Asia Pacific World

The Journal of the International Association for Asia Pacific Studies

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Chief Editor: Malcolm J.M. Cooper, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Published on behalf of the International Association for Asia Pacific Studies

Asia Pacific World is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that focuses on the social, political, cultural and economic development of the Asia Pacific region. The Journal discusses issues of current and future concern for the Asia Pacific, and its relations with the rest of the world.

A forum for scholars carrying out research on the region, Asia Pacific World presents cutting edge analysis and invites contributions from a wide range of disciplines to explore their impact on the region. These areas include, but are not limited to, Sociology and Cultural Studies, History, Politics and International Relations, Finance, International Business Management, Innovation, Economic Development, Social Welfare, Tourism, Environment, ICT, New Media, Management, and Linguistics.

Asia Pacific World is published twice a year in Spring and Autumn. Its features include general articles, book reviews and review articles.

Subjects: Asia Pacific Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Politics, Cultural Studies

Current Issue

Volume 5, Number 2, Autumn 2014

Malcolm J. M. Cooper


The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Identifying the Implications
Amitendu Palit


SPECIAL SECTION: Travel and Tourism

Mourn, Rebuild, Remember, Prepare: Messages of the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
Carolin Funck

Changes in Japanese Ski Resorts with the Development of Inbound Tourism: A Case Study of Niseko-Hirafu
Masaaki Kureha

Changes in Air Charter Market Operations in Japan: Airlines, Airports and Aviation Policies
Chuntao Wu and Lei Peng

Participation in Urban Festival Parades in Japan as Special Interest Tourism: Focusing on Hiroshima Flower Festival and Kobe Festival
Seo Jaeseung and Carolin Funck

The Impact of Cultural Tourism on the Innovation of Ethnic Handicraft Production in Dali, China
Honggang Xu, Tang Zhouyuan, and Ni Sisi

Variations on a Theme Park in Contemporary China
Shien Zhong, Jie Zhang, Hao Luo, and Honglei Zhang



An Analysis of SME Perceptions of Credit Information Reporting in Vietnam
Anh H. Nguyen

Ge-ge-ge no Kitarō and the Yōkai of Japan: A Case Study of Monstrophy in Japanese Popular Culture
Salvador J. Murguia, Julia Christmas, and Shuji Nishibata



Response to Book Review
Author Jonardon Ganeri Responds to the Review of His Book Identity as Reasoned Choice: A South Asian Perspective on the Reach and Resources of Public and Practical Reason in Shaping Individual Identities.