The project INCAS aims at creating a top-level research and advanced training network on institutional change in Asia, in comparative perspective with Europe. The coordinator, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France), promotes this network together with Oxford University (UK), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), and in collaboration with Waseda University (Japan). The aim of the mobility scheme is to give birth to a European consortium specialized in the comparative analysis of institutional change in Asia and Europe. The partners have chosen Japan as a reference point because of ist comparability with Europe as shown by previous studies, its historical influence on development and further institutional changes in Asia, and the expertise accumulated within our research team. Our approach is grounded in the literature on comparative capitalism, which examines the diversity and change of institutions from a unique interdisciplinary perspective drawing insights from the fields of political economy, economic sociology, history, law, and business studies.