This 2009 article by Yuko Fujigaki describes the development of Japanese STS from the 1980s up to the planning processes for the 2010 4S Meeting in Tokyo. The article also focuses on analyzing historical case studies (Minamata disease, itai-itai disease, the Monju nuclear power plant incidents) to develop the argument that "Japanese society is now shifting from a technocratic model to a more democratic model in decision making in science and technology" (511).
This article explains the specific intellectual contexts of STS in Japan, especially relations among STS scholars with the Japanese government in science communication and the public understanding of science.
Fujigaki, Yuko. 2009. "STS in Japan and East Asia: Governance of Science and Technology and Public Engagement." East Asian Science, Technology and Society 3:511-518.
Yuko Fujigaki, "STS in Japan and East Asia: Governance of Science and Technology and Public Engagement", contributed by Grant Jun Otsuki, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 22 February 2022, accessed 3 December 2023. https://stsinfrastructures.org/content/sts-japan-and-east-asia-governance-science-and-technology-and-public-engagement-0