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Purnendra Jain

Purnendra Jain is a professor in Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide in Australia, and is currently affiliated with the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore. His main research focus has been on contemporary Japanese politics and foreign policy. He has also researched and written extensively on Japan–India, Japan–South Asia relations, Australia–Asia relations; regionalism and regional institutions; energy and foreign aid issues; and comparative studies of the politics and foreign policy of Japan, China, and India.

His research results have been published in such journals as Asian SurveyPacific ReviewInternational Relations of the Asia PacificJapan ForumJapan StudiesLeviathan, and Australian Journal of International Affairs. He is a frequent commentator on Japan’s current affairs in newspapers, radio, and television in Australia, Japan, India, Singapore, and China. He has been a Japan Foundation fellow twice, a JSPS fellow, and has recently been a part of a JICA (Japan’s aid agency) project on Japan’s foreign aid.

He was a visiting fellow/professor at the National University of Singapore, University of Tokyo, University of Oxford, Columbia University, Harvard University, University of California San Diego, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (Delhi), and ORF (Delhi). He is a former president of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia and of the Asian Studies Association of Australia and co-convenor of the 9th International Convention of Asian Scholars. Full bio at:



Articles by Purnendra Jain (11)