September 23, 2016

[SSJ: 9525] 1>>of<

From: emma ota
Date: 2016/09/23

Calling for interested persons who may wish to join this cross disciplinary research group

1>>of< First Meeting
September 25(Sun) 12:00-14:00
Venue: Kosaten 167-0041 Tokyo Suginamiku Zenpukuji 4-1-1 Wada Bld. 4F
www.kosaten.org / www.dis-locate.net
contact: info@dis-locate.net

Japan is an international society. It has over 2.2 million foreign residents. It welcomed over 20
million tourists in the last year. It also has over 18000 refugees seeking asylum here. And
furthermore intakes over 20000 low-skilled workers every year under its “trainee” system. The
legacy of colonialism and the movement of people across East and S.E Asia can be seen in the large
numbers of 2nd, 3rd and even 4th generation “zainichi” who have in recent years born the brunt of
attacks from an influx in hate-speech in major cities, leading to recent (inadequate) passing of an
Anti-Hate Speech Law. Yet despite the complex make up of this society and its dwindling work force
there is no active immigration policy, no public services to support social integration and a heavy
rhetoric of “Japaneseness”.

At the same time we are witnessing backlashes against immigration across Europe and America, as
tensions fray from cultural difference and perceptions of outsiders taking over jobs, burdening
public services and overpowering previously established ways of life, a stance much encouraged by
opportunist politicians. We have observed a frightening spate of hate crime against refugees and
immigrants in Greece, Sweden, Germany and UK to name but a few, and we are reminded on a weekly
basis of the lethal prejudice which exists in law institutions of the US as spotlighted by the ‪#‎
BlackLivesMatter‬ movement.

Does the freedom of movement, the crossing of borders and the blurring of identities as part of
global society ultimately result in this conflict? This is perhaps a useful argument for a
government which aims to restrict immigration to only a privileged few, but such a stance cannot be
accepted out of convenience.

The project of multi-culturalism is perceived to have failed as separate cultures have developed
from isolation from each other in the same community, whilst “assimilation” refuses the diversity
of culture from the start. “Inclusivity” has become already a dated word but its renewed
interpretation is perhaps most pressing to debate in the current state of Japanese society.

This research group has been established to bring different fields together, not only those of
sociology, anthropology and law but also, importantly, actors of the cultural fields of art,
literature and music, to share in a dialogue on immigration and the issues of inter-cultural
conflict and racism. It intends to go beyond mere observation of the state of different individuals
and communities in Japan(and the wider world) and aims to provide a platform which actively
encourages the personal expression of a multitude of subjectivities, seeking empowerment by raising
visibility of individual creativity and self representation which surpasses the demands to be
categorized and represent one’s “associated group”.

Every month we will publish papers from our members and special guests on our dedicated web platform.
We shall also organize regular face to face meetings to share experience and debate various
positions, whilst also engaging in field work, workshops and presenting timely events which pin
point key issues currently facing society. Ultimately this group is not concerned solely with
lobbying on immigration policies but hopes to foster a heterogeneous community of diverse “
becomings” which might be activated by each other through discourse and action.

Through this program we hope to break through the dated myth of a homogeneous society and show the
plethora of cultural identities and experiences which exist in our daily life. Its purpose is not
only to inform people of this reality but also explore and create this together, providing a stage
for numerous voices and expressions which are each to be respected in their singularity.

As Japan heads towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and appears to welcome foriegn tourists with wide
open arms we need to turn a critical eye towards the lack of long term commitment to immigrants to
this country, the opportunistic use of a labor force with no strings attached (sent back to their
countries after 3 years) and the lack of visibility of the fundamental contribution which such
individuals make to the very infrastructure and economy of this country. We observe in this “
Quadriennale” the very conflicts and contradictions of global society which welcomes the open
movement of people and commerce upon an economic level, but later reveals this omotenashi
(hospitality) to be far from unconditional and fixed with a time-limit. We hope to reach beyond mere
celebrations of “cultural exchange” and rather highlight cultural realities lived day by day. This
is not a case of the “outsider” entering the established circle of a society/community but rather
exploring how the translocal cultures of foreign migrant workers, refugees, immigrants and
travellers might be vital in reconfiguring our sense of belonging and commonality which may
contribute to the very formation of the “Commons” and the action of commoning.

It is not a case of us and them.
I am, you are, we are, they are 1>>of<

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[SSJ: 9524] TPP--The US A Less Benign Hegemon?

From: "Richard Katz"
Date: 2016/09/23

Foreign Affairs just published a piece by me regarding TPP in its online
edition at
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/americas/2016-09-21/trading-down.
It is entitled: Trading Down: Is the TPP Making the United States a Less BenignHegemon?


Excerpts:


The United States may be on the verge of walking away from a trade pact, theTrans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP), that it virtually wrote. 45 percent of thelanguage in previous U.S. FTAs can be
found copied verbatim in the TPP, andthat figure rises to 80 percent for the TPP's investment
chapter, which isof particular interest to the United States.

Yet the United States did not offer to open its market very much in returnfor the concessions that
it was able to wrest from others. According to theU.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), by
2032 the TPP would boostU.S. imports by a negligible 0.2 percent of GDP compared to baseline
projections.

In short, the United States has gained more on its priorities, such asinvestment, finance, and
intellectual property, than it has given to itsnegotiating partners on theirs. And yet, after years
of arduousnegotiations, the normally pro-trade Republican leadership in Congress isnow pushing to
reopen settled issues, largely to please special interestgroups such as pharmaceutical and tobacco
firms. No wonder, then, that U.S.trade partners, after resisting some of their own domestic interest
groupsto reach a deal, are expressing outrage..

The U.S. government simply no longer has as much power to corral competinginterest groups to agree
on a trade pact that would promote growth throughmarket liberalization, while at the same time
addressing the concerns ofthose who are hurt by liberalization. Hence, U.S. negotiators have
produceda TPP unable to command broad political support-a vacuum that gives narrowinterest groups
their veto power. To its allies abroad, the result is thatthe United States now appears both less
benign and less hegemonic.

The United States tells itself that in most sectors, tariffs were already solow that even
eliminating them altogether would not have done much toliberalize U.S. markets. However, there were
many other things besidestariff reduction that the Obama administration could have offered
othercountries. It didn't do so because Congress would have rejected the entirepact.

Consider government procurement, which amounts to more than ten percent ofU.S. GDP and has a history
of being protected by Congress. Foreigners areeligible to bid on only 20 percent of total U.S.
procurement. In 2014, only4.6 percent of the United States' total procurement was spent on imports,
compared to 4.7 percent in Japan, 6.1 percent in China, and 7.5 percent inthe European Union.
Suppose that the U.S. procurement market had the sameshare of imports as the U.S. economy as a whole
-roughly 13 percent. Thatwould increase U.S. imports by one percent of GDP, five times what the
USITCprojects the TPP will accomplish. Given that Japan's procurement market isworth about $1
trillion, and Canada's about $265 billion, mutualliberalization of procurement would have boosted U.
S. exports as well.Although the United States wanted changes in procurement policies fromMalaysia
and Vietnam, the USITC reports that the United States was unwillingto accept real changes to its own
procurement policies. Meanwhile, Japan andCanada, along with Australia, Chile, and Peru, have all
agreed to liberalizeprocurement for provinces and localities-as they have done in pastagreements-but
only for countries that reciprocate. The United States, alongwith Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, and
Vietnam, rebuffed the offer.

To placate the U.S. auto industry, Washington insisted that Japan acquiesceto an extremely lengthy
phase-out of auto import tariffs as a condition ofjoining TPP talks in 2013. Rather than using auto
tariffs as a bargainingchip to gain more Japanese concessions in farming or other areas,
Washingtoninsisted they were nonnegotiable. As a result, the United States' 2.5percent tariff on
imports of Japanese passenger vehicles and SUVs is to bephased out over 25 years. For pickups and
work vans, the tariff is to stayat a stunning 25 percent until year 29 and then drop to zero in year
30.These are far more stringent terms than those granted to South Korea throughthe U.S.-Korea trade
agreement, in which the passenger car tariffs arephased out in five years and the light truck
tariffs in ten.

The United States is hardly the only country that tries to protectpolitically connected special
interests-Japan's stubborn resistance toagricultural liberalization was a big factor in delaying the
pact. But U.S.leaders should reflect that such behavior on the part of Tokyo is one of thereasons
why Asia does not look to Japan as a leader.

Richard Katz

The Oriental Economist

www.orientaleconomist.com

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September 20, 2016

[SSJ: 9522] Lecture Announcement: Sophia Univ. ICC Book launch talkby Edward Drott on October 17

From: "Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture"
Date: 2016/09/20

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2016


Buddhism and the Transformation of Old Age in Medieval Japan

Edward Drott

October 17, 2016
>From 18:00-19:30
Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University

Scholars have long remarked on the frequency with which local and Buddhist deities were represented
in premodern Japanese myths and legends taking the appearance of elderly men or, more rarely,
elderly women. Buddhism and the Transformation of Old Age in Medieval Japan (University of Hawai`i
Press) charts the shifting sets of meanings ascribed to old age in early and medieval Japan,
examining how the aged body was used to conceptualize forms of difference and to convey religious
meanings. More specifically, it traces the cultural, political, and religious circumstances that
facilitated the transformation of the aged body from a symbol of alienation and despair into a
symbol of otherworldly power in the late Heian period. Contributing to a burgeoning literature on
religion and the body, Buddhism and the Transformation of Old Age in Medieval Japan applies
approaches developed in gender studies to denaturalize old age, treating it as a matter of
representation, identity, and performance. By tracking the ideological uses of old age in premodern
Japan, this work reveals the role of religion in the construction of generational categories and the
ways in which religious ideas and practices can serve not only to naturalize, but also challenge “
common sense” about the body.

Edward Drott is Associate Professor of Japanese Religions at Sophia University. His recent
publications include “‘Care Must be Taken’: Defilement, Disgust and the Aged Body in Early Japan
” (Journal of Religion in Japan), and “‘To Tread on High Clouds’: Dreams of Eternal Youth in
Early Japan” (Japanese Journal of Religious Studies). He has also published on the nexus of
Buddhist and East Asian medical knowledge in early and medieval Japan. This was the topic of his
article “Gods, Buddhas and Organs: Buddhist Physicians and Theories of Longevity in Early Medieval
Japan,” (Japanese Journal of Religious Studies) and his chapter “Bukkyō igaku to jukyō igaku no
kiro de: Manase Dōsan no Rōjinmon” (“At the Crossroad of “Buddhist medicine” and “Confucian
medicine”: Manase Dōsan’s Rōjinmon”) in Manase Dōsan to Kinsei nihon iryō shakai (Ōsaka: Takeda
kagaku shinkō zaidan, 2015). Most recently, he has completed a translation of the Byōgiron, a
medieval Buddhist medical treatise, for inclusion in the forthcoming Sourcebook of Buddhism &
Healing (Columbia University Press).

Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) Sophia University 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554,
JAPAN
+81-3-3238-4082 / +81-3-3238-4081(fax) / Email diricc@sophia.ac.jp / Web: http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/

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[SSJ: 9521] Japan Foundation Film Series--University of North Georgia

From: Robin O'Day
Date: 2016/09/20

Japan Foundation Film Series

(apologies for cross-posting)

As an awardee of a Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support grant, UNG will participate in the
12th Japan Foundation film Series. This annual film series is organized by the Japan Foundation (New
York), screening Japanese films at educational and cultural institutions across the U.S. The goal of
the series is to provide opportunities for those interested in Japan to learn more about its culture
and society through films.

This year’s theme will be life in rural Japan. Three films will be screened. WOOD JOB! comically
tells the story of a youngster who after growing up in the city has to adapt to country life.
CLIMBING TO SPRING captures the beauty of a 10,000 foot-high mountain range and the drama of a
community of climbers. ECOTHERAPY GETAWAY HOLIDAY, also a comedy, deals with the struggles of seven
aging women who get lost in the mountains on their tour to view the fall foliage.

The films will be introduced by UNG faculty specialized in Japanese culture. CLIMBING TO SPRING will
be introduced by Dr. Robin O’Day (Anthropology) and Dr. Tomoe Nishio (Modern Languages); WOOD JOB!
will be introduced by Dr. Robin O’Day; ECOTHERAPY GETAWAY HOLIDAY will be introduced by Dr. Candice
Wilson (Film & Digital Media).

When & Where:

CLIMBING TO SPRING
(2014, dir. Daisaku KIMURA, 116 mins, http://jfdb.jp/en/title/4242 )
Thursday, September 29, 6PM
Continuing Education Auditorium, Gainesville Campus

WOOD JOB!
(2014, dir. Shinobu YAMAGUCHI, 116 mins, http://jfdb.jp/en/title/4181 )
Thursday, October 6, 6PM
Special Collections Room, Library Technology Center, Dahlonega Campus

ECOTHERAPY GETAWAY HOLIDAY
(2014, dir. Shuichi OKITA, http://jfdb.jp/en/title/5475 )
Thursday, October 13, 6PM
Continuing Education Auditorium, Gainesville Campus

Contact Dr. Sungshin Kim for more information ( mailto:sskim@ung.edu , 706-867-2564) or Dr. Robin O
’Day (robin.oday@ung.edu)

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[SSJ: 9520] CfP: The 6th Annual Conference of the Japan Association for Human Security Studies

From: Oscar Gómez
Date: 2016/09/20

Dear SSJ-Forum members.

We are happy to announce that the call for papers for this year
conference of the Japan Association for Human Security Studies is open
until the end of this month. Detailed information below.

Hope to see you there.

JAHSS Secretariat


The 6th Annual Conference of the Japan Association for Human Security Studies

Global Governance for Human Security

December 10th and 11th, 2016

Soka University, Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan


CALL FOR PAPERS

The Japan Association for Human Security Studies (JAHSS) was
established in 2011 to provide opportunities of mutual learning to
scholars and practitioners engaged in human security, a major
international norm in the 21st century. This year’s annual conference
will be hosted by Soka University in Hachioji on December 10th and
11th, 2016. On the second day of the conference, the annual session of
academic presentations on human security will also be organized. JAHSS
prioritizes presentations by post-doctoral researchers and doctoral
candidates, which shall be combined with comments by leading scholars
in the related fields. The conference language will be English
(supplemented by Japanese).

1. Eligibility

Presenters should be members of the JAHSS. In order to become a
member, visit our home page and go to the membership section.

The JAHSS HP http://www.jahss-web.org/#!membership/ehqn2

2. Presentation Theme

Presentations should be related to one or several aspect(s) of human
security. The discussion should include some direct considerations of
the concept of human security as a combination of freedom from fear,
freedom from want and freedom to live in dignity. We particularly
encourage the submission of proposals that address the human security
challenges as follows;


○ Violent Conflicts / Terrorism

○ Natural and manmade disasters

○ Refugees / Internally Displaced People

○ Health insecurity

○ Nuclear Security

○ Theoretical Studies


3. Application

Those who want to make a presentation are requested to submit their
name, the title and abstract of paper and so on by the application
form* to the following e-mail addresses by September 30th, 2016.

*The application form is available online. ⇒ http://www.supri.jp/#!jahss/b9ezm

Submit to: jahss2016@supri.jp (2016 JAHSS Conference Organizing
Committee, Soka University)

The Conference Organizing Committee will examine the applications. The
result will be notified in October.

4. Program

The program will be released by the end of October. The time
allocation and other technicalities will be specified in the program.

5. The Presentation Paper / Resume

The presenter is requested to submit the presentation paper or resume
or the preview by commentators, chairs and other participants not
later than November 25th.

The presentation paper should be more or less 4,000 words including
notes, tables, figures and references. The resume should be
approximately 1,500 words including notes, tables, figures and
references.

After the conference, the presenter is encouraged to submit an
improved version of the paper to the peer-reviewed e-journal of JAHSS:
Journal of Human Security Studies.

6. Dates

The two-day conference will take place on December 10th (Saturday) and
11th (Sunday), 2016. On the first day, Soka University will organize
an academic event. The academic presentation will take place on the
second day, starting at 9:00 am. The members of JAHSS are strongly
encouraged to attend the events on both days.

7. Venue

Soka University (Hachioji, Tokyo) “Global Square” West wing 6th floor.

Access: http://www.soka.ac.jp/en/access/

Campus Map: http://www.soka.ac.jp/common/images/2016/05/campus-map.pdf

It is the responsibility of the participants to book their own accommodations.

8. Registration and Other Information

In addition to the admission to JAHSS, all participants are required
to register in the conference home page. Check the JAHSS home page
regularly and follow the link.

9. Financial Assistance

JAHSS does not provide any financial assistance to the participants.

10. Inquiry

General inquiry about the presentations should be directed to the
secretariat of JAHSS:

infojahss@gmail.com

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September 16, 2016

[SSJ: 9519] [Seminar] Asia-Pacific Studies Seminar at Osaka University 23 September

From: Yone Sugita
Date: 2016/09/16

Dear Colleagues:

We will have an Asia-Pacific Studies Seminar at Osaka University on 23 September (Friday).
Here is our seminar format.
1.Presenters submit their seminar papers prior to the seminar.
2.All the participants are requested to read all the seminar papers.
3.Presentation: about 15 minutes
4.All the participants are expected to be commentators.
5.Discussion: 40-45 minutes.

Seminar papers are available for particpants only.
If you wish to attend the seminar, please let me know.
You will have access to our members-only dropbox from which you can download the seminar papers.
Contact: Yone Sugita: sugita@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp
This seminar is conducted in English only.

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Asia-Pacific Studies Seminar at Osaka University
Date: 23 September 2016 (Friday)
Venue: Office for University-Industry Collaboration (Building A), Suita Campus, Osaka University
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/access/index.html#suita (Access map)
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/access/suita (Suita Campus Map: #47)

Session 1:10:00 - 11:00
Nathan Hopson (Nagoya University)
https://www.lit.nagoya-u.ac.jp/english/g30/faculty/nathan-hopson/
Title: Peace for Our Time The 1937 Nagoya Pan-Pacific Peace Exhibition
Abstract: Historians have begun to extricate interwar Japan from the teleology of militarist
totalitarianism and war. Instead of weak democracy and escapism, we now see in the 1920s substantive
internationalism, democracy, and a culture of peace. But the 1930s remain largely in the shadow of
what followed. The spring 1937 Nagoya Pan-Pacific Peace Exhibition (NPPPE) provides an ideal
opportunity to see the mid-1930s as a moment of contestation and contingency rather than as the cusp
of the “Dark Valley.” Japan’s last international expo before the second Sino-Japanese War pitted
a fading Wilsonian vision of peace against increasingly rabid militarism, testifying both to the
former’s durability and the latter’s ascendancy. The NPPPE was originally planned as a regional
promotion event, but was ultimately the product of necessary compromise with the Japanese Imperial
Army. Local commercial and political leaders, whose identity and self-interest was tied to
international trade and who remained enamored of the 1920s’ Wilsonian capitalist peace, organized
the Peace Exhibition. These elites did not oppose empire, which offered prestige and economic
advantage, but the contradictions of the NPPPE force us to question the support of Japanese elites
for militarism in the 1930s.
Chair: Naoko Koda (Kindai University)
Discussants: Mark Caprio (Rikkyo University) & All


Session 2: 11:15 - 12:15
Miyuki Daimaruya (Ochanomizu University)
http://researchers2.ao.ocha.ac.jp/html/200000190_en.html
Title: Rethinking of Japanese American Resettlement and Military Service in 1950s: The Citizenship
of a Californian Nisei Soldier in the Korean War in From Internment, to Korea, to Solitude: Memoir
of Robert M. Wada
Abstract: This paper discusses the military service of Japanese American Nisei (the second
generation of Japanese) in the Korean War (1950?1953). During WWII, about 120,000 Japanese Americans,
most of the population of the Japanese Americans on the west coast of the US, were imprisoned in
Japanese American internment camps. The Korean War period is the so-called resettlement era for
Japanese Americans?when they returned to their homes to find some way to rebuild their lives in US
society after internment. This paper analyses a case of a Nisei male to consider the military
service of Nisei men in the Korean War and their social status during this period. It mainly
investigates the memoir of Robert M. Wada (1929?), a Nisei Californian and the author of From
Internment, to Korea, to Solitude. The paper also uses my interviews with Wada. The paper highlights
how military service in the Korean War operated and how it changed a Nisei man’s conditions of
citizenship under the early Cold War racial policy of the U.S. The paper then discusses whether his
performance, showing his definitive loyalty, helped him get full citizenship.
Wada’s memoir mainly focuses on his experiences from his teenage years to his twenties. Wada
experienced the internment camp in Poston, Arizona with his parents and siblings when he was twelve
years old. He spent three whole years of his junior school days in the camp. After he left the camp
and graduated from high school in his hometown, he volunteered for the U.S. Marine Corps at eighteen
years old. He was sent as a combat soldier on the Korean battlefront when he was twenty-one years
old. His experiences as a marine combat soldier in the Korean War certainly were proof of his
loyalty as a Nisei male citizen; he benefitted, as being a military veteran promoted his social
status. The conditions of his citizenship changed for the better after military service; however, at
the same time, he several typical issues of a returning-soldier from the battlefront?suffering from
PTSD, and several physical illnesses?but had to return to ordinary citizen life. It cannot be
concluded that he attained full-citizenship thanks to his military dedication.
Chair: Mark Caprio (Rikkyo University)
Discussants: Lyle De Souza(University of London and Kyoto University) & All

Lunch Seminar: 12:20 - 12:55

Session 3: 13:00 - 14:00
Naoko Koda (Kindai University)
http://researchmap.jp/nkoda/?lang=english
Title: Clashing Concepts of “National Security”: the Sunagawa Struggle and the Beginning of the
anti-US-Japan Security Treaty Movement
Abstract: In the early 1950s, the concept of “national security” was still in flux and highly
contested in Japan. For Washington, securing the US position in the defense system envisioned by the
Cold War strategists like Dean Acheson proved to be not only a military but also a political process
that required to demonstrate the solidarity of interests between the United States and Japan in the
process of consolidating the US military sphere in the Pacific. The Japanese concepts of security
had to be subsumed under the Cold War American discourse in order to fulfill American interest in
the region.
The paper focuses on the protests against the official plan to extend the runways of the US owned
Tachikawa airbase located by the small town of Sunagawa that started in 1955. The Tachikawa Air Base
was originally built in 1922 and hosted the elite units of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force
until the American military forces seized it after the war, along with other military bases and
facilities in Japan. On May 6, 1955, the Tokyo Procurement Agency’s announcement of the runway
extension plan for the first time provoked fierce opposition from the local residents of Sunagawa.
It soon became a serious national controversy joined by the Japan Socialist Party (JSP), labor
unions and student activists. The Sunagawa struggle provides us a window through which to analyze
the contested concepts of national security in the 1950s.
Chair: Nathan Hopson (Nagoya University)
Discussants: Robert D. Eldridge (Institute for International Policy Studies) & All


Session 4: 14:15 - 15:15
Lindsay Black (Leiden University / Osaka University)
http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/staffmembers/lindsay-black
Title: Japan’s strategic vision ? understanding security order in East Asia and the Asia-Pacific
Abstract: In a short article published in the East Asia Forum earlier this year, Professor Sahashi
Ryo argued that “Japanese diplomacy towards East Asia has experienced a fundamental transformation
”. His point was that the Abe Administration has reoriented Japan’s strategic vision to rely
solely on the US-Japan alliance. As a result, the opportunity to pursue a more inclusive regional
order based on multilateralism is being lost. Professor Sahashi’s argument raises important issues
in terms of Prime Minister Abe’s approach to the regional security order in East Asia and the Asia-
Pacific, but equally, Professor Sahashi may be overstating the centrality of alliance systems and
the balance of power. This paper maintains that regional security order in East Asia and the Asia-
Pacific can be understood in terms of overlapping orders rather than in teleological terms. Whilst
the balance of power remains central, a nascent security community also helps to secure order in the
region. This security community has adopted a functional approach by tackling specific security
issues to bolster trust and cooperation that may spillover into new issue areas. In addition,
international production networks mesh the region together creating an economic imperative to avoid
conflict. This paper will consider recent developments in the South China Sea to explore how we can
make sense of Japan’s strategic vision and the regional security order.
Ryo Sahashi, 2016. 'Japan’s vision for the East Asian security order', East Asia Forum, 23 February,
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/23/japans-vision-for-the-east-asian-security-order/ 
Chair: Miyuki Daimaruya (Ochanomizu University)
Discussants: Naoko Koda (Kindai University) & All


Session 5: 15:30 - 16:30
Philip Streich (Osaka University)
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Philip_Streich
Title: The Empirical Record on Island Disputes and War
Abstract: The islands disputes in the East and South China Seas are widely considered be the one of
the world's most likely locations for a major power war. Clashes between the disputants’ naval,
coast guard and fishing vessels occur frequently, often with violent results. In the South China Sea,
fishermen’s vessels are routinely harassed, sometimes seized, and sometimes even sunken by other
states’ naval and coast guard ships. China, meanwhile, recently decided to ignore a ruling by the
Permanent Court of Arbitration that their maritime claims are baseless. And in the East China Sea,
the Sino-Japanese dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands reached the point at which Chinese
military units locked their missile guidance radar onto Japanese Self-Defence Forces.
Fortunately, war has not yet broken out yet. This paper seeks to address the question: How
often do states actually fight wars over islands? Research shows that territorial disputes are the
most common cause of interstate war in history, but islands are different from continental territory
? on average, they are less valuable and more remote, which makes sending military forces more
costly. This project uses data on territorial disputes from 1816 to 2001 to compare the likelihood
of war between island and non-island disputes.
Chair: Nathan Hopson (Nagoya University)
Discussants: Lindsay Black (Leiden University / Osaka University) & All


Best,
Yone

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[SSJ: 9518] Sophia University ICC Lecture with Koichi Iwabuchi (Oct. 14)

From: "Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture"
Date: 2016/09/16

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2016

Trans-Asia as method

Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash Asia Institute, Monash University)

October 14, 2016, 18:30~20:30
L-821, 8F, Library, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

With the intensifying globalization processes, transnational connections engendered by human
mobilities, media culture flows and people's solidarity across Asian region have been much developed
and we are required to understand how transnationally shared issues are specifically and inter-
relatedly articulated in a particular country or society. This talk will address the potential of
"trans-East-Asian" approaches to further advance such intellectual engagement. Referring to trans-
Asia research projects that I have been conducting such as dialogic mediation, multiculturalism from
below and migrant diplomacy, it will discuss some ways to engage and tackle the issues that East
Asian societies share through tactical progression of trans-Asia comparison, referencing and
reciprocated learning as well as the enhancement of collaboration across various divides and borders.
Referring to my research on trans-Asian connections since mid 1990s, I will also address the current
Japanese situation in which the growing East Asian rivalry and antagonism has been deterring the
progress of cross-border dialogue and would like to discuss how to get over the predicament with
participants.

Koichi Iwabuchi is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of Monash Asia Institute,
Monash University in Melbourne. His main research interests are media and cultural globalization,
trans-Asian cultural flows and connections, and multicultural questions and cultural citizenship in
the Japanese and East Asian contexts. He has published more than one hundred books, journal articles
and book chapters in English and Japanese and his work has been translated in Chinese, Korean and
French. His English publication includes Recentering Globalization: Popular Culture and Japanese
Transnationalism (Duke); East Asian Pop Culture: Approaching the Korean Wave (HKU); Resilient
Borders and Cultural Diversity: Internationalism, Brand Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Japan
(Lexington); Multiculturalism in East Asia: A transnational exploration of Japan, South Korea and
Taiwan (Rowman & Littlefield); Handbook for East Asian pop culture (Routledge). His Japanese book,
Transnational Japan (2001) has been republished in the famous Iwanami Contemporary Library in 2016.
Iwabuchi is the editor of the new book series, Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic
Approaches (Rowan & Littlefield International).

Free of charge/Open to all/Language: English

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture: 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax) / http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web) /
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)

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[SSJ: 9517] Contemporary Japan 28(2) now online

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2016/09/16

We are happy to announce that the latest issue of Contemporary Japan

is now online. It is an open issue edited by Steffen Heinrich and Tobias Söldner.

All articles are available open access at
​ http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-2/issue-files/cj.2016.28.issue-2.xml ​


Contemporary Japan 28(2)

Enhancing autonomy in reproductive decisions? Education about family planning and fertility as a
countermeasure against the low birthrate
Isabel Fassbender
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-2/cj-2016-0007/cj-2016-0007.xml?format=INT


In praise of iron grandeur: the sensibility of kōjō moe and the reinvention of urban technoscape

Ikuho Amano
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-2/cj-2016-0008/cj-2016-0008.xml?format=INT


Children with disabilities in the Japanese school system: a path toward social integration?
Anne-Lise Mithout
​ http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-2/cj-2016-0009/cj-2016-0009.xml?format=INT ​

Reviving tradition in disaster-affected communities: adaptation and continuity in the kagura of
Ogatsu, Miyagi Prefecture
Florence Lahournat
​ http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-2/cj-2016-0010/cj-2016-0010.xml?format=INT ​

Reforming Japanese-style management: destabilizing hegemony through discourse intervention
Rear, David
​ http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-2/cj-2016-0011/cj-2016-0011.xml?format=INT ​

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[SSJ: 9516] 19 OCT 2016 Miloš Debnár: Europeans in Japan: Migration and Whiteness

From: ICAS
Date: 2016/09/16

Dear SSJ Forum,

ICAS at Temple University Japan Campus would like to invite you to the
following evening event:


- Wednesday, October 19, 2016
​, ​
7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
- Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5F
- (access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
- Speaker: Miloš Debnár, Assistant Professor of sociology at Doshisha
University’s Faculty of Social Sciences
- RSVP: icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you
to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.


Overview:
This book analyzes the increase in contemporary European migration toJapan, its causes and the lives
of Europeans in Japan. The main goal is todeconstruct the picture of highly skilled, privileged,
cosmopolitan elitesthat has been frequently associated with white or Western migrants. Thebook
focuses on the case of Europeans rather than Westerners migrating to ahighly developed, non-Western
country as Japan, and offers new insights onincreasing diversity in migration and its outcomes for
integration ofmigrants. What are the motivations for choosing Japan, how do whitemigrants enjoy the
‘privilege’ based on their race, what are its limits,and to what extent are the social worlds of
such migrants characterized bycosmopolitanism rather than ethnicity?

In the book talk, author will outline the main arguments of the book withthe focus on the
stereotypes regarding Europeans and the way they are beingchallenged by these contemporary migration
trends. This should lead us tofurther discussion of Japanese society amidst the advancing
globalizationand exploration of new possibilities for migration policies in Japan.

Speaker:
Miloš Debnár is an Assistant Professor of sociology at DoshishaUniversity’s Faculty of Social
Sciences. He earned his M.A. in Japaneselanguage studies from Comenius University and M.A. and Ph.D.
in sociologyfrom Kyoto University. His research is focused on international migrationand especially
on its ‘unorthodox’ forms such as ‘white migrations’,international students or marriage related
migration to and from Japan. Hehas also done research on global cities, and more recently is
participatingin Japan’s Social Stratification and Mobility survey. His latest bookis *Migration,
Whiteness, and Cosmopolitanism: Europeans in Japan *(Palgrave Macmillan,
2016, http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137565266).

For more information please visit
https://kenkyudb.doshisha.ac.jp/rd/html/english/researchersHtml/114146/114146_Researcher.html

---------------------------------

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Senior Coordinator
Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.facebook.com/tuj.icas

◾ ICAS events do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the
speakers and participants.

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September 14, 2016

[SSJ: 9515] September 28 Free Lecture at Lakeland University Japan: "Floods"

From: Roger Grabowski  
Date: 2016/09/14

"Floods: How to Avoid Getting Wet, Cold, and Miserable", presented by Dr.Shuji Yoshida

This lecture (in English) will be held Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 PM at Lakeland University
in Shinjuku.

With ongoing climate change, the frequency and severity of storms, heavyrains, and consequent
inundations have recently been increasing around theworld. They include the flooding in Ibaraki last
September, and those inthe central U.S., France, China, and Pakistan this year. This lecture
willintroduce the basic principles of the mechanism that triggers and sustainsvarious types of
floods in order to help to be better prepared for floodingevents.

