A Short Introduction

I have made available for free download three of the chapters of my single book, which I published a year ago on New Year’s Day. I personally would strongly appreciate it if they were widely read. Here is the URL where you can download it;

(Book summary) https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/974690
Interested parties are free to download each chapter as a PDF.The short contents of each are as follows;
Introduction: Overall overview of this book. Japanese political anxiety over governance elucidates the political behavior of the Japanese.
Chapter 4: Theorizes the concept of anxiety over governance as an alternative to political distrust concept by locating the Japanese in an international comparative analysis of risk perception and democratic governance perception in the World Values Survey.
Chapter 5: Through an international comparative analysis of the evaluation of government measures during the COVID-19 crisis and an analysis of the 2021 House of Representatives election survey, the author examines the formation of anxiety over governance among the Japanese and its implications.
Note that the chapters not available for download include a long-term analysis of electoral surveys on Japanese politics over the past 45 years (Chapters 1 and 2), a chapter on the international positioning of Japanese political culture with World Values Survey and Asian Barometer Survey (Chapter 3),and a chapter on whether anxiety over governance can be tackled (chapter 6). These will need to be purchased as eBooks or read through free access from your university.


Ken’ichi Ikeda has been professor in the Department of Media Studies at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan since April 2013, after 21 years of teaching at the University of Tokyo. He is interested in social/political participation, voting behavior, and the mediated effects of Internet use on political behavior. He is the Principal Investigator such as the “Japanese Election Study III (2001-2006)”, and the “Comparative research project on values, trust, participation and democracy in Japan” (2009- 2014). He co-edited a book, Political Discussion in Modern Democracies: A Comparative Perspective, in 2010 (Routledge), and published a book titled Social Networks and Japanese Democracy: The Beneficial Impact of Interpersonal Communication in East Asia with Sean Richey in 2011 (Routledge). His publications are also found in the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, Political Behavior, Communication Research, Human Communication Research and other related English journals as well as numerous books and journal articles in Japanese.

His recent big work was to collaborate with other co-editors to publish;

He also has been involved in releasing publicly-open data sets which are mainly surveys conducted in Japan-nationwide on political culture, voting behavior, and political participation. Click this link to these data sets.