Fellows & Grantees

Junko Kato

Abe Fellowship 1995
Project Title
Party Politics, Economic Performance, and Tax Revenue Structure in 18 Advanced Industrial Societies
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Associate Professor, Social Science, University of Tokyo


Junko Kato (Ph.D., Yale University) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Tokyo. She has conducted research in comparative politics on taxation and the welfare state, party coalitions and government formation, and neuro-cognitive analyses of political behavior. She has authored articles in numerous journals, including the American Political Science Review and the British Journal of Political Science.  She has authored two books: The Problem of Bureaucratic Rationality (Princeton University Press, 1994) and Regressive Taxation and the Welfare State (Cambridge University Press, 2003) in addition to numerous book chapters. She has been a member of the Editorial Board of British Journal of Political Science and Japanese Journal of Political Science. Since 2006, she has launched interdisciplinary research applying a neuro-cognitive approach to the analysis of political behavior.She has published articles on fMRI experiments of political behavior in Frontiers in Neuroscience and the one on the geometric modeling of political similarity judgment in PLOS ONE.