Shuji Yoshida holds a Bachelors of Engineering from Kyushu University, anM.Sc. in Petroleum Geology
from Imperial College London, and a Ph.D. inGeoscience from the University of Toronto. He has
extensive industrial andpostdoctoral research experience, ranging from environmental
protectionresearch to petroleum exploration and production. Since 2005, he has beenan associate
professor at Chiba University, where he teaches earth sciencesand communication skills in English
and in Japanese. His current researchfocuses on ancient volcanic activities in Izu-Bonin volcanoes
(IzuPeninsula, Oshima, and Niijima). A frequent lecturer, he has been certifiedby the National
Speakers Association (USA) as a Professional Speaker since2012.

For a map and directions to Lakeland's Shinjuku Campus, see our website:

*http://lcj.lakeland.edu/map-contact-us/*


The Lakeland Lectures are a forum for researchers, students and members ofthe public to discuss
contemporary issues affecting Japan. LakelandUniversity has offered a U.S.-accredited liberal arts
program in Tokyosince 1991. Lakeland's main campus is in Wisconsin, USA and was founded in1862.
--
Roger Grabowski, Jr.
Assistant Professor of General Studies
Lakeland University Japan

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[SSJ: 9514] Japan History Group, ISS, University of Tokyo, 11 October 2016

From: Naofumi Nakamura
Date: 2016/09/14

The next meeting of the Japan History Group (JHG) at the Institute ofSocial Science (ISS),
University of Tokyo, will be held on Tuesday,11October 2016, at 6:00 PM in Centre Meeting Room No.
549(CentreKaigi-shitsu), 5th floor of the Akamon Research Building, Hongo Campus.


Presenter: Professor Eric Han, College of William & Mary


Title: "The death of Sino-Japanese friendship: Lessons from the later
political career of Inukai Tsuyoshi"


Discussants: Professor Masataka Matsuura, Rikkyo University

Abstract:
Parliamentarian Inukai Tsuyoshi (1855–1932) was a key figure inpan-Asianism and the development of
party politics pre-war Japan. Thispaper will focus on the culmination of his career: his 1929 visit
to SunYat-sen’s mausoleum and travels through China; and his 1931 rise to thepost of Prime Minister
and failure to resolve the Manchurian crisis. Bothdevelopments show him at the height of his
political influence—domesticallyand internationally—and yet his efforts ended in failure. The paper
willevaluate the significance of this failure for the concept of internationalfriendship.

The issue of “friendship” in international politics is a difficult andundertheorized one. While a
political realist perspective might denyfriendship anything beyond instrumentalism, the term is a
fixture ofdiplomatic discourse. Historically, there have been numerous treatiesproclaiming “amity,
” including the “unequal treaties” that forced Japanopen in the nineteenth century. Moreover,
governments today regularly speakof friendship between nations as a part of their public diplomacy.
Even ifit is not commensurate with friendship between individuals, friendshipbetween nations is more
than simply “cheap talk”—since it clearly carriesmeaning in the minds of both leaders and publics.

Inukai invoked this sort of discourse in promoting “Sino-Japanesefriendship”; it was part of a
wider pan-Asian project. He also cultivatedpersonal friendships with Chinese leaders, as well as
other pan-Asianactivists (Miyazaki Torazô, Kayano Nagatomo, etc.). However, Inukai was nota prolific
writer or a thought leader, but rather a politician with a widenetwork of influence. I argue that it
was in his political praxis that wecan see a linking of the personal and national modalities of Sino
-Japanesefriendship. By examining the failure of these forms of friendship in thewake of Japan’s
invasion of Manchuria I hope to explore the politicalpotentials (and limits) of Sino-Japanese
friendship in his historicalmoment.

-------------------------------------------
Dr. Naofumi NAKAMURA
Professor of Business History
Institute of Social Science,
The University of Tokyo
naofumin[at]iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp
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September 13, 2016

[SSJ: 9513] Two upcoming DIJ Social Science Study Groups, 15 Sep & 21 Sep

From: DIJ Social Science Study Group
Date: 2016/09/13

Dear colleagues,

you are cordially invited to two upcoming DIJ Social Science Study Groups hosted by the German
Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in September.
1) On September 15th (Thu), 18.30, Julius Weitzdoerfer (Cambridge) will give a presentation on
Disaster, Law and Justice in Japan: In the Tsunami of Debt and Lost Homes. For details and full
announcement see
https://www.dijtokyo.org/event/disaster-law-and-justice-in-japan-in-the-tsunami-of-debt-and-lost-homes/  

2) On September 21st (Wed), 18.30, we welcome Jan Niggemeier (FU Berlin), who will give a
presentation on
Going Global, but How?Diversity in Transnationalisation Processes of Japanese Labour Activism
Social activism is not a nation state-bound phenomenon, but globally embedded. The Japanese labour
movement represents a particularly interesting case to study the relationship between global
frameworks of activism and their transformative impact on domestic activism, as it displays a much
broader diversity than institutionalist approaches can explain. While parts of the Japanese labour
movement strongly resemble their international counterparts, others remain remarkably distinct. To
explain this diversity, I elucidate the interaction between isomorphic influences of global
frameworks of labour activism and the strategic selection and adoption by different actors in the
Japanese labour movement.

On the one hand, Japanese mainstream corporatist trade union federations officially affiliate with
international labour organisations but, at the same time, are wary of any changes this might bring
to their domestic corporatist arrangement. Alternative, grassroots-level forms of labour activism
with much less formally established transnational collaboration channels on the other hand, tend to
resort to ad-hoc exchanges and through this adapt to global frameworks more flexibly.

Sociological institutionalist theory suggests that the global integration of social movements leads
to worldwide isomorphic agendas, organisational patterns, action repertoires, applied symbols and
collective identities. However, within this transformative process, unlike parts of the literature
suggest, domestic actors cannot be described merely as passive receivers of transnationalisation.
Instead, my research suggests that, they are critical agents who strategically select and control
transnational diffusion with regard to local adoption and implementation.

Jan Niggemeier is a PhD student in political science at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies at
Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a MSc in Asian Studies from Lunds Universitet and a MA in
Japanese Studies and Language from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg and Keio University.

Presentation and discussion will be in English. All are welcome to attend, but prior registration (
mailto:heinrich@dijtokyo.org ) is appreciated. Both events start at 18.30 at the DIJ.

For directions visit http://www.dijtokyo.org/access
German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ)
Jōchi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioichō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō 102-0094, Phone: 03-3222-5077

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September 12, 2016

[SSJ: 9512] 7 OCT 2016 Krys Lee, author of How I Became a North Korean

From: ICAS
Date: 2016/09/12

Krys Lee, author of How I Became a North Korean


- ​​
Friday, October 7, 2016, 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
- Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5F
​ ​
(access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
- Speaker: Krys Lee, award-winning author and Assistant Professor of
creative writing and literature at Yonsei University, Underwood
International College, in South Korea
- RSVP:
​ ​
icas@tuj.temple.edu
​ ​
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you
to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.
* RSVPなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

​Overview:

*HOW I BECAME A NORTH KOREAN *introduces readers first to Yongju, the elder
son and accomplished student of a prominent North Korean family on the cusp
of violent political persecution by the Dear Leader. Then there is Jangmi,
a fellow North Korean who has fended for herself since childhood, often by
smuggling goods across the border, now pregnant and desperate to protect
her unborn child. Across the ocean in California, Danny is a
Chinese-American whose quirky intelligence has caused him to be ostracized
by other high school students. After a particularly humiliating incident,
his father agrees to let him fly to see his mother, who is working as a
missionary in China. In order to escape their circumstances, Yongju, Jangmi
and Danny cross borders—struggling against informants, husbands, thieves,
abductors, and even missionaries in the process—and eventually cross paths
with one another. Against a harsh and unforgiving backdrop, they form a
kind of adoptive family—but will they ever find the better lives that they
risked everything for?

Krys Lee’s first book, *Drifting House*, won the 2012 Story Prize Spotlight
Award and was named a best book of the year by *The San Francisco Chronicle
*and *Kansas City Star*, which likened Lee’s work to that of Jhumpa Lahiri
and Alice Munro. *HOW I BECAME A NORTH KOREAN*, her first novel, was
inspired by Lee’s personal experiences as a humanitarian helping North
Korean refugees. This suspenseful, emotional literary work merits
comparison to novels by Anthony Marra, Téa Obreht, and Adam Johnson, all of
which shed light on conflicts in different parts of the world through
masterful storytelling.

She will be in conversation with Mariko Nagai on the origins and
inspiration behind *HOW I BECAME A NORTH KOREAN*​

, and the delicate balance between fiction and non-fiction. For more
information please visit
​*http://kryslee.net/press/how-i-became-a-north-korean/
*​

"A forceful debut novel...not just another simplistic indictment of a
country in thrall to its Dear Leader, Kim Jong-il, but a compelling vision
of both North and South Korea."
— New York Times Book Review

​Speaker:​

Krys Lee is the author of the short story collection *Drifting House *and *How
I Became a North Korean *(
​​*​http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/309864/how-i-became-a-north-korean-by-krys-lee/9780670025688/
*
) She is a recipient of the Rome Prize and the Story Prize Spotlight
Award, the Honor Title in Adult Fiction Literature from the Asian/Pacific
American Libraries Association, and a finalist for the BBC International
Story Prize. Her fiction, journalism, and literary translations have
appeared in *Granta, The Kenyon Review, Narrative, San Francisco Chronicle,
Corriere della Sera, and The Guardian*, among others. She is an assistant
professor of creative writing and literature at Yonsei University,
Underwood International College, in South Korea.

________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Senior Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.facebook.com/tuj.icas

ICAS events do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the
speakers and participants.

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August 17, 2016

[SSJ: 9495] *Notice* Summer Holiday Shutdown August 18-22

From: SSJ-Forum Moderator
Date: 2016/08/17

SSJ-Forum will be shut down from August 18-22 due to the summer holidays. Any message sent to the
forum during the off-line period will be posted after August 23.

Thank you for your kind understanding and continuing support for the forum.

Many regards,

Moderator, SSJ-Forum

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July 19, 2016

[SSJ: 9475] DIJ Business & Economics Brown Bag Lunch Seminar on Jul 26 (Tue) with Kai Oliver THIELE

From: "Tim Tiefenbach"
Date: 2016/07/19


Dear Colleague

We would like to invite you to the next DIJ Business & Economics Brown Bag
Lunch Seminar of the German Institute for
Japanese Studies (DIJ).

It will take place on

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 12:30 - 13:30

at the German Institute for Japanese Studies.
(For a map refer to http://www.dijtokyo.org/access).

Our speaker will be
Kai Oliver THIELE (Hamburg University of Technology, Germany)

He will offer a presentation on:

"The Employees' View on Cross-Border M&As in Japan: What do Employees Need
to Speak in Favor of an Acquisition?"

Despite their growing popularity, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) are said to
fail frequently and have a success rate of less than 50%. M&As between
companies from different cultures in general impose unique challenges, but
also offer invaluable opportunities for both parties. Since Japan lags
behind expectations regarding the amount of cross-border M&As, it is the
more important to understand the drivers of successful cross-border
acquisitions coming into the country.

In research, it has been increasingly argued that the employees have a
crucial, if not decisive impact on the outcome of an acquisition. However,
how the employees' view on a merger can be successfully managed in order to
leverage the M&As' success rate remains yet unanswered. By focusing on the
employees' needs, my research seeks to contribute positively to an increase
of the cross-border M&As' success rate.


In this talk I present the final results of my dissertation focusing on
empirical studies conducted in Japan. The audience will get a brief and
concise overview of the results of my research and is invited to share their
opinions in fruitful discussions.


Kai Oliver Thiele is a Doctoral Researcher from the Hamburg University of
Technology in Germany and a scholarship holder at the German Institute for
Japanese Studies. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Kansas as
well as Master's degree in Business Mathematics from the University of
Hamburg. His dissertation focuses on the employees' view on cross-border
M&As in Japan. He also holds methodological research interests that address
the analysis, development and improvement of partial least squares
structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM). At distinguished universities and
conferences he has given presentations about his research (e.g., Academy of
Marketing Science Annual Conference, Hosei University, Keio University).


The presentation will be given in English.

Everybody is welcome to attend, but we appreciate if you register by
e-mail busi.econ-studygroup@dijtokyo.org any time before the event.

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[SSJ: 9474] Lecture on July 28, 18.30 h Diversity and Inclusion in the Japanese Workplace - Reminder

From: DIJ Tokyo
Date: 2016/07/19

Thursday 28 July, 18.30h – 20.00h
Tomoki Sekiguchi, Osaka University
Diversity and Inclusion in the Japanese Workplace
Comments by
Sierk Horn, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Hendrik Meyer-Ohle, National University of Singapore

Tomoki Sekiguchi is professor of management at the Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University.
His research interests centre on individual behaviour in organizations, organizational justice,
person-environment fit, hiring decision-making, management fashion, and international and strategic
human resource management.

In his presentation he will report on a growing number of Japanese firms that are hiring non-
Japanese employees in their domestic workplace in order to promote uchi-naru kokusaika or internal
internationalisation of management. One major source of their recruits is international students who
have studied in Japanese universities, and some Japanese firms have also begun to recruit non-
Japanese employees from overseas universities. Despite this important trend, we still know little
about the experience of foreign employees in their daily work in Japan, such as possible
discrimination and communication problems when working with Japanese bosses and colleagues. In his
presentation, he will show the results of the survey administered to the foreign employees working
in the Japanese workplace, focusing on the causes of their perceived discrimination and its effect
on their attitudes and behaviours.

The presentation will be followed by comments from Sierk Horn and Hendrik Meyer-Ohle.

Sierk Horn is professor of the economy of Japan at Munich School of Management, LMU Munich. His
research focuses on the interplay of language, psychology, and business practices.

Hendrik Meyer-Ohle is associate professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at the National
University of Singapore and for the year 2016 also a visiting scholar at Waseda University. His
research focuses on human resource management as well as retailing and marketing by Japanese
companies in Japan and Southeast Asia.

After the presentation, there will be time for Q&A. The event will be held in English. It will be followed by a small reception. Admission is free; registration is required at mailto:forum@dijtokyo.org or
Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien – German Institute for Japanese Studies
Jochi Kioizaka Bld. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094
Tel: 03 3222 5198, Fax: 03 3222 5420

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[SSJ: 9473] JET Program ~ 30 years and counting

From: "Metzgar, Emily"
Date: 2016/07/19

Colleagues:
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary with events marking the occasion planned for the fall. In anticipation, the [a:http://www.clair.or.jp/j/forum/forum/articles/index-320.html]June 2016 issue of CLAIR’s Forum Magazine focused on the program, its history and its future.

In his 2000 book [a:http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520216365]Importing Diversity: Inside
Japan’s JET Program, David McConnell noted that JET was created as a joint effort of MOFA and the
earlier incarnations of MIC and MEXT. Each ministry had its own goals: Improve global attitudes
about Japan, internationalize Japanese localities around the country, and improve foreign language
proficiency in Japan – especially English. McConnell even presented the JET Program as having been a
gift from the Nakasone administration to the American people in the face of bilateral trade and
related tensions in the 1980s. An orientation toward the United States has certainly been maintained
over 30 years with more than 50% of all participants hailing from the U.S.

Setting aside perennial criticisms about the merits of the program with respect to its effect on
English language proficiency in Japan, how significant is the JET Program? How effective has it been
at attaining the other stated goals? What value does Japan derive from the program and the 60,000
alumni it has generated, especially those from the United States?

The Abe administration has expressed support for JET, even noting the program’s economic
development potential in the Japan Revitalization Strategy document (2014). Is this feasible? How
else might the program be exploited for Japan’s long-term benefit, economic or otherwise?

I’m curious to hear the thoughts of this list’s readership on the above issues as well as any
personal stories about experience with JET, either through the list or sent to me directly at
emetzgar at indiana dot edu

Best,

Emily

*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*
[a:http://mediaschool.indiana.edu/profile/?p=emetzgar]Emily Metzgar, PhD
Associate Professor & Director of the Honors Program
The Media School @ Indiana University
Senior Associate, Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business
Affiliated Faculty, East Asian Studies Center
Affiliated Faculty, Center on American & Global Security
mailto:emetzgar@indiana.edu

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July 18, 2016

[SSJ: 9472] SOAS Job Posting

From: Helen Macnaughtan
Date: 2016/07/18


Would you be kind enough to please post this job announcement through your
SSJ Forum networks?

It is suitable for newly graduating PhD students in the field of Japanese
business who wish to spend one year gaining lecturing experience in London.

Thank you for your assistance.

Job details below.

With regards,
Helen
------------------------------------------------
Dr Helen Macnaughtan
Senior Lecturer in International Business & Management (Japan)
Chair, Japan Research Centre (JRC), SOAS
Co-Editor, *Japan Forum*, official journal of the British Association for
Japanese Studies (BAJS)

SOAS, University of London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4530
Email: hm39@soas.ac.uk
Web: http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff31362.php

*To view and download research and publications see:*
http://soas.academia.edu/HelenMacnaughtan

*DeFiMS - Ranked 6th in the UK and 1st in London for Business and
Management in the 2016 Guardian league table: *

*http://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2015/may/25/university-league-tables-2016#S240*


*---*

*SOAS - Job Posting - Lecturer in International Business and Management
(Japan and Korea)*

*12 months fixed term contract from September 2016*


The School of Finance and Management at SOAS invites applications for two
posts of Lecturer in International Management tenable from September 2016
(12 months fixed term).

You will be expected to convene and teach core theory and regional/thematic
modules in international management, the business environment and/or
finance at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The responsibilities of
the posts also include supervising undergraduate and postgraduate
dissertations and assuming normal administrative tasks associated with
Lectureships.

We are ideally seeking:

*(1) one lecturer in international management, the business environment and
finance in Japan and Korea*

*and *

*(2) one lecturer in international management, the business environment and
finance in the Middle East and North Africa*

Please circulate to anybody interested.

Full details available at:

www.soas.ac.uk
(Click the "Jobs" tab at the top right hand corner of the SOAS website)

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July 16, 2016

[SSJ: 9471] Tokyo Bread Tour (Friday, August 5th, 10:30am-1pm)

From: Annie Sheng
Date: 2016/07/16


Dear SSJ-Forum Moderator,

I am conducting research on modern food culture/foodways in Japan and one
of the food culture experts that I know will be hosting this bread tour
event in Tokyo.

For more information, please feel free to contact me and I can send further
details:
Annie Sheng, as2696@cornell.edu

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*Tokyo Bread Tour:*
Flour food expert (Tokyo Flour Mania:
http://www.tokyo-flour-mania.com/about/ ) will be hosting a bread tour in
the Ueno/ Yanesen area. The tour will be on Friday, August 5th,
10:30am-1pm. It will be in English. Not only will it be an educational tour
about this (delicious and significant) sector of modern Japanese food
culture, but it will also be a great way to get out and walk about the
Ueno/ Yanesen area.

The bakeries that the guide will be introducing also boast of distinct
decor and architecture, and the expert will also discuss some new food
trends.


WHAT: Bread tour around Ueno/ Yanesen area
WHEN: Friday, August 5th
TIME: 10:30am-1pm
MEETING PLACE: JR Nippori Station, West Gate
LANGUAGE: English (bread expert speaks Japanese and English)
COST: 500 yen (covers samples of three types of bread from the bakeries)


Please let me know if you're interested by contacting me ( Annie Sheng,
as2696@cornell.edu ) by Friday, July 22nd.
Once I hear from you, I'll follow up with more details.
(If you're interested but have to leave early, please let me know and I can
check and see if it will work.)

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July 15, 2016

[SSJ: 9470] REMINDER: Tom Cliff on Han in Xinjiang on July 21st at Sophia University

From: "Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture"
Date: 2016/07/15

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2016

Xinjiang from the Han point of view


Tom Cliff

18:30-20:00, July 21, 2016
Room 301, Building 10, Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus

Han settlers characterise the state stranglehold over economic life in Xinjiang as a “structural
problem” (tizhi wenti) For the nonelite, this structural problem is a livelihood problem, but for
the elite, it is a problem of governance. This paper will explore how connections between the micro
and macro political economies of Xinjiang influenced the hopes, expectations, and actions of Han
settlers at the crucial “turning point” following the July 2009 Urumqi riots. I frame this
ethnographic study with a broader discussion of Han settler psychology and experiences in Xinjiang,
in particular their mutually-dependent relationship with the cultural and political centre of the
Chinese empire-state. Xinjiang Han are, like Xinjiang itself, seen as “behind” by people and
institutions at the core. But Xinjiang, being a frontier, is also seen as a place of opportunity,
innovation, even national salvation. Thus Xinjiang is “ahead” of the core in certain respects, as
well as behind by definition. Xinjiang is asynchronous.
Persistent “imperial thinking” from the centre to the borderlands imposes a strange chronology on
the frontier, where discourses of manifest destiny coexist with chronic uncertainty.

Tom Cliff is an ARC-funded postdoctoral fellow based at ANU’s School of Culture, History, and
Language. Tom has conducted long-term fieldwork in Xinjiang, and his book, Oil and Water: Being Han
in Xinjiang will be published by Chicago University Press in June 2016.

Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) Sophia University
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-key, Tokyo 102-8554, JAPAN
+81-3-3238-4082
+81-3-3238-4081(fax)
Email diricc@sophia.ac.jp
Web: http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/

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[SSJ: 9469] Kamenori Earth Youth Summit 2017 in Hong Kong - Now Accepting Applications

From: The Kamenori Earth Youth Summit
Date: 2016/07/15

Thank you for your support of the Kamenori Foundation.
We would like to inform you the Kamenori Foundation is now accepting
applications
for the Kamenori Earth Youth Summit 2017 [KEYS2017] in Hong Kong.

The Kamenori Earth Youth Summit [KEYS] is a conference for youth from
different
Asian countries with the purpose of nurturing future leaders in Asia.
Through this conference, KEYS aims to promote mutual understanding among
the Asian countries and foster global perspectives and partnerships
by exploring developmental and environmental issues in Asia.
Students from Asian and Japanese university as well as Asian students
currently
studying in Japan share concerns for the future of Asia and hope to resolve
the issues through collaboration with others.

The Kamenori Earth Youth Summit will take place in August, 2017 and
students bring together to share team-coordinated research presentations.
The official language will be English.

◆Theme: Current issues and prospects for tomorrow’s Asia - Towards “One
Asia”-

◆Aims:
- Nurture Asian leaders for Asia
- Promote mutual understanding among the participants from Japan and the
other Asian countries
- Discuss issues around Asia and foster global perspectives and
partnerships between participants

◆Date*: August 16th (Wed) - 21st (Mon), 2017 (six days)
[Departure from Japan: 15th Aug. / Arrival in Japan: 22nd Aug.]
(* The schedule is subject to change.)

◆Venue: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/

◆Participants: Approximately 30 university undergraduate students
- University undergraduate students who attend Japanese universities
and have nationalities from Japan or other Asian countries and
regions,
- University undergraduate students from Asian universities

◆Application period:
- 1st closing day: Friday, August 12th 2016
- 2nd closing day: Friday, September 23rd 2016

◆Selection:
- 1st Selection: Application document selection. Results will be
notified
by the last part of August for the applicants of 1st closing day /
by 3rd October for the applicants of 2nd closing day.
- 2nd Selection: Presentation/Interview will be held from 8th Oct. to
10th
Oct. 2016 in Tokyo. Detailed information of 2nd selection will be
provided
with the results of the 1st selection.


For further details, please visit our website.

KEYS website:
http://www.kamenori.jp/keys_eng.html [English page]
http://www.kamenori.jp/keys_jp.html [Japanese page]

Application Guideline:

http://www.kamenori.jp/pdf/keys2017/KEYS2017Program_guideline_Modified.pdf

Details of past KEYS conference

-------------------------------------------------------
Attention to KEYS - 2017, The Kamenori Foundation
Address: 2-11-211, Wakaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0011
E-mail: kamenori.keys@gmail.com
TEL:03-3234-1694(9:30-17:30) / FAX: 03-3234-1603

=======================================================
The Kamenori Foundation [URL:http://www.kamenori.jp/]
The Kamenori Foundation was established under the supervision of the
Ministry of
Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in April 2006.
The foundation became a public interest incorporated foundation in April,
2011.
Our foundation aims to foster friendly relations and mutual understanding
through exchange between the youth of Japan and the youths of other
countries
in Asia and Oceania.
We are committed to nurturing future leaders who can work as bridges
between countries.
=======================================================

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[SSJ: 9468] Charting Japan's evolving defense posture

From: Leif-Eric Easley
Date: 2016/07/15


Dear Colleagues,

I don’t want to spam your distinguished lists with my own publication, especially since I haven’t
been active in online discussion since balancing fatherhood with academia. But in case you find
that the article below might be of interest to colleagues, the PDF is freely available via the link
for a limited time. I am happy AJIA and T&F managed to publish online just as we begin to digest
the results of the upper house election.

Best wishes from Seoul for your important work.

Sincerely, Leif


>
> Leif-Eric Easley, “How proactive? How pacifist? Charting Japan’s evolving defence posture,” Australian Journal of International Affairs, published online July 11, 2016; http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/U5KantDPyFYTnHVUGICA/full .
> After 60 years maintaining Self-Defense Forces rather than a normal military, Japan is moving towards exercising collective self-defence, long restricted by interpretations of its 1945 Peace Constitution. The merits of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s ‘proactive pacifism’ are intensely debated by those welcoming greater international contributions from Japan and others suspicious of Japanese ‘remilitarisation’. A nation’s defence posture can theoretically be hijacked by aggressive nationalists, shift to pacifist isolationism, or rely on non-military internationalism or multilateral security cooperation. This article assesses competing explanations about the post-war trajectory of Japan’s defence posture by charting variation in military doctrine and capabilities. The analysis finds that Tokyo has made incremental policy adjustments under domestic and international constraints, and is not aggressively remilitarising.


---
Leif-Eric EASLEY (레이프 에릭 이슬리 / レイフ-エリック イーザリ / 李雷夫)
Assistant Professor, International Security and Political Economics
Division of International Studies, Ewha University
Research Fellow, Asan Institute for Policy Studies
11 Gyeonghuigung 1ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea 110-062
mailto:easley@post.harvard.edu ; [a:http://dis.ewha.ac.kr]dis.ewha.ac.kr; [a:http://en.asaninst.org]
en.asaninst.org

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July 14, 2016

[SSJ: 9467] Call for Presentations for the 5th GRIPS Student Conference (9/1)

From: Karin Hillen
Date: 2016/07/14

Dear SSJ-Forum Moderator,

Greetings from GRIPS. I would be grateful if you could post the following Call for Presentations for
the 5th GRIPS Student Conference to the mailing list.

Thank you very much and best regards,
Karin Hillen

Karin Hillen
Director Alumni Office

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku | Tokyo 106-8677 | Japan
Tel 81 (0)3 6439 6047 | Fax 81 (0)3 6439 6070

Email mailto:karin@grips.ac.jp | Web http://www.grips.ac.jp
________________________________________________________


We’re pleased to announce that the 5th GRIPS Student Conference will be held on 1 September 2016
and seek your participation in it.

At the time of the first conference in 2012, who could have predicted the global situation in 2016?
Economic growth remains fragile. Across many countries, elite consensus about the benefits of
globalisation is being challenged by a new populism. Terrorism, rising nationalism and instability
point to a period of new security challenges. Some progress was made with bold commitments to
address climate change and development, but now governments are turning to the difficult task of
achieving these global goals. And with Brexit shocking one of the most stable regions of the world,
it seems that nowhere will be immune from the new era of volatility.

This sets the stage for a fascinating conference, which will centre on the theme of the Policy
Challenges of a Volatile Era. The conference will cover a wide range of topics, from international
relations, security and development to domestic policy and economics.

Conference Objectives
The conference brings together a diverse group of students, researchers, and professionals from
various disciplines and backgrounds to share ideas and research findings on the political, social,
and economic challenges facing the world today and to discuss how these challenges can be addressed.
We have three goals: to promote a scholarly exchange of ideas, to set new research directions, and
to encourage rigorous inter-disciplinary research and collaboration.

Participating in the Conference
The conference is open to all GRIPS and non-GRIPS students, researchers, and professionals.
Participation is free of charge. A Certificate of Presentation will be awarded to all presenters.

We invite both empirical and conceptual papers on any policy issue that is relevant to the
conference theme of volatility. Below are some broad areas in which we invite presentations.


Microeconomics

Macroeconomics

Domestic policy (including social policy, environment policy, infrastructure, disaster management)

Development economics and studies

International relations (including climate change)

Security studies

Presenters will have around 25 minutes to present and answer questions. The official language of the
conference is English.

Registration and Abstract Submission Guidelines
If you would like to present a paper at the 5th GRIPS Student Conference, [a:http://goo.gl/forms/8GY2tWJKpGNrNHx53]please pre-register online ( http://bit.ly/29RoOJ0 ) or send an email to mailto:studentconference@grips.ac.jp by Friday 29 July 2016 with your tentative presentation title.


An abstract of 200-300 words should then be [a:http://goo.gl/forms/69O5zCKO3wep33Dx2]submitted
online ( http://bit.ly/29FiUFU ) by Monday 8 August 2016. All abstracts must include a title, author
(s)’ name(s), affiliation, and e-mail, and 3-5 keywords. The abstract should describe the theme of
the paper and the theory and research method used, and give a summary of the main conclusions.


Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will be notified by e-mail by Wednesday 17 August 2016.


Presenters whose papers have been accepted should send their presentation slides to the Conference
Committee by e-mail no later than Friday 26 August 2016.


Deadlines
Preregistration (including title) via this form ( http://bit.ly/29RoOJ0 ), Friday, 29 July, 2016
Submission of abstracts for review via this form ( http://bit.ly/29FiUFU ), Monday, 8 August, 2016
Authors are notified of their status, Wednesday, 17 August, 2016
Submission of presentation slides, Friday, 26 August, 2016


Correspondence
Inquiries can be e-mailed to studentconference@grips.ac.jp .


Please check further info and latest updates at:
http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/single/5th_student_conference/


The 5th GRIPS Student Conference Organising Committee
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku | Tokyo 106-8677 | Japan
Tel 81 (0)3 6439 6047 | Fax 81 (0)3 6439 6070
Email StudentConference@grips.ac.jp
Web http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/single/5th_student_conference/

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[SSJ: 9466] REMINDER: Dr. Patrick Galbraith on the politics of translating Manga at Sophia on July 19

From: "Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture"
Date: 2016/07/14


Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2016


‘A Moral Firestorm:’The Politics of Translating Manga Today

Patrick W. Galbraith

July 19th, 2016
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Building 10, 3F, Room 301 Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

Manga are among not only Japan’s most successful cultural exports, but also its most controversial.
In 2015, an envoy from the United Nations called on Japan to do more to ban ‘extreme’ manga, in
particular depictions of sexual violence against underage characters. That same year, a contributor
to an English-language collection of academic essays advocated refusing to translate such material
to stop its global spread – alongside an inspiring historical episode of burning objectionable
content. This talk examines the work of translators and researchers in the current moment of
heightened concern about manga. It focuses on the fraught publication of an interview with, and
drawings by, Uchiyama Aki and the commercial publisher who decided to excise the interview and
drawings when threatened with ‘a moral firestorm.’

Patrick W. Galbraith received a Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Tokyo, and is
currently pursuing a second Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is the author of
books such as The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider’s Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan (Kodansha
International, 2009), Otaku Spaces (Chin Music Press, 2012) and The Moe Manifesto: An Insider’s
Look at the Worlds of Manga, Anime and Gaming (Tuttle, 2014), and the co-editor of books such as
Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture (Palgrave, 2012), Debating Otaku in Contemporary
Japan: Historical Perspectives and New Horizons (Bloomsbury, 2015) and Media Convergence in Japan
(Kinema Club, 2016).

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture:7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web) diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)

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July 11, 2016

[SSJ: 9465] The 12th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship - Now Accepting Applications

From: "Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship"
Date: 2016/07/11


Thank you for your support of Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship.
We would like to inform you the Hakuho Foundation is now accepting applications
for the 12th Hakuho Japanese Research Fellowship.

With the goals of further strengthening the fundamentals of international
research into Japan and deepening international understanding of Japan through
researchers’ activities, the Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship
invites leading international researchers of the Japanese language, Japanese
language education, Japanese literature and Japanese culture to Japan to
conduct residential research.

1. Application period: June 10-October 31, 2016
2. Research period: September 1, 2017-August 31, 2018 (6 months or 12 months)
3. Receiving organizations:
- International Research Center for Japanese Studies
- The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa
- Kyoto University
- National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
- Ochanomizu University
- Ritsumeikan University
- Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
- Waseda University


For further details, please visit our website.

