I have been working at Oxford University since 2004 before which I spent 15 years as a professor of Japanese studies at the University of Essex. I am based in the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies where I acted as director between 2006-2014. In October 2011 I became head of OSGA and served in that post until December 2014. I was a member of the Area Studies panel in the REF2014 exercise.
My research has mainly been focused on Japanese political and social history in the twentieth century particularly the experience of Buraku communities in the process of industrialization and modernization. However I have also worked on industrial policy, in particular the pharmaceutical industry, on broader issues relating to human rights in East Asia and contemporary Japanese politics.
During 2015 I was on sabbatical leave as a Japan Foundation visiting fellow at Kyushu University from January to October and Keio University from October to December. I spent this period of research leave conducting research on the formation, development and implementation of the Dowa Project policies.
Previous Posts Held
Lecturer, Department of History and Politics, Huddersfield Polytechnic 1979-84
Lecturer, Department of Politics, Newcastle University 1984-9
Sanwa Professor of Japanese studies, Department of Government, Essex University, 1989-2004
Professor Neary provides teaching about Japanese politics to undergraduate students on the PPE and Japanese studies programmes, to masters students on the Contemporary Japan and Comparative government programmes as well as supervising doctoral students working on Japan.
Recent publications include
The Buraku Issue in Modern Japan: the career of Matsumoto Jiichiro, Routledge, 2010
Human Rights in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, Routledge, 2002
State and Politics in Japan, Polity 2002.
Chapters in Edited Collections
Human Rights, in The Oxford Handbook on IR in Asia ed. S M Pekkanen, R Foot and J Ravenhill, OUP, 2014.
‘Democracy and Human Rights in Post-Cold War East Asia’ in Chung-Si Ahn and Bertrand Fort (eds.) Democracy in Asia Europe and the World –towards a universal definition, Marshall Cavendish 2006, pp 167-179.
‘Status and Class’ A Companion to Japanese History, ed. W M Tsutsui Blackwell 2007, pp 389-406.
“Human Rights in the Discourse of Buraku Liberation: from the 1920s to the 1990s,’ Development and Society 39, No. 2 (2010): 285-298.
‘Matsumoto Jiichiro and the making of democracy in postwar Japan,’ Japan Forum 19, No. 2 (July 2007).