+ cultural industries

+ economic nationalism

+ borders, mobility & securing open societies

+ university governance & internationalization


‘To whose taste?: Assessing public policy to authenticate and promote Japanese cuisine abroad’, European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS), 28 August 2014.

‘An authentic regard for Authenticity?’, August 2014.

‘Is ‘food design’ a nourishing concept?’, August 2014.


‘China’s strategy to sow distrust of Japan’, The Interpreter, Lowy Institute, 8 August 2014.

‘Australia & Japan make history by moving on from it’, East Asia Forum, 1 August 2014


I am creating a new research blog that will offer a wider range of posts, papers to download and profiles of several recent collaborative projects. See


TED x WASEDA: essentially on advice to young people

REMAKING JAPAN: a special Japan-related event with Dr Julian Worrall and Dr Adam Johns, a year on from the 11-3-11 disaster. Profound thanks to the University of Queensland community for the huge turn-out and sophistication of the event.


  1. (2000)Politics of Foreign Direct Investment in Australia, 1960-1996, Australian National University

           (chief supervisor, Professor Peter Drysdale, other supervisor, Professor Ross Garnaut) 

             download here: pokarier phd thesis.pdf  (warning 18 mb file!!)


(2012) ‘Rebranding Japan post 11.3.11 through the cultural industries?’, 2012 Association of Cultural Economics International (ACEI) biennial conference, Kyoto.

(2012) ‘Scales of Disaster: Conceptual reflections on 11.3.11’, A paper presented at the 11th Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, University of Tel Aviv, 22 May. Here:Scales of Disaster Pokarier Tel Aviv .pdf

  1. (2012)‘The mundane boundaries of economic nationalism’, Association for the Study of Ethnicity & Nationalism (ASEN) 2012 Annual Conference, LSE, London, 28 April. Here:pokarier mundane economic nationalism.pdf

(2012) ‘Transit through terror: the architecture of international mobility after 9.11’, David Walton & Michael Frazier, eds., An Anthology of Contending Views on International Security, New York: Nova.

(2011) ‘Projecting ‘Brand Japan’ by design?: The limitations of public policy’, Background paper to a presentation at the 10th Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Available here: Projecting Brand Japan Pokarier.pdf

(2011)‘Resolution: beyond debates over the boundaries of ‘the creative industries’. Not yet presented. Available here: Resolution Pokarier.pdf

The following paper, presented at ACEI 2010 is an earlier version of the of above two papers.

(2010) ‘Building “Brand Japan” through content industry policy?: A decade of Japanese experience’, A paper presented at the 2010 Association of Cultural Economics International (ACEI) biennial conference, Copenhagen, 11 June. Paper at:

(2010) ‘Japanese higher education: Seeking adaptive efficiency in a mature sector’, Chapter 10 in Christopher Findlay & William Tierney, eds. Globalisation and Tertiary Education in the Asia Pacific: The Changing Nature of a Dynamic Market, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company. [Appearing in Spring, ISBN: 978-981-4299-03-9: Based on the PECC-APRU Joint Study on the Asia Pacific Education Market, Singapore: Pacific Economic Cooperation Council & Association of Pacific Rim Universities.]

(2010) ‘The Business of Japanese Culture Abroad: Implications for Japanese Studies’, Globalization, Localization and Japanese Studies in the Asia Pacific Region: Nichibunken Sydney Symposium, Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, March.

(2009) 'An interest in Japan': The political economy of Australia-Japan investment linkages, A paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History Conference, Gakushuin University, Tokyo 18-20 February. Paper at:

(2008) ‘Internationalization as a driver of university reform in mature systems?: Mixed evidence from Japan’, Asia-Pacific Sub-regional Preparatory Conference for the 2009 UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education, 24-26 September, paper at:

(2008) ‘Open to Being Closed?: Foreign Control and Adaptive Efficiency in Japanese Corporate Governance’, Chapter 9 in Luke Nottage, Leon Wolff, Kent Anderson, eds., Corporate Governance in the 21st Century: Japan’s Gradual Transformation, London: Edward Elgar.

(2008) ‘Public Borders, Private Crossings: the governance of cross-border flows in historical perspective’, European Business History Association 2008 Annual Conference, Bergen, available at

  1. (2007)‘Open Secure Influential?: Contemporary issues in Japan’s international economic engagement’, Mari Pangetsu & Ligang Song, eds., Japan’s Future in East Asia and the Pacific, Canberra: Asia Pacific Press, Australian National University, 103-134.     [available at]

(2007) ‘Discretionary Economic Nationalism?: Business policy preferences towards open markets for corporate control’, Paper presented at EBHA 2007, Geneva, 13-15 September and available at

& Yoshimi Tamiya (2007) ‘Brand Japan and the Internationalization of Japanese Creative Industries’, Japanese Studies Association of Australia 15th Biennial Conference, 1-4th July. Available at: .

(2007) ‘The Knowledge Economy’, Chapter 5 in Australia-Japan: Friendship & Prosperity, Sydney: Focus Publishing. Official volumes published in English and Japanese to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1957 Commerce Agreement between Australia & Japan. Produced under the direction of a bilateral advisory group chaired by Jerry Ellis & Minoru Murofushi.