News Release:
http://www.hakuhofoundation.or.jp/english/tabid/216/Default.aspx

Application Guide:
http://www.hakuhofoundation.or.jp/english/program/tabid/196/Default.aspx

News Letter Vol. 3
http://www.hakuhofoundation.or.jp/Portals/0/images/pdf/fellowshipnewsleuuer_vol3.pdf

-------------------------------------------------------
Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship Secretariat
(c/o) e-side, inc., B1F Shiba-Daimon MF Bldg.
2-1-16 Shibadaimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0012 Japan
Scott Macdonald/Yui Sato/Kana Ohta
tel. 81-3-6435-8140 fax. 81-3-6435-8790
email. ip-office@hakuhofoundation-ip.jp
http://www.hakuhofoundation.or.jp/english/program/tabid/196/Default.aspx

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[SSJ: 9464] Reminder DIJ Social Science Group, Wednesday, 13 July: Heeb on liberalization in Japan

From: DIJ Social Science Study Group
Date: 2016/07/11


Dear colleagues,
this is a friendly reminder that we will meet on Wednesday, 13 July, at 6:30 PM to hear a
presentation by Stefan Heeb (U Geneva/U Tokyo) at the DIJ (www.dijtokyo.org/access). Everyone is
welcome to attend!

Abstract:
Logics of Liberalization: Tracing Japan's Trajectory of Socio-Economic Institutional Change


In this presentation, I aim to analyse how Japan has (and has not) liberalized its socio-economic
institutions since the 1980s until the early 2010s.

While existing research has provided accounts of specific fields like labour, trade or financial
markets, there is so far no comprehensive longitudinal analysis of change and variation of change
across and between socio-economic institutions.

Drawing on a newly collected database of reform measures ranging from finance to product markets and
from labour to social security, I trace Japan's trajectory of liberalizing and deliberalizing change
from early occurrences in the 1980s to "waves" of liberalization under the Hashimoto and the Koizumi
administration.

Furthermore, I attempt to relate my empirical findings to existing theories of why change has
occurred in such a way. While class and party politics seem to be important parts of an explanation,
I suggest that the key to understanding Japan's "logic of liberalization" lies with the relationship
between the productive system and the livelihood security system.

Stefan Heeb is a PhD-candidate at the University of Geneva and in 2015/16 visiting research scholar
at the Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo.

The DIJ Social Science Study Group is organized by
Steffen Heinrich, Phoebe Holdgrün and Daniel Kremers.
Prior registration is not necessary but appreciated (heinrich@dijtokyo.org).
German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ)
Jōchi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioichō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō 102-0094, Phone: 03-3222-5077

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July 08, 2016

[SSJ: 9463] REMINDER: Dr. Jamie Coates on "Chinese migrant media practice" at Sophia University on July 12th

From: "Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture"
Date: 2016/07/08


Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2016

The everyday politics of Chinese migrant media practices in Japan

Jamie Coates, Waseda University


July 12th, 2016
6:30pm-8:00pm
10-301 Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

The Sino-Japanese context is not only constituted by governmental relations but also the ways
everyday Chinese citizens imagine their place in the world. This presentation explores how these
issues are reflected in the media practices of Chinese migrants in Japan and its implications for
how we understand everyday politics. Many Chinese migrants are suspicious of formal politics,
whether at an international level or local level. Although not explicitly political, their social
media practices show implicit political discussions about the differences between Chinese and
Japanese people, and broader questions of personhood, desire, morality and modernity. I focus on how
these logics have played out in relation to events over the past two years, arguing that these
debates reflect what both Turner and Graeber have suggested are the foundations of politics itself –
the establishment of what value is, and the question of what makes life worth living.

Jamie Coates focuses on grounded approaches to mobility in East Asia, with a particular focus on
theorizing the relationship between cosmopolitan attitudes and experiences fostered through the
movement of things, people and meanings. A PhD graduate from the Department of Anthropology (CHL,
CAP) at the Australian National University, his research to date has covered Chinese migrant
communities in Tokyo and the influence of media flows between China and Japan. He is currently a
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow in the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University, and co
-convenor for the European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA) Anthropology and Mobility
Network (ANTHROMOB)


Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)

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[SSJ: 9462] Sophia University ICC Lecture Announcement (July 28)

From: "Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture"
Date: 2016/07/08


Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2016

Development of Transitional Economy under Economic Globalization: The case of Vietnam

Professor Nguyen Viet Khoi (Vietnam National University)

18:30-20:00, Thursday, July 28, 2016
Room 301, Building 10
Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus

After the breakup of Berlin wall in 1989, the Iron curtain disappeared and most of socialism
countries moved from subsidized economies to market economies. But those countries are not yet
market economies. Hence they are named as transitional economies. And thanks to economic
globalization, transitional countries moderately caught up with the rest of the world and quickly
learned how to use their competitive advantages more beneficially. As one of those transitional
economies, Vietnam practiced the economic globalization in a hard way. The presentation, therefore,
will discuss the relationship between economic globalization and Vietnam’s development in all of
possible directions.

Prof. Khoi’s research interests are global value chains, supply chains and the MNCs’ global
strategies. He has been teaching and doing research at Columbia University (USA), University of
Wisconsin (USA), Southern New Hampshire University (USA), and Hitotsubashi University (Japan). He
has received awards and grants including Fulbright (USA), ALFP (Japan), AEYLS (ASEM), MOET (Vietnam).
He is the author and co-author of books published by VNU Publishing House, including “Introduction
to Econometrics” (2016); “Global Value Chains of Transnational Corporations: A Practical Approach
from China’s Situation” (2013); “International Economics” (2010); and “Transnational
corporations: theories and practices” (2007). Prof. Khoi has been the keynote speaker at many
international conferences, seminars and workshops sponsored by APEC, UN, EU, and ASEAN.

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)

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July 07, 2016

[SSJ: 9461] [Vacancy] Communications positions at UN University (7/18 deadline)

From: "Arima, Makiko"
Date: 2016/07/07


Dear SSJ Forum members,

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) based in
Tokyo has openings for a Senior Communications Associate and Communications Associate to play
leading roles in the UNU-IAS Communications Team, which is responsible for institutional
communications initiatives, including the UNU-IAS website, the UNU-IAS Policy Brief series,
brochures and other promotional materials, as well as media and general outreach activities
including targeted mailings, social media, and event promotions.

Under the general supervision of the UNU-IAS Director, the successful candidates will facilitate the
overall communications and outreach activities of the institute. Specific responsibilities will
include the following:

- managing and maintaining UNU-IAS website content, including both copy and visual assets
- reviewing, editing, formatting, and proofreading content for both print and online communications
- sourcing content and liaising with content authors
- developing and managing communications policies, workflows, and resources
- producing promotional materials such as brochures, annual reports, and event posters
- promoting key events and publications through media outreach, social media, and other means
- facilitating internal communications, including through regular reporting and other mechanisms
- developing relationships and networks to enhance outreach
- conducting other relevant activities as necessary

Requirements qualifications and experience:
- A master’s degree or equivalent qualification in sustainable development, environment, social
sciences, communications, or a related field. Alternatively, a bachelor’s degree with a relevant
amount of experience will be also considered.
- A minimum of 2 years’ relevant working experience (or 4 years for Senior Communications
Associate), preferably in an international setting.
- Excellent writing and communications skills in English, and preferably also in Japanese.
- Familiarity with the UN system and current issues related to sustainability.
- Proven ability to efficiently manage a variable workload.
- Fluency in English is required, and strong Japanese language ability is highly preferred. Ability
in other official UN languages is an advantage.
- Excellent computer skills and web literacy are essential. Experience using HTML and/or Adobe suite
of creative products is an asset.
- Good team player with strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated by the ability to work in a
multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

The deadline for applications is Monday, 18 July 2016. The starting date is mid-August 2016
(negotiable).

For details on the application process and remuneration, please visit the UN University website.
http://unu.edu/about/hr/administrative/senior-communications-associate-communications-associate-2-positions.html#overview


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[SSJ: 9460] DIJ Business & Economics Study Group on Jul 19 (Tue) with Michael PFEIFER

From: "Tim Tiefenbach"
Date: 2016/07/07


Dear Colleague

We would like to invite you to the next DIJ Business & Economics Study Group
of the German Institute for
Japanese Studies (DIJ).

It will take place on

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 18:30 - 19:30

at the German Institute for Japanese Studies.
(For a map refer to http://www.dijtokyo.org/access).

Our speakers will be

Michael PFEIFER (Goethe University Frankfurt)

He will offer a presentation on:

"Corporate governance regulation by comply-or-explain as seen from soft law
and self regulation"

Regulation of corporate governance can be described as a multi-layered
system consisting of (hard) law legislature, industry self regulation and
influence by other actors such as institutional investors.

While soft law in general and corporate governance codes in particular are
regarded to have an enormous effect on the way corporate law is shaped
around the world, the legitimacy of state induced self regulation and its
handling in practice faced grave concerns and discussion in the German legal
context. In the meanwhile, Japan has witnessed an expansion of soft law into
the realms of corporate law regulation during the past decade that cumulated
in the recent introduction of rules subject to the so called
“comply-or-explain” mechanism on all three regulatory levels: The new Art.
327:2 of the Companies Act 2015 regarding the implementation of an outside
director, Japan’s Corporate Governance Code that became part of the Tokyo
Stock Exchange’s Securities Listing Regulations on 1 June 2015 and the
Stewardship Code for institutional investors published by the Financial
Securities Agency in 2014. All three reforms may be considered soft in a
sense that they lack a final imperative, as companies and investors
addressed may deviate from those rules if they disclose their reason for
doing so. Although the respective provisions look similar on the outset,
each may play out in a different way as the “explain” element is linked with
different enforcement strategies.

In this talk, I focus on theoretical aspects of the comply-or-explain
mechanism and soft law in general as well as the purpose this new type of
rules are supposed to play in Japanese corporate governance regulation. On a
more abstract level, I aim at contributing to the question on the conditions
for successful self regulation by drawing from insights of both the German
and Japanese debate.

Michael Pfeifer is a doctoral candidate and research associate at Goethe
University Frankfurt as well as a scholarship holder at the DIJ. He
graduated from Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and underwent legal training
in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Tokyo.


The presentation will be given in English.

Everybody is welcome to attend, but we appreciate if you register by
e-mail busi.econ-studygroup@dijtokyo.org any time before the event.

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July 06, 2016

[SSJ: 9459] ISS/Shaken PhD Workshop, July 7 (Thu): Fumiya Uchikoshi (UTokyo)

From: Kenneth McElwain
Date: 2016/07/06

Dear friends and colleagues,

With apologies for multiple postings across forums, I am writing to invite
you to the next meeting of the PhD Kenkyuukai, hosted by the Institute of
Social Science, University of Tokyo.

The presenter will be Fumiya Uchikoshi, a PhD Candidate in Sociology at
UTokyo. His work focuses on the social aspects of inequality, such as the
effect of socioeconomic status on family formation. This presentation will
look at trends in the Japanese "marriage market", particularly the changing
importance that men and women attach to potential partners' educational
attainment and income.

Speaker: *Fumiya Uchikoshi (U Tokyo, Sociology)*
Title: *Current Trends in Homogamy and Its Consequences in Japan*
Time: July 7 (Thu), 12-1:30pm
Location: Rm. 307, ISS / Shaken Main Building
http://www.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/guide/index.html


** We are soliciting new presenters for September 2016 onwards. We welcome
presentations at *all levels of research progress*, including prospectuses,
field work analysis, and close-to-final papers. Our goal is to provide
constructive feedback that is useful for up-and-coming scholars in the
social sciences and humanities, so please do not hesitate to contact me to
discuss possible presentation topics and dates.
Please contact us at mcelwain@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp and noble@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp.

Kenneth Mori McElwain
Associate Professor
Institute of Social Science
University of Tokyo


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July 05, 2016

[SSJ: 9458] CJG--Christopher Wlezien lecture announcement, July 22

From: Gregory W. NOBLE
Date: 2016/07/05


The Contemporary Japan Group at the Institute of Social Science (ISS, or Shaken),
University of Tokyo, welcomes you to a lecture by

Christopher Wlezien

Hogg Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin

The Timeline of Elections in Comparative Perspective


DATE AND PLACE
Friday, July 22, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social
Science, University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

ABSTRACT
Scholars are only beginning to understand the evolution of electoral sentiment over time. How do
preferences come into focus over the electoral cycle in different countries? Do they evolve in
patterned ways? Does the evolution vary across countries? This paper addresses these issues. We
consider differences in political institutions and how they might impact voter preferences over the
course of the election cycle. We then outline an empirical analysis relating support for parties or
candidates in pre-election polls to their final vote. The analysis relies on over 26,000 vote
intention polls in 45 countries since 1942, covering 312 discrete electoral cycles, including five
in Japan. Our results indicate that early polls contain substantial information about the final
result but that they become increasingly informative over the election cycle. Although the degree
to which this is true varies across countries in important and understandable ways given differences
in political institutions, the pattern is strikingly general.

Speaker
Christopher Wlezien is Hogg Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He
received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and has been on the faculty at Oxford University, the
University of Houston, and Temple University. He holds or has held visiting positions at Columbia
University, European University Institute (Florence), Instituto Empresa (Madrid), Juan March
Institute (Madrid), University of Mannheim (Germany), McGill University (Montreal), Sciences Po
(Paris), and the University of Manchester (UK). His primary, ongoing research develops and tests a
“thermostatic” model of public opinion and policy, and his other major project assesses the
evolution of voter preferences over the course of election cycles. He has published numerous
articles and chapters as well as a number of books, including Degrees of Democracy and Who Gets
Represented? and The Timeline of Presidential Elections. Wlezien was founding co-editor of the
international Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. He currently is Associate Editor of
Public Opinion Quarterly, Research and Politics, and Parliamentary Affairs and a member of the
editorial boards of five other journals.


CONTEMPORARY JAPAN GROUP
The ISS Contemporary Japan Group provides English-speaking residents of the Tokyo area with an
opportunity to hear cutting-edge research in social science and related policy issues, as well as a
venue for researchers and professionals in or visiting Tokyo to present and receive knowledgeable
feedback on their latest research projects. Admission is free and advance registration is not
required. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, including maps and a list of past lectures, please visit our website:
http://web.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cjg/
or contact
Gregory W. NOBLE (noble@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp)

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[SSJ: 9457] Call for Papers, Journal of International and Advanced Japanese Studies

From: Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki Date: 2016/07/05


Call for Papers

Journal of International and Advanced Japanese Studies

No. 9 (2016-17)

The Journal of International and Advanced Japanese Studies is currently accepting manuscript
submissions for its 2016-17 issue to be published in February 2017. We are seeking articles (up to
20 pages in length), research notes (up to 15 pages), essays on teaching innovations and practices
(up to 15 pages), review essays (up to 10 pages), and book reviews (up to 6 pages) written in either
English or Japanese. We follow a double-blind peer-review system for manuscript submissions.

In the past two years, we have published both PRINT and ONLINE editions of our Journal, each with unique content. The PRINT and ONLINE editions of Volumes 7 and 8 are available at http://japan.tsukuba.ac.jp/research/en/.

Please refer to the Submission Guidelines in English and Japanese on our website at http://japan.tsukuba.ac.jp/research/en/submission-guidelines.html. Then, download and complete the “Intention to Submit” form (same website) in either English (Word) or Japanese (Word). Please send the “Intention to Submit” form as an attachment to: journal@japan.tsukuba.ac.jp or send it to our postal address given below.

The deadline for receiving this form at our office is Friday, July 22, 2016 (strictly enforced).
Templates for formatting Japanese- and English-language manuscripts) are available on our website at
http://japan.tsukuba.ac.jp/research/en/submission-guidelines.html. Please note that the deadline for
all manuscript submissions is Sunday, September 25, 2016 (strictly enforced).

About the journal

The Journal of International and Advanced Japanese Studies is a peer-reviewed academic journal
published annually by the Master’s and Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese
Studies Program, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba.


The Journal aims to promote open debate through publishing the results of leading research in
Japanese Studies. We welcome submissions from the perspectives of cross-national and international
studies perspectives in all social science fields (encompassing politics, economics, society, law,
media and information studies, culture, language and pedagogy, fine arts, and literature). We *
especially encourage* graduate students (M.A. level and above) to submit manuscripts to the Journal.

All queries and submissions should be addressed to the editorial board at: journal@japan.tsukuba.ac.
jp


Editorial Committee, Journal of International and Advanced Japanese Studies
Master’s and Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Tsukuba
Tennodai 1-1-1, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken,
JAPAN 305-8571
Email: journal@japan.tsukuba.ac.jp


(Enquiries by email only, please.)

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[SSJ: 9454] Upcoming DIJ Social Science Study Groups on 6 July and 13 July

From: "Steffen HEINRICH"
Date: 2016/07/05

Dear list members,
you are cordially invited to the next DIJ Social Science Study Groups on July 6 and July 13. Both
events start at 6.30 pm and will take place at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in
Tokyo (www.dijtokyo.org/access ).

On July 6, Florian Meissner (TU Dortmund) will give a presentation on “Journalism and Disaster from
a Cultural Perspective. A comparative reflection of German and Japanese media reporting on
'Fukushima'”
You can find the full abstract here: http://www.dijtokyo.org/events/journalism_and_disaster_from_a_cultural_perspective


On July 13, Stefan Heeb (University of Geneva/The University of Tokyo) will give a presentation on

Logics of Liberalization: Tracing Japan's Trajectory of Socio-Economic Institutional Change

In this presentation, I aim to analyse how Japan has (and has not) liberalized its socio-economic
institutions since the 1980s until the early 2010s.
While existing research has provided accounts of specific fields like labour, trade or financial
markets, there is so far no comprehensive longitudinal analysis of change and variation of change
across and between socio-economic institutions.
Drawing on a newly collected database of reform measures ranging from finance to product markets and
from labour to social security, I trace Japan's trajectory of liberalizing and deliberalizing change
from early occurrences in the 1980s to "waves" of liberalization under the Hashimoto and the Koizumi
administration.
Furthermore, I attempt to relate my empirical findings to existing theories of why change has
occurred in such a way. While class and party politics seem to be important parts of an explanation,
I suggest that the key to understanding Japan's "logic of liberalization" lies with the relationship
between the productive system and the livelihood security system.

Stefan Heeb is a PhD-candidate at the University of Geneva and in 2015/16 visiting research scholar
at the Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo.

The DIJ Social Science Study Group is organized by
Steffen Heinrich, Phoebe Holdgrün and Daniel Kremers.
Prior registration is not necessary but appreciated (heinrich@dijtokyo.org).
German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ)
Jōchi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioichō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō 102-0094, Phone: 03-3222-5077


---
Dr Steffen Heinrich
Senior Research Fellow (Political Science)
German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

Contemporary Japan – The DIJ’s international and peer-reviewed academic journal
http://www.contemporary-japan.org/

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[SSJ: 9456] Information on Job Announcement

From: "Jeffry Joseph Gayman"
Date: 2016/07/05


July 4, 2016

Yoshihiro Yamada
Dean
Research Faculty of International Media and Communication
Hokkaido University

Announcement of Opening

To Whom It May Concern:

Hokkaido University is pleased to announce an opening for a non-tenured English language teaching
position.

1. Position
A full-time specially appointed, non-tenured associate professor or professor in the Research
Faculty of International Media and Communication, Hokkaido University.

2. Teaching Duties
Teaching English as a foreign language to undergraduate students along with other English language-
related subjects.

3. Qualifications
(i) Native speaker of English,
(ii) Master’s degree (PhD holder preferred),
(iii) Active research career in Linguistics/TESOL, Area Studies (American Studies, British Studies,
Asian/Japanese Studies, etc.) or Media Studies. Research and teaching experience in modern Japanese
Studies is particularly desirable.
(iv) Professional qualifications and/or work experience in TESOL.

4. Contract Period
Master’s degree holders will receive a three-year contract; PhD holders will receive a four-year
contract. Contract renewal is possible pending upon evaluation of work/academic achievements during
the contract period. Period of extension of contract will be three years for Master’s degree
holders and four years for PhD holders, based upon qualifications at time of renewal. Contract
renewals can only be undertaken one time.

5. Salary
Roughly 6.4 million yen per year for associate professor, and 7.4 million per year for professor.

6. Responsibilities
(i) Teaching a maximum of 9 courses (18 classroom hours) per week,
(ii) Conducting academic research and developing teaching materials,
(iii) Entrance examination preparations and grading.

7. Contract Commencement Date (Scheduled)
April 1, 2017

8. Application Materials (3 documents in total)
To be sent by e-mail attachment

1) An application form (one Word or pdf file) containing:
a) Cover letter (2 pages of A4 maximum) including your reasons for applying, teaching philosophy,
and any particular contributions you can make to the department,
b) Resume (include your date of birth),
c) List of publications. List separately those publications in refereed journals and those which are
unrefereed articles or conference presentations/proceedings,
d) Contact details (name, affiliation, title, email address, telephone number) of two referees. At
least one must be currently employed in higher education.

2) One sample of your research
A pdf file or scan of a published paper, a draft of a conference presentation, or an MA/PhD thesis
chapter.

3) A scanned version of the degree certificate of the highest degree obtained.

9. Application Deadline
August 31, 2016 (Japan Time: 5:00 PM)

10. Contact Information
Jeffry Gayman
Associate Professor
Hokkaido University
Email: jeffry.gayman@imc.hokudai.ac.jp
Tel: 011-706-5411

Faculty Website: http://www.imc.hokudai.ac.jp/rfmc/


Please write “TEFL position” in the subject line of the email message.

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July 04, 2016

[SSJ: 9455] Japan History Group, ISS, University of Tokyo, 13 July 2016 at 18:00

From: Naofumi Nakamura
Date: 2016/07/04

The next meeting of the Japan History Group (JHG) at the Institute of
Social Science (ISS), University of Tokyo, will be held on Wednesday, 13
July 2016, at 6:00 PM, in 307 Meeting Room (307 Kaigi-shitsu), 3rd floor of
the Main Building of ISS, Hongo Campus.

Presenter: Hiromu Nagahara (Associate Professor, MIT)

Title:"The Battle of the Drums at the Imperial Palace Plaza: Music,
Cultural Hierarchy, and the Modern Japanese State"

Discussants: Roger Brown (Professor, Saitama University)


Abstract:
On the morning of March 6, 1934, a violent scuffle broke out between some
of the ten thousand marchers who had congregated at the Imperial Palace
Plaza to celebrate the Empress' Birthday and the police officers guarding
the Plaza. The conflict apparently centered on a disagreement over the type
of drum that the marchers would be allowed to use for this occasion.
Notably, the incident was discussed shortly afterwards in a Diet committee
that was meeting to debate the government's proposed revision to the
Publication Law, which stood as the cornerstone of the Home Ministry's
censorship apparatus. This presentation will use both the incident that
took place at the Palace Plaza as well as its subsequent discussion within
the Diet as a springboard to highlight the broader politics of cultural
hierarchies that were at play in modern Japan, with a focus on the modern
Japanese state's deeply fraught relationship with music. The talk will also
serve as an introduction to the forthcoming monograph *Tokyo Boogie-Woogie:
Japan's Pop's Era and It's Discontents* (Harvard University Press, February
2017).

-------------------------------------------
Dr. Naofumi NAKAMURA
Professor of Business History
Institute of Social Science,
The University of Tokyo
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[SSJ: 9453] REMINDER: Workshop on Sacred Materialities at Sophia University (July 9)

From: "Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture"
Date: 2016/07/04


Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents:

Rites, Rice, and Rokuji Myōō
Sacred Materialities Workshop at Sophia University

Saturday July 9, 2016, 2pm-6pm, Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

This workshop launches a series of talks on sacred visual and material culture. The three presenters
will consider new approaches to sometimes overlooked or peripherally-regarded objects and agents in
esoteric Buddhist contexts.

Program
2:00
Opening Remarks, Caroline Hirasawa, Sophia University

2:10- 2:50
“Dipper Worship or gejutsu 外術 Practice?: Framing Rokujiten 六字天 in Medieval Japan”
Benedetta Lomi, University of Virginia

3:10-3:50
“Turning the Dharma Wheel: How a Curse Rite was Used to Construct the Esoteric Buddhist Sovereign
and Kami-Buddhist Multiverse of Medieval ‘Japan’ (Nihon 日本)”
Brian Ruppert, University of Illinois

4:10-4:50
“The Universe Inside a Rice Bowl: Prolegomena to the Sacredness of Rice Grains in Medieval
Japanese Esoteric Buddhism”
Steven Trenson, Hiroshima University

5:10-6:00
Discussion
Chaired by Sherry Fowler, Professor, History of Art, University of Kansas

Sponsored by the Sacred Materialities Project, Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC)
Organized by Caroline Hirasawa, Sophia University

Directions to Yotsuya:
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/directions/access_yotsuya

Campus Map:
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/map/map_yotsuya

Paper Abstracts

Benedetta Lomi
Mellon Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University
of Virginia
“Dipper Worship or gejutsu 外術 Practice?: Framing Rokujiten 六字天 in Medieval Japan”

This presentation proposes to explore the iconography and ritual of Rokujiten 六字天, an esoteric
manifestation of Kannon invoked during exorcistic rituals of the Shingon school of Buddhism in the
Heian and Kamakura periods. Although Rokujiten is said to instantiate the rokuji dai myōju 六字大名
呪, the renowned six-syllable dhāraṇī of Kannon expounded in the Kāraṇḍavyūha sutra, its
representations are identical to those of two other deities worshipped within Tōmitsu and Taimitsu
circles as incarnations of the Pole Star: Myōken 妙見 and Sonjōō 尊星王. Taking as a point of
departure a lavish example currently in the possession of Hōjūin 宝寿院, dated to the 14th century,
I suggest that instead of resulting from a conflation between these two deities, Rokujiten was a
carefully crafted product. First, I present how ritual sources draw a clear picture of Rokujiten
aimed at setting it apart—both in terms of iconography and ritual—from Pole Star imagery. Then, by
looking at the way that Kamakura-period ritual sources addressed its striking similarities with
icons connected with the Dipper, I explore the possible temple and lineage disputes that may have
facilitated its creation.

Brian Ruppert
Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Department of Religion,
University of Illinois
“Turning the Dharma Wheel: How a Curse Rite was Used to Construct the Esoteric Buddhist Sovereign
and Kami-Buddhist Multiverse of Medieval ‘Japan’ (Nihon 日本)”

Buddhist curses (chōbuku 調伏) are seldom studied due to a series of presuppositions about Buddhism,
but increased study of a broad range of esoteric Buddhist rituals of East Asia has propelled a
reconsideration of such rituals, the temple complexes and lineages of those who have undertaken or
sponsored them, as well as their connections to larger questions about the character of esoteric
Buddhist discourse and practice. This talk examines the “Turning-the-Dharma-Wheel Rite” (Tenpōrin
hō 転法輪法) of Shingon lineages in early medieval Japan, drawing upon a series of manuscript and
printed sources that indicate not only that the rite was used to combat enemies of the court but
that the ritual texts inscribing its protocol depict a direct association between the rite, the “
kami of Japan” (nihon [no] shoshin 日本諸神), and the welfare of the realm, which marks it as
uniquely connected with the construction of Japanese sovereignty in 11th to 13th century Japan.

Steven Trenson
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University
“The Universe Inside a Rice Bowl: Prolegomena to the Sacredness of Rice Grains in Medieval Japanese
Esoteric Buddhism”

This talk will attempt to clarify some basic aspects of the sacredness of rice grains in medieval
Japanese esoteric Buddhism. Grains of rice were given special metaphysical importance in medieval
Mikkyō due to their association with the relics of the Buddha, which formed the nucleus of a rich
and dense network of esoteric Buddhist concepts and practices. The present talk intends to highlight
key features of the esoteric Buddhist metaphysics of rice grains as indicated by medieval sources,
and attempts to trace the doctrinal, scriptural, and ritual foundations supporting the development
of such esoteric beliefs.

And our Chair, Sherry Fowler (University of Kansas) is researching ephemera produced by Buddhist
temples.

The program for the workshop can be downloaded from http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2016-2017/160709_Rites_Rice_and_Rokuji_Myoo.pdf


Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture


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July 01, 2016

[SSJ: 9452] Call for Papers: Sasakawa USA Forum

From: Graham Dietz
Date: 2016/07/01

Call for Papers: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA is proud to unveil the Sasakawa USA Forum, a new platform for research and analysis
related to Japan and U.S.-Japan relations in a bilateral, regional, and global context. In order to
gain a more comprehensive view of U.S.-Japan relations, the Sasakawa USA Forum offers experts
outside Sasakawa USA a chance to bring their work to a wide audience.

The Sasakawa USA Forum is now accepting submissions for its next publication. Submissions should be
750 to 2,000 words in length and written on issues that previously have been inadequately covered
regarding Japan or U.S.-Japan relations in a bilateral, regional, or global context. Authors of
accepted submissions will receive an honorarium of $500. Papers must be submitted by July 29, 2016.

The first papers to be published have dealt with climate change politics in Japan, the U.S.-Japan
Alliance Coordination Mechanism, and future challenges in U.S.-Japan security cooperation. These
papers are now online at http://spfusa.org/category/sasakawa-usa-forum/, and more Forum publications
will be published to the platform soon on topics including U.S.-Japan alliance coordination and U.S.
-Japan defense cooperation.

To submit an article for consideration, please contact Graham Dietz at gdietz@spfusa.org. For more detailed information on submission, please visit http://spfusa.org/sasakawa-blog/sasakawa-usa-forum-submit/. Published writings are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Sasakawa USA.


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[SSJ: 9451] July 14 Free Lecture at Lakeland University Japan: The Tokyo Olympics' Visual Identity

From: Roger Grabowski
Date: 2016/07/01


"The Tokyo Olympics’ Visual Identity and Japanese Graphic Design History",
presented by Ian Lynam

This lecture (in English) will be held Thursday July 14th at 7:00 PM at
Lakeland University in Shinjuku

(**as of July 1, Lakeland College has changed its name to Lakeland
University)

There has been an international uproar over the public Tokyo Olympic logo
competition and the subsequent designs. Expanding on Ian Lynam’s popular
visual essay “Why We Should Really Be Concerned About the Visual Identity
for the Tokyo Olympics”*, this lecture looks to design history and cultural
narrative to help explain a history of design and the Olympics in Japan
from 1854 to today. ** http://bit.ly/261tJJS *

Ian Lynam works at the intersection of design, research and education. He
is Chair of the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine
Arts and faculty at Temple University Japan and Meme Design School in
Tokyo. He also runs a renowned design studio whose clients include
Adobe, Google,
Pivotal and YouTube. His work can be found at *ianlynam.com
.*

For a map and directions to Lakeland's Shinjuku Campus, see our website:

*http://lcj.lakeland.edu/map-contact-us/


The Lakeland Lectures are a forum for researchers, students and members of
the public to discuss contemporary issues affecting Japan. Lakeland
University has offered a U.S.-accredited liberal arts program in Tokyo
since 1991. Lakeland's main campus is in Wisconsin, USA and was founded in
1862.

--
Roger Grabowski, Jr.
Assistant Professor of General Studies
Lakeland University Japan

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June 30, 2016

[SSJ: 9450] REMINDER: Bert Winther-Tamaki on Earth Art in Postwar Japan (July 7th)

From: "Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture"
Date: 2016/06/30

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2016

Body, Pottery, Installation: Three Genres of Earth Art in Postwar Japan

Bert Winther-Tamaki (University of California, Irvine)

July 7th, 2016
18:30-20:00
Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

More than most art materials, soil is freighted with a wide range of ideological imperatives, from
wholesome agrarianism to the abject or the toxic. Tsuchi (soil, clay, earth) is a force to be
reckoned with in three genres: images and performances presenting the body besmirched with mud
(Hamaya Hiroshi, Shiraga Kazuo); ceramic art that bakes clay into stony solids (Yagi Kazuo, Itō
Kōshō); and installation work that excavates and deposits soil in large volumes (Sekine Nobuo, Endō
Toshikatsu). These genres of earth art stand in relation to the urban ground, which changed rapidly
underfoot in postwar Japanese cities from a largely unpaved and often muddy or unruly material
substrate to a hard-paved, terraced, and floored-in surface. As the earthy ground receded, artists
experimented with means of restoring wholesome contact, or mediating fears that such return was no
longer possible.

