Areas of Expertise
The political economy and social history of modern Japan, nationalism in Asia, religion and politics, conflict and reconciliation, and law and social change. Professor Kingston's op-eds and book reviews appear in the Nikkei Asia Review, Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Japan Times. The BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CCTV, CNA, CNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, CBS, ABC, Time, AP, NHK, Voice of America and other media organizations interview him frequently. He also writes a weekly column–Counterpoint–for the Japan Times.
Professor Kingston teaches courses on modern Japanese history; contemporary Japan; Japan's relations with Asia; and modern Southeast Asia. He is director of Asian Studies at TUJ.
Professor Kingston's research interests focus on nationalism in Asia, contemporary Japan; civil society; law and social change; migration; and minorities. He has written extensively on politics and social change in contemporary Japan and also on the 3.11 natural and nuclear disasters. His recent research focuses on Japan's energy policy and trends in the labor market. He is author of Nationalism in Asia: A History Since 1945 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016) and editor of Asian Nationalism Reconsidered (Routledge, 2015); Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan (Routledge, 2014) and Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan: Response and Recovery after Japan’s 3/11 (Routledge, 2012) in addition to an e-book published by Foreign Policy entitled Tsunami. His current research focuses on nationalism, religion and identity. He has also edited Press Freedom in Japan forthcoming in 2017.
- Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan (2017).
- Nationalism in Asia: A History Since 1945 (2016).
- Asian Nationalisms Reconsidered (2016).
- "Empire of the Setting Sun", Foreign Policy August 15, 2016.
- "The Japan Lobby and Public Diplomacy", The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 14, issue 9, no. 1, May 1. 2016.
- "Devastating Consequences, Flawed Responses: Japan’s 3.11 Tragedy", in Feener and Daly, ed. Rebuilding Asia, Cambridge University Press 2016.
- "Marriage and Family in Crisis in Contemporary Japan", in Celello and Kholoussy, ed. Rebuilding Asia, Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties, Oxford 2016.
- "Japanese University Humanities and Social Sciences Programs Under Attack", The Asia-Pacific Journal, September 28, 2015. Volume 13, Issue 39, Number 1.
- "SEALDs: Students Slam Abe’s Assault on Japan’s Constitution", The Asia-Pacific Journal, August 31, 2015 Volume 13, Issue 36, Number 1.
- "Risk and Consequences: The Changing Japanese Employment Paradigm", co-authored with Machiko Osawa in Anne Allison and Frank Baldwin (eds), Japan’s Possible Futures, NYU Press, 2015.
- "Nationalism and the 2014 Election: The Abe Conundrum", in Pekkanen, Scheiner and Reed, ed., Japan Decides: The 2014 Election, Palgrave McMillan, 2015.
- "Downsizing Fukushima" in Mark Mullins and Koichi Nakano, ed., Disasters and Social Crisis in Contemporary Japan: Political, Religious, and Cultural Responses, Palgrave McMillan 2015.
- "Abe's Nuclear Renaissance: Energy Politics in Post-3.11", Japan Critical Asian Studies, vol 46, no 3, 2014, pp 461-484.
- Kingston, J. Museums, Manga, Memorials and Korean-Japan History Wars, Asian Studies II (XVII) 2 (2014), 41-71.
- "Precarious Work in Japan (with Machiko Osawa and Myoung Jun Kim)", American Behavioral Scientist. March 2013 vol. 57 no. 3 309-334.
- Kingston, J. Contemporary Japan: History, Politics and Social Change Since the 1980s. (Wiley 2010, 2nd revised ed. 2012).
- Kingston, J. (ed.) Contemporary Japanese Politics. 4 volumes. Brill, 2013.
- Kingston, J. Japan's Nuclear Village. Asia-Pacific Journal vol 10:37, no. 1 (Sept. 10, 2012).
- Kingston, J. Burma's Despair. Critical Asian Studies, vol. 40, no. 1 (March 2008), 3-43.
- Kingston, J. Nanjing Massacre Memorial: Renovating War Memory in Nanjijng and Tokyo. Japan Focus (8/22/2008).
- Kingston, J. Balancing justice and reconciliation in East Timor. Critical Asian Studies, vol. 38, no. 3 (Sept. 2006), 271-302.
- Kingston, J. Kokka saisei [in Japanese]. Hayakawa Shobo, 2006.
- Kingston, J. Japan's quiet transformation: Social change and civil society in the 21st century. RoutledgeCourzon, 2004.
- Kingston, J. Japan in transformation 1952-2000. Longman, (revised 2nd edition 2011).
- Ph.D. in history, Columbia University
- M.A. in international affairs, Columbia University, School of International Affairs
- B.S. in foreign service, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service
The editorial advisory boards of AsiaPacific Journal, Asian Studies and Critical Asian Studies.
Member of AAS, EAJS, AAJS.