Institute of Social Science The University of Tokyo

the University of Tokyo


Research Staff

NOBLE, Gregory W.

update at 30 June 2015

Division Department of Comparative Contemporary Politics
Research fields Comparative Public Administration

Teaching and Research Appointments

April 2001 - March 2002 Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
April 2002 - Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo

Publications (2014- )

  1. “Too little, too late? Raising the consumption tax to shore up Japanese finances.” The Japanese Political Economy 40:2 (Summer): pp.48-75. 2014.
  2. “Abenomics in the 2014 Election: Showing the money (supply) and little else.” In Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven R. Reed and Ethan Scheiner, eds. Japan Decides 2014: The General Election. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming 2015.

Selected publications ( -2013)

  1. Flying Apart? Japanese-American Negotiations over the FSX Fighter Plane, U.C. Institute of International Studies, 1992.
  2. Collective Action in East Asia: How Ruling Parties Shape Industrial Policy (Cornell Studies in Political Economy), Cornell University Press: Ithaca, 1998.
  3. The Asian Financial Crisis and the Structure of Global Finance (edited with John Ravenhill), Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2000.
  4. “Let a Hundred Channels Contend: Technological Change, Political Opening, and Bureaucratic Priorities in Japanese Television Broadcasting,” Journal of Japanese Studies 26(1) (Winter 2000): pp.79-109.
  5. “What Can Taiwan (and the United States) Expect from Japan?” Journal of East Asian Studies 5(1) (January 2005): pp.1-34
  6. “Production Networks in Asia’s Automobile Parts Industry” (with Richard F. Doner and John Ravenhill), Global Production Networking and Technological Change in East Asia, ed. Shahid Yusuf, M. Anjum Altaf, Kaoru Nabeshima (Washington and New York: World Bank and Oxford University Press, 2004), pp.159-208
  7. “Executioner or Disciplinarian: WTO Accession and the Chinese Auto Industry” (with Richard F. Doner and John Ravenhill), Business and Politics 7(2) article 1, 2005.
  8. “Front Door, Back Door: The Reform of Postal Savings and Loans in Japan,” The Japanese Economy 33(1) (Spring 2005): pp.107-123.
  9. “Koizumi and Neo-Liberal Economic Reform,” Social Science Japan 34 (March 2006): pp.6-9.
  10. “Explaining Regionalism: A Brief Overview,” Working Paper, ISS Comparative Regionalism Project, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, May 2005, 26pp.
  11. “New Breakthroughs and Enduring Limitations in Japan’s Special Relationship with Taiwan,” in Yoichiro Sato and Satu Limaye, eds., Japan in a Dynamic Asia: Coping with New Security Challenges (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2006), pp.89-116.
  12. “Industrial competitiveness of the auto parts industries in four large Asian countries: the role of government policy in a challenging international environment” (with John Ravenhill and Richard F. Doner). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper WPS4106 (December 1, 2006), pp.76.
  13. “The Emergence of the Chinese and Indian Automobile Industries and Implications for other Developing Countries”. World Bank working paper, May 2006, pp.46.
  14. “Wanxiang: Incremental Innovation in Service of Long-term Goals,” (世界銀行研究ペーパー) World Bank, 2007年9月, 25頁.
  15. “UTStarcom: Systems Innovation in a hybrid, globalizing Chinese telecommunications company,” (世界銀行研究ペーパー) World Bank, September 2007, 19頁.
  16. “SiBiono: Chinese Biotech Pioneer,” (世界銀行研究ペーパー) World Bank, September 2007, 15頁.
  17. “Incomplete Democratization and Unreconciled Rivalries: Economic Relations Across the Taiwan Strait and Regional Cooperation.” CREP Discussion Paper No. 6, 東京大学社会科学研究所2007年9月, 37頁.
  18. “Stealth Populism: Administrative Reform in Japan,” in Gerald E. Caiden and Tsai-Tsu Su (eds) The Repositioning of Public Governance: Global Experience and Challenges (Taipei: Best-Wise, 2007), pp.199-232.
  19. “Japanese and American perspectives on regionalism in East Asia.” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 8:2, pp.247-262, May 2008.
  20. “Post-Colonial Sentiments and Security Calculations: Ties with Japan,,” in Steve Tsang,ed, Taiwan and the International Community, Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing, 20pp, 2008.
  21. “Japan's Business Community in Sino-Japanese Relations,” In Frances Rosenbluth and Masaru Kohno, eds., Japan and the World, New Haven: Yale University Council on East Asian Studies, pp.187-227, 2009.
  22. “Fordism Light: Hyundai's Challenge to Coordinated Capitalism” Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, BRIE Working Paper 186, March, 2010.
  23. “The Decline of Particularism in Japanese Politics,” Journal of East Asian Studies 10:2, pp.239-273, 2010.
  24. “Policymaking in Postwar Japan: New Wine and, Finally, New Bottles,” in Alisa Gaunder, ed., Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics New York: Routledge, 2010.
  25. “The Evolution of the Japanese Policymaking System in Alisa Gaunder, ed.,” in Alisa Gaunder, ed.,Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics New York: Routledge, 2010.
  26. “Political-bureaucratic alliances for fiscal restraint in Japan,” 「社会科学研究」 62:1, 51-76頁, 2011.
  27. “Industrial Policy in Key Developmental Sectors: South Korea versus Japan and Taiwan,” in Byung-Kook Kim and Ezra F. Vogel, eds., The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea Cambridge: Harvard University Press, pp.603-628, 2011.
  28. “The Chinese Auto Industry as Challenge, Opportunity and Partner,” D. Breznitz and J. Zysman (eds.), The Third Globalization: Can Wealthy Nations Stay Rich in the Twenty-First Century? New York: Oxford University Press, pp.57-81.
  29. “Japan's Economic Crisis: More Chronic than Acute-So Far.” In Japan in Crisis: What Will it Take for Japan to Rise Again?, edited by Y.-s. Bong and T. J. Pempel. Seoul: The Asan Institute for Policy Studies, pp.53-80.
  30. “Koizumi's Complementary Coalition for (mostly) Neo-liberal Reform in Japan,” Kenji E. Kushida, Kay Shimizu, and Jean C. Oi (eds.), Syncretism: The Politics of Economic Restructuring and System Reform in Japan. Stanford, Cal.: Stanford University Asia-Pacific Research Center, pp.115-146. 2014.

Topics of research

(1) Comparative politics and comparative political economy in East Asia
(2) East Asian regionalism
(3) The politics and political economy of Taiwan (including relations with US, Japan, China)
(4) Regulatory policy
(5) Industrial policy, innovation policy