Bert Winther-Tamaki is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine. He
specializes in the history of modern Japanese art, Asian American art, and the history of
interactions between Japanese and American art worlds. His many publications include Art in the
Encounter of Nations: Japanese and American Artists in the Early Postwar Years (2001) and Maximum
Embodiment: Yoga, the "Western Painting" of Japan, 1910-1955 (2012). His current research project is
titled Earth, Stone, Wood, Ink: The Natural Materials of Modern Japan.

Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) Sophia University


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June 29, 2016

[SSJ: 9449] CALL FOR PAPERS: Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) 2016

From: Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) 2016
Date: 2016/06/29


Sent on behalf of Professor David Edgington:

CALL FOR PAPERS: Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) 2016

2016 Annual Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver – October
12th (Wed) to October 16th (Sun) 2016
Theme: “Globalizing Japan”

Dr. Shige Matsui (Law, UBC) has recently launched the JSAC 2016 Conference
Website: http://jsac2016.arts.ubc.ca.

JSAC welcomes conference papers on Japan from a broad range of disciplines
– the humanities, arts and social sciences.

Submission of Abstracts
(deadline is July 1st, 2016):

Submitting special Panels for the Conference


If you have specific questions relating to this conference, then please
contact the Conference Organizers directly on: jsac2016ubc@gmail.com.

Cheers.

David

David W. Edgington
Professor
Department of Geography
University of British Columbia

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[SSJ: 9448] Next DIJ Social Science Study Group, July 6: Journalism and Disaster from a Cultural Perspective

From: Phoebe Holdgrun
Date: 2016/06/29


You are cordially invited to the next
DIJ Social Science Study Group held on Wednesday, July 6, 18:30:

Florian Meisner, Dortmund Technical University:

Journalism and Disaster from a Cultural Perspective. A Comparative Reflection of German and Japanese
Media Reporting on "Fukushima"


Japanese and international media coverage of March 11, 2011 differed significantly in many ways.
Some of the most remarkable examples of this gap can be drawn from comparing Japanese and German
news reporting. For instance, media outlets in Japan initially paid most attention to the earthquake
and tsunami disasters, while their German counterparts focused on the crippled nuclear power plant
in Fukushima. Japanese coverage relied to a high degree on official sources, whereas German media
reports also involved many non-official sources such as NGOs. Moreover, news in Japan were shaped by
calls to avoid panic and so-called "harmful rumors". On the opposite, German media were often
denounced for cases of sensationalism.
This presentation argues that the fact that Japan was directly involved into the disaster while
Germany was not, does not sufficiently explain this gap. This study reconstructs the circumstances
of disaster reporting as well as the journalistic cultures in each country. Based on the
understanding that “western” theories of journalism do not do the Japanese case justice, the study
employs an inductive approach that is sensitive to the different cultural conditions of the work of
journalists in both countries. It draws on a series of expert interviews with scholars of Japanese
studies and journalism studies as well as narrative interviews with journalists from both countries
who covered the disaster. The comparative analysis indicates that not only the routines of disaster
reporting differ substantially between German and Japanese media, but also the journalists' societal
role as well as their professional socialization.
Florian Meisner is Ph.D. Fellow at the School of International and Intercultural Communication,
based at the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, Dortmund Technical University. He
is also a former freelance journalist for public broadcasters.

The DIJ Social Science Study Group is organized by Steffen Heinrich, Phoebe Holdgrun and Daniel
Kremers.
All are welcome to attend, but registration ([a:mailto:holdgruen@dijtokyo.org] mailto:holdgruen@dijtokyo.org ) is appreciated.
German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ)
J?chi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioich?, Chiyoda-ku, T?ky? 102-0094, Phone: 03-3222-5077
For a map please refer to [a:http://www.dijtokyo.org]www.dijtokyo.org
--
Dr. Phoebe Stella Holdgrun

Deputy Director

DIJ German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo
Deutsches Institut fur Japanstudien

http://www.dijtokyo.org

Contemporary Japan - international peer-reviewed journal, open access
http://contemporary-japan.org/

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[SSJ: 9447] [I-House] Nitobe Leadership Program Public Lecture "The Power of Breakthrough"

From: Sakura Hamamoto
Date: 2016/06/29

Dear SSJ Moderator,

The International House of Japan will hold a public seminar on August 6, 2016 as written below.

I would very much appreciate it if you kindly consider posting the information below to your mailing
list.

Thank you.

Sincerely Yours,

Sakura Hamamoto
Program Department,
International House of Japan


[Nitobe Leadership Program] Public Lecture “The Power of Breakthrough”
Lecturer: Iwase Daisuke (President & COO, Lifenet Insurance Company)

“I would like to devote my one-time life to the works which will exert a great impact on society,”
Mr. Iwase says.
Following his own words, Mr. Iwase started Lifenet with the goal of offering simple, convenient and
competitively priced products and services directly to customers over the Internet, a unique venture
at that time in Japan.
He will share his ideas on the motivation, initiatives and power to change society.

*Date: Saturday, August 6, 2016, 1:30-3:00 pm
*Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan http://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/access.html
*Language: Only available in Japanese (without English interpretation)
*Admission: Free (reservations required)
*Registration: Program Department, International House of Japan, Tel: 03-3470-3211 E-mail: mailto:program@i-house.or.jp

For details,
http://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/programs/nitobejuku_20160806/

*The Nitobe Leadership Program (Nitobe Kokusai Juku in Japanese) started in 2008 to train young
professionals from various organizations and corporations to become public-minded leaders, equipped
with a broad perspective to function in an international environment both in and outside the country.
The program invites professionals of various fields to speak on their experiences, allowing
participants (Nitobe Leadership Fellows) to deepen their understanding of such themes as
globalization and leadership. This year, Fellows will consider the theme, “The World of 2030:
Initiatives Toward a New Society.” Some of the lectures are open to the general public.
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[SSJ: 9446] [I-House] japan@ihj "Tsukiji: The End of an Era?"

From: Sakura Hamamoto
Date: 2016/06/29

Dear SSJ Moderator,

The International House of Japan will hold a public seminar on July 11, 2016 as written below.

I would very much appreciate it if you kindly consider posting the information below to your mailing
list.

Thank you.

Sincerely Yours,

Sakura Hamamoto
Program Department,
International House of Japan

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[SSJ: 9445] [I-House] Nichibunken-IHJ Forum "The Literature of Kawabata Yasunari and Chinese Art"

From: Sakura Hamamoto
Date: 2016/06/29


[Nichibunken-IHJ Forum]
“The Literature of Kawabata Yasunari and Chinese Art”

Kawabata Yasunari is a Japanese novelist widely known in China, but its relevance to Chinese culture
has not been examined in depth; very few know that Kawabata admired and appreciated Sung- and Yuan-
Dynasty art. In this lecture, Professor Zhou Yue, who specializes in Comparative Literature between
China and Japan, will introduce Kawabata’s collection of Sung and Yuan art and discuss why he
became so fascinated by them, and how they influenced Kawabata’s literary works.

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
Lecturer: Zhou Yue (Professor, Beijing Language and Culture University / Visiting Research Scholar,
Nichibunken)
Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan http://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/access.html
Language: Japanese (without English interpretation)
Admission: Free
Co-organized by the International House of Japan & Nichibunken
Registration: Program Department, International House of Japan, Tel: 03-3470-3211 E-mail: mailto:program@i-house.or.jp

For details,
http://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/programs/japanihj_20160711/
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[SSJ: 9444] Reminder: Black Women in Japan: Experiences and Perceptions

From: S P F Dale
Date: 2016/06/29

Hitotsubashi University Japanese Studies in English Lecture Series 2016

Black Women in Japan: Experiences and Perceptions
Speaker: Avril Haye-Matsui, Aichi Prefectural University

Professor Haye-Matsui will speak about the experiences of black women
living in Japan. Her research looks at Japan through the eyes of its
foreign residents and provides an alternative perspective of the foreign
experience in Japan. This presentation will focus on issues of identity,
motherhood, perceptions of beauty and diversity and raises questions about
belonging and how and why non-Japanese women are able to create close knit
communities, raise families and achieve business success in Japan.

Speaker:
Avril Haye-Matsui has lived and worked in Japan for over two decades. She
currently works at Aichi Prefectural University and is co-creator of the
organization Black women in Japan that now boasts over 1000 members.

Date: July 1, 2016 (Friday)
Time: 17:30 – 19:00
Venue: Faculty building 3, level 3, East campus, Hitotsubashi University
(東キャンパス 第3研究館 3階)

Language: English (no translation)

Attendance is free, and all are welcome to attend. No registration
necessary.

For venue map, see
http://www.hit-u.ac.jp/eng/about/direction/guide/campus/e-campus/

For more information, contact Sonja Dale (sonja.dale@r.hit-u.ac.jp)


Homepage (English) http://www.soc.hit-u.ac.jp/en/info/index.cgi?id=427
(Japanese) http://www.soc.hit-u.ac.jp/info/pub/index.cgi?id=426


--
デール・ソニヤ
Sonja Pei-Fen DALE
一橋大学社会学研究科 特任講師
Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Adjunct
Assistant Professor

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[SSJ: 9443] Sophia University ICC Lecture Announcement (July 21)

From: "Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture"
Date: 2016/06/29


Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2016

Xinjiang from the Han point of view


Tom Cliff

18:30-20:00, July 21, 2016
Room 301, Building 10, Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus

Han settlers characterise the state stranglehold over economic life in Xinjiang as a “structural
problem” (tizhi wenti) For the nonelite, this structural problem is a livelihood problem, but for
the elite, it is a problem of governance. This paper will explore how connections between the micro
and macro political economies of Xinjiang influenced the hopes, expectations, and actions of Han
settlers at the crucial “turning point” following the July 2009 Urumqi riots. I frame this
ethnographic study with a broader discussion of Han settler psychology and experiences in Xinjiang,
in particular their mutually-dependent relationship with the cultural and political centre of the
Chinese empire-state. Xinjiang Han are, like Xinjiang itself, seen as “behind” by people and
institutions at the core. But Xinjiang, being a frontier, is also seen as a place of opportunity,
innovation, even national salvation. Thus Xinjiang is “ahead” of the core in certain respects, as
well as behind by definition. Xinjiang is asynchronous.
Persistent “imperial thinking” from the centre to the borderlands imposes a strange chronology on
the frontier, where discourses of manifest destiny coexist with chronic uncertainty.

Tom Cliff is an ARC-funded postdoctoral fellow based at ANU’s School of Culture, History, and
Language. Tom has conducted long-term fieldwork in Xinjiang, and his book, Oil and Water: Being Han
in Xinjiang will be published by Chicago University Press in June 2016.

Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) Sophia University

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June 27, 2016

[SSJ: 9442] REMINDER: Sophia Symposium "Japanese Studies in Japan and Asia" on July 4

From: "Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture"
Date: 2016/06/27


The Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
Critical Japanese Studies in Asia Network


Political Cultures and the Politics of “Japanese Studies” in Japan and the Asia Pacific


DATE: July 4, 2016
TIME: 10 am-5 pm
LOCATION: Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus, Library Building; Room L- 911

“Japanese Studies” is different things in different places and different times. What constitutes
it as an academic pursuit, a coherent field of inquiry, a productive site of relevant knowledge
about and for Japan shifts accordingly. With each shift we see a different mobilization of scholarly
and economic resources; with each new initiative, a new politics is developing. This conference is
devoted to identifying some of these emerging politics in the study of Japan within Asia.


By inviting innovative scholars from 8 top Japanese Studies universities across Asia and the Pacific
to address these issues with our Sophia faculty, we are hoping to widen the scope of inquiry.


The "Critical Japanese Studies in Asia Network" is designed to bring together scholars working on
the study of Japan in the global context of the Asia Pacific. Japan’s connection to the rest of
Asia is often overlooked by Japanese Studies scholars, and yet these connections are necessary for
any full understanding of Japan in today's globalized world As such, our effort is to enhance and
enlarge Japan scholarship beyond national boundaries, and to better understand the multiple
perspectives and dynamic sets of regional and indeed global connections within Asia.


Program
a.. 10:00 Welcome
a.. Sugimura Miki, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Sophia University
b.. David H. Slater, Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University
Why Japan? Why Asia? And the Importance of Developing a Critical Japanese Studies
b.. Morning Panel : The Politics of Popular Culture
c.. Afternoon Panels
a.. 1:30 pm: Greetings
a.. Hayashita Takashi, University President
b.. 1:30 pm: Civil Society and Engagement
c.. 3:30 pm: Japanese Politics in and Across Asia
Roster

The Politics of Popular Culture
a.. Kono Shion, Sophia U., Area Studies as a Mode of Reading Literature
b.. Jinghuei Tsau, National Taiwan University, Current Status and Future Perspectives of Japanese
Studies in Taiwan
c.. Jin Ying, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Another Japan: The Influence of Japanese Pop
Culture on Chinese Citizens
d.. Karl Ian Cheng Chua, Ateneo de Manila University, The Use of Popular Culture for Historical
Research: Japanese Manga and Historical Memory
e.. Kukhee Choo, Sophia U., The Politics of Cool Japan in Asia and Beyond
Civil Society and Engagement


a.. Thang Leng Leng, NUS, Studying Japan in Southeast Asia: “Asia as Method” and Japan + Model
in Japanese Studies
b.. Lynne Nakano, CUHK, Parallel Life Course Developments in Asia, with Reference to Single Women
in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai
c.. Kyojin Kim, Seoul National University, Crisis of Japanese Studies? Japanese Studies in Korea
after 3.11
d.. David H. Slater, Sophia U., Japanese Youth Activism and the Rise of Protest Cultures Across
Asia
Japanese Politics in and Across Asia


a.. Sven Saaler, Sophia U., Studies on Transnationalism in Asia
b.. Simon Avenell, ANU, Rethinking Civil Society in Postwar Japan through the Lens of “Asia”
c.. Mark Mullins, U. of Auckland, Contemporary Japanese Nationalisms: Unraveling the Cultural,
Political, and Religious Dimensions
d.. Koichi Nakano, Sophia U., Challenges of Neoliberalism and Democracy in Post-Cold War Asia


--

David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture
Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese Studies
Sophia University, Tokyo

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[SSJ: 9441] 2nd Carrier for Yokosuka? Lessons of 1973 Applied to Today

From: John F Bradford
Date: 2016/06/27


SSJ Forum Members,
It is my pleasure to invite you to this Yokosuka Asia-Pacific Studies
Group event.

Best regards,
John Bradford
President, Yokosuka Asia-Pacific Studies Group

*A 2nd Carrier for Yokosuka? Lessons of 1973 Applied to Today*

*Date:*

Tuesay, July 26, 2016

*Time:*

6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

*Venue:*

Yokosuka Honcho Community Center 〒238-0041 2-1, Honcho, Yokosuka-shi

map

*Speaker:*

Tetsuo Kotani, Senior Research Fellow at The Japan Institute of
International Affairs

*Admission:*

Free. Open to public

*Language:*

English

*RSVP:*

asiapacificstudiesgroup@gmail.com
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to
RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.

*Overview*

Mr. Tetsuo Kotani will discuss the historic process that brought USS
*Midway* to join the U.S. Fleet Forward Deployed to Japan in 1973. This
case study offers interesting insights into some of the many issues that
would be in play if a second U.S. aircraft carrier were brought to the
Yokosuka waterfront, an idea that is being discussed in research and policy
circles, most notably as a key recommendation from the influential report,
"Asia-Pacific Rebalance 2025" from the Centre for Strategic and
International Studies.


*Speaker *

Tetsuo Kotani is a senior fellow at the Japan Institute of International
Affairs (JIIA) and also a lecturer at Hosei University. He was a visiting
scholar at Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International
Studies in Washington D.C. Mr. Kotani’s research focus is the US-Japan
alliance and maritime security, and he won the 2003 Japanese Defense
Minister Prize. Mr. Kotani is also the author of "Presence and Credibility:
Homeporting USS MIDWAY at Yokosuka," *The Journal of American-East Asian
Relations*, Vol. 15 (2008).

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May 30, 2016

[SSJ: 9401] Annual Asia Pacific Conference, Nov. 5-6, 2016, at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

From: SATO, Yoichiro
Date: 2016/05/30


Dear Forum members,

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University will be hosting its annual Asia Pacific
Conference, Nov. 5-6, 2016.
http://en.apu.ac.jp/rcaps/page/content0105.html/
Call for paper and panel proposals is open. (Deadline June 30)
We hope to receive many interesting proposals.

Yoichiro Sato
Dean, International Cooperation and Research
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

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April 05, 2016

[SSJ: 9333] FW: Hitotsubashi University Lecture Series: Building a World Class Collection of Japanese Art in the American Midwest: The Minneapolis Institute of Art at 100

S P F Dale
Date: 2016/04/05

Hitotsubashi University Japanese Studies in English Lecture Series 2016

Building a World Class Collection of Japanese Art in the American Midwest: The Minneapolis Institute of Art at 100

Speaker: Aaron Rio, Minneapolis Institute of Art

A century since its founding, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) maintains a collection of Japanese art that includes nearly 8,000 works ranging from prehistoric to contemporary, placing it among the top five collections in the United States. Mia's permanent display space for Japanese art--fifteen galleries and nearly 1,000 square meters--is the largest in the Western world. The museum has held dozens of special exhibitions focused on the arts of Japan. Yet the museum, its collection, and its story are relatively unknown in Japan. This talk will introduce Mia and its Japanese collection, examine how in one century a museum in America's Upper Midwest was able to build one of the top collections of Japanese art outside of Japan, and explore how the taste of individual donors has impacted the perspective of Japan and its arts offered to museumgoers.

Presenter bio:
Aaron Rio is Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Curator of Japanese and Korean Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He earned his PhD (2015) in Japanese art history from Columbia University. His speciality is in medieval Japanese painting.

Date: April 18 2016 (Monday)
Time: 17:30 – 19:00
Venue: Faculty building 3, East campus, Hitotsubashi University
(第3研究館東キャンパス)

For venue map, see
http://www.hit-u.ac.jp/eng/about/direction/guide/campus/e-campus/

The talk will be in English (no translation), and is free of charge. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Sonja Dale (sonja.dale@r.hit-u.ac.jp)

Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Social Sciences / Faculty of Social Sciences
http://www.soc.hit-u.ac.jp/ (Japanese homepage)

http://www.soc.hit-u.ac.jp/ (English homepage - currently under construction)

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April 01, 2016

[SSJ: 9332] FW: Workshop on Migration and Ethnic Integration at Sophia University (Aug. 8th and 9th, 2016)

From: Ivory, Tristan Dior
Date: 2016/04/01

Hello,

We are pleased to announce a call for proposals for a
new interdisciplinary workshop to be held from August
8th to August 9th, 2016 at Sophia University (Yotsuya
Campus) in Tokyo, Japan. Please read below for more
information on the workshop and how to apply.

Workshop Name: “Contemporary Research on Issues in
Migration and Ethnic Integration”

Workshop Description: The purpose of this workshop is
to gather a diverse group of scholars of migration
and/or ethnic integration to discuss their research in
a supportive, yet critical space. Proposals are welcome
from scholars from all academic disciplines at all
career stages (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows,
independent scholars, junior faculty, and/or senior
faculty) with projects focused on any aspect of
migration and/or integration research at various stages
of completion (research proposals, dissertation
proposals, reviews of existing research, book chapters,
journal articles, etc.). Proposals will be selected
based on both relevance to the workshop theme and their
ability to complement other proposals during the
workshop. Selected proposals will be grouped
thematically and a special session will be devoted to
works in progress. Each presenter will have 30 minutes
to present their research and then 25 minutes of
questions and focused discussion on areas for
improvement or elaboration and possible research
overlaps between different presentations. All
presentations will be in English. The conference will
be held on Monday, August 8th 2016 and Tuesday, August
9th 2016 at Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus. After
the conference on Monday, all participants are invited
to continue conversation and networking at dinner
hosted by the conference organizers.

How to apply: Please send an E-mail to
tivory@indiana.edu with: 1) a CV or resume and 2) an
abstract of your intended presentation (maximum of 300
words) as separate attachments. The submission deadline
for all proposals is Friday May 20th, 2016. Proposals
will be selected by Wednesday June 15th, 2016 and all
participants should submit a draft of their work to the
organizers by Friday July 15th, 2016 to ensure enough
time for reading before the workshop.

Workshop Date: Monday, August 8th 2016 & Tuesday,
August 9th 2016

Workshop Venue: Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus

Cost: Although there is no cost to attend the workshop
and meals/drinks are provided, participants are
responsible for their own transportation and lodging
expenses.

Thank you for your interest,

Tristan Ivory, Indiana University (USA)

Hirohisa Takenoshita, Sophia University (Japan)

Guilherme Kenji Chihaya, Umeå University (Sweden)

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[SSJ: 9331] Contemporary Japan 29(2): Call for Papers

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2016/04/01

We are currently preparing a special issue on the topic of “Cultural representations of identity in
and of the Japanese diaspora”Guest editor for this issue is Wolfram Manzenreiter, University of
Vienna. Living in one space and dreaming of another is at the heart of thediaspora, its essence and
fragility alike. Contrary to the nation-state, in the diaspora identity predates space, while there-
creation of space is essential for the production and reproduction of diasporic identity. A rich
amount of scholarship has demonstratedhow diasporic communities do not attach their sense of
belonging to a territory and realm of state power, but rather to the shared myths andimaginations of
places of origin, wandering and other reference points from the past. How diasporic identities
emerge and how they aremaintained across national boundaries and against pressures of assimilation
has been thoroughly discussed by social scientists overthe past twenty years. As more and more
disciplines acknowledged the heuristic value of the diaspora concept as a key metaphor forlate-
modern identity politics in a complex and complicated world void of certainties, but rich of
possibilities, diaspora became ‘a globalword that fits a global world’ (Dufoix 2008).

This special issue on cultural representations of identity in and of the Japanese diaspora looks at
the various ways in which ideas,objects and habituations are mobilized to negotiate the identity of
overseas communities of Japanese ancestry that are frequently labelledas Nikkei. The journal editor
invites empirical and theoretical papers that explore strategies and techniques of cultural
representationapplied by Nikkei communities to present and represent coherent ideas of who they are
and how they want to be seen by others. What are themessages that cultural representations convey to
members of overseas settlements, among Nikkei communities, and towards host societies andthe
homeland, imagined or real? How do Nikkei communities draft and mobilize ethnicity and citizenship
claims as strategic resources tosecure their members` individual and collective life chances and
political rights? How do they write their own history? How aretraditions crafted and recreated away
and apart from their original functions and meaning? And more specific in the context of
today'sJapanese diasporas, how are their representational strategies impacted by patterns of return
migration, circular migration and transmigration?

We invite papers focusing on but not limited to the following topics:
• language and education
• cultural heritage
• chronicles, historical accounts and museum displays
• monuments, paintings and visual arts
• dance, theatre and performative arts
• sports and physical culture
• festivities and ritual practice
• food culture

Contributions should not exceed 8000 words, including references and appendices. For details see our
submission guidelines at www.contemporary-japan.org. For inquiries and submission please contact
Wolfram Manzenreiter ( wolfram.manzenreiter@univie.ac.at ).

Submission deadline: 31 October 2016; Publication: Spring 2017

Contemporary Japan publishes original research that relates to present-day Japan and its recent
historical development. Manuscripts which cross disciplinary boundaries and raise issues beyond the
case of Japan are welcome. Submissions are peer-reviewed in a double-blind process by established
scholars in the respective field. Contemporary Japan maintains a professional and fast review
process that guarantees timely publication of accepted manuscripts, including online first.
NEW: From 2017 Contemporary Japan will be published with Routledge (Taylor & Francis).

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[SSJ: 9330] Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture announcement (April 15)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture 
Date: 2016/04/01

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2016

Touching things from afar: Global history, bodies and the material turn

Anne Gerritsen
University of Warwick

18:30-20:00, 15 April, 2016
Room 301, Building 10, Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University

The field of history has been transformed in the last decade and a half by the study of global
connections and globalization. Instead of focusing on nation-based narratives, historians have
shifted their attention to economic, political and increasingly also cultural interactions between
nations. One of the problems with this development is the suggestion of homogeneity it creates. The
study of global material culture and the bodily experience of touching new materials and surfaces, I
suggest, offers one way of challenging that homogeneity and understanding better the processes of
appropriation and rejection that were part of the global circulation of goods.

Biography
Anne Gerritsen is professor of History at the University of Warwick, and holds the Kikkoman Chair of
Asia-Europe Exchange at the University of Leiden. She studied Sinology in Leiden and Cambridge, and
holds a PhD from Harvard University. She is currently Director of the Global History and Culture
Centre at Warwick. Her teaching and research is in the field of Chinese history, but more recently
she has worked on the early modern exchange between Asia and Europe, focusing on porcelain, but also
on foodstuffs like soyasauce and rhubarb.

Lecture in English / No prior registration necessary

Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) Sophia University
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, JAPAN
+81-3-3238-4082
+81-3-3238-4081(fax)
Email diricc@sophia.ac.jp
Web: http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/

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March 31, 2016

[SSJ: 9328] 25 APR 2016 Hiroki Sugita: Japan’s fledging global voice

From: ICAS
Date: 2016/03/31

[TEMPLE ICAS Event]
Hiroki Sugita: Japan’s fledging global voice

- Monday, April 25, 2016, 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
- Temple University Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 2F (access:
http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
- Speaker: Hiroki Sugita, Managing Senior Writer at Kyodo News
- RSVP:icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you
to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.

Overview:
Japan does not have a strong voice on the global stage. It is a member of
the Group of Seven and frequently holds a nonpermanent seat on the United
Nations Security Council. However, in the most important discussions in
those international arenas, Japan supports or simply follows the directions
of the United States, leaving the impression that it has no independent
opinions to contribute to global discussions. Japan, and Japanese, appear
satisfied but silent.

Hiroki Sugita will analyze the roots of Japan’s (relative) silence and
discuss recent developments which demonstrate that many Japanese are
stepping up to the challenge, making it easier for Japanese voices to
participate in the global conversation.


Speaker:
Hiroki Sugita is currently Managing Senior Writer at Kyodo News. He joined
Kyodo in 1980 after graduation from Hitotsubashi University and served as
Tehran Bureau Chief (1991-92), New York Correspondent (1993-96), Washington
Correspondent (1997-2001), Washington Bureau Chief (2005-09), and Senior
Feature Writer and Editorial Writer (2010-13). He frequently interviewed
global leaders including Presidents Vladimir Putin (twice) and George
W.Bush. His current career also includes Planning Committee Member, Japan
National Press Club; Special Fellow at Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies,
Waseda University; Visiting Fellow at Institute for Policy and Cultural
Studies, Chuo University; and Fellow at Institute for Okinawan Studies,
Hosei University.

He authored books on Japan’s nuclear policy, the US presidential election
of 2008, and interviewed numerous intellectuals from various countries on
the Great East Japan Earthquake.

________________________________
Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Senior Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.facebook.com/tuj.icas

ICAS events do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the
speakers and participants.

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[SSJ: 9329] [I-House] Japan Premier Screening of "PAPER LANTERNS" (Apr.12)

From: Tomoya Seki
Date: 2016/03/31

Dear SSJ moderator,

International House of Japan, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, and The Japan Society of
Boston are pleased to invite you to the Japan Premier Screening of PAPER LANTERNS on April 12th,
2016. The director Mr. Barry Frechett, producer Mr. Peter Grilli, music composer Mr. Chad Cannon,
and historian who appears on the film Mr. Shigeaki Mori will present and provide commentaries at
this event.

I would very much appreciate it if you would kindly consider posting the information below to your
mailing list.

Thank you.

Sincerely Yours,

Tomoya Seki
Program Department, International House of Japan

********************************
[Japan Premiere Screening] PAPER LANTERNS

*Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7:00-9:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
*Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
*Language: English & Japanese (with consecutive interpretation)
*Co-organizers: The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, International
House of Japan, The Japan Society of Boston
*Admission: Free (reservations required)
*Registration: Send 1) Name, 2) Affiliation, 3) Number and name(s) of
accompanying guest(s), 4) Daytime phone number to
(tokyomedia@mansfieldfdn.org).
Registration will close once the 200 entry maximum has been reached.

*PAPER LANTERNS Website:http://www.paperlanternfilm.com/

PAPER LANTERNS tells the story of Mori Shigeaki, a Hiroshima-based historian who as a child of seven
experienced the atomic bomb, and his lifelong calling to tell the story of not only the many
Japanese victims of the bombing of Hiroshima, but of 12 American prisoners of war who were also
killed in it.
The film shows how the war impacted families in both countries, and how one man can rise above the
hatred of war and heal the wounds of those terrible days. The director Barry Frechette will be
present, together with producer Peter Grilli and music composer Chad Cannon.

********************************
Program Department
International House of Japan
5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku,Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
Tel: 03-3470-3211 (Mon.-Fri. 9:00 am-5:00 pm)
Fax: 03-3470-3170
E-mail: program@i-house.or.jp
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March 30, 2016

[SSJ: 9327] 【Notice】 Invitation to 122nd GRIPS Forum on 18th April

From: grips forum
Date: 2016/03/30

Dear SSJ-Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the next GRIPS Forum at the National
Graduate Institute for Policy Studies on April 18.

*Please register at Registration Form

by April 15 (Fri)17:00.

*If you can’t open the registration form, please send an email to
gripsforum@grips.ac.jp with your name,
affiliation, job title, phone number or email address without changing the
title.

*If you are arriving by a private car, please let us know the car
information

(type, color, and number) in advance so that we can register it for campus
entry permission.


Date: Monday, 18 April, 2016
Time: 16:40-18:10

Venue: GRIPS Sokairou Hall, 1st Floor

Speaker: Mr. Hideshi Tokuchi, Senior Fellow of GRIPS ALLIANCE, Former
Vice-Minister of Defense for International Affairs

Theme: The Defense Force Awakens

Language: English (Japanese simultaneous interpretation provided)

Last year the Government of Japan established new institutional frameworks
of Japan’s national security and Japan-US Alliance. In the acute regional
security environment, Japan should assume a greater role in the
international efforts to restore balance of power and to uphold the
rules-based order, capitalizing on these achievements. This lecture examines
some basics related to this challenge from a Japanese view-point.

Speakers’ Profile:

Mr. Hideshi TOKUCHI entered the Japan Defense Agency in 1979 as a civilian
and assumed the position of the first Vice-Minister of Defense for
International Affairs in 2014 until retiring from the Ministry of Defense in
2015.

Mr. Tokuchi also worked for the US National Defense University in 1995-1996
as a Visiting Fellow. He taught Japan’s national security policy at the
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) for many years. He
now works as a Senior Fellow for GRIPS ALLIANCE and as a Visiting Fellow for
the Institute of International Relations, Sophia University and for the
Institute for International Policy Studies.

Mr. Tokuchi was born in 1955. He earned a degree of Bachelor of Laws at the
University of Tokyo in 1979 and a degree of Master of Arts in Law and
Diplomacy (MALD) at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1986.

*** GRIPS Forum ***

Since its establishment in 1997, the National Graduate Institute for Policy
Studies (GRIPS), as the only graduate school in Japan specializing in policy
research, has promoted education and research on a wide range of policy
issues.

Utilizing our vast policy network, this Forum invites leaders from various
fields including government, academia and business, as well as staff from
our own faculty, to deliver lectures on current policy concerns.

The Forum welcomes attendance of GRIPS faculty and students as well as
participants from outside the university. Simultaneous interpretation will
be available (Japanese/English).

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gripsforum@grips.ac.jp

http://www.grips.ac.jp/

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[SSJ: 9326] Announcement of a New Job Opening with The University of Melbourne

From: advertising-hr
Date: 2016/03/30

We would like to proceed with the following vacant job announcement to be posted in Social Science
Japan (SSJ – Forum) website please. Details as follows:


LECTURER / SENIOR LECTURER IN JAPANESE STUDIES

Asia Institute, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Salary: AUD $92,654 – AUD $110,022 p.a. – Level B or AUD $113,496 – AUD $130,866 p.a. – Level C plus
17% superannuation. (Level of appointment is subject to qualifications and experience, salary is in
Australian dollars).

The Faculty of Arts welcomes applications from Japanese studies specialists with suitable research
and teaching experience to fill the role of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies. The new
appointee will work to develop new areas of research and training as well as supporting existing
programs.

As Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, you will be responsible for teaching at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels and will assist in the development of new subjects as appropriate;
supervision of RHD students is also a requirement. You will also undertake research resulting in
publications with leading publishers in the field, foster engagement links with external networks/
partners nationally and internationally and will take on administrative tasks associated with the
appointment.