(2006) ‘Cross-border higher education in the Australia-Japan relationship’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 60(4): 552-73.

(2004) ‘The Controversy over Japanese Investment in Australia, 1987-1991: Context and Lessons’, Japanese Studies, 24(2): 215-231.

(2002) ‘Continuity and Change in Japanese Human Capital Formation’, in Hideaki Miyajima, Javed Maswood & Jeff Graham, eds, Japan: Continuity and Change, Richmond, Engl: Curzon Press, 106-124.

(2001) ‘The Political Market for Australian FDI Policy’, Academy of International Business, Sydney, 16-19 November 2001. Available here: AIB 2001 Pokarier.pdf

& Simon Ridings (1998) ‘Slow learners: Australian universities in the international market’, Policy, 14(2): 9-14.

(1998) ‘Fear and loathing in industry and trade policy’, AQ (Australian Quarterly), July-August, 4-6.

(1996) ‘A diverse media or an Australian media?’, Policy, Autumn, 7-11.


(2013) ‘Imagined Contiguities: three decades of Tokyo beyond Tokyo’, Israel Association of Japanese Studies, University of Haifa, 5 May. IAJS 1 2013 Pokarier.pdf

(2011) ‘Sacred & creative cities: fostering cultural industries in sacred places’, presented at the 6th Annual International Forum on Cultural Industries, Beijing, 30 July. An abstract is here: Pokarier Sacred and Creative Cities abstract.pdf and the slides here: Pokarier Sacred Creative .pdf

(2011) ‘Developing Japan’s global human resources’, presentation to Transnational HRM Association, Tokyo, 30 June. Slides here: TransHRM Pokarier 30 June 2011.pdf

(2009) ‘Automatic Stabilizers’ in the Australia-Japan Economic Relationship’, JSAA 2009: Japanese Studies Biennial Conference of Australia, Sydney. Presentation available here: JSAA 2009.pdf

(2008) ‘Globalization & Brand Communication’, 28th Mobility Research Conference, 20 November, Tokyo, English slides to accompany presentation in Japanese. Here: Brand Communication Mobility Forum Nov 2008.pdf

(2007) ‘Internationalization of the Japanese Higher Education Sector’, Address to participants in the Leading Australia’s Future in Asia Program, 21 June, Tokyo. Available here: LAFIA pokarier 21 June 2007.pdf

(2005) ‘Combating border protectionism?: ICTs and security assurance in open economies’, PECC-ANU Workshop on Global Supply Chain Security and ICTs, Aichi Expo, 23 June. Available at


(2009) ‘Prospering in Uncertain Times’, Enspire, 4th Edition, May, Lahore: LUMS LES.

(2004) ‘The Japanese Studies Association of Australia’, in Peter Drysdale. ed., Directory of Japanese Studies in Australia and New Zealand, Canberra & Sydney: Australian National University and the Japan Foundation, 94-96.

(2003) ‘National or Private Interest?: Regulating foreign investment in the Australian media, 1986-1996’, Proceedings of the 2003 Australian & New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) Annual Conference, Dunedin: University of Otago. Available here: National or Private Interest Pokarier ANZIBA 2003.pdf

& Roger Farrell, Peter Drysdale (2002) ‘Enhancing Higher Education Links between Australia and Japan’, A background paper to a Roundtable on Australia-Japan Education Linkages held at the Australian National University, 4 April 2002. Available here: A-J HE Canberra Roundtable 4 April 2002.pdf& appendices.pdf & appendix 3.pdf

  1. (2002)‘Review: The Global Market for Higher Education’, Policy, 18(4): 59-61.

  1. (2001)Theorising the Drivers of FDI Policy Liberalisation’, Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business, Southeast Asia Region (AIBSEAR), held in Jakarta, 4-6 July 2001.

(2001) Commissioned Background Paper to the ‘Think Canada’ Round Table Meeting between Presidents and Principals of Canadian and Japanese Universities, May 22-23 2001, Tokyo: Embassy of Canada in Japan.

(2000) ‘Rational actor theory and the study of Japanese politics’, Japanese Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference Proceedings: Melbourne 1997, Melbourne: JSAA.

(16 April 1999) Submission and presentation to the Inquiry into Japan, Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee, Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia.

(1998) ‘Coughlan and McNamara’s Asians in Australia’, Policy, 14(4), Summer, 49-50, Review.

Simon Ridings & Christopher Pokarier (1998) ‘Dreaming spires or dreary spivs?: Reputation in marketing Australian education abroad’,  ANZMAC’98 Conference Proceedings, Dunedin: University of Otago.

Simon Ridings & Christopher Pokarier (1998) ‘Quantifying the learning and personal experiences of first year international students’, First Year in Higher Education Conference Proceedings, Auckland: Auckland Institute of Technology.

(1998) ‘Australia-Japan Relations’, Purnendra Jain, ed., Australasian Studies of Japan: Essays and Annotated Bibliography 1989-96, Rockhampton: Central Queensland University Press, 37-44.

(1996) Economic Reform and Challenges for the Japanese Economy, Canberra: AJRC.