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Expertise

Japanese studies (area studies), Japan in the Asian regional context, major power relations in East Asia, EU-Asia relations, Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)

Degrees

PhD, Graduate University for Advanced Studies ( Japan)

Language skills

English, Dutch, Japanese (working languages), German, French, Finnish (receptive skills)

Projects

America’s changing global role and its impacts on transatlantic relations


latest publications

Expertise

Japanese studies (area studies), Japan in the Asian regional context, major power relations in East Asia, EU-Asia relations, Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)

Positions of responsibility

Adjunct Professor, Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki

Work experience

Acting Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, University of Helsinki, 2009-2011
Project leader, Senior Researcher, University of Helsinki Network for European Studies, 2007-2009
Adviser, ASEM6-secretariat, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, 2006
Researcher, University of Helsinki Network for European Studies, 2005-2006

Current projects at FIIA

East Asian regionalism
Major power relations in East Asia

Degrees

PhD, Graduate University for Advanced Studies ( Japan)

Education

PhD, Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Japan) 1999
MA, Osaka University of Foreign Studies (Japan) 1995
Licentiate, University of Leuven (Belgium) 1989

Language skills

English, Dutch, Japanese (working languages), German, French, Finnish (receptive skills)

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Kallio, Jyrki & Gaens, Bart (2020). Finland's relations with China and the US. In Esteban, Mario and Miguel Otero-Iglesias ed(s): Europe in the Face of US-China Rivalry. A Report by the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC). Madrid: Real Instituto Elcano. 57-63.

Gaens, Bart (2018). Two decades of the Asia-Europe Meeting. In Gaens, Bart & Khandekar, Gauri ed(s): Inter-regional relations and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. 9-32.

Gaens, Bart (2018). ASEM's process of enlargement and its implications. In Gaens, Bart & Khandekar, Gauri ed(s): Inter-regional relations and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. 173-190.

Gaens, Bart (2016). Comparing Japan and the European Union: the development cooperation policies of two civilian powers. In Asplund, Andre; Söderberg, Marie ed(s): Japanese Development Cooperation. The making of an aid Architecture Pivoting to Asia. Routledge. 141-158.

Gaens, Bart (2015). Conclusions. In Gaens, Bart ed(s): The Future of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Looking Ahead Into ASEM’s Third Decade. Brussels: European External Action Service . 137-145.

Gaens, Bart (2015). ASEM Enlargement. In Gaens, Bart ed(s): The Future of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Looking Ahead Into ASEM’s Third Decade. Brussels: European External Action Service . 65-85.

Gaens, Bart (2015). Introduction. In Gaens, Bart ed(s): The Future of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Looking Ahead Into ASEM’s Third Decade. Brussels: European External Action Service . 16-20.

Gaens, Bart (2015). Sympathy or self-interest? : the development agendas of the European Union and Japan in the 2000s. In Bacon, Paul; Mayer, Hartmut; Nakamura, Hidetoshi ed(s): The European Union and Japan : a new chapter in civilian power cooperation? Farnham: Ashgate. 151-168.

Gaens, Bart (2015). ASEM in the wake of the Milan Summit. In Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Rueppel, Patrick ed(s): The future of Asia-Europe cooperation. Singapore: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and European Union.

Gaens, Bart (2014). Japan, Europe and East Asian regionalism. In Liu Jianhui; Sano Mayuko ed(s): Rethinking “Japanese Studies” from Practices in the Nordic Region.

Gaens, Bart (2014). Kiinan pelko ohjaa Japania. Ulkopolitiikka, 4:68-71.

Gaens, Bart (2014). The China Menace. Japan Today, 30.12.

Gaens, Bart Gaens (2013). Myanmarin nuorallatanssi. Ulkopolitiikka (2).

Gaens, Bart (2013). EU in Southeast Asia: An alternative to other powers? A stamp on the world -blog, 12.11.

Gaens, Bart (2012). Japan’s political power as reflected in Japanese Studies research. Gekkan Minpaku.

Gaens, Bart (2012). Myanmar avaa oviaan kurinalaisesti. Ulkopolitiikka (2).

Gaens, Bart (2011). The rise of interregionalisms: the case of the European Union’s relations with East Asia. In Timothy M. Shawn; J. Andrew Grant; Scarlett Cornelissen ed(s): The Ashgate Research Companion to Regionalisms. Farnham: Ashgate.

Gaens, Bart (2010). Company Culture or Patinated Past? - The Display of Corporate Heritage in Sumitomo. In Brumann, Christoph and Cox, Rupert ed(s): Making Heritage in Japan. London: Routledge.

Gaens, Bart (2010). (R)emasculation of the Salaryman - Representations of Japanese White-Collar Employees in the Manga Shima Kôsaku. In Iwatake, Mikako ed(s): New Perspectives from Japan and China. . Helsinki: University of Helsinki, Department of World Cultures.