The University of Melbourne's Asia Institute, through its research and undergraduate and
postgraduate teaching programs, furthers the study of the rich languages, intellectual, cultural,
social, political and religious traditions of Asia and the Middle East, and their contemporary
manifestations.

The Japanese Studies discipline in the Asia Institute is one of the largest and most successful
Japanese programs in Australia. The teaching program nurtures intercultural communication skills,
develops cultural literacy and helps students understand the complexity and diversity of Japanese
society. Current areas of research expertise include the acquisition of Japanese as a second
language, popular culture, language and gender, forensic linguistics, intercultural communication,
multiculturalism and social cohesion, civil society, politics and peace, face and politeness, and
computer assisted language learning.

This appointment will be made at either Level B or C subject to the qualifications and experience of
the successful candidate. This exciting full-time, continuing position is available from 1 January
2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Employment Type: Full-time (continuing)

Enquiries only to: Prof Akihiro Ogawa Tel +61 3 8344 7037 Email akihiro.ogawa@unimelb.edu.au

Close date: 1 May 2016

For position information and to apply online go to http://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers, click on the
relevant option (Current Staff or Prospective Staff), and search under the job title or job number
0040504.

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[SSJ: 9325] EU-Japan conference at Warwick June 16-17

From: Marie Söderberg
Date: 2016/03/30

I would like to put your attention to a conference at Warwick University, UK on June 16-17 2016.
Title of the conference is “European-Japan Relations: Settled bilaterally or governed by influences
from US and China?” The conference is organized by European Japan Advanced Research Network (EJARN).
We invite European and Japanese scholars and authors to analyze European-Japan relations from a
number of different perspectives. Furthermore and further adding value and originality, we are also
planning to invite U.S. and Chinese scholars and analysts to present Chinese and U.S. views of EU-
Japan relations. What does increased collaboration and cooperation between the EU and Japan (as
envisioned in the EU-Japan Economic Partnership (EPA) and Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA)
which is currently in the process of being negotiated) mean for policymakers in both Beijing and
Washington and what impact could increased EU-Japan cooperation in regional and international
politics and security have on Japan’s and the EU’s respective ties with the U.S. and China. Is the
expansion of EU-Japan cooperation in international politics and security as envisioned by the above
mentioned SPA relevant and significant enough to have an impact on Tokyo and Brussels’ political
and security relations with Washington and Beijing? Is the expansion of EU-Japan ties complementary
vis-a-vis what these two actors do with Washington and Beijing in terms of politics and security or
is the expansion of EU-Japan cooperation perceived as an obstacle to Japan-China, Japan-US, EU-US
and EU-China relations and cooperation?
These are some of the issues that we would like to tackle during this conference and which we would
like you to present papers on. The result of the conference should be an edited volume, a book from
an international publisher.

We would like to have an abstract of your proposed paper at the latest April 15 2016. Please send it
to Phillips, Jessica mailto:J.Phillips.2@warwick.ac.uk

The conference is organized by European Japan Advanced Research network (EJARN) a group of 24 senior
academic researchers that work on Japan. ( https://www.hhs.se/en/Research/Institutes/EIJS/ejarn )


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Marie Söderberg
Professor and Director
European Institute of Japanese Studies
Stockholm School of Economics
Phone +46-8-7369364 or +46-8-7369368 (direct) Fax +46-8-313017 Saltmätargatan 19C, Box 6501 SE-113
83 Stockholm, Sweden

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March 24, 2016

[SSJ: 9324] 【Notice】 Invitation to 121st GRIPS Forum on 11th April

From: GRIPS Forum
Date: 2016/03/24

Dear SSJ-Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the next GRIPS Forum at the National
Graduate Institute for Policy Studies on April 11.

*Please register at Registration Form

by April 8 (Fri)17:00.

*If you can’t open the registration form, please send an email to
gripsforum@grips.ac.jp with your name,
affiliation, job title, phone number or email address without changing the
title.

*If you are arriving by a private car, please let us know the car
information

(type, color, and number) in advance so that we can register it for campus
entry permission.


Date: Monday, 11 April, 2016
Time: 16:40-18:10

Venue: GRIPS Sokairou Hall, 1st Floor

Speaker: Dr. Kenichi Kawasaki, Professor of GRIPS, Senior Fellow of GRIPS
ALLIANCE, Co-chair of the Global EPAs Research Consortium

Theme: Economic Impacts of TPP/EPAs

Language: Japanese (English simultaneous interpretation provided)

The TPP agreement has been signed following the conclusion of negotiations.
The impacts of structural reforms measures including TPP/EPAs will be
achieved over medium-term and contributing to sustainable growth. This
lecture discusses the relative significance of EPAs quantitatively
estimating the economic impacts of EPAs by economic model simulations.

Speakers’ Profile:

Dr. Kawasaki is currently a professor of National Graduate Institute for
Policy Studies (GRIPS), a senior fellow of GRIPS ALLIANCE and a co-chair of
the Global EPAs Research Consortium. Meanwhile, he has been a consulting
fellow of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) and
an adjunct fellow of the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA).
Dr. Kawasaki spent more than two decades in the Japanese government (Cabinet
Office) including the secondment to the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development (OECD). He holds a PhD in Economics from Osaka
University and a BS in Mathematics from the University of Tokyo.

*** GRIPS Forum ***

Since its establishment in 1997, the National Graduate Institute for Policy
Studies (GRIPS), as the only graduate school in Japan specializing in policy
research, has promoted education and research on a wide range of policy
issues.

Utilizing our vast policy network, this Forum invites leaders from various
fields including government, academia and business, as well as staff from
our own faculty, to deliver lectures on current policy concerns.

The Forum welcomes attendance of GRIPS faculty and students as well as
participants from outside the university. Simultaneous interpretation will
be available (Japanese/English).

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For registration and inquiries, please contact: Ms. Oshikawa
gripsforum@grips.ac.jp

http://www.grips.ac.jp/

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March 23, 2016

[SSJ: 9323] Contemporary Japan 28(1) now online

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2016/03/23

We are happy to announce that the latest issue of Contemporary Japan is now online.
It is a special issue edited by Iza Kavedžija on the topic of Ethnographies of Hope in Contemporary
Japan
All articles are available open access at http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-1/issue-files/cj.2016.28.issue-1.xml

Contemporary Japan 28(1)
Iza Kavedžija
Introduction: reorienting hopes
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-1/cj-2016-0001/cj-2016-0001.xml?format=INT

Jason Danely
Hope in an ageing Japan: transience and transcendence
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-1/cj-2016-0002/cj-2016-0002.xml?format=INT

Brett Hack
Subculture as social knowledge: a hopeful reading of otaku culture
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-1/cj-2016-0003/cj-2016-0003.xml?format=INT

Scott North & Rika Morioka
Hope found in lives lost: karoshi and the pursuit of worker rights in Japan
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-1/cj-2016-0004/cj-2016-0004.xml?format=INT

Ieva Puzo
Hope amidst uncertainty: foreign scientists in contemporary Japan
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-1/cj-2016-0005/cj-2016-0005.xml?format=INT

Stephen Robertson
Hope that sustains: revisiting New Year’s divination at Suwa Taisha
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-1/cj-2016-0006/cj-2016-0006.xml?format=INT

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March 20, 2016

[SSJ: 9322] ISS/Shaken PhD Workshop, March 24: Eriko Hamada

From: Kenneth McElwain
Date: 2016/03/20

Dear friends and colleagues,

I am writing to invite you to the next meeting of the PhD Kenkyuukai, hosted by the Institute of
Social Science, University of Tokyo.**

The next presenter is Eriko Hamada, who specializes in the comparative politics of social insurance
/ welfare regimes, with a particular focus on youth employment policies. She is currently a
postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Global Concern at Sophia University. She has just completed
her PhD in Political Science / Law, also at Sophia, this month.


Speaker: Eriko Hamada (Sophia U)
Title: "New social risks and youth activation policy in Japan and the UK:
Partisanship and problem construction"
Time: Mar. 24 (Thu), 12-1:30pm
Location: Rm. 307, ISS / Shaken Main Building
http://www.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/guide/index.html


Abstract:
Unlike many Western countries, Japan did not face mass youth unemployment after the oil crisis in
the 1970s and 80s. Instead, strong demand for young workers along with a unique school-to-work
transition system allowed Japan to maintain internationally low levels of youth unemployment. The
Japanese youth labor market, however, has changed drastically since the mid-1990s. Full-time jobs
have decreased, precarious workers have increased both among male and female workers, and youth
joblessness has become a serious concern. In order to cope with arising new social risks, Japan
introduced a series of youth employment policies since the early 2000s. Japan's youth employment
policy places a lot of attention in activating the youth and assisting them into the labor market by
increasing their human capital.

Previous studies on new social risks and the development of active social policies focus mainly on
institutional legacies drawn from welfare regimes. Partisanship is said to play a minor role in
explaining the development of active social policies, as adoption of such policies are seen across
different types of welfare regimes and there is little alternative for post-industrial welfare
states under serious budgetary pressures. However, I argue that partisanship and political vision
and values of policymakers still play an important role in explaining the expansion of active social
policies. By comparing Japan to the United Kingdom, two countries that have both expanded youth
employment policies that place strong focus on the supply-side, I highlight the key characteristics
of youth policy of the two countries and discuss how partisanship and problem construction by
policymakers, along with risk structure faced by young workers have affected policy outcomes.


We look forward to seeing many of you there to discuss Eriko's research!


Kenneth Mori McElwain
Associate Professor
Institute of Social Science
University of Tokyo
www.kennethmcelwain.com
mcelwain@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp


** As many of your know, John Campbell, who has played a central role in leading this presentation
series since 2005, returned to the United States in November 2015. He has kindly bequeathed the
workshop to Greg Noble and me (both faculty members at ISS), and we hope to continue the tradition
of encouraging up-and-coming scholars in the social sciences and humanities to present their ongoing
research.
** The logistics of the workshop will largely be unchanged, except for location. We plan to meet
from 12-1:30pm on the fourth Thursday of most months. However, the presentations will now be held in
Room 307 of the main ISS / Shaken building. The building itself is identified in orange in the
following map.
http://www.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/guide/index.html
** We welcome presentations at all levels of research progress, including prospectuses, field work
analysis, and close-to-final papers. We believe this is the perfect venue for researchers to get
input from an interdisciplinary group of scholars in a low-stakes environment, and we encourage you
to contact us at mcelwain@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp and noble@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp.

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December 25, 2015

Winter Holiday Break

From: SSJ-Forum
Date: 2015/12/25

Greetings from Hongo. On behalf of Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo, we would like to thank you for participating in the SSJ-Forum this year. We trust that you have found enough of the messages interesting to make subscribing worthwhile, and hope that you will continue to read and respond to SSJ-Forum posts in 2016.

As the winter solstice has passed, we are soon having a holiday break from December 29th to January 3rd, so the SSJ-Forum will shut down during the period. Postings that are sent to the forum during the break will be sent out on January 4th.

Please note that there is an on-line archive of all posts at the SSJ-Forum website ( http://ssj.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp ). As well as quick links to the most recent posts sent to the Forum, there are three ways to search the archives: by message author, by date, and by keyword.

We hope all of you will have a wonderful holiday season and a very happy and healthy new year.

Best wishes,
SSJ Forum

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[SSJ: 9232] ICC Film Screening and discussion with Eiji Oguma on January 15, 2016

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2015/12/25

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture invites you to

A film screening and a discussion session with director

Eiji OGUMA (Professor, Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University)

Title: Tell the Prime Minister
Direction, Production, English Subtitles: Eiji OGUMA

Date and time: Jan. 15, 2016, Film starts from 17:30, (lasts for 1 hour and 47 minutes) followed by a discussion session with the director, Professor Eiji Oguma (event finishes at 20:30)
Venue:Room 414, 4F, Building 2, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

Moderator: David Slater, Sophia U

Summary:After "Occupy Wall Street" in New York, and before the "Umbrella Revolution" in Hong Kong, 200 thousand people surrounded the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo for an anti-nuclear demonstration. However, this incident was not reported extensively by the media and subsequently went unnoticed by the world.

This documentary film captures the anti-nuclear protests in Tokyo after the Fukushima nuclear incident in March 2011. The theme of the film is the crisis that democracy faces, and the reconstruction of democracy.

Film in Japanese with English subtitle /Discussion will be in both English and Japanese Free and open to all; no prior registration necessary

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture: 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) : +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax):
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp (Web) : diricc@sophia.ac.jp
(email)


David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture Professor of Cultural Anthropology Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese Studies Sophia University, Tokyo

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[SSJ: 9229] Japan History Group, ISS, University of Tokyo, 19 January 2016

From: Naofumi NAKAMURA
Date: 2015/12/22

The next meeting of the Japan History Group (JHG) at the Institute of Social Science (ISS), University of Tokyo, will be held on Thursday, 19 January 2016 at
6:00 PM in Centre Meeting Room No.549 (Centre Kaigi-shitsu), 5th floor of the Akamon Research Building, Hongo Campus.

Presenter: Raja Adal (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Pittsburgh University)

Title: The Age of the Typewriter: Writing, Aesthetics, and the Children of the Guttenberg Revolution

Discussant: Kenji Sato (Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo)

Abstract:
The typewriter caused a revolution in the speed and efficiency of writing in the Western world, but it had considerable difficulty adapting to non-Latin scripts.
The first Japanese typewriter in 1915 had 3100 keys, which made it not only slower than handwriting but heavy, expensive, and tiring to use. Despite these disadvantages, it was a commercial success, selling tens of thousands of machines in the 1920s and 1930s, employing an equal number of typists, and becoming a mainstay in the offices of large companies, government bureaucracies, and schools. My research asks why such an inefficient machine was so popular.

My work hypothesizes that anonymity was key to the typewriter's global success. Although the Japanese typewriter was not efficient in the sense of making it possible to write faster than with a brush or a pen, it was one of the technologies advocated by Japanese proponents of Taylorism because it made handwritten documents into highly legible and uniform typewritten documents that revolutionized both labor relations and information management. The typewriter transformed labor relations by separating the hand from the word, masking individual attributes like gender from the reader, and making it possible for female typists to replace male scribes. Furthermore, by virtualizing the relationship between the hand and the word, the typewriter transformed the nature of communication.
Handwriting was harder to read because it left behind a trace of the hand of the writer, of their gender, educational level, or physical fatigue. Typewriting stripped writing of this trace and, in so doing, made it more legible but also more malleable as a bit of data. In this sense, the typewriter helped create what Martin Heidegger has referred to as a "standing reserve," namely a database of texts that could easily be stored, transmitted, and retrieved. My project uses the history of the typewriter to both take us to the prehistory of the database and bring us back to handwriting as a form of thick expression that leaves a sediment of the body dispersed in the written word. If the seminal moment in the history of the book was the Gutenberg revolution, this work turns to the history of writing to help us understand our condition as children of that revolution.
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Dr. Naofumi NAKAMURA
Professor of Business History
Institute of Social Science,
The University of Tokyo

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December 22, 2015

[SSJ: 9231] Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Japan

From: Hiroko Takeda
Date: 2015/12/22

Dear Colleagues,

This is to let you know that the online surveys re: the new Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Japan will be closed on 31 December 2015. We have already received a lot of interesting and useful input and thank you very much for those who have participated. If you have not, we are still very much looking forward to hearing from you and your students. Please note that the instructor
survey includes a call for proposals.

Instructor
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GSSV3DF

Students
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N65QL5J


Best wishes,

Hiroko Takeda (University of Tokyo)
Mark Williams (University of Leeds)

Editorial Board
Hugo Dobson (IR & Educational Impact, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK) Laura Hein (History, Northwestern University, Chicago,
US)
Rumi Sakamoto (Cultural Studies, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand) David Slater (Anthropology, Sophia University, Tokyo) Franz Waldenberger (Economics, DIJ & Ludwig- Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany)


Hiroko Takeda, PhD

Project Associate Professor
PEAK (Programs in English at Komaba)
Organization for Global Japanese Studies Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

3-8-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 153-8902 Japan

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[SSJ: 9230] [I-House] Public Lecture "The Kaleidoscopic Japanese Archipelago: Observations from Fieldwork on Biodiversity"

From: Tomoya Seki
Date: 2015/12/22

[Japan Studies Now-Inter-University Center Lecture Series] “The Kaleidoscopic Japanese Archipelago:
Observations from Fieldwork on Biodiversity”

The Japanese archipelago, surrounded by the ocean with a highly dynamic coastal terrain, is home to a variety of fauna and flora and wildlife in diverse natural environments. Such diversity is reflected in a variety of human lifestyles as well. As environmental protection becomes an urgent problem facing mankind today, what can we learn from the way those in Japan’s rural/coastal areas live?

Professor Anne McDonald, who has traveled all around Japan’s coastal areas as a researcher in environmental history for over 20 years, will talk about her observations on Japan’s biodiversity and how we can contribute to the formation of a sustainable society.

*Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 6:00-7:30 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm)
*Lecturer: Anne McDonald (Professor, Sophia University)
*Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
http://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/access.html
*Language: Japanese (without English interpretation)
*Admission: Free
*Co-organized by International House of Japan, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, and Nippon Foundation

For details,
http://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/programs/publicprogram2016
0202/
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Contact & Reservations:
Program Department, International House of Japan   
         
Tel: 03-3470-3211 Fax: 03-3470-3170
Address: 5-11-16, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 
106-0032 Japan   

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December 21, 2015

[SSJ: 9228] Scholarships available at The University of Sheffield

From: Katherine Gallagher
Date: 2015/12/21

The School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) at The University of Sheffield would like to invite applications for postgraduate scholarships for 2016/17 entry with start dates from 1 October 2016.

With a history dating back to 1963, the School of East Asian Studies is one of Europe´s leading centres of academic excellence for the study of contemporary East Asia.

The School's research activities concentrate on four research clusters:
• East Asian Business Environment
• East Asian Text and Culture
• Human Movement and Development in East Asia
• Power, Cooperation and Competition in East Asia

Each cluster represents an area of existing research strength and priority at Sheffield, and builds on the strong track record of language-based area studies and related multidisciplinary research.
SEAS offers single-country supervision on China, Japan and Korea as well as transnational processes and linkages. Applications covering both social science and humanities topics are welcome. Our main focus is the business, politics, societies, cultures, economies and history of modern and contemporary East Asia.

ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Scholarship The department is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre, a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York - and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Scholarships. For 2016 entry we are able to offer 1 ESRC scholarship either as a +3 (PhD) scholarship or a
1+3 (MA + PhD) scholarship
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/schola
rships/esrc
Deadline - 2 February 2016 5pm

WRoCAH (AHRC) Scholarship
The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities
(WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. For 2016 WRoCAH is able to offer 2 AHRC studentships to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the University of Sheffield.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/schola
rships/ahrc
Deadline - 2 February 2016 5pm

Sasakawa Foundation Scholarship
The Great British Sasakawa Foundation's Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship Programme was designed to support the development of Japanese studies in the UK. Through this programme we are able to offer 2 PhD scholarships for 2016 entry. Each Scholarship is worth £10,000. Although scholarships are for one year’s study only, successful candidates will be nominated again for the duration of their degree (up to a maximum of three years).
http://www.shef.ac.uk/seas/researchdegrees/furtherinfo
Deadline - 2 February 2016 5pm

Doctoral Academy Scholarships
The department is allocated funds on an annual basis to award a number of scholarships (to Home and Overseas
candidates) in a fee/half fee/fees+stipend combination of its choosing.

For scholarship application details please see our
webpage:

http://www.shef.ac.uk/seas/researchdegrees/furtherinfo

Late applications will not be accepted. Please note that you need to have applied for the PhD course before applying for these scholarships. To enquire whether your research topic fits our areas of study please send your CV and research proposal to Katherine Gallagher at k.gallagher@sheffield.ac.uk. For information on staff specialisms and prospective supervisors please see http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/seas/staff#Academic+Staff

Best wishes,


Dr Lily Chen
Admissions Tutor
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Katherine Gallagher
Learning and Teaching Team Leader
School of East Asian Studies
The University of Sheffield
6-8 Shearwood Road
Sheffield
S10 2TD
Email: k.gallagher@sheffield.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 8423 (Internal ext. 28423)
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 8432

Like us on Facebook
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Follow us on Twitter
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[SSJ: 9227] Abe Fellowship Colloquium: "The Economic Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership" (Jan. 7)

From: SSRC Tokyo Office
Date: 2015/12/21

ABE FELLOWSHIP COLLOQUIUM

"The Economic Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership:
What Have We Learned from CGE Simulation?"

The Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, if successfully implemented, will liberalize trade between the US, Japan and ten other Asia-Pacific economies, making it one of the largest regional agreements ever seen. The prospect of a comprehensive trade agreement spanning the Pacific raises a number of important quantitative questions. What is the likely magnitude of the economic gains? How do the gains compare to other proposed agreements? Are they evenly distributed across member economies and across societies within the members? What types of changes might we observe in the pattern of economic activity in the member economies?
One of the most widely used techniques for evaluating these types of questions is numerical simulation with computable general equilibrium, or CGE, models. There have now been a number of papers written that use CGE methods to analyze the TPP. In this symposium we will discuss the CGE method, provide a synthesis of the key results that have emerged from the literature, and discuss some new simulation results of our own.

Biographical Information

John Gilbert is a Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at Utah State University, a position he has held since 2001. He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His field of research is international trade theory and policy, and he has worked on theoretical topics ranging from the implications of labor market distortions on trade liberalization, to the rationales for offshoring, to the enforcement of narcotics restrictions in trade. His policy work has used computable general equilibrium modeling techniques to help understand the economic consequences of regional trade liberalization, especially in the Asia-Pacific.
He has written numerous books and articles in the areas of both trade theory and trade policy, and has worked on projects for multilateral institutions including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and UNESCAP. He began his Abe Fellowship in 2014, and has been resident for the past year at the Graduate School of Economics at Hitotsubashi University.

Speaker: John Gilbert
Professor, Department of Economics and Finance, Utah State University/ Abe Fellow (2013)

Discussant: Shujiro URATA
Professor, International Economics, Waseda University

Moderator: Nobuhiro HIWATARI
Professor, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tokyo/ Abe Fellow (1993)

When: Thursday, January 7th 2016, from
6 pm to 8 pm (an informal reception follows)

Where: Sakura Hall 2nd Floor, Japan
Foundation, 4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/access/map.html

Notes: Simultaneous interpretation
will be available. Admission is free.


RSVP by sending this form by email or fax. Your colleagues and friends are also welcome.

Email: ssrcABE@gol.com Fax:
03-5369-6142 Phone: 03-5369-6085

Name_______________________________ Affiliation
_______________________________

Tel/Fax _____________________________ Email
__________________________________

This event is jointly sponsored by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Tokyo Office and Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).

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December 18, 2015

[SSJ: 9226] Call for Discussants: Japan-US-China-USSR relations/Japan's search for security partnerships 9 January 2016 Osaka U.

From: sugita
Date: 2015/12/18

Dear Colleagues:

Subject: Call for Discussants: Japan-US-China-USSR relations/Japan's search for security partnerships 9 January 2016 Osaka U.

It is our honor to have Professors Yutaka Kanda (Niigata U.) and Bart Gaens (the Finnish Institute of International Affairs & Osaka U.) in Osaka on 9 January
2016 (Saturday). We are looking for discussants for both sessions. You are welcome to the seminar, but please register (free) by sending email to Yone Sugita
(sugita@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp) Seminar papers will be ready in January and will be distributed to confirmed participants only.
Best,
Yone Sugita
********************************

International Relations Seminar at Osaka University
Date: 9 January 2016 (Saturday)
Venue: Office for University-Industry Collaboration (Building A), Suita Campus, Osaka University http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/access/index.html#suita
(Access map) http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/access/suita
(Suita Campus Map: #47)

Session1: 13:00 - 14:30
Professor Yutaka Kanda (Associate Professor, Niigata
University) yutaka.kanda@gmail.com
http://researchers.adm.niigata-u.ac.jp/html/100000776_e
n.html
Title: 'Japan-US-China' or 'Japan-US-China-USSR': Two different goals in postwar Japanese conservatives

Abstract: It is generally understood that there were three foreign policy lines in post-WWII Japan. They are, in Soeya Yoshihide's words, 'Cooperation' with the U.S., 'Autonomous' from the U.S., and 'Independent'
from the U.S. The first line was promoted by Yoshida Shigeru and his followers, the Conservative Mainsream, putting priority on economic development and depending without hesitation on the United States with regard to security policy. This policy line was praised by 'realists' of scholars in international politics, such as Kosaka Masataka and Nagai Yonosuke, and was named the 'Yoshida Doctrine' in the early 1980s. The second line, which Kishi Nobusuke and the Conservative Tributaries advocated, was to pursue more equal relationship with the U.S., particularly by amending Article 9 of the Constitution and accomplishing rearmament. The third line was that of 'Unarmed Neutralty', supported by Japan Socialist Party.

Focusing on Japanese diplomacy toward China and the Soviet Union in the 1960s, this talk aims to shed light on the new aspects of Japanese conservatives' foreign policy that cannot be applied by this framework.
The talk is based on the presenter's book, Reisen Kozo no Henyo to Nihon no Taichu Gaiko (The Transformation of Cold War Structure and Japan's China Policy), published in 2012. As argued in this book, the difference between the Conservative Mainstream and the Conservative Tributaries was distinct in their views on the great powers surrounding Japan, China and the Soviet Union, rather than on the United States. Yoshida Shigeru and the leaders of mainstream believed that the Sino-Soviet alliance was easy to break up and Japan and the West must attempt to entice China away from the Soviet Union. The presenter called their goal as 'Japan-US-China' partnership. On the other hand, most of the Conservative Tributaries, including Kishi, regarded the Sino-Soviet alliance to be stable. They argued that, while it is important for Japan to improve Sino-Japanese relations, closer relationship with the Soviet Union was also essential for Japanese interest.
Using the expression of the presenter's book, they pursued 'Japan-US-China-USSR' cooperation.
Interestingly, the 'realist' scholars shared these views with the Tributaries, rather than Yoshida and the Mainstream leaders.

Discussants: TBA


Session 2: 14:45 - 16:15
Professor Bart Gaens (Senior Research Fellow, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs & Specially-Appointed Associate Professor, Osaka
University)
http://www.fiia.fi/en/expert/137/bart_gaens/
Title: Japan's Search for Strategic Security Partnerships
Abstract: This presentation focuses on a core ingredient of Japan's new security strategy, namely the search for strategic partnerships in Asia, the Indo-Pacific, and Europe in order to balance the rise of an increasingly assertive China. The Japan-US security alliance remains the crux of Japan's defence, but in order to get a more accurate picture of Japan's evolving stance as a regional and global player, it is vital to take into account linkages and partnerships (bilateral and multilateral, economic as well as
security-oriented) with other players.

The presentation will first situate Japan in its current regional environment. Japan views China's rise as a "complex and significant national security challenge", forcing Tokyo to adapt to an "increasingly severe" regional security environment. China's military growth along with its economic rise, Beijing's assertive actions in regional maritime affairs, together with deep-rooted differences in national memory have resulted in a strongly perceived "China threat".
The more tangible threat posed by the unpredictable North Korean regime only reinforces Japan's resolve to adjust its defence policy. As a result Japan has increased its military budget and aims to transform the SDF into "dynamic and assertive" armed forces. In order to strengthen the security alliance with the US, the Abe administration has created a National Security Council (NSC), and a contested "Designated Secrets Protection Bill" aims to facilitate intelligence sharing with US agencies.

At least as importantly, however, Japan is seeking to forge partnerships with other countries. Since the start of the twenty-first century, Japan has taken on an active role in East Asian multilateral diplomacy and political integration, driven by a strongly emerging China. It can be argued Japan has successfully placed its stamp on the institutional development of regional institutions to suit its own vision of "inclusive regionalism." In more recent years however, Tokyo has shifted its attention to efforts to build strategic partnerships of like-minded, democratic Indo-Pacific countries that share similar anxieties about China's growing naval might. It is the aim of this presentation to examine this policy shift, and assess Japan's engagement with South Korea, India, Australia, ASEAN and the EU, especially in the light of China's economic diplomacy. The presentation will look at the underlying drivers and impediments of Japan's burgeoning "strategic partnerships".

Discussants: TBA


--
Yoneyuki Sugita

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December 04, 2015

[SSJ: 9204] Book announcement - Lifelong Learning in Neoliberal Japan: Risk, Community, and Knowledge

From: Akihiro Ogawa
Date: 2015/12/04

Dear Colleagues,

Please allow me to announce the recent publication of my book, Lifelong
Learning in Neoliberal Japan: Risk, Community, and Knowledge.

Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5787-1

A book description follows:
Akihiro Ogawa explores Japan’s recent embrace of lifelong learning as a
means by which a neoliberal state deals with risk. Lifelong learning has
been heavily promoted by Japan’s policymakers, and statistics find
one-third of Japanese people engaged in some form of these activities.
Activities that increase abilities and improve health help manage the
insecurity that comes with Japan’s new economic order and increased
income disparity. Ogawa notes that the state attempts to integrate the
divided and polarized Japanese population through a newly imagined
collectivity or the New Public Commons, a concept that attempts to
redefine the boundaries of moral responsibility between the state and
the individual, with greater emphasis on the virtues of self-regulation.
He discusses the history of lifelong learning in Japan, grassroots
efforts to create an entrepreneurial self, community schools that also
function as centers for problem solving, vocational education, and
career education.

http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6115-lifelong-learning-in-neoliberal.aspx


Regards,
Akihiro Ogawa, Ph.D.
Professor of Japanese Studies
Asia Institute
University of Melbourne, Australia

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December 03, 2015

[SSJ: 9203] Bridging Anthropology and Linguistics

From: shunsuke nozawa
Date: 2015/12/03

The 1st Roundtable of Bridging Anthropology and Linguistics

Theme: "Approaching Mediatised Language and Gender in Japan"

TIME/DATE:
Sunday, 13th December, 13:00-17:00

VENUE:
Main Conference Room (3rd Floor, Room 303)
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia
The University of Tokyo

7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
(5 mins from Hongo 3-chome station)

MAP:http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/campusmap/cam01_12_02_e.html

(IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, the automatic doors at the main entrance are
locked on the day. If you arrive at the main doors after the starting
time, please don't hesitate to contact 08051829092 or other number
indicated there)

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PROGRAM:

13:00-13:25
Rika Yamashita (JSPS/the University of Tokyo)
"Introducing 'Bridging Anthropology and Linguistics': Approaching
Mediatised Language and Gender in Japan"

13:30-13:55
Noriko Sugimori (Kalamazoo College) *
"Understanding Absolute Honorifics Relatively: Erasure, Recursivity, and
Newspaper Imperial Honorifics"

14:00-14:25
Ayumi Miyazaki (Ochanomizu University)
"Linguistic and Social Masks of "Kyara (Chara-cter)": Japanese Girls'
and Boys' Gendered Identity Project"

14:30-14:45
Break

14:45-15:10
Gavin Furukawa (the University of Tokyo)
"Examining Mediatized Gender Through Occasioned Semantics in Japanese
Television"

15:15-15:40
Shunsuke Nozawa (the University of Tokyo)
"Rethinking the Phatic: Signs of Contact in Contemporary Japan"

15:45-16:00
Break

16:00-17:00
Comments by Katsuo Nawa (the University of Tokyo)
Discussion

* We are hosting Noriko Sugimori's presentation via live online
communication service.

This Roundtable will also be available via Skype. If you would like to
hear us online, please contact Rika Yamashita (rikayam111@gmail.com)

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[SSJ: 9202] International Seminar of IPSS

From: Reiko Hayashi
Date: 2015/12/03

Dear all

National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (IPSS)
is pleased to present the following two events;

- IPSS Annual Seminar on 15th Dec.2015
"Challenging Issues over Regional Depopulation and Social Security in Japan"
with the detailed information copied below

and

- Foregin Scholar Lecture Series on 16th Dec.2015
"The challenges of depopulation for development" by Prof.Laszlo J.
Kulcsar (Kansas State University)
with the detailed information at;
http://www.ipss.go.jp/int-sem/e/lec151216e.html

If you are interested, please register at international@ipss.go.jp and join us!

