with the increased pace of change both at the national and regional levels are now being questioned. Furthermore, ongoing economic stagnation, the various predicted consequences of a rapidly aging population, and challenges posed by the expansion of largely uncoordinated multilateral initiatives in East Asia have placed pressure on Japanese higher education to adapt to changing expectations and evolve with changing realities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational and Development Education
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameInternational and Development Education
ISSN (Print)2731-6424
ISSN (Electronic)2731-6432


  • High Education
  • High Education System
  • International Student
  • Liberal Democratic Party
  • Private High Education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Development
  • Education


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