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Fumihito Gotoh

profile.jpgTeaching and Research Fellow

Email: F dot Gotoh dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room: E1.24



I convene and teach the MA modules International Relations of the Asia Pacific (PO920) and East Asian Development Policies (PO9B5) and am the coordinator of the East Asia Study Group. I obtained a PhD from the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick in March 2018. I wrote my doctoral thesis entitled ‘The Political Economy of the Japanese Credit Market: Social Norms versus Financial Globalisation’ under the co-supervision of Dr Timothy J. Sinclair and Professor Christopher W. Hughes. The thesis explores the conflict between Japanese society’s anti-liberal, anti-free market norms and American-led liberal global norms (promoting capital and labour mobility) from a Neo-Gramscian perspective. Before starting my doctoral research, I conducted corporate credit research and formulated credit investment strategy at the Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ), Merrill Lynch and UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland).


My research interests include International Political Economy, East Asian and Japanese politics and political economies, comparative capitalisms, politics and sociology of finance, and credit rating agencies and credit markets. One of my key roles in the department is to support the research projects of Professor Christopher W. Hughes during his tenure as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education. My monograph, Japanese Resistance to American Financial Hegemony: Global versus Domestic Social Norms, was published from Routledge (RIPE Series in Global Political Economy) on 8th October 2019. My current research focuses on comparative capitalisms, mainly the comparative analysis of Japanese and Chinese models of capitalism (particularly in the areas of consumer credit, credit rating agencies and vehicle electrification).

Conference/Workshop Papers
  • 'UK-Japan Economic Cooperation with Reference to FinTech'. Warwick-Waseda Workshop: Post(?)-Brexit UK-Japan Relations, Coventry, the UK, September 2019.
  • 'Normative Constraints: Why Japan Resisted Financial Globalisation'. Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics' 30th Annual Conference in Kyoto, Japan. June 2018.
  • 'Social Norms Die Hard: Why Japan Resisted Convergence towards American-Style Capitalism'. ISA's 59th Annual Convention in San Francisco, the USA. April 2018.
  • 'Social Norms Matter: An Eclectic Approach to the Political Economy of the Japanese Credit Market'. Early Career Researcher Workshop, Warwick Critical Financial Group, University of Warwick, Coventry, the UK, September 2017.
  • ‘The Politics of the Japanese Credit Rating Industry: Social Norms versus Financial Globalisation.’ with Timothy J. Sinclair. PAIS Research Conference at the University of Warwick, Coventry, the UK. June 2016.
  • ‘The Politics of the Japanese Credit Rating Industry: Social Norms versus Financial Globalisation.’ with Timothy J. Sinclair. ISA’s 57th Annual Convention in Atlanta, the USA. March 2016.
  • ‘Sekai Kinyu Kiki to Nippon no Kurejitto Shijyo: Genba karano Hokoku (Japanese Credit Market under the Global Financial Crisis: A Report from the Market.’ The 71st Conference of the Economic Studies of Securities in Tokyo, Japan. June 2009.

 Modules for 2020-21

 Previous Modules

Advice & Feedback Hour
  • Term 1 & 2: Thursday 13:30-14:30, Friday 10:30-11:30 via MS Teams (excluding reading weeks), Term 3: by appointment
  • Please book your appointment here, taking note of the information at the top of the booking form.
Honours and Awards
  • Fondation France-Japon EHESS Young Researcher Award 2018
  • Ranked #1 in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009 on Nikkei Credit Analyst Rankings
  • IBJ Scholarship for overseas postgraduate studies, 1993-95