*****************
IPSS Annual Seminars
Challenging Issues over Regional Depopulation and Social Security in Japan
- Social Security System for a Sustainable Society in the Era of
Population Decline -

Tuesday December 15th, 2015 13:30 – 16:50
Venue : Yayoi Auditorium, Ichijo Hall, The University of Tokyo
https://goo.gl/maps/KxA6dstKisH2

PROGRAM

13:30-13:35 Opening of the Seminar
13:35-14:00 Keynote Speech Prof. Akira MORITA, Director General of IPSS

Session I. Introduction of the IPSS work: Studying Regional Population
and Supporting Local Governments
14:00-14:10 (1) IPSS’s work on regional population studies.
          Dr. Shiro KOIKE, Senior Researcher, Department of Population
Structure Research, IPSS
14:10-14:25 (2) IPSS’s work on local government support and field work research
Dr. Masahiro KAWAGOE, Director, Department of
Theoretical Social Security Research, IPSS
14:25-14:40 (3) Introducing Tools for Supporting Local Governments

Session II. Local and global perspectives
14:40-14:55 (1) Economy: Stimulating Local Economy
Dr. Hiroshi FUJIYAMA, Research Director,
Mountainous Region Research Center
14:55-15:10 (2) Life: Residence of Elderly in Depopulating Areas and Urban Areas
Dr. Mariko SONODA, Professor, Meiji University
15:10-15:35 (3) International perspective: Depopulation in the United
States and Europe in Comparison to the Japanese Situation
Dr. Laszlo J. KULCSAR, Professor, Kansas State University

15:50-16:45 Panel Discussion
16:45-16:50 Closing

English –Japanese Simultaneous translation is provided.

If you wish to attend, please register with your name, affiliation and
your email at
international@ipss.go.jp


****************
Reiko Hayashi, Ph.D.
Director
Department of International Research and Cooperation
National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (IPSS)
Hibiya Kokusai Building 6th Floor
2-2-3 Uchisaiwaicyo, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011
Tel: +81-(0)3-3595-2984 ext.4420 fax : +81-(0)3-3591-4821

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December 01, 2015

SSJ: 9200] ISS/Shaken PhD Workshop, Dec. 3: Ben Ascione

From: Kenneth McElwain
Date: 2015/12/01

I am writing to invite you to the next meeting of the PhD Kenkyuukai,
hosted by the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo.**

Speaker: Ben Ascione (ANU)
Title: "Japan's Foreign and Security Policy: Reacting to the Rise of
China or Escaping the American-Built Post-War Regime"

Time: Dec. 3 (Thu), 12-1:30pm
NEW Location: Rm. 307, ISS / Shaken Main Building

As many of your know, John Campbell, who has played a central role in
leading this presentation series since 2005, returned to the United
States in early November. He has kindly bequeathed the workshop to Greg
Noble and me (both faculty members at ISS), and we hope to continue the
tradition of encouraging up-and-coming scholars in the social sciences
and humanities to present their ongoing research.***

The next presenter is Ben Ascione, a PhD candidate at the Crawford
School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, and
currently based at Keio University as a Japan Foundation Fellow.

Abstract:
Japan’s series of defense policy reforms since the end of the Cold War
are typically explained as a response to increased security threats
emanating from an ever more dangerous security environment, most notably
the rise of China and North Korea’s nuclear weapons development. But,
are exogenous factors the only significant determinant of foreign and
security policy? Ben Ascione’s doctoral research challenges this unitary
rational actor assumption investigating how different coalitions of
domestic political actors perceive and react to external security
threats and conceive of the role of the state and its place in the
international order in differing ways. In particular Ben’s research
focuses on three case studies: the legal strictures of the Japan
Self-Defense Forces, Japan’s Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands policy, and
Japan’s North Korea policy.

We look forward to seeing many of you there to discuss Ben's research.

Kenneth Mori McElwain
Associate Professor
Institute of Social Science
University of Tokyo
www.kennethmcelwain.com


** The logistics of the workshop will largely be unchanged, except for
location. We plan to meet from 12-1:30pm on the fourth Thursday of most
months. However, the presentations will now be held in Room 307 of the
main ISS / Shaken building. The building itself is identified in orange
in the following map.
http://www.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/guide/index.html

** We are soliciting new presenters, with the expectation of hosting the
next session in January or February 2016. We welcome presentations at
all levels of research progress, including prospectuses, field work
analysis, and close-to-final papers. Please contact us at
mcelwain@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp and noble@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp.

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[SSJ: 9199] Comparative Politics Seminar at Keio University (Dec.5)

From: Yuko Kasuya
Date: 2015/12/01

Dear colleagues,

You are cordially invited to the following Comparative Politics research
seminar

sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Keio University. It is
free of

charge and no registration necessary.

.......................................................

Date: December 5 (Saturday), 2015

Place: Keio University, Mita Campus

Classroom No. 475 (http://www.keio.ac.jp/en/maps/mita.html,
Building No.6)

Time: 14:00 to 18:00 (NOMIKAI follows after the seminar)

(1) Jacques Hymans(University of Southern California /University of
Tokyo)14:00-15:10

The Limits of Japan’s Energy Angst: Japan's Failure to Exploit its
Geothermal Energy

Riches, from the 1970s to Today

(2) Kenneth Mori McElwain(University of Tokyo) 15:20-16:30

What Does Japan’s Constitution Tell Us About Global Constitutionalism?

(3) Kay Shimizu (Columbia University)16:40-17:50

Liberalization and the Distancing of Politics: the Case of Agricultural
Reforms in Japan

* The seminar is part of our graduate-level class, Comparative Politics/Area

Studies Workshop. Inquires: Yuko Kasuya (Keio University)
ykasuya@a7.keio.jp

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November 27, 2015

[SSJ: 9198] Next DIJ Social Science Study Group on 9 Dec.: Tobias Weiss on Japanese media and nuclear power reporting

From: Steffen HEINRICH
Date: 2015/11/27

Dear colleagues,
you are cordially invited to the next meeting of the
DIJ Social Science Study Group on 9 December (Wed) at
6:30 PM at the DIJ (for directions please see
http://www.dijtokyo.org/access). All are welcome to
attend, but registration (kremers@dijtokyo.org) is
appreciated.

Tobias Weiss (U Zurich/DIJ) will give a presentation on

Framing and networks in Japanese nuclear power
reporting

Japanese mass media - especially television and
newspapers - have been heavily criticized after the
3.11 Fukushima nuclear accident. For some they have
under-reported the risks of nuclear power and
contributed an irrational belief in the safety of
nuclear reactors. For others they have disregarded the
victims of the 3.11 Tsunami by overemphasizing the
importance of the nuclear accident.
I will try to answer two questions in my presentation.
How did Japanese journalists portray nuclear power from
the start of the "nuclear controversy"
in the 1970s through the Fukushima nuclear accident and
what factors have influenced their portrayal of nuclear
power.
In the first part of the presentation I will present my
findings from a content analysis of Japanese newspaper
reporting before and after the Fukushima accident. I
use Irving Goffman's concept of "framing" to analyze
article series focusing on nuclear power. The results
indicate, that Japanese mass media do not always tend
towards conformity, as literature on the press club
system asserts, but show a substantial variation of
framing.
In a second step I will try to shed light on the
circumstances of news production on nuclear power
reporting in Japan, drawing on interviews and other
data. While the news companies' editorial line has
varying influence on nuclear power reporting of
individual journalists, network integration seems to be
a good indicator of the stance journalists take on
nuclear power.

About the presenter:
Tobias Weiss studied Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies
and Economics at University of Hamburg. He was from
2007 till 2008 MEXT scholar at Fukui University, Japan
and is since 2012 PHD student at University of Zurich,
Research Priority Programme Asia and Europe. He is a
DIJ doctoral fellowship holder during the fall of 2015.

Location:
German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ),
Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo, 102-0094, Phone: 03-3222-5077
For directions and a map visit
http://www.dijtokyo.org/access

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November 26, 2015

[SSJ: 9197] Reminder: Sophia University ICC Book Launch Announcement (Nov 30)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2015/11/26

ICC Book Launch

Disasters and Social Crisis in Contemporary Japan:
Political, Religious, and Sociocultural Responses,
Edited by Mark R. Mullins, Koichi Nakano (Palgrave
Macmillan 2015).

http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/disasters-and-socia
l-crisis-in-contemporary-japan-mark-r-mullins/?isb=9781
137521316
or
http://goo.gl/Mu1q7J

November 30th, 2015
18:30-20:00
Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10
Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus

Please join us for an evening of informal discussion
with the editors and authors
• Mark Mullins, University of Auckland
• Nakano Koichi, Sophia University
Book Description
Japan is still coming to terms with the 'triple
disaster' of 2011 – earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear
meltdown. Only two decades ago, the country was
similarly shaken by the 'double disaster' of earthquake
and sarin gas attack in 1995. What can we learn about
Japan through the diverse responses to these two
critical moments in postwar history when a 'normal'
sense of stability and existing social order was
severely undermined? This edited collection brings
together a multidisciplinary team of scholars to engage
this question and explore the wide-ranging and diverse
responses by national and local governments, political
leaders, citizen activists, concerned mothers,
religious organizations, literary figures, and public
intellectuals.

Editors' Bios
Mark R. Mullins is Professor of Japanese Studies and
Director of the Japan Studies Centre in the New Zealand
Asia Institute, The University of Auckland, New
Zealand. He is the author and co-editor of a number of
works, including Religion and Society in Modern Japan
(with S. Shimazono, P.L. Swanson, 1993), Christianity
Made in Japan (1998), and Religion and Social Crisis in
Japan (with R.J. Kisala, 2001).

Koichi Nakano is Professor of Political Science in the
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Graduate Program in Global
Studies, Sophia University, Japan. His publications in
English include Party Politics and Decentralization in
Japan and France: When the Opposition Governs (2010)
and several articles in The Journal of Japanese
Studies, Asian Survey, and The Pacific Review.

Authors present
Phoebe Holdgrün, German Institute for Japanese Studies
Jeff Kingston, Temple University Japan Campus
David H. Slater, Sophia University


Lecture in English / No prior registration necessary
Free and open to all

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) /diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)

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[SSJ: 9196] Sophia U. ICC Lecture with Professor Hitomi Tonomura on December 17

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2015/11/26

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
Lecture Series 2015

Searching for the Missing Women in War-Prone Society of
Medieval Japan

Hitomi Tonomura

December 17th, 18:30-20:00
Building 10, Room 301, Sophia University, Yotsuya
Campus

Social scientists assert that throughout known human
history, wars have been fought almost always and
primarily by males, despite a few celebrated
exceptions. This universal understanding fits the
Japanese case well; It was mostly men who staffed the
ranks of fighters, while records and tales feature a
few exceptionally brave women. The condition of
"near-total exclusion of women from combat forces"
parallels the masculine act of describing, narrating,
embellishing, and even defining the aesthetics of
violence in tales and records. In reality and in texts,
war conditions formulate a relatively clear contour of
gendered roles, which necessarily prize martial
prowess, often at the expense of other notions and
activities.

It is understandable that historians, students, and
popular writers look eagerly for missing female
soldiers. Needless to say, becoming armed combatants
was not the only way women participated in war culture.
We focus on two non-combatant women, whose personal
names are unknown. One was the wife of Yamanouchi
Tsuneyuki (mid 14th c.) and the other was the wife of
Kira Ujitomo (1535-1603). They left no written
materials, but the writings of their male relatives
suggest that these women may have shared a few things
in common. First, they were both warriors' wives. Their
husbands' profession, by definition, mandated
participation in military conflicts. Second, despite
the two centuries that separated the women, the reality
of violence affected both of their lives acutely,
though each was mediated by the particular scale and
nature of the ongoing battle. Both were expected to
shoulder enormous responsibility in managing the
household. Their stories, along with the stories of
male combatants, help us to explore the formulation and
application of gendered roles in wars and war-prone
conditions.

Hitomi Tonomura is Professor of History and Women's
Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She
has served as the Director of the Eisenberg Institute
for Historical Studies, Faculty Director of the Center
for Japanese Studies Publications Program, and the
Director of the Center for Japanese Studies. Her recent
research interests include war and women, combat
masculinities, and violence and gender.

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) : +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax):
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)
Event flyer in
PDF:http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2015-2016/1
51217_Tonomura.pdf
Or
http://goo.gl/UX3o3Z

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November 24, 2015

[SSJ: 9195] 151127 (18:00-19:30) @ uTokyo ISS: Lecture by Yuki Tsuji, "What Explains the Increase in Female Mayors in Japan?

From: Jackie F. Steele
Date: 2015/11/24

RESEARCH LECTURE: 2015.11.27

“What Explains the Increase in Female Mayors in
Japan?”
Dr. Yuki TSUJI
Tokai University

WHEN: Friday, November 27, 2015 (18:00-19:30)

WHERE: 1F (Room 108), ISS, University of Tokyo
Access Map: www.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/guide/index.html
Address: Institute of Social Science, 7-3-1 Hongo,
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Abstract: Although the political representation of
women in Japan remains at a low level, more and more
women have become governors and mayors since 2000. In
this presentation I search for the reasons behind the
increase in female mayors, by investigating their
career paths and conducting case studies on select
mayors. I argue that the increase in female mayors can
be explained by the expansion of eligible candidates,
as well as the shift in policy agendas facing local
governments.

Presenter Profile: Dr. Yuki Tsuji is Associate
Professor in the School of Political Science and
Economics of Tokai University. Her research focusses on
gender politics in contemporary Japan, including
politics of welfare regime changes, family and social
policies, and the political representation of women.
Selected publications include: 『家族主義福祉レジームの
再編とジェンダー政治』(ミネルヴァ書房、2012年)(The
Reorganization of Familialist Welfare Regime and Gender
Politics, 2012, Minerva Shobo); ”Re-imagined Intimate
Relations: Elder and Child Care in Japan since the
1990s," in Feminist Ethics and Social Policy: Towards a
New Global Political Economy of Care, edited by Rianne
Mahon and Fiona Robinson, 2011. Vancouver, BC: UBC
Press. pp.111-125.

1) Organized by the Research Network on Gender and
Diversity in Political Representation (GDRep).

2) Please send an e-mail to Jackie F. Steele
(steele@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp) to confirm your attendance;
use 151127 Tsuji Lecture for the e-mail title.

3) Please let me know in advance if you wish to join
the informal dinner that follows; I will make a
restaurant reservation accordingly.

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November 19, 2015

[SSJ: 9194] Sophia U., ICC Lecture, Murakami Haruki, World Literature and Kafka on the Shore on Dec. 11

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2015/11/19

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
Lecture Series 2015

“Murakami Haruki, World Literature and Kafka on the
Shore”

Reiko Abe Auestad

December 11th, 17:00-18:30
Building 10, Room 301, Sophia University, Yotsuya
Campus

Pocketbook versions of “Murakami Haruki” are seen
everywhere we travel, and his status as the most
internationally visible and commercially successful
Japanese author is beyond doubt. But does that make his
work part of the so-called world literature? If so what
does that mean? How should one read a work of
literature with a cultural and historical baggage
different than one’s own? These questions are
especially relevant for Murakami’s literature, because
of its rich intertextual and surrealistic resonances
that permit a wide range of affective reactions, with
no obviously “correct” way of responding, as Murakami
himself repeatedly reminds us. In my talk, I would like
to use Kafka on the Shore as a case study to shed light
on some of these questions by introducing several
contextual interpretations of the novel, in the hope of
engaging the audience in discussion.

Reiko Abe Auestad received a BA in English and American
literature from Sophia University, MA in Japanese
literature from University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D.
from University of Oslo, where she currently works as
professor.

She is the author of Rereading Sôseki: Three Early
Twentieth Century Japanese Novels, originally published
in 1998; its digital version is forthcoming from the
CEAS Occasional Publication Series at Yale University.
She has recently published two articles on Sôseki’s
Kokoro, and is currently involved with editing Japanese
and English anthologies of essays on Natsume Sôseki.
Her most current research project, “Affect and Speech
Act in Modern Japanese Literature” (working title),
examines novels by among others Natsume Sôseki, Ôe
Kenzaburô, Kirino Natsuo, and Kawakami Mieko.

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) : +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax):
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)

Flyer in PDF:
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2015-2016/15121
1_Abe-Auestad.pdf
or
http://goo.gl/ileNVx

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November 18, 2015

[SSJ: 9192] Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Japan

From: Hiroko Takeda
Date: 2015/11/18

Dear Colleagues,
Mark Williams and I, backed by an excellent editorial
board (see below), are going to edit a new Routledge
Handbook on Contemporary Japan. As part of the
editorial process, we are going to conduct online
surveys on the content of the Handbook. In this way, we
hope that the Handbook will be informed by the actual
needs of students and instructors engaging in Japanese
studies while the editorial process will become more
interactive and democratic. The list of contents will
be finalized by the editors and editorial board
following examination of the survey results. The
surveys will be open till the end of December.

Could we please ask you to complete the instructors
survey, which includes a call for proposals? Also, we
would be grateful if you could encourage your students
to participate. The survey will take only about 5
minutes and we do feel your views ad input are crucial
to accomplishing this project.

Instructor
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GSSV3DF

Students
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N65QL5J


Best wishes,

Hiroko Takeda (University of Tokyo)
Mark Williams (University of Leeds)

Editorial Board
Hugo Dobson (IR & Educational Impact, University of
Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
Laura Hein (History, Northwestern University, Chicago,
US)
Rumi Sakamoto (Cultural Studies, University of
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)
David Slater (Anthropology, Sophia University, Tokyo)
Franz Waldenberger (Economics, DIJ & Ludwig-
Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany)


Hiroko Takeda, PhD

Project Associate Professor
PEAK (Programs in English at Komaba)
Organization for Global Japanese Studies
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of
Tokyo

3-8-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 153-8902 Japan
Tel: +81 (0)3 5454 6338
Fax: +81 (0)3 5465 7332

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[SSJ: 9193] Sophia University ICC invites you to a film showing and a book launch talk Shanghai Nightscapes (Dec.10)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2015/11/18

The Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) at Sophia
University invites you to a special book launch:

Dec. 10, 2015, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Room 301, Bldg. 10,
Sophia University
Part One
Documentary Film Showing:"Down: Indie Rock in the PRC"
Written, produced and directed by Andrew David Field &
Jud Willmont

Filmed on the sweaty stages of underground rock clubs
and music festivals, this indie rock doc takes viewers
on a journey deep into the rock scene of a rapidly
changing China. Through performances by some of China's
top indie rock bands and interviews with band members,
rock club managers, concert organizers and record
producers, Down: Indie Rock in the PRC highlights the
music and the struggles that indie rock musicians are
undergoing as they challenge the dominant values of
mainstream Chinese society. (52 minutes)

Dec. 10, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Room 301, Bldg. 10,
Sophia University
Part Two
Shanghai Nightscapes: A Century-Long Journey through
Shanghai's Nightlife Subcultures
Speakers: James Farrer and Andrew David Field

Sociologist James Farrer and historian Andrew David
Field will present their new book Shanghai Nightscapes:
A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City (2015,
University of Chicago Press). Featuring rare archival
film clips and images, their multimedia presentation
draws on over twenty years of fieldwork and hundreds of
interviews. Describing a range of nightlife scenes from
dance cabarets to cocktail bars, the book highlights
the continuities in the city's nightlife across a
turbulent century, as well as the importance of the
multicultural agents of nightlife in shaping the
cosmopolitan urban culture of China's greatest global
city.

James Farrer, Professor of Sociology and Global Studies
at Sophia University in Tokyo, specializes in urban
studies in East Asia, including research on expatriate
communities, nightlife and food cultures.
Andrew David Field, Associate Dean of Undergraduate
Programs at Duke Kunshan University, is currently
working on a book on China's indie rock music scene and
has co-produced a film on that subject called Down:
Indie Rock in the PRC.

Language: English / No prior registration necessary /
Free of charge

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture: 7-1
Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554 /
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) : +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax):
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web) diricc@sophia.ac.jp
(email)

The Shanghai Nightscape book is available at Kinokuniya
Sophia shop in B1, Building 2.
Flyer:
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2015-2016/15121
0_Shanghai_Nightscapes.pdf
or

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[SSJ: 9191] ≪Reading about Japan at I-House Library≫ “Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman read from 'Last Boat to Yokohama:The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon'”

From: The Library, The International House of Japan
Date: 2015/11/18

≪Reading about Japan at I-House Library≫

“Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman read from 'Last
Boat to Yokohama:The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota
Gordon'”

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015, 7:00 pm
Venue: The Library, International House of Japan

Readers: Nassrine Azimi (Senior Advisor, United Nations
Institute for Training and Research), Michel Wasserman
(Professor, Ritsumeikan University)
Language: English (without interpretation)
Admission: 1,500 yen (IHJ Members & Library Members:
free)
Reservation:
https://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/programs/registration_lib
rary2/
or
https://goo.gl/q1ikbb

Beate Sirota Gordon (1923-2012) is well known for
drafting the equal rights clause of Japan’s new
Constitution.

In this reading session, Nassrine Azimi, who was a
friend of Beate and has often worked throughout her UN
career on post-war issues, and Michel Wasserman, who
has worked and written extensively on Japanese
performing arts and the reception of Western music in
Japan, will read from their latest book Last Boat to
Yokohama : The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon.

It is a biography of Beate, including an in-depth look
at her father Leo Sirota (1885-1965), who made great
contributions to Western music in Japan through his
activities as a pianist and teacher during his stay in
Japan for 17 years, from 1929.


The Library, The International House of Japan
5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
TEL: 03-3470-3213 (Mon.-Sat., 9:00 am-6:00 pm)

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August 12, 2015

[SSJ: 9048] Seminar: Japan's Lesson for Europe's Crisis Management

From: Karin Hillen
Date: 2015/08/12

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

We are pleased to invite you to the following seminar:

Theme: Japan's Lesson for Europe's Crisis Management
Speaker: Dr. Toshitaka Sekine, Director-General, Research and Statistics Department, Bank of Japan Date and Time: Monday, August 24, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue: GRIPS Lecture Room L (5F)
Language: English (no translation will be provided)
Registration: Please register online
(https://goo.gl/MXEZPt), or send an email to summerprogram@grips.ac.jp

[About the Speaker]
Dr. Toshitaka Sekine has just been appointed as Director-General of the Research & Statistics Department of the Bank of Japan. Prior to taking up this position, he was the Deputy Director General in the International Department and Monetary Affairs Department. Before that, he spent many years as an economist at the Bank of Japan as well as as the Bank for International Settlements and the International Monetary Fund. He obtained his DPhil from Oxford University and has published widely on inflation dynamics, exchange-rate pass-through, corporate investment and bank lending behaviour. In his talk, Doctor Sekine will talk about Japan's management of its post-bubble economy and the lessons the Japanese experience holds for current policy-making in the Euro zone.

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This seminar is part of the GRIPS Summer Program. In the Summer Program we offer a host of activities ranging from special lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips, cultural activities and a student conference. Many of these activities are open to the public and we invite you to check our Summer Program website
(http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/events/20150724-3374/) for further details.

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For Access & Map to the GRIPS campus:
http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/about/access/
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677

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Karin Hillen
Secretariat, GRIPS Summer Program
summerprogram@grips.ac.jp
Tel: 03-6439-6047

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[SSJ: 9047] Equality Matters! A Symposium with Film Screening on Gender Equality and Marriage Equality

From: Karin Hillen
Date: 2015/08/12

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

We are pleased to invite you to the following symposium & documentary screening:

Theme: Equality Matters! Where does Japan stand?
Date and Time: Thursday, Sept. 3, 15:00 - 19:00 (documentary screening starts at 5pm)
Venue: GRIPS 1ABC/Soukairou Hall
Language: English (no translation will be provided)
Registration: Please register online
(https://goo.gl/nQLvIJ), or send an email to summerprogram@grips.ac.jp

[Background]
Japan has one of the worst levels of gender equality in the developed world coming in 104th out of 142 assessed countries according to a recent survey by the World Economic Forum. The gender pay gap in Japan at median earnings is the second highest in the OECD and increases with age. Whilst more Japanese women are accessing higher education, they pay a high price for motherhood in the way of childcare and tax deterring many from resuming paid work after becoming mothers.

Japan is also dragging its heels on the issue of marriage equality where same-sex couples are currently not afforded any protection under Japanese law. Whilst common arguments against marriage equality based on religion do not exist in Japan, many politicians have expressed concern that any change in the law would undermine tradition and pose a threat to Japanese households.

Particularly in the face of Japan's aging society, political, social and economic policy in trying to close the gap on inequality is urgently required so that Japan can maximize the potential of its workforce and thrive well into the future. In this symposium, the following presenters will discuss equality and why it matters, focusing on contemporary Japan and what the future holds for this country.


15:00~ Symposium
PANELLISTS
Ms. Ann Sado - Diversity and Inclusion Consultant Mr. Sven Palys - Director of the Equal Marriage Alliance Dr. Yolanda A. Tsuda - Gender and Migration Specialist, Kobe College Dr. David Milliot - Political Advisor, EU Delegation to Japan Ms. Hisako Matsui - Film director and producer

MODERATOR
Dr. Monika Ksieniewicz, GRIPS YLP; Equal Treatment Office, Poland

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17:00~ Documentary Film Screening
"What are you afraid of?" (115mins). With a special introduction from the Director, Ms. Hisako Matsui.
History of Women's Liberation Movement in Japan

In the summer of 1972, young women who were going through difficult days gathered for a women's liberation rally held in Iiyama City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Forty-five years has passed since that day as a starting point. What have been their experiences of being a woman? Leading Japanese feminists talk about their life stories.

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This symposium is part of the GRIPS Summer Program. In the Summer Program we offer a host of activities ranging from special lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips, cultural activities and a student conference. Many of these activities are open to the public and we invite you to check our Summer Program website
(http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/events/20150724-3374/) for further details.

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For Access & Map to the GRIPS campus:
http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/about/access/
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677

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Karin Hillen
Secretariat, GRIPS Summer Program
summerprogram@grips.ac.jp
Tel: 03-6439-6047

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[SSJ: 9046] The Political Economy of Japanese Trade Policy

From: Aurelia George Mulgan
Date: 2015/08/12

For those of you who follow Japanese trade policy, particularly concerning agriculture, you may be interested in a book published today (August 12) entitled 'The Political Economy of Japanese Trade Policy'. It is edited by Masayoshi Honma and myself.

Details can be obtained from:

http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/the-political-econo
my-of-japanese-trade-policy-/?isb=9781137414557.

Best wishes,
Aurelia George Mulgan
UNSW
Canberra

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August 11, 2015

[SSJ: 9045] *Notice* Summer Holiday Shutdown August 13-16

From: SSJ-Forum Moderator
Date: 2015/08/11

Due to the summer holidays at the University of Tokyo, SSJ-Forum will be shut down from August 14-17. Any message sent to the forum during the off-line period will be posted after August 17.

Thank you for your kind understanding and continuing support for the forum.

Many regards,

Moderator, SSJ-Forum

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August 06, 2015

[SSJ: 9044] International Seminar of IPSS

From: Reiko Hayashi
Date: 2015/08/06

Dear all

National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (IPSS) is pleased to present the following seminar.

If you are interested, please register at tokubetsu@ipss.go.jp and join us!

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Work-Family Balance of Families with Small Children:
How to Achieve Gender Equality in Parenting

Date and time: 14:00 - 17:00, September 3rd (Thursday),
2015

Venue: National Institute of Population and Social Security Research Meeting Room No.4 and 5 Hibiya Kokusai Building 6F 2-2-3 Uchisaiwaicyo, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
100-0011 Tel: +81-(0)3-3595-2984 Fax :
+81-(0)3-3591-4821
http://www.ipss.go.jp/pr-ad/e/info-e/map-e.html

In this seminar, we invite experts on work-life balance in different realms from the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden, where a greater degree of work-life balance is enjoyed than in Japan. We hope to explore the direction Japan can take by learning from the experiences and practices, as well as problems encountered, in these three countries. Particular attention will be paid to the role of fathers, and more broadly, on gender equality in parenting.

Programme

14:00-14:05 Opening remarks by Prof.Akira Morita (Director-General, IPSS)

14:05-14:10 Opening remarks by Prof.Mieko Takahashi (Osaka University)

14:10-14:20 "Overview of Work-Family Balance of Families in Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden: What We Can See from Cross-National Data and Reports" Dr.
Saori Kamano (Senior Researcher, IPSS)

14:20~14:55 "Supporting Fathers: An issue for gender equality, work-life and child wellbeing policies -- A practice oriented story from Germany on the changing role of the father" Eberhard Schaefer (Director, Berlin Fathers´ Centre, Berlin)

14:55~15:30 "Capabilities to combine work and family life in the Netherlands:Moving beyond the one-and-a-half earner family?" Laura den Dulk (Erasmus University Rotterdam/Bielefeld University)

15:30~15:40 break

15:40~16:15 "Fathers and Worklife balance: If and when policies
matter: Looking beneath, within and beyond the state"
Barbara Hobson (Professor of Sociology, Stockholm
University)

16:15~16:55 < Q&A >

16:55~17:00 Closing Remarks by Dr.Ryuichi Kaneko (Deputy Director, IPSS)

Moderators : Dr.Saori Kamano (Senior Researcher, NIPSSR), Prof.Tomoko Matsuda (Bukkyo University)

See the following links for information on presenters:

Barbara Hobson, Professor, Stockholm University
(Sweden)

Laura den Dulk, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration,Erasmus University Rotterdam (The
Netherlands)

Eberhard Schaefer,Director, Berlin Fathers’ Centre
(Germany)

*This seminar is co-organized by a research project, “Work-Family Balance in the Era of Globalization”, supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (Grant Number 24330153) (Principal
Investigator: Mieko Takahashi; Project Members: Tomoko Matsuda, Saori Kamano, Setsuko Onode and Kyoko Yoshizumi).

*Presentation and discussion will be in English.
(Japanese translation will be provided).

*Please register either by e-mail
(tokubetsu@ipss.go.jp) or fax
(03-3591-4821) with your name, affiliation and contact information (tel, fax or e-mail)

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July 29, 2015

[SSJ: 9043] Call for Papers: 22nd Annual Japan Studies Association Conference

From: Maggie Ivanova
Date: 2015/07/29

Twenty-Second Annual Japan Studies Association Conference

7-9 January 2016
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawai'i

In January 2016 we will meet in Honolulu to share our continuous and new pedagogical and research interests in Japan's literary and cultural traditions, historical and economic developments, sociopolitical and religious past and present. We invite proposals for individual presentations, discipline-specific or interdisciplinary panels, roundtables on pedagogy and teaching innovation and staged readings. JSA offers up to three graduate student scholarships, $500 each.

The following themes can serve as useful points of
departure:

. Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945-2015:
historical perspectives, enduring challenges, possibilities for the future;
. The image of Kyoto - traditional and modern;
. Pre-modern, modern or contemporary Japanese
literature and culture, music, theater, film;
. Japanese aesthetics and material culture;
. Historical, social, economic or political
perspectives on Japan's relationships with its national self, minorities and neighbors;
. Japan's religious traditions, sacred texts and
architecture;
. Youth and popular culture in Japan; manga and
anime;
. Post-3.11 Japan - healing and persistent
challenges;
. Pedagogy, field trips and study tours: teaching
Japanese language and culture - reflections and strategies, hurdles and achievements;
. Infusing Japanese Studies into the
undergraduate curriculum - successful course and program development, faculty collaboration and ways to engage with institutional core goals;
. New voices in Japanese Studies: graduate
student research.

We encourage both east-west and inter-Asian comparative perspectives and would particularly welcome contributions by alumni of JSA's Freeman Foundation intensive workshops on Japan (2002-2015), by participants in the Wichita and Belmont workshops, both funded by a generous grant from the Japan Foundation, and by participants in the 2014 Kyoto and the 2015 Hiroshima-Nagasaki workshops. Please contact colleagues with whom you share pedagogical and research interests and form a panel or a roundtable; this results in more engaging presentations and follow-up discussion.

Submitting an abstract or a panel proposal

Abstracts for an individual presentation (approx. 250
words) or proposals for a themed panel, roundtable or staged reading (approx. 500 words) should be submitted via JSA's website: http://www.japanstudies.org by 28 September 2015 Please make sure that you include the name(s), institutional affiliation and contact information for each presenter.

