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The September issue of Pacific Affairs consists of four articles. It opens with, “All Politics is Local: Judicial and Electoral Institutions’ Role in Japan’s Nuclear Restarts.” In their paper, authors Daniel Aldrich and Timothy Fraser outline the impact of conditions influencing nuclear reactor restarts in Japan after 3/11 and the Fukushima disaster using interviews with relevant actors, primary and secondary materials, qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), and five case studies. They find that certain factors, such as courts, regulators, and gubernatorial opposition (or support) matter more than technical factors (such as the age of the reactor or its size) and other political factors (such as town council or prefectural assembly opposition or support). Further, local politics can bar a return to a national government’s nuclear policy goals through combinations of specific physical conditions and vetoes from relevant actors, rather than through the actions of local opposition or single “heroic” governors.

This is followed by “The Regime of Urban Informality in Migration: Accommodating Undocumented Chosŏnjok Migrants in their Receiving Community in Seoul, South Korea” by HaeRan Shin and Soyoung Park. In their study, Shin and Park examine how a regime of urban informality has taken shape in a Chosŏnjok (Joseonjok) receiving community in the Kuro/Taerim area of Seoul, South Korea. The findings of their research are that, first, public sector actors, including the Korea immigration service, local authorities, and local police, have shifted their roles from controlling to accommodating. Second, the private sector has expanded its role, building on relations between Chosŏnjok as easy-going customers and service providers who have tired of the mainstream Korean service market.

The next article, “The Paradox of Inequality in South Korea: Minsaeng Kyŏngje and Reinvigorated Developmentalism,” by Ji-Whan Yun, notes how scholars have discussed whether former South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s commitment to minsaeng kyŏngje (the economy for the people’s livelihood) was a compassionate conservatism to address growing inequality or only lip service she paid to the social policy. Yun, however, argues that minsaeng kyŏngje is a political discourse maneuvered by the Korean conservatives to reinvigorate old developmentalism in the face of the new condition of inequality. Additionally, the author offers both orientational and organizational characteristics of Korea’s developmental welfare state that have shaped the politics of minsaeng kyŏngje.

In this issue’s final article, “Is Regional Animus in Decline in Korea? A Test of the Generational Difference and Geographical Mobility Hypothesis,” authors Kyu S. Hahn, Jihye Lee, Inho Won, Seulgi Jang, and Joonwhan Lee adopt the implicit association test (IAT) as a measure of regional attitudes, providing an empirical test concerning the effects of generational difference and geographical mobility in South Korean regional voter attitudes. They find that generational difference and geographical mobility are likely to lessen the severity of regional animus in Korea and thus the political significance of regional attitudes will wane.

In addition we also have  49 reviews of current books and film. Please visit our Current Issue page.



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Pacific Affairs is an interdisciplinary journal committed to advancing empirical and conceptual knowledge in the field of Asia Pacific-focussed area studies. We view area studies as combining serious commitment to original research on specific regions and countries in Asia and the Pacific with insights and analytical rigour derived from multiple disciplines and various theoretical perspectives.



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Impact Factor Score: .667 (30 out of 69 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2016 to articles published in 2014 and 2015.

5-Year Impact Factor Score: 0.903 (16 out of 69 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2016 to articles published from 2011 to 2015

Immediacy Index Score: 0.050 (24 out of 69 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2016 of articles published in 2015

Article Influence® Score: 0.341 (28 out of 69 Area Studies journals)

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Note: We maintain a sustained and in-depth intellectual and administrative interest in the various debates concerning the uses, meanings, and limits of bibliometric indexes such as the annual JCR reports. We list the information above not as an unthinking endorsement of the use of these indexes to define notions of “quality,” but as information that forms part of a larger set of ongoing attempts to map the patterns and understand the meanings of scholarly communications in the digital age. Although Pacific Affairs embraces careful and contextualized use of all bibliometric data, our view is that the 5-Year Impact Factor (regardless of our absolute and/or relative numbers) is likely the most significant measure, given that we aspire to publish articles that based on the depth of their empirical research and the clarity of arguments will ideally retain their relevance for at least five years after publication.



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Pacific Affairs is a peer-reviewed, independent, and interdisciplinary scholarly journal focussing on important current political, economic, and social issues throughout Asia and the Pacific. Each issue contains approximately five new articles and 40-45 book reviews. Published continuously since 1928 under the same name, Pacific Affairs has been located on the beautiful campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, since 1961. The journal is committed to providing to the scholarly community and the world at large high quality research on Asia and the Pacific that takes readers beyond the headlines and across multiple disciplines.

Publication of Pacific Affairs is generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University.


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Pacific Affairs is indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), MasterFILE Premier, Public Affairs Information Service and PAIS ARCHIVE, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, World Affairs Online, and Bibliography of Asian Studies. We are both indexed and have abstracts of articles appear in Web of Science, GEOBASE, Canadian Periodical Index, Academic Search Complete, CBCA Complete, Historical Abstracts, International Political Science Abstracts, America: History and Life, Public Administration and CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. Ingenta is the electronic provider for our online subscriptions. Pacific Affairs was selected as one of the first journals to join the JSTOR archives at their inception and has a four-year moving wall.


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