We are pleased to hold the joint conference of the 6th Asian Political Methodology Meeting and the second annual meeting of the Japanese Society for Quantitative Political Science at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, on January 5 and 6, 2019. We aim to have a small, intensive two-day conference focusing on innovative quantitative methods and their applications. Although the conference seeks to promote the advancement of quantitative social science research in Asia, we hope to have all regions of the world represented at the conference. The keynote speaker will be Prof. Robert J. Franzese, Jr., Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan.

The list of paper presentations can be found here.

Key Dates
Proposal submission deadline — September 15, 2018
Notification of decisions — September 30, 2018
Registration — October 1 to November 10, 2018
Final drafts of conference papers due — December 16, 2018 (not applicable to poster presenters)
Conference — Jan 5 - 6, 2019
Optional excursion — Jan 7, 2019

Information for Participants

Access to the venue

The venue of Asian PolMeth 2019, Doshisha University, is located in the center of Kyoto, just 3-minute walk from Exit #3 of Imadegawa station on the Karasuma line of the Kyoto City Subway. From Kansai International Airport (KIX), take Airport Express Train "Haruka" to Kyoto Station (approx. 75 min). From Osaka International Airport (ITM), take Airport Limousine Bus to Kyoto Station (approx. 50 min). From Kyoto Station, take the Karasuma line of the Kyoto City Subway to Imadegawa station (approx. 10 min). Turn RIGHT when you exit the station and walk down to the west gate of Doshisha. The conference takes place in Ryoshinkan Bldg., nearby the gate, on the campus.

Download the Doshisha University campus map here.

Program: (forthcoming)

List of posters: [Junior Poster Session] [Senior Poster Session] (forthcoming)

Paper Session

  • Every panel lasts for 90 minutes and includes 2 panels. Each of the two presenters talk for 30 minutes. The discussant has 15 minutes to make comments on the two papers. The remaining 15 minutes go to the floor Q&A. Junior Session 2 (3 papers) is an exception: 20 minutes for each paper and the discussant + 10 minutes Q&A.
  • We recommend presenters use the Windows computers on the podium, though you can connect your own laptop to projectors through HDMI.

Poster Session

  • Each poster is assigned two boards, each of which is 830 mm wide and 1640 high, so that an A0 size poster can be placed in either landscape or portrait orientation.
  • Kinko's offers printing service after 8 am on Jan. 4, and is only two stations away from the campus: https://goo.gl/maps/d7CN2pgNATT2
  • Poster presenters do NOT have to submit papers or posters.


  • Lunch and coffee will be provided both days of the conference, and there will dinner on 5 Jan. There will be a mostly (but not strictly) vegetarian option for lunch. No breakfast is provided.
  • We offer visitor accounts that delegates an use to connect to the wi-fi.
  • You might feel like buying Japan Rail Pass, a discounted ticket, before you come to Japan. For details, see http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/index.html

Venue and Dates

The conference will be held at the Imadegawa campus of Doshisha University, located in Kyoto city. We suggest international participants book a direct flight to Kansai International Airport (KIX) and take the direct Kainsai-Airport Express "HARUKA" to JR Kyoto station. If a direct flight to KIX is not available, participants should instead fly to either Tokyo Haneda (HND) or Tokyo Narita (NRT) and transfer to a domestic flight to Osaka International Airport (ITM). From there you will be able to take a bus to JR Kyoto station.

The conference starts on the morning of Saturday January 5 and ends on the evening of Sunday January 6. We serve lunch on both days, and the reception will be held on Saturday night. We will also invite participants to join an optional excursion on Monday January 7. Further details will follow in December.


Kyoto is a popular tourist destination, so in order to ensure you find accommodation we recommend you book a hotel as soon as possible. There are several luxury hotels close to the campus. We would recommend:

This year we will be establishing the Best Poster Award, sponsored by the Japanese Journal of Political Science and Society for Political Methodology. The recipient will receive $200 worth of paperback books from Cambridge University Press, and the SPM will invite the winner to the summer meeting.

This conference is sponsored by Doshisha University, Egusa Foundation for International Cooperation in the Social Sciences, Gakushuin University, the Kajima Foundation, Princeton University (Program for the Quantitative and Analytical Political Science), and Society for Political Methodology.

If you have any inquiry regarding the conference, feel free to send an email to Kentaro Fukumoto at Kentaro.Fukumoto@gakushuin.ac.jp.

The Program Committee
Kentaro Fukumoto, Gakushuin University, Japan (organizing committee chair)
Fang-Yi Chiou, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Benjamin Goldsmith, Australian National University, Australia
Takeshi Iida, Doshisha University, Japan
Kosuke Imai, Harvard University, U.S.A.
Koji Kagotani, Osaka University of Economics, Japan
Xun Pang, Tsinghua University, China
Jong Hee Park, Seoul National University, Korea