For more information, please contact the Conference Program Co-Chairs:

Dr. Maggie Ivanova, Flinders University (Australia):
maggie.ivanova@flinders.edu.au
Dr. Andrea Stover, Belmont University (USA):
andrea.stover@belmont.edu


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Dr. Maggie Ivanova
Lecturer in Drama
Director of Studies, Drama
Vice President, Japan Studies Association (USA)
Flinders University (CRICOS Provider: 00114A)
E-mail: Maggie.Ivanova@flinders.edu.au
Office phone: +618-8201-2204

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July 28, 2015

[SSJ: 9042] Seminar in Osaka on 3 August: T.S. Eliot in Singapore/Furukawa Hideo and the Imagination of Place

From: Yoneyuki Sugita
Date: 2015/07/28

28 July 2015
from: Yone Sugita (sugita@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp)
subject: Seminar in Osaka on 3 August: T.S. Eliot in Singapore/Furukawa Hideo and the Imagination of Place You are cordially welcome to the following seminar held at Osaka University on 3 August 2015.

Osaka University Projects for Promoting International Joint Research Cultural and Humanities Joint Laboratory, Seminar
Date: 3 August 2015 (Monday)
Time: 14:00 – 18:00
Venue: Presentation Room, 1st floor, Building B, Osaka University Minoh Campus http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/access/index.html#minoh
(Access map)
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/access/minoh/minoh.html
(#2: Building B)

14:00-14:05: opening remarks
14:05 – 15:15: session 1 (Dr. Eriko Ogihara-Schuck)
15:15 – 15:35: break
15:35 – 16:45: session 2 (Professor Doug Slaymaker)
17:00-18:00: reception (light supper)

Session 1:
Moderator: Professor Doug Slaymaker
Presenter: Dr. Eriko Ogihara-Schuck (Lecturer, TU Dortmund University, Germany)
Discussants: Professor John Clammer (Visiting Professor, United Nations University) and Professor Etsuko Taketani(Professor, University of
Tsukuba)

T.S. Eliot in Singapore: Francis P. Ng’s F.M.S.R. and Malayan Modernism Dr Eriko Ogihara-Schuck TU Dortmund University, Germany

Francis P. Ng’s F.M.S.R. (1937), a book-length poem modelled after T.S. Eliot’s seminal modernist work The Waste Land (1922), is maybe the first notable work of English poetry produced in Singapore by a local writer.
But this poetic narrative of travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur on the Federated Malay States Railways has yet to gain general readership. During World War II its London-based publisher lost publication information, including the author’s whereabouts, in the bombing. As a result, F.M.S.R., though regularly named in encyclopedias as a pioneering piece in Singaporean literature, had long remained an “orphan work” without known copyright holders who could permit republication.
Today the text is virtually inaccessible and available in only five libraries worldwide.

The discovery of the author’s identity and true name, however, opened an avenue for the poem’s republication.
The subsequent digital search, archival research and a newspaper quest for the author’s descendants enabled the resolution of the poem’s copyright issues and provided the author’s biographical information for this hitherto mysterious work of literature. As part of the process toward the forthcoming republication, this presentation will introduce the audience to the challenges and potentials of archival research on early twentieth century Singaporean literature heretofore clouded by the lingering effects of the Japanese occupation of Singapore between 1942 and 1945.

The textual analysis will shed light on the role that the United States plays in the encounter of the East and the West which is F.M.S.R.’s overarching theme. Although taking a rather subtle appearance, the presence of America in terms of themes, products as well as poetic styles, remarkably complicates the colonial power politics of British Malaya as portrayed in this poem. Against the backdrop of the British subject T.S. Eliot’s ambivalence toward America in both his personal identity and his literary texts, a close reading of F.M.S.R. will probe the location and function of the imagined America in early Malayan modernism.

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Session 2:
Moderator: Dr. Eriko Ogihara-Schuck
Presenter: Professor Doug Slaymaker (Professor at University of Kentucky and Specially-appointed professor at Osaka University)
Discussants: Professor Hideto Tsuboi (Professora at International Research Center for Japanese Studies)
Professor Anne McKnight (Associate professor at Shirayuri College)

“Horses in Tōhoku, Horses in Kentucky: Furukawa Hideo and the Imagination of Place”
Furukawa Hideo’s novel-length Umatachi yo, sore demo hikari wa muku de (Horses, Horses, in the Innocence of
Light) is compelling and important for all the reasons that it can be exasperating and demanding. It is rooted in the triple disasters of 3.11—the earthquake, tsunami, and then nuclear meltdown in northeast Japan, of March 11, 2011—but it quickly becomes a place for Furukawa to work out other, important, themes and questions. Among them, and the focus of this presentation, is the place of Tohoku in his imagination of Japan and Japanese history. My point of reference is as a reader and scholar based in Kentucky, USA, which like Tohoku, is a place with complicated and often violent relationships with the centers of power.
Further, Kentucky is known for long traditions with horses and with story-telling to make sense of its history. I will draw from the rich traditions of writing in both places as a means to consider these questions of place, history, and story telling.

Horses, Horses does not fit neat genre categories.
Furukawa’s farming family was in Fukushima prefecture when the disasters struck, but he was not: on March 11, Furukawa, who is based in Tokyo, was in Kyoto gathering materials for a novel. The roundtrip narrative that organizes Horses, Horses becomes a continued exploration of location—Tohoku. The path to that extended discussion is oblique, multidimensional, and multivocal. Horses, Horses opens, for example, in media res of another novel; this marks only the first instance where Furukawa’s major 2008 novel, Seikazoku (Holy Family), muscles its way into the narrative. Holy Family, the other novel (as it is often referred to), is a sprawling work that traces the convoluted story line of two brothers as they move around the Tohoku region, the same region, that is, of Furukawa’s family lineage and the 3.11 disasters, the “‘North’ plus ‘East’ [that] adds up to Tohoku,” (p. 2). Holy Family was completed and in print years prior March 2011, but it was clearly still much on the mind of the author Furukawa. The brothers’ story simultaneously traces contours of Japan’s Northeast, of Tohoku, both in Horses, Horses and in Holy Family. This is one way that the atmosphere of Horses, Horses is thick with multiple voices and challenging perspectives. The work owes much to magical realism in its conflation of temporalities and voices, of time and space. It also reflects the fierce history of a rugged region in the shadow of the national, urban, controlling capital of Tokyo. These are among the ways that readers are led to think of William Faulkner or Nakagami Kenji. It is also at this juncture that the concept of the “Global South” is provocative to think about this non-Tokyo space and also, for a parallax reading, to bring in an instance of the American south, namely the Kentucky fiction of Silas House. In this presentation I will focus on Furukawa’s Horses, Horses to explore the imagination of place in Northeastern Japan, the uses of fiction to structure histories and sense of place, and to think more widely about the applicability of this Japan-based writer to consider fiction of rural US.

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[SSJ: 9041] [Temple ICAS News] Robert Dujarric in The Diplomat: Japan's defense policy bills

From: ICAS
Date: 2015/07/28

Dear friends,

You might be interested in Robert Dujarric's latest articles.

Preliminary Lessons From Japan’s Security Debate "There is a lot more continuity than discontinuity in Japanese defense policy.”

http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/preliminary-lessons-from
-japans-security-debate/

By Robert Dujarric
July 24, 2015
(c) The Diplomat


Absent a major upset, the Japanese Diet will approve new security legislation this September. The Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF, Japan’s armed services) should thus be better able to assist allied militaries (“collective self defense”), and to intervene overseas, even if Japan is not directly under attack.

The most striking aspect of these reforms is that they should even have to be enacted. Other states, regardless of their political orientation, take it for granted that their soldiers, sailors, and airmen shouldn’t wait for their country to be bombed by the enemy to start fighting.

In Japan’s case, Article 9 of the U.S.-drafted 1947 constitution renounces the right of belligerency and bans the country from having a military. However, Washington quickly decided that Japan should contribute to the defense of the Free World. Thus, it pushed Japan, against the wishes of many, including some conservatives, to establish a military in the early 1950s. To maintain the fiction that Article 9 was respected, they were called Self-Defense Forces (SDF).

Besides Article 9, pacifism retains a strong hold on numerous Japanese, and not only among leftists. Seventy years of peace thanks to the protective umbrella of the United States (and the SDF themselves) have allowed some Japanese to believe that the end of history had arrived, thus negating the requirement for national defense.

As a result, there were numerous delays in the Diet, forcing the cabinet to extend the parliamentary session to September. There were, by Japanese standards, a fair number of large demonstrations. The premier’s popularity took a big hit in opinion polls.

To an outside observer, the debate looked surreal.
Scholars were brought in to opine on the constitutionality of the bills. Yet, anyone who reads the constitution and sees the SDF, with their tanks, aircraft, destroyers, and submarines, knows that Article 9 has been eviscerated and relegated to the dustbin of (constitutional) history for more than sixty years. Criticizing the proposed legislation as unconstitutional is like indicting for murder a gunman who shoots a long-dead corpse. It may be objectionable, but it is not homicide.

There were also arcane discussions, with many hypothetical scenarios, about the circumstances under which Japan could or could not come to the aid of U.S.
forces and about how serious a crisis had to be to justify the deployment of the SDF. (Should it involve only emergencies where Japan’s very existence was a stake, or should it also encompass dangerous but not existential situations?).

The controversy revealed the analytical error common in Japan of viewing war and peace through the prism of constitutional abstractions rather than to focus on policy. The answer to “should we go to war?” is never going to be found in a constitutional text. Moreover, it defies rationality to try to specify detailed conditions that warrant going on the offensive.
Assessing whether a particular situation must be dealt with militarily or not is a judgment call that cannot be codified in legal scriptures.

Some argue that Article 9 should place special restrictions on military action. But the “war renouncing” clause, besides having been a dead letter for over half a century, is incompatible with surviving in a dangerous world. It’s a noble aspiration but is not policy-relevant. As Thomas Jefferson wrote, “[a] strict observance of the written law is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to the written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us.”

Unfortunately for supporters of the legislation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the worst possible salesman. It is no secret that he reveres a man – his grandfather – who was a cabinet minister under wartime Premier Tojo.
His dislike of the current constitution – imposed by the U.S., but widely accepted by the Japanese people – is well known. His pilgrimages to Yasukuni, his signing a petition against a memorial in the United States to Korean “comfort women,” his friendship with Nanjing Massacre deniers, make it easy to paint the bills as a prelude to war.

The domestic politics of Japan today and its position inside the U.S. alliance system mean that Japan is neither about to start a war nor turn into a dictatorship. Abe is no warmonger (if he were he’d start with really beefing up the SDF) nor will he stage a coup d’état. But by being who is – a Yasukuni-worshiping revisionist – he has harmed his own cause. The task of Japanese who care about national defense is to find leaders who are both strong on national security, clean when it comes to history, and devoid of Abe’s reactionary views against the liberal legacy of the American Occupation. Germany returned successfully to (fairly tame) “normalcy” by participating in the Kosovo intervention and War in Afghanistan partly because no one inside and outside the country could accuse Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel of nostalgia toward the Third Reich.

In the meantime, the new laws will marginally enhance the alliance with the United States. But Tokyo will remain far less willing to contribute to U.S.-led military operations than most other American partners.
If anything, the past few months have shown how far Japan is from “normalcy” when it comes to national security. Notwithstanding the hopes of supporters and of Shinzo Abe and the fears of his adversaries, there is a lot more continuity than discontinuity in Japanese defense policy.


Robert Dujarric is director, Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University Japan

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robertdujarric@gmail.)

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Robert Dujarric
Director
Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus


http://www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/

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July 25, 2015

[SSJ: 9040] Internship Opportunity with Sasakawa USA

From: Nora Scullin
Date: 2015/07/25

Hello,

I'd like to share an internship opportunity for those in public policy and Japan studies. Sasakawa USA is looking for current students or recent graduates this fall to work on research, event planning, congressional relations, and communications. For details, please see our website: http://spfusa.org/who-we-are/careers/.

Thank you,

Nora Scullin
Communications Coordinator
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
1819 L Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
nscullin@spfusa.org
202-296-6694 ext. 102
Follow us on twitter @SasakawaUSA

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July 22, 2015

[SSJ: 9039] Joint DIJ History&Humanities, Social Science Study Group 29 July on war memory

From: DIJ History & Humanities and the DIJ Social Science Study Group
Date: 2015/07/22

We would like to invite you to join us for a joint session of the DIJ History & Humanities and the DIJ Social Science Study Group

on Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 18.30 h.

Title
Choosing Ways of Remembering: Comparing Student Narratives about World War II in Japan and Germany

Speakers
Ingvild Bode & Seunghoon Emilia Heo, United Nations University & Sophia University

Abstract
When individuals, be they political elites, bureaucrats, members of civil so ciety organisations, or "ordinary" people on the street, talk about confli cts, they frequently recur on the narrative form – in other words, th ey tell stories. Devising and passing on narratives are basic human sense-ma king methods and thereby contribute to shaping social reality. This paper st udies the narratives about World War II German and Japanese students tell ba sed on a mixed-structure online questionnaire, paying particular attention t o how these narratives depict their respective home countries.

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, but the war rema ins an important reference point for how Germany and Japan perceive of thems elves and are perceived of by others as public perception of "self" and " others" greatly affects (foreign) policy planning. Both German and Japanese governments choose their ways of remembering World War II, especially throu gh school curricula. In this context, exploring World War II narratives as t old by current German and Japanese university students is significant. While much scholarly attention has been devoted to analyzing school curricula and how these curricula are reflected in school textbooks, little is known abou t how the official version of national/international history is retained by and shared among university students. Our research addresses this question i n two parts: first, we compare the sources and the depth of World War II kno wledge of German and Japanese students. Second, we examine whether their nar ratives about World War II include critical or non-critical assessments of t heir home countries' roles. As current students will play a crucial role in creating their countries' national images, capturing how they choose to re member their countries' World War II past can indicate what kind of referen ce points may shape Japan and Germany's future outlook.

Ingvild Bode is JSPS International Research Fellow with joined affiliation a t the United Nations University and the University of Tokyo. Her research ha s been published in journals such as Global Governance and she is also the a uthor of Individual Agency and Policy
Change: The People of the United Natio ns (Routledge, 2015). Bode's research interests include the human element i n international relations, conflict narratives, UN peacekeeping and state re course to the use of force.

Emilia Seunghoon Heo is Assistant Professor in International Relations at Sophia University and the author of Reconciling Enemy States in Europe and Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). She has a career background in diplomatic service and regularly lectures at the Korean Parliament. Heo specializes in European politics and International Relations and in her research focuses on actors in processes of reconciliation between countries.


The joint DIJ History and Humanities and Social Science Study Group is organized by Miki Aoyama-Olschina, Steffen Heinrich, Phoebe Holdgruen, Carola Hommerich, and Torsten Weber. All are welcome to attend, but prior registration (weber@dijtokyo.org) is greatly appreciated.

German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Phone:
03-3222-5077.
For directions to the institute please see www.dijtokyo.org/access

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July 21, 2015

[SSJ: 9038] The Politics of Energy Transition Post-Fukushima: Anthropological Lessons from Europe and North America

From: Dan White
Date: 2015/07/21

Please share widely (with apologies for cross-posting):

The Politics of Energy Transition Post-Fukushima: Anthropological Lessons from Europe and North America

Symposium organized by the
Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS), Hosei University and the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

Date
Thursday, August 6, 2015

Time
18:30-20:30
(18:00 – doors open; 18:30 – opening remarks by Franz Waldenberger, Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies; 20:00 – refreshments)

Venue
Room A, Floor 26, Boissonade Tower
Hosei University
2-17-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access
Campus: https://goo.gl/v0Q7rG
Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/0gefb

Speakers
Dominic Boyer & Cymene Howe, Rice University Atsuro Morita, Osaka University Casper Bruun Jensen, Kyoto University/Leicester University

Moderator
Daniel White, Hosei University

Opening remarks
Franz Waldenberger, German Institute for Japanese Studies

Admission
Free

Language
English

RSVP
gis@hosei.ac.jp
*Emailing us automatically registers you for the event (but not for our mailing list). This reserves your spot and helps us estimate audience numbers; however, it is not obligatory.
予約なしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

Summary
It is no secret that the risks of the world's current reliance on fossil and nuclear fuels are rising as signs of climate change, ocean acidification, environmental toxicity and fuel scarcity mount. At the same time, modern civilization remains entirely dependent on intense use of fuel and electricity to power its conveniences. Energy transition plans are being designed and implemented across the world but they are moving too slowly and often without reexamining assumptions about what constitutes "development" and often driven more by energy industry needs than by community values and objectives. Based upon anthropological research in the United States, Germany and Mexico, and with the aim of inviting discussion on Japan’s own energy politics post-Fukushima and pre-2020 Olympics, the speakers will discuss different models of energy transition in North America and Europe today and why some have succeeded whereas others have failed. The lecture will focus above all on the ethical and political considerations of energy transition in a world of differential access to and attitudes about energy.

Speaker Profiles

Dominic Boyer is Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS, http://culturesofenergy.org/), the world's first research center designed to bring the arts, humanities and social sciences directly into debates over today's energy and environmental challenges.

Cymene Howe is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rice University. She is the author of Intimate Activism (Duke University Press, 2013) and her forthcoming book with Cornell University Press is entitled Ecologics: Transitions, Wind and Power, which analyzes renewable energy development in Mexico and explores the overlapping conversations between feminist and queer theory, materialisms, multispecies ethnography, ethics and imaginaries of the future in the Anthropocene.

Atsuro Morita is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Osaka University. He researches technology development in Thailand and is currently co-convening a Japan–Denmark collaborative project titled “Environmental Infrastructures,” funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Casper Bruun Jensen is Visiting Professor at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, and Honorary Fellow at Leicester University. He is the author of Ontologies for Developing Things (Sense, 2010) and Monitoring Movements in Development Aid (with Brit Ross Winthereik) (MIT, 2013), and the editor of Deleuzian Intersections: Science, Technology, Anthropology with Kjetil Rödje (Berghahn, 2009). His present work focuses on environmental infrastructures in South-east Asia.

Daniel White is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Media Studies in the Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies, Hosei University. He has conducted research on the global circulation of author Murakami Haruki, the intersections of soft power administration and national cultural policy in Japan, and the ethics and affects of public broadcasting.

Contact and Questions
Daniel White
gis@hosei.ac.jp

Website
http://www.hosei.ac.jp/gis/ja/NEWS/topics/150717_01.html

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July 19, 2015

[SSJ: 9037] Reminder: Networked Citizen Science Movements after the Fukushima, Sophia U., July 24

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2015/07/19

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015

Measuring for What: Networked Citizen Science Movements after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Abe Yasuhito
Doshisha University (ICC Visiting Scholar)

July 24, 2015
18:30-20:00
Room 301, Bldg. 10
Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus


Abstract:
This talk is based on the first in-depth study of citizens' radiation data production practices following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident of 2011. It is also the first in-depth fieldwork on citizen's radiation data production practices after social media and the Internet have become a part of everyday life in Japan and elsewhere. While various citizens have engaged in data generation on radiation in the air using a wide variety of dosimeters and circulated the resulting data via the Internet and social media, this study captures one particular moment in the evolution of citizens' data production practices.

Bio:
Yasuhito Abe is currently Assistant Professor in the department of media, journalism, and communications at the Faculty of Social Studies at Doshisha University, Kyoto JAPAN. He received a Ph.D in communications from the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at University of Southern California this year.


Lecture in English / No prior registration necessary Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) /diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)

--
David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture Professor of Cultural Anthropology Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese Studies Sophia University, Tokyo

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July 17, 2015

[SSJ: 9036] Request: CFP for the Journal of International and Advanced Japanese Studies

From: Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki
Date: 2015/07/17

Call for Papers
Journal of International and Advanced
Japanese Studies
No. 8 (2015-16)

The Journal of International and Advanced Japanese Studies is currently seeking manuscripts for its
2015-16 issue to be published in March 2016.
This year, we are accepting articles (up to 20 pages in length), research notes (up to 15 pages), essays on teaching innovations and practices (up to 15 pages), review essays (up to 10 pages), and book reviews (up to
6 pages) written in either English or Japanese.

If you intend to make a submission to our journal, please refer to the Submission Guidelines posted on our website at http://japan.tsukuba.ac.jp/research/en/submission-guide
lines.html

Please complete the "Intention to Submit" form in either English (Word) or Japanese (Word), and then please send it as an attachment to:
journal@japan.tsukuba.ac.jp
or send it to our postal address given below.

The deadline for receiving this form at our office is Friday, July 24, 2015 (strictly enforced).

Please use the templates (also available in English and
Japanese) on our website for formatting your manuscript.

Important Deadlines (for receipt)

Friday, July 24, 2015
Deadline for receipt of the "Intention to Submit" form at our Program's office (email, post, or in person)

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Deadline for receipt of all manuscript types at our Program's office (submitted for review purposes).

About the Journal

The Journal of International and Advanced Japanese Studies is a peer-reviewed academic journal published annually by the Master's and Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies Program, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba.

The journal aims to promote open debate through
publishing the results of leading research in Japanese Studies. We welcome submissions from the perspectives of cross-national and international studies perspectives in all social science fields (encompassing politics, economics, society, law, media and information studies, culture, language and pedagogy, fine arts, and literature).
We *especially encourage* graduate students (M.A. level and above) to submit manuscripts to the journal.

All queries and submissions should be addressed to the editorial board at: journal@japan.tsukuba.ac.jp

Editorial Committee, Journal of International and Advanced Japanese Studies Master's and Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Tsukuba Tennodai 1-1-1, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken, JAPAN
305-8571
Email: journal@japan.tsukuba.ac.jp

(Enquiries by email only, please.)

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July 16, 2015

[SSJ: 9035] new book: World Politics at the Edge of Chaos (SUNY Press, 2015)

From: Emilian Kavalski
Date: 2015/07/16

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention to the publication of the volume "World Politics at the Edge of Chaos:
Reflections on Complexity and Global Life" (State University of New York Press, 2015; http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6048-world-politics-at-the-e
dge-of-c.aspx).

Summary: This volume offers a comprehensive overview of the inroads made by Complexity Thinking approaches and ideas in the study and practice of world politics.
Why are policymakers, scholars, and the general public so surprised when the world turns out to be unpredictable? World Politics at the Edge of Chaos suggests that the study of international politics needs new forms of knowledge to respond to emerging challenges such as the interconnectedness between local and transnational realities; between markets, migration, and social movements; and between pandemics, a looming energy crisis, and climate change. Asserting that Complexity Thinking (CT) provides a much-needed lens for interpreting these challenges, the contributors offer a parallel assessment of the impact of CT to anthropocentric and non-anthropocentric
(post-human) International Relations. Using this perspective, the result should be less surprise when confronting the dynamism of a fragile and unpredictable global life.

Cordially,
emilian
Emilian Kavalski
Associate Professor of Global Studies
Institute for Social Justice | Australian Catholic University Level 13, Tenison Woods House , 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney NSW 2060 Postal Address: PO Box 968, North Sydney, NSW 2059
E: emilian.kavalski@acu.edu.au | T: + 61 2 9739 2730
W:
http://isj.acu.edu.au/people/associate-professor-emilia
n-kavalski/
Book Series Editor of 'Rethinking Asia and International Relations' [http://www.ashgate.com/RAIR]

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[SSJ: 9034] CfP: JAHSS annual conference at ICU, December 12-13, 2015.

From: Giorgiandrea SHANI (gshani@icu.ac.jp)
Date: 2015/07/16

Dear colleagues,

The 5th annual conference of the Japan Association of Human Security Studies (JAHSS) will be held at International Christian University on December 12-13 2015.
The theme of this year's conference is "Human Security:
Problem-Solving and Critical Perpectives". Please see here for the Call for Papers: http://jahss-icu.org/

Keynote speakers will be confirmed shortly. Kindly submit paper proposal through the website:
http://jahss-icu.org/programme/registration/

Sincerely yours,

Giorgio Shani


Giorgio Shani PhD (London)
Director, Rotary Peace Center,
Senior Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, International Christian University,
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)422-33-3708, Fax: +81 (0)422-33-3229 http://icu.academia.edu/GiorgioShani

Region President, Asia-Pacific,
International Studies Association
http://www.isanet.org/ISA/Regions/AsiaPacific.aspx

Religion, Identity and Human Security (Routledge 2014) http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415509060/
http://www.routledge.com/authors/i7881-giorgio-shani

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July 15, 2015

[SSJ: 9033] Reminder: International Workshop Translation and Japanese literary studies on July 18

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2015/07/15

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Presents an International Workshop:

Translation and Japanese literary studies

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 13:30-17:30
Room 301, Building 10, Sophia University

The third workshop under the collaborative research project “Japanese Text in Motion (lead investigator: Shion KONO)” will feature presentations on the translation of Japanese literature and a discussion on the state of the studies of translation in Japanese literary studies.

Malissa and Maeshima will present from their current research on the translation of Japanese literature from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Washburn, who recently completed a translation of The Tale of Genji, will speak on the challenges of translating a canonical text for the contemporary readership. The last segment of the workshop is a roundtable discussion on the current states of translation of Japanese literature and its significance in the field of Japanese literary studies. The roundtable opens with a comment by Smith.

In English.
Open to the public; no prior registration necessary

Schedule
13:30-13:40 Opening Remarks

Part I
13:40-14:05 Samuel Malissa (Yale University), "For Domestic Use Only? English Translations of Japanese Fiction in the Japanese Market"
14:15-14:40 Shiho Maeshima (University of Tokyo), “Revitalizing Poetic Possibility: Translation and Interpretation of Haiku around the Turn of the Twentieth Century”

Part II
15:00-16:00 Dennis Washburn (Dartmouth College), "Another’s Speech in Another’s Language: Translation as Possession”

Part III
16:15-17:25 A Roundtable: Current State of Translation and Japanese Studies
Commentator: Jordan Smith (Josai International University)

17:25-17:30 Closing Remarks

Samuel Malissa is currently writing his doctoral dissertation, "Translating Japanese Modernities," toward a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University. This year he is conducting research in Japan on a Fulbright Fellowship. He is also a translator of Japanese fiction and scholarship.

Shiho Maeshima (Ph.D. Comparative Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Tokyo) is Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Her primary research interest centers on the comparative historical study of the democratization/popularization of print and reading culture in modern Japan and its formation of discourses concerning everyday modernity, while her other academic interest lies in translation and reception studies of Japanese literature, with particular focus on haiku in the modern world. Her recent publications include “New Journalism in Interwar Japan” (Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper, Teneo Press, 2014) and “Constructed/Constructing Bodies in the Age of the New Middle Class” (Resilient Japan. Japan Studies Association of Canada, 2014).

Dennis Washburn is the Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies in the Comparative Literature program at Dartmouth College and, in Spring 2015, a visiting professor at Sophia University. He is the author of The Dilemma of the Modern in Japanese Fiction (Yale, 1995) and Translating Mount Fuji: Modern Japanese Fiction and the Ethics of Identity (Columbia, 2006). In addition to his scholarly work he is a translator of both modern and classical fiction, including Yokomitsu Riichi’s Shanghai, Mizukami Tsutomu’s The Temple of the Wild Geese and Tsushima Yūko’s Laughing Wolf. His most recent publication is a new translation of The Tale of Genji (Norton, 2015).

Jordan A. Y. Smith (Ph.D. Comparative Literature at UCLA) is Associate Professor in International Humanities at Josai International University. His research focuses on the relationship of translation practice and production to the creation of world literature in "translationscapes." As a translator, he translated collections by Mizuta Noriko (The Road Home, 2015; Blue Algae Sea, forthcoming 2015), as well as shorter works by Yoshimasu Gozo, Nomura Kiwao, Satoh Makoto, Usami Kohji, Fernando Iwasaki and Alberto Fuguet.

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)

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[SSJ: 9032] PhD Kenkyuukai CANCELLED

From: John Campbell
Date: 2015/07/15

I regret to say that our speaker for tomorrow, Mathew Brummer, came down with an illness that put him in the hospital yesterday; he is now home resting but he will not be able to speak. So, no meeting tomorrow. I'll try and reschedule him for later; in any case the next
meeting is August 27.

John Campbell

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July 13, 2015

[SSJ: 9031] Call for Presentations for the 4th GRIPS Student Conference

From: Karin Hillen
Date: 2015/07/13

We are pleased to announce the Call for Presentations for the 4th GRIPS Student Conference, to be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo. This year's theme is "Public Policy, Innovation and Development".

Conference Objectives
GRIPS has been hosting the GRIPS Student Conference since 2012. The Conference brings together a diverse group of students, researchers, and professionals from various disciplines and backgrounds to share ideas and research findings on political, social, and economic challenges facing the world today and to discuss how these challenges can be addressed for sustainable development.

This year, we look at the interplay of public policy, innovation and development as major issues facing developed and emerging market economies worldwide.
Historically, innovation has played a central role in enabling and scaling up economic development and has been a major driver of economic growth. How to foster innovation is hence one of the crucial tasks of today's policy-makers, who look for tools and ideas to confront issues like climate change, poverty reduction and the improvement of social welfare. We invite policy-oriented papers that discuss the role of innovation within research and learning outcomes, and its use towards these goals. We explicitly encourage inter-disciplinary approaches that span economics, political sciences, history or other social or natural sciences in theoretical or applied ways.

The conference is open to all GRIPS and non-GRIPS students, researchers, and professionals, and it provides an excellent opportunity for young as well as established researchers to share expertise in important policy areas, contribute to existing scholarship, and expand their network of colleagues and collaborators.

Call for Presentations
We invite both empirical and conceptual papers on any issue in economics, political science, and social policy that is relevant to the conference theme.
Presenters will have 25 minutes to present and answer questions. The official language of the conference is English.

Guidelines for Registration and Abstract Submission If you would like to present a paper at the 4th GRIPS Student Conference, we kindly ask that you pre-register online (http://bit.ly/1HA8zDZ) or send an email to studentconference@grips.ac.jp by Friday, July 31, 2015, with your tentative presentation title. An abstract of 200-300 words should be submitted by Friday, August 14, 2015. All abstracts must include a title, author(s)' name(s), affiliation, and e-mail, and 3-5 keywords. The abstract should describe the theme of the paper and the theory and research method used, and give a summary of the main conclusions.
Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will be notified by e-mail before Friday, August 21, 2015.
Presenter whose papers have been accepted should send their presentation slides to the Organizing Committee by e-mail no later than Friday, August 28, 2015.

Deadlines
Preregistration (including title), Friday, July 31,
2015
Submission of abstracts for review, Friday, August 7,
2015
Authors are notified of their status, Friday, August 21, 2015 Submission of presentation slides, Friday, August 28,
2015

Correspondence
Inquiries, abstracts and presentation slides should be e-mailed to studentconference@grips.ac.jp

Please check further info and latest updates at:
http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/events/20150710-3340/

Venue
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) Seminar Rooms 1ABC (1F)
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677

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[SSJ: 9030] July 17 Event -- Citizen Archives on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

From: Lawrence Repeta
Date: 2015/07/13

Citizen Archives on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Date & Time: June 17, 6:30 PM, Doors open 6:15 PM
Location: Meiji University, Liberty Tower, 11th Floor, Room 1113 (capacity 100+)
Map: http://www.meiji.ac.jp/koho/campus_guide/suruga/access.html
Language: Japanese

Keynote speech: “Citizens Make, Preserve, and Share Records”

Koichi Takagi, Professor of Rikkyo University

Presentations:

n “Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Information Archive” Yukiko Miki, Chairperson, Information Access Clearinghouse Japan
n "Citizens Radiation Measurement Data Site: 'Everyone’s Data Site'”
Hidetake Ishimaru, secretary general, “Everyone’s Data Site”
n “Interactive Map on Radioactive Substances in Food” Yasushi Noguchi, Assistant Professor, Tokyo Polytechnic University

The event is sponsored by 情報公開クリリングハウス (Information Access Clearinghouse Japan), an NGO devoted to promoting open government. Further details on the event are available here:

http://clearinghouse.main.jp/wp/?p=1007

The sponsor requests payment of ¥ 1,000 to defray costs, including materials.

Contact: Lawrence Repeta, repeta55@meiji.ac.jp

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[SSJ: 9029] Looking for discussants on 3 August in Osaka (Prof. Doug Slaymaker's session)

From: Yoneyuki SUGITA
Date: 2015/07/13

13 July 2015
from: Yone Sugita (sugita@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp)
subject: Looking for discussants on 3 August in Osaka:

We are honored to have Dr. Eriko Ogihara-Schuck (TU Dortmund University, Germany) and Professor Doug Slaymaker, professor at University of Kentucky and Specially-appointed professor at Osaka University. We are lookig for discussants for Professor Slaymaker's sessions. If you are interested, please contact Yone Sugita (sugita@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp).
We will cover the domestic transportation cost for appropriate discussants. You are also welcome to join the seminar.


