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Aoyama Gakuin University
School of International Politics, Economics and Communication Department of International Politics
Job title
Associate Professor
Research funding number

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Oct 1999
Mar 2001
Apr 2001
Sep 2006
Feb 2003
Sep 2003
Oct 2003
Mar 2004
Oct 2006
Sep 2010
Chief Researcher


Apr 1987
Mar 1992
Faculty of Laws, The University of Tokyo
Apr 1992
Mar 1994
Graduate School, Division of Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo

Awards & Honors

安倍フェローシップ, Social Science Research Council

Published Papers

Northeast Asia: Japan, DOI: 10.1093/yiel/yvz014
Watanabe, Rie
Yearbook of International Environmental Law 2018      Jan 2020
Germany’s Nuclear Policy Change and Multilevel Governance - The Case of the Stade Nuclear Power Plant -
12(1)    Mar 2019   [Refereed]
"Northeast Asia: Japan"
Watanabe, Rie
Yearbook of International Environmental Law   27 359-366   Dec 2018
“Northeast Asia: Japan”
Watanabe, Rie
Yearbook of International Environmental Law 2015   26 438-448   Oct 2017
"After the Fukushima Disaster: Japan’s Nuclear Policy Change from 2011 to 2012” (査読あり)
Watanabe, Rie
Review of Policy Research   33(6) 623-645   Nov 2016   [Refereed]


“A Comparative Analysis of Climate Policy Changes in Germany and Japan: Multi-level governance, governing coalition change, and policy entrepreneurs”(査読あり)
Watanabe, Rie
in: Niizawa Hidenori and Toru Morotomi (eds.) Governing Low Carbon Development and the Economy,   217-232   Sep 2014   [Refereed]
The Meaning of the Responsibility. Japan's Compliance with the Kyoto Protocol
Energy Vision - The Columbia Energy Review: en/vision, Volume 1   18-23   Jun 2010
Harmeling, Sven, Christoph Bals, Wolfgang Sterk, and Rie Watanabe
German Watch Briefing Paper      2009
Ott, Hermann, Florian Mersmann, Wolfgang Sterk, Rie Watanabe, Barbara Wegmann, and Hans Curtius
Wuppertal Paper Number 181      2009

Books etc

Climate Policy Changes in Germany and Japan - A Path to Paradigmatic Policy Change. Oxford:Rutledge(査読あり)
Jun 2011   

Conference Activities & Talks

Japan's Renewable Policy Change from RPS to FIT; Crossroads or Tipping Points? [Invited]
Watanabe, Rie
Japan at a Crossroads   26 Sep 2018   
The Role of Scientific Knowledge and Scientists in Climate Policy Change Learning: Building Research Questions and Hypotheses based on a Theoretical and Empirical Literature Survey
Sep 2017   
“A Comparative Analysis of Climate and Energy Actors’ Beliefs in Germany and Japan, the Results of Interviews in 2006/2007 and 2012/2013” [Invited]
21 Nov 2015   
“Who Decides on Japan’s Energy Policy? The Impact of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident on Power Distribution of Local and National Governments in Energy Policymaking, Case of Re-commissioning the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant”
“Energy Transition Around the World”   4 Mar 2015   Free University of Berlin
“Who Decides on Japan’s Energy Policy: The Impact of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident on Power Distribution of Local and National Governments: Case of Re-commissioning the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant”
The Conference “Entsorgungsoptionen für radioaktive Reststoffe: Interdisziplinäre Analysen und Entwicklung von Bewertungsgrundlagen (ENTRIA)”   2015   Free University of Berlin


Watanabe, Rie (2005) "Chapter 5:Japan"
Watanabe, Rie   The Others   2005
“Policy Brief 5, Foreign Carbon Credit Purchasing Options Open to Japan to Achieve the Kyoto Target”
Watanabe, Rie   The Others   2006
“Energy Security: Visions from Asia and Europe” (Antonio Marquina ed.)
Watanabe, Rie   The Others   2009
Climate Policy Development of the European Union
The Others   May 2018

Research Grants & Projects

A Comparative Analysis of Climate Policy Changes in Germany and Japan: The Interaction between Actors' Beliefs and Paradigm Shift
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Today
A study examining a hypothetical model explaining paradigmatic policy change
A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Scientists and Scientific Knowledge in Climate Policy Changes in Main Industrialized Countries

Social Contribution

Reviewer (Policy Studies Journal)
[Advisor]  Jan 2018 - Jun 2018
Reviewer (Review of Policy Analysis)
[]  Nov 2017 - Mar 2018
Member of the German delegates to Japan on Emissions Trading, Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety, Federal Republic of Germany.
[]  Oct 2007