Gaens, Bart (2009). The development of the EU’s Asia strategy with special reference to China and India - Driving forces and new directions. In Gaens, Bart; Jokela, Juha; and Limnell, Eija ed(s): The European Union’s Role in Asia: China and India as Strategic Partners. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Jokela, Juha & Gaens, Bart (2009). Introduction. In Gaens, Bart; Jokela, Juha & Limnell, Eija ed(s): The Role of the European Union in Asia: China and India as Strategic Partners. Farnham: Ashgate.

Gaens, Bart (2008). Summary and Conclusions. In Gaens, Bart ed(s): Europe-Asia Interregional Relations – A Decade of ASEM. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Gaens, Bart ed(s) (2008). Europe-Asia Interregional Relations – A Decade of ASEM. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Gaens, Bart & Keva, Silja (2008). ASEM’s Institutional Infrastructure. In Gaens, Bart ed(s): Europe-Asia Interregional Relations – A Decade of ASEM. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Gaens, Bart (2008). The Outcomes of the ASEM6 Summit in Helsinki. In Gaens, Bart ed(s): Europe-Asia Interregional Relations – A Decade of ASEM. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Gaens, Bart (2008). ASEM as a Tool to ‘Bridge the Cultural Divide. In Gaens, Bart ed(s): Europe-Asia Interregional Relations – A Decade of ASEM. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Gaens, Bart (2008). ASEM as an Economy-oriented Partnership. In Gaens, Bart ed(s): Europe-Asia Interregional Relations – A Decade of ASEM. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Gaens, Bart (2008). ASEM’s Background and Rationale. In Gaens, Bart ed(s): Europe-Asia Interregional Relations – A Decade of ASEM. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Gaens, Bart (2008). Introduction. In Gaens, Bart ed(s): Europe-Asia Interregional Relations – A Decade of ASEM. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Gaens, Bart; Vogt, Henri & Palosaari, Teemu (2008). Puheenvuoro: Euroopalle lisää puhelinnumeroita. Ulkopolitiikka (1).

Gaens, Bart (2007). All for One and One for All? Re-considering Collectivity in the Modernization of Japanese Business Firms. In Raud, Rein ed(s): Japan and Asian Modernities. London: Kegan Paul.

Tiilikainen, Teija; Kivimäki, Timo; Gaens, Bart & Keva, Silja (2006). ASEM in its Tenth Year. Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland .

Gaens, Bart (2006). Beyond ASEM VI: Lessons for the Actors. In Bersick, Sebastian; Stokhof, Wim; van der Velde, Paul ed(s): Multiregionalism and Multilateralism: Asia-Europe Relations in a Global Context. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Gaens, Bart (2005). Nihon shûkyû (sakkâ) bunka no hensen” (The transformation of Japan’s football culture). In Sonoda Hidehiro ed(s): Ketsujo, gyaku ketsujo no kanten kara mita Nihon no seikatsu bunka. Kyoto: Shibunkaku.

Länsisalmi, Riikka & Gaens, Bart (2005). Who needs Japan anyway? NIASnytt-Asia Insights (1).

Gaens, Bart (2002). Chôja no yama – Kinseiteki keiei no Nichiô hikaku–” (Millionnaire’s Mountain – Early Modern Business Organization in Japan and Europe. In ed(s): Nichibunken Forum.

Gaens, Bart (2000). A Comparative Examination of Early Modern European and Japanese Business Units. Kokusai nihon kenkyu, 1:1-28.

Gaens, Bart (2000). Family, Enterprise, and Corporation – The Organization of Izumiya-Sumitomo in the Tokugawa Period. Japan Review, 12:205-230.

Gaens, Bart (1999). The Organization of Merchant Houses in Tokugawa Japan – a Comparison with the Low Countries. The Graduate University for Advanced Studies .

Gaens, Bart (1999). Sakkâ bunka to shakaiteki henka. Kosei jûshi suru wakamono no shinboru (Football culture and social change. The symbol of individualistic youth). Sankei shinbun, 30.5.

Gaens, Bart (1998). The Relation between family and Enterprise in Early Modern Japan - The House of Sumitomo as a Case Study. Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica, 29:189-204.

Gaens, Bart (1995). "Kinsei, kindai ni okeru Sumitomoke no kakun to kahô – Kagyô keiei to no kanrensei ni tsuite” (“The Household Codes of Izumiya-Sumitomo in the Tokugawa and Meiji Periods and Their Relation to Business Management”). Osaka University of Foreign Studies.

Gaens, Bart (1994). Kinsei, kindai ni okeru Sumitomoke no kakun to kahô” (The Household Precepts of Izumiya-Sumitomo in the Tokugawa and Meiji Periods). Nihongo, Nihon bunka kenkyû (Studies in Japanese Language and Culture), 4:45-55.