Osaka University Projects for Promoting International Joint Research Cultural and Humanities Joint Laboratory, Seminar
Date: 3 August 2015 (Monday)
Time: 14:00 – 18:00
Venue: Presentation Room, 1st floor, Building B, Osaka University Minoh Campus http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/access/index.html#minoh
(Access map)
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/access/minoh/minoh.html
(#2: Building B)

14:00-14:05: opening remarks
14:05 – 15:15: session 1 (Dr. Eriko Ogihara-Schuck)
15:15 – 15:35: break
15:35 – 16:45: session 2 (Professor Doug Slaymaker)
17:00-18:00: reception (light supper)

Session 1:
Moderator: Professor Doug Slaymaker
Presenter: Dr. Eriko Ogihara-Schuck
Discussants: Professor John Clammer (Visiting Professor, United Nations University) and Professor Etsuko Taketani(Professor, University of
Tsukuba)

T.S. Eliot in Singapore: Francis P. Ng’s F.M.S.R. and Malayan Modernism

Dr Eriko Ogihara-Schuck
TU Dortmund University, Germany

Francis P. Ng’s F.M.S.R. (1937), a book-length poem modelled after T.S. Eliot’s seminal modernist work The Waste Land (1922), is maybe the first notable work of English poetry produced in Singapore by a local writer.
But this poetic narrative of travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur on the Federated Malay States Railways has yet to gain general readership. During World War II its London-based publisher lost publication information, including the author’s whereabouts, in the bombing. As a result, F.M.S.R., though regularly named in encyclopedias as a pioneering piece in Singaporean literature, had long remained an “orphan work” without known copyright holders who could permit republication.
Today the text is virtually inaccessible and available in only five libraries worldwide.

The discovery of the author’s identity and true name, however, opened an avenue for the poem’s republication. The subsequent digital search, archival research and a newspaper quest for the author’s descendants enabled the resolution of the poem’s copyright issues and provided the author’s biographical information for this hitherto mysterious work of literature. As part of the process toward the forthcoming republication, this presentation will introduce the audience to the challenges and potentials of archival research on early twentieth century Singaporean literature heretofore clouded by the lingering effects of the Japanese occupation of Singapore between 1942 and 1945.

The textual analysis will shed light on the role that the United States plays in the encounter of the East and the West which is F.M.S.R.’s overarching theme. Although taking a rather subtle appearance, the presence of America in terms of themes, products as well as poetic styles, remarkably complicates the colonial power politics of British Malaya as portrayed in this poem. Against the backdrop of the British subject T.S. Eliot’s ambivalence toward America in both his personal identity and his literary texts, a close reading of F.M.S.R. will probe the location and function of the imagined America in early Malayan modernism.

Session 2:
Moderator: Dr. Eriko Ogihara-Schuck
Presenter: Professor Doug Slaymaker
Discussants: TBA

Horses in Tōhoku, Horses in Kentucky: Furukawa Hideo and the Imagination of Place

Furukawa Hideo’s novel-length Umatachi yo, sore demo hikari wa muku de (Horses, Horses, in the Innocence of
Light) is compelling and important for all the reasons that it can be exasperating and demanding. It is rooted in the triple disasters of 3.11—the earthquake, tsunami, and then nuclear meltdown in northeast Japan, of March 11, 2011—but it quickly becomes a place for Furukawa to work out other, important, themes and questions. Among them, and the focus of this presentation, is the place of Tohoku in his imagination of Japan and Japanese history. My point of reference is as a reader and scholar based in Kentucky, USA, which like Tohoku, is a place with complicated and often violent relationships with the centers of power.
Further, Kentucky is known for long traditions with horses and with story-telling to make sense of its history. I will draw from the rich traditions of writing in both places as a means to consider these questions of place, history, and story telling.

Horses, Horses does not fit neat genre categories.
Furukawa’s farming family was in Fukushima prefecture when the disasters struck, but he was not: on March 11, Furukawa, who is based in Tokyo, was in Kyoto gathering materials for a novel. The roundtrip narrative that organizes Horses, Horses becomes a continued exploration of location—Tohoku. The path to that extended discussion is oblique, multidimensional, and multivocal. Horses, Horses opens, for example, in media res of another novel; this marks only the first instance where Furukawa’s major 2008 novel, Seikazoku (Holy Family), muscles its way into the narrative. Holy Family, the other novel (as it is often referred to), is a sprawling work that traces the convoluted story line of two brothers as they move around the Tohoku region, the same region, that is, of Furukawa’s family lineage and the 3.11 disasters, the “‘North’ plus ‘East’ [that] adds up to Tohoku,” (p. 2). Holy Family was completed and in print years prior March 2011, but it was clearly still much on the mind of the author Furukawa. The brothers’ story simultaneously traces contours of Japan’s Northeast, of Tohoku, both in Horses, Horses and in Holy Family. This is one way that the atmosphere of Horses, Horses is thick with multiple voices and challenging perspectives. The work owes much to magical realism in its conflation of temporalities and voices, of time and space. It also reflects the fierce history of a rugged region in the shadow of the national, urban, controlling capital of Tokyo. These are among the ways that readers are led to think of William Faulkner or Nakagami Kenji. It is also at this juncture that the concept of the “Global South” is provocative to think about this non-Tokyo space and also, for a parallax reading, to bring in an instance of the American south, namely the Kentucky fiction of Silas House. In this presentation I will focus on Furukawa’s Horses, Horses to explore the imagination of place in Northeastern Japan, the uses of fiction to structure histories and sense of place, and to think more widely about the applicability of this Japan-based writer to consider fiction of rural US.

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[SSJ: 9028] Recruitment of Faculty Members at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

From: Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Academic
Date: 2015/07/13

Recruitment of Faculty Members at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Our University is currently recruiting faculty members for the following position. Your assistance in sharing these details with interested parties would be greatly appreciated.

Field: International Relations and Peace Studies
Position: Associate Professor or Assistant Professor Date of Appointment: April 1, 2016 or October 1, 2016 Application Deadline:Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Please refer to the APU website < www.apu.ac.jp > for more information.


Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Academic Office
frecruit@apu.ac.jp

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July 10, 2015

[SSJ: 9027] ISS PhD Kenkyuukai on July 16: Can international relations factors explain technological innovation?

From: John Campbell
Date: 2015/07/10

The monthly Shaken social science PhD kenkyuukai will meet a week earlier than usual, on July 16; once again we are not in our usual spot but in room 222 of the main Shaken Building*. We will hear from Matthew Brummer, who has a master's from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and is starting his PhD dissertation research in international relations at Todai.

Mathew begins from the question of "Why are some states more technologically advanced than others?" The usual hypotheses see domestic institutions - democracy, free-market, governance structure, etc - as explaining national rates of innovation, but this orthodoxy does not seem to account for many cases, particularly high innovators in Asia. And while international relations scholars often see technology as a cause of relational or absolute power, they don't often reverse the argument to ask whether international factors such as alliances and military cooperation might be an important explanation of national variation in technological innovation.

Mathew's approaches, at this early stage, include statistical analysis, network analysis, and case studies of Asian nations. He welcomes discussion and suggestions about the overall topic as well as his specific ideas.

No reservations needed but I appreciate hearing if you are coming.

John Campbell

*Meetings of the Institute of Social Science PhD Kenkyuukai start at 12 pm on Thursdays and go to 1:30 and sometimes beyond. The Shaken provides coffee and tea and you are welcome to bring lunch. The location in June and July is room 222 on the 2nd floor of the main Shaken building. Walk straight from Akamon and then turn left; first entrance on left. It is Bldg 131 on this map:

http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400020145.pdf

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[SSJ: 9026] Next DIJ Social Science Study Group (22 July): Nadine M. Vogel on Food Banks in Japan

From: Steffen HEINRICH
Date: 2015/07/10

You are cordially invited to the upcoming DIJ Social Science Study Group on July 22nd, at 6.30 PM at the German Institute for Japanese Studies Nadine M. Vogel (Freie Universitaet Berlin) will give a presentation entitled Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and NPOs:
The Case of Food Banks in Japan

Japan is facing several pressing social problems:
growing social inequalities due to aggravating labor conditions, demographic change, and the problem of homelessness, among others. NPOs and social enterprises play a major role in finding innovative solutions to address social issues by generating and implementing new ideas and approaches. This includes social entrepreneurship (e.g., micro financing or street newspapers sold by the homeless), social movements (e.g. fair trade) and also the creation of commercial markets (e.g., for open source software or organic farming). Although the term itself is now at the center of public and academic discourses on how innovation may help solving current social problems, in reality social innovation remains constrained by many institutional obstacles in Japan. As a consequence, NPOs and social enterprises tend to develop comparatively weak financial and human resources and suffer from a lack of networking capabilities.
This presentation explores how NPOs in Japan utilize social innovation and diffuse new concepts in novel institutional contexts. Drawing on Roger’s (2003) theory of diffusion of innovation, I focus in particular on change agents who propagate new forms of organizational activities and who, at the same time, try to overcome institutional constraints stemming from corporate culture, social values and the regulatory environment. To illustrate this point, I will present an in-depth case study on so called Food Banks in Japan who collaborate with manufacturers, distributors and retailers to support people in need. Food Banks are part of a recent and worldwide wave of social aid and poverty relief movements – yet in Japan they are exceptional both with regard to their organizational structure as well to the instruments they apply. The presentation will demonstrate challenges and obstacles to social innovation specific to Japan as well as, more generally, shed light on the diffusion of social innovation.

Nadine M. Vogel is a PhD candidate at Freie Universitaet Berlin and currently a fellowship holder at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ). She holds a Master’s degree in Japanese Studies and Sociology (FU Berlin). In 2013 she was a visiting researcher at Waseda University on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The DIJ Social Science Study Group is organized by S.
Heinrich, P. Holdgruen and C. Hommerich.
All are welcome to attend, but registration
(holdgruen@dijtokyo.org) is appreciated.
German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ) Jōchi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioichō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō 102-0094, Phone: 03-3222-5077 For a map please refer to www.dijtokyo.org

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July 09, 2015

[SSJ: 9025] Looking for discussants on 24 July in Osaka:

From: Yoneyuki SUGITA
Date: 2015/07/09

9 July 2015
from: Yone Sugita (sugita@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp)
subject: Looking for discussants on 24 July in Osaka:

Dear Colleagues:

We are honored to have Professor Akiko Takenaka, associate professor at University of Kentucky and Specially-appointed associate professor at Osaka University as well as Mr. Koji Ito, Ph.D. student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Osaka University.
We are lookig for discussants for both sessions. If you are interested, please contact Yone Sugita (sugita@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp).
We will cover the domestic transportation cost for appropriate discussants.


Osaka University Projects for Promoting International Joint Research Cultural and Humanities Joint Laboratory, Seminar
Date: 24 July 2015 (Friday)
Time: 14:00 – 18:00
Venue: Academic Exchange Seminar Room, 3rd floor, Building E, Osaka University Minoh Campus http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/access/index.html#minoh
(Access map)
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/access/minoh/minoh.html
(#3: Building E)

14:00-14:05: opening remarks
14:05 – 15:15: session 1 (Professor Akiko Takenaka)
15:15 – 15:35: break
15:35 – 16:45: session 2 (Mr. Koji Ito)
17:00-18:00: reception (light supper)

Session 1:
Moderator: Mr. Koji Ito
Presenter: Professor Akiko Takenaka (associate professor at University of Kentucky and Specially-appointed associate professor at Osaka
University)
Discussant: TBA

“Gender and Postwar Relief: Support for War-Bereaved Single Mothers in Postwar Japan.”
This presentation analyzes the gender implications that emerged through welfare support for the war-bereaved in post-Asia-Pacific War Japan. It follows the foundation, activities, and dissolution of the Alliance of Families of War Victims (Sensō giseisha Izoku Dōmei), the first support group for the war-bereaved, which initially began as an organization for military widows. After its dissolution, members of the Alliance went on to create two separate groups: one dominated by fathers of the military dead, whose stated objective is to restore and maintain honor to the military dead (Nippon Izokukai), and another initiated primarily by widows that now offers multi-faceted support for single parents (Zenkoku Boshi Kafu Fukushi Dantai Kyōgikai). By examining the gender divide that comes into focus in the starkly different scope of these two postwar organizations, and by analyzing their early histories, this presentation explores the relationships among gender, military death and bereavement, and postwar relief. It places the break-up of the Alliance into its social and political contexts in order to analyze the incident in relation to the contemporaneous gender relations. In the process, the presentation examines women’s activism in the immediate postwar years both in the areas of suffrage and welfare.


Session 2:
Moderator: Professor Akiko Takenaka
Presenter: Mr. Koji Ito (Ph.D. student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Osaka University)
Discussant: TBA

Saving Fur Seals: Japanese Poachers and the North Pacific FurSeal Treaty of 1911 This presentation examines how Japanese poachers in the North Pacific affected the development of U.S.-Japan relations at the turn of the century. The previous scholarship on U.S.-Japan relations has paid much attention to political, economic and military interactions between the two countries with an analytical framework of nation-state and also with a main focus on actors of those countries’ policymakers.
This presentation challenges such previous literature by emphasizing the roles played by Japanese poachers in the development of U.S.-Japan relations at the turn of the century. In short, this presentation is an attempt to reconsider U.S.-Japan relations from an ecological perspective with a transnational framework.

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[SSJ: 9024] Networked Citizen Science Movements after the Fukushima, Sophia U., July 24

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2015/07/09

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015

Measuring for What: Networked Citizen Science Movements after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Abe Yasuhiro
Doshisha University (ICC Visiting Scholar)

July 24, 2015
18:30-20:00
Room 301, Bldg. 10
Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus


Abstract:
This talk is based on the first in-depth study of citizens' radiation data production practices following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident of 2011. It is also the first in-depth fieldwork on citizen's radiation data production practices after social media and the Internet have become a part of everyday life in Japan and elsewhere. While various citizens have engaged in data generation on radiation in the air using a wide variety of dosimeters and circulated the resulting data via the Internet and social media, this study captures one particular moment in the evolution of citizens' data production practices.

Bio:
Yasuhito Abe is currently Assistant Professor in the department of media, journalism, and communications at the Faculty of Social Studies at Doshisha University, Kyoto JAPAN. He received a Ph.D in communications from the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at University of Southern California this year.


Lecture in English / No prior registration necessary Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) /diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)

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[SSJ: 9023] Announcement of faculty position in Constitutional Law at ICU

From: Wilhelm Vosse
Date: 2015/07/09

International Christian University (ICU) The Department of Politics and International Studies is pleased to announce an open search for a full-time faculty in Constitutional Law.

Rank and title:
Assistant Professor or above

Qualifications
1. LL.D. or equivalent in Constitutional Law is required.
2. Language of instruction: Japanese and English 3. Commitment to the University’s Christian mission.
4. Relevant teaching experience is desirable.

Starting date: April 1, 2016 or September 1, 2016

Deadline: October 1, 2015

Application materials:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. List of Academic Publications   
3. Names and contact information of three referees.
4. Cover letter describing how the applicant is appropriate for the position.

Application material can initially be sent via email, but hardcopies have to be sent to the address below.
Write “Application for Position (Constitutional Law)”
on the envelope.

Send to:
Professor Wilhelm Vosse           
Chair, Department of Politics and International Studies International Christian University,
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585, JAPAN.


More details:
http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/news/docs/Constitutional%20Law_
E.pdf

For inquiries about this position, please contact Prof. Wilhelm Vosse, Chair, Department of Politics and International Studies
E-mail: constitutional-law-search@icu.ac.jp

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July 07, 2015

[SSJ: 9022] Otaku and the Politics of Imagination, Pat Galbraith, Sophia U., July 22nd

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2015/07/07

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015

"Real(ity) Problem:" Otaku and the Politics of Imagination

Patrick Galbraith
Duke University, Department of Anthropology (and ICC Visiting Scholar)

July 22nd, 2015
18:30-20:00
Room 301, Bldg. 10
Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus

Abstract
In 1983, the magazine Manga Burikko published a series of articles describing the excesses of fan cultures in Japan. It was here that "otaku" was first defined as a label for problematic fans, particularly those who appeared to be taking fictional characters as real sexual objects, if not also to be choosing fiction over reality. For the authors of these articles, "otaku"
represented a "real(ity) problem" (genjitsu mondai).
Teasing out the implications of this discourse, in dialogue with contemporary theory, this presentation explores the dynamics of media panic and regulation in relation to "otaku" and fictional characters. The "otaku" discourse not only points us toward mutations in risk and surveillance society, but also suggests a politics of imagination.

Bio
Patrick W. Galbraith received a Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Tokyo, and is currently pursuing a second Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is the author of The Otaku
Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan (Kodansha International, 2009), Tokyo
Realtime: Akihabara (White Rabbit Press, 2010), Otaku Spaces (Chin Music Press, 2012) and The Moe Manifesto:
An Insider's Look at the Worlds of Manga, Anime and Gaming (Tuttle, 2014), and the co-editor of Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture (Palgrave, 2012) and Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan: Historical Perspectives and New Horizons (Bloomsbury, 2015).


Lecture in English / No prior registration necessary Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) /diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)

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[SSJ: 9021] R workshop, 10 July

From: Jonathan Lewis
Date: 2015/07/07

This coming Friday afternoon we will be holding an introductory workshop for R, the open source statistical package which seems to have become the statistical tool of choice for political scientists and others in the social sciences. R has a reputation for being more difficult to use than the commercial stats packages, but this workshop is designed to get new R users to the stage where they can analyze their own data.

We have a few places left so if you would like to join us please contact me as soon as possible. Most of the registered participants are Masters and PhD students at Hitotsubashi and Waseda but all are welcome regardless of age or status. However the working language of the workshop is Japanese and we have a lot to cover, so please don't come expecting everything to be translated into English.

The workshop is being led by Rentaro Iida, a Georgetown-trained political scientist working at the University of Tokyo.

If you are bringing your own computer please install R and RStudio before you come. The apps run on Windows and MacOS.
R: http://cran.r-project.org/
RStudio:
http://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/

We are also able to lend you a computer for the workshop if required - please let me know in advance.

The workshop aims to cover:

(1) Basic concepts of R.
(2) Importing and pre-processing data.
(3) Descriptive statistics and basic graphics.
(4) Linear regression and logistic regression.
(5) Visualizing results.
(6) Automating repeated processes.

Time/date: Friday 10 July 2015, 12:55-16:10 (but may run longer depending on how quickly we cover the
topics)
Venue: Room 3405, 4th floor, Mercury Tower, Kunitachi Campus, Hitotsubashi University.
See this map:
http://www.hit-u.ac.jp/eng/about/direction/guide/campus
/e-campus/index.html

This workshop is sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Global Issues, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University.

If you would like to participate please email jonathan_lewis@mac.com.

Hope to see you there,

Jonathan Lewis
Professor, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University.

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July 06, 2015

[SSJ: 9020] Call for Papers: Asia Future Conference 2016

From: S P F Dale
Date: 2015/07/06

The Third Asia Future Conference: Call for Papers, Short Papers, Posters, and Creative Projects

Following the first two successful conferences in Bangkok and Bali, the Sekiguchi Global Research Association (SGRA) is pleased to announce it will be hosting the Third Asia Future Conference in Kyushu, Japan in 2016. The Asia Future Conference aims to provide a platform for those who have studied in Japan and those who are interested in Japan to meet and discuss the future of Asia. There will be more than 400 participants and over 200 presentations. We welcome your active participation towards creating a venue for international and interdisciplinary discussions.

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Monday October 3,
2016

Where: Kitakyushu International Conference Center and the University of Kitakyushu, Japan

The Call for Papers, Short Papers, Posters, and Creative Projects for the Asia Future Conference is listed below, and can also be found at the following
URLs:

English:
http://www.aisf.or.jp/AFC/2016/news/news-en/flyer-of-ca
ll-for-papers/
Japanese:
http://www.aisf.or.jp/AFC/2016/call-for-papers/


[Theme]

The overall theme for the conference is "Environment and Coexistence."

The City of Kitakyushu developed as an industrial city with a strong base in the steel industry. Because of this, by the 1960s the city started to experience severe water and air pollution. Since then, however, due to the efforts of its citizens the environment of the city has greatly improved. In 2011 it became the first model city in Asia for urban green growth under the OECD's Green City Program. Inspired by Kitakyushu's story of coexistence between humans and the natural environment, the Third Asia Future Conference (AFC 3) welcomes discussions on a broad range of issues based on the theme of coexistence in various social and cultural environments.

We welcome full papers, short papers, poster/exhibition proposals related to the following themes in order to encourage interdisciplinary discussions at AFC 3. From the following list, you will be asked to choose 3 themes that are most related to your research. Parallel sessions will be arranged based on the themes you choose.


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Natural Environment, Social Environment, Communication, Peace, Diversity, Sustainability, Human Rights, History, Health, Education, Globalization, Thoughts, Media, Growth, Happiness, Innovation, Coexistence, Equity

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[Languages]

The official languages of the Third Asia Future Conference are English and Japanese. Choose the language for your oral presentation or poster presentation when you register. Abstracts in English should be 250 words. If your oral presentation is in Japanese, please submit abstracts both in Japanese (600
characters) and English (250 words). If you will be presenting in Japanese you may submit your full paper or short paper in Japanese (no English version necessary).

[Presentations]

The Asia Future Conference (AFC) aims to provide a platform for researchers and scholars who have studied in Japan or who are interested in Japan to meet and discuss the future of Asia. The AFC is an international and interdisciplinary conference, and encourages diverse approaches to global issues in order to promote lively discussions. AFC is not a conference for a specific field of study. Try to make your presentation comprehensible to a general public.


1. Short Paper (2-3 pages)

For lively discussions at the conference, we would ask you to submit a short paper (2-3 pages) online that describes the contents of your oral presentation. Your presentation handouts, e.g. summary and PPT can be accepted in lieu of a short paper.


2. Full Paper (at least 5, at most 10 pages)

― Submissions are eligible for AFC Scholarship and Best Paper Awards

AFC encourages research with an international and interdisciplinary approach and provides an opportunity to further enhance such research. Even though your work may not yet be complete, we encourage you to submit work-in-progress in order to improve it. You can apply for AFC Scholarships upon acceptance of your abstract on the condition that your full paper is submitted in time. In addition, 20 Best Papers will be selected by the AFC Academic Committee.


3. Poster Presentation and Creative Projects
- Bring your poster presentation printed on A1 size paper to the Conference
- Bring your creative project/art work to the Conference and install it by yourself


[Deadlines]
If you want to apply for scholarship or be eligible for the Best Paper Award, submit your abstract by August 31, 2015. If your abstract is accepted, the deadline for your full paper is March 31, 2016.

For the general submission of full papers, short papers, posters, and creative projects, the deadline for abstracts is February 28, 2016. If your abstract is accepted, the deadline for full papers, short papers, posters, and creative projects is June 30, 2016.

For more details, please check the AFC homepage at:

http://www.aisf.or.jp/AFC/2016/call-for-papers/

[Inquiries]

Please check the online FAQ
(http://www.aisf.or.jp/AFC/2014/faqs/ ) first, and if this does not answer your question, contact the AFC Secretariat by email at afc@aisf.or.jp. Please indicate your AFC User registration number (4 digits) when you make an inquiry.

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The Third Asia Future Conference Organizing Committee

Atsumi International Foundation
Sekiguchi Global Research Association (SGRA)

http://www.aisf.or.jp/AFC/2016/

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[SSJ: 9019] Sophia University ICC Workshop "Translation and Japanese Literary Studies" on July 18 (Sat)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2015/07/06


Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Presents an International Workshop:

Translation and Japanese literary studies

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 13:30-17:30
Room 301, Building 10, Sophia University

The third workshop under the collaborative research project “Japanese Text in Motion (lead investigator: Shion KONO)” will feature presentations on the translation of Japanese literature and a discussion on the state of the studies of translation in Japanese literary studies.

Malissa and Maeshima will present from their current research on the translation of Japanese literature from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Washburn, who recently completed a translation of The Tale of Genji, will speak on the challenges of translating a canonical text for the contemporary readership. The last segment of the workshop is a roundtable discussion on the current states of translation of Japanese literature and its significance in the field of Japanese literary studies. The roundtable opens with a comment by Smith.

In English.
Open to the public; no prior registration necessary

Schedule
13:30-13:40 Opening Remarks

Part I
13:40-14:05 Samuel Malissa (Yale University), "For Domestic Use Only? English Translations of Japanese Fiction in the Japanese Market"
14:15-14:40 Shiho Maeshima (University of Tokyo), “Revitalizing Poetic Possibility: Translation and Interpretation of Haiku around the Turn of the Twentieth Century”

Part II
15:00-16:00 Dennis Washburn (Dartmouth College), "Another’s Speech in Another’s Language: Translation as Possession”

Part III
16:15-17:25 A Roundtable: Current State of Translation and Japanese Studies
Commentator: Jordan Smith (Josai International University)

17:25-17:30 Closing Remarks

Samuel Malissa is currently writing his doctoral dissertation, "Translating Japanese Modernities," toward a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University. This year he is conducting research in Japan on a Fulbright Fellowship. He is also a translator of Japanese fiction and scholarship.

Shiho Maeshima is Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo. Academically trained in the fields of comparative literature, comparative cultural studies, representational culture, modern Japanese cultural history and media studies, she received her Ph.D. in comparative literature and cultural studies from the University of Tokyo, with a dissertation on the democratization/popularization of print and reading culture in interwar Japan. Her primary research interest centers on the comparative historical study of the democratization/popularization of print and reading culture in modern Japan and the formation of discourses concerning everyday modernity. Her other academic interest lies in translation and reception studies of Japanese literature, with particular focus on haiku in the modern world.

Dennis Washburn is the Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies in the Comparative Literature program at Dartmouth College and, in Spring 2015, a visiting professor at Sophia University. He is the author of The Dilemma of the Modern in Japanese Fiction (Yale, 1995) and Translating Mount Fuji: Modern Japanese Fiction and the Ethics of Identity (Columbia, 2006). In addition to his scholarly work he is a translator of both modern and classical fiction, including Yokomitsu Riichi’s Shanghai, Mizukami Tsutomu’s The Temple of the Wild Geese and Tsushima Yūko’s Laughing Wolf. His most recent publication is a new translation of The Tale of Genji (Norton, 2015).

Jordan A. Y. Smith (Ph.D. Comparative Literature at UCLA) is Associate Professor in International Humanities at Josai International University. His research focuses on the relationship of translation practice and production to the creation of world literature in "translationscapes." As a translator, he translated collections by Mizuta Noriko (The Road Home, 2015; Blue Algae Sea, forthcoming 2015), as well as shorter works by Yoshimasu Gozo, Nomura Kiwao, Satoh Makoto, Usami Kohji, Fernando Iwasaki and Alberto Fuguet.
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7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)

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July 05, 2015

[SSJ: 9018] Rethinking Sustainability after 3.11, July 17th, Sophia U.

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2015/07/05

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) presents

A panel discussion on sustainability:
Rethinking Sustainability after 3.11

Friday July 17, 2015 19:00-21:00
Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus Bldg. 10, room 301

Guest speaker:
Binka Le Breton, President, Director, Amigos de Iracambi

Panelists:
Pania Lincoln, Regional Director, Pangea Seed Japan Junichi Sato, Executive Director, Greenpeace Japan Yuko Omura, International Coordinator, Peace Boat, Peaceboat

Moderators:
Sarajean Rossitto, Nonprofit NGO Consultant, Sophia Lecturer Professor David Slater, Sophia University

Summary
Our featured guest speaker from Brazil will start us off with an introduction to sustainability and the global sustainability movement. Japanese NGO representatives will share their work related to ocean conservation, food and energy sustainability issues and share how 3.11 impacted their work.

Access:
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/directions/access_yotsuya
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/map/map_yotsuya
In English; no translation.
Open to the public; no prior registration necessary

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)


Guest speaker

Binka Le Breton, Author, Environmentalist and Activist Binka Le Breton lives in Brazil's Atlantic Forest where she co-directs the Iracambi Research Center, which welcomes dozens of researchers, students and volunteers every year to help in its work of saving forests and changing lives. Iracambistas work with the local community to protect the rainforest, improve rural livelihoods and create and implement sound environmental policy at local and state level. In an isolated rural area which formerly had little hope for its future, Iracambi is a catalyst for community action, resulting in greatly improved access to health, education and communications, and more importantly, a new concept of "Yes, we can". Binka travels extensively on the lecture circuit, sharing her passion for environmental and human rights, and her books explore topics such as modern-day slavery, land conflicts, profiles of human rights activists and forced disappearance in Colombia and beyond.


Panelists

Pania Lincoln, Regional Director, Pangea Seed Japan http://pangeaseed.org/japan/
Pania is an educator and regional director of PangeaSeed Japan, an NGO working towards conservation and awareness building of the plight of sharks. Utilising her diverse background in art and IT, politics, volunteering, and animal rights activism, Pania brings a unique and positive perspective to the dialogue about oceans in Japan. Today she will talk about sustainability as it relates to oceans and the necessity role of sharks in that ocean sustainability.

About PangeaSeed Japan is a Japan-based non-governmental and nonprofit organisation working together with creative individuals and groups towards a common goal of positive education about sharks and marine life. Through activism, events, educational talks and campaigns we work to create a change within the community and develop an understanding of the need to preserve and protect the world’s oceans.


Junichi Sato, Executive Director, Greenpeace Japan, http://www.greenpeace.org/japan/ja/
Junichi began his career in the field of micro-finance and has also worked on poverty and environmental issues. He worked in fair trade before joining Greenpeace Japan as a project staff member in 2001. He introduced the “Zero Waste” policy that was instituted in other countries including Australia, New Zealand and the UK, as well as Japan. He was soon promoted to toxics campaign leader, and in 2005 became leader of the Ocean’s Project, where he campaigned on issues such as overfishing and illegal fishing. In December 2010, Junichi became the Executive Director at Greenpeace Japan. He continues to work on ending the subsidies for Japan’s whaling programme, the ongoing problems created by the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and the many other environmental issues Greenpeace campaigns on.

Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action. Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.


Yuko Omura, International Coordinator, Peace Boat http://peaceboat.org/
Before joining Peace Boat as a volunteer interpreter in 2009, Yuko was actively campaigning to protect the natural habitat in Henoko from the threat of a new military base. Yuko has since traveled to Okinawa 4 times with Peace Boat and observed first hand the destruction of nature brought about by plans to build a new base in Henoko and extra helicopter pads in the northern area of Takae. These plans threaten to destroy unique and rare habitats which are havens of bio-diversity and home to endangered species such as the Dugong and the Okinawa Woodpecker.

Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental organization that seeks to create awareness and action through the organization of global educational programmes, responsible travel, cooperative projects and advocacy activities. Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages.


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David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture
Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese Studies
Sophia University, Tokyo

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July 03, 2015

[SSJ: 9017] Correction: Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Announcement (July 10)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2015/07/03

Dear all,

There was a mistake on the announcement we made earlier.
Dr. Jonathan Hall's talk on Yato Tamotsu is scheduled on July 10, not the 7th as was mentioned in the announcement.
We apologize for the confusion.

Thank you for your attention.

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Office ________________________________________

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015

Yatô Tamotsu, the Japanese Photographic Male Nude, and Future Gay Nostalgia

Jonathan M Hall (Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College)

18:00-19:30, JULY 10, 2015, Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University

An obscure figure in the pantheon of 20th-century Japanese photography, Yatô Tamotsu (1928-1973) is known for three photo-collections—Taidô (1966), Naked Festival (1968), and OTOKO (1972)—all of which figured male bodies, often erotically and heroically framed within predominantly male or all-male contexts. It’s not difficult to understand Yatô as one of Japan’s first published gay male photographers, and certainly the first in a Japanese fine arts context. Like many of Japan’s twentieth-century fine artists, Yatô adopted a modern, ostensibly Western, artistic form to capture in its gaze something traditional and suggestive of a disappearing Japan. One common way to read Yato’s work is as heavily influenced by friend and mentor and photographic subject Mishima Yukio’s postwar nativism.
In Mishima’s modern nativism, a nostalgia for a vanishing Japanese spirit also meant the yearning for an accordant male beauty, a Japanese hyper-masculinity under modern erasure. Yet, as I argue, Yatô used this nativist gaze in a doubled, sometimes counter-intuitive fashion, and much of Yatô’s photographic style—from framing to selection of his subjects—suggests him as a unique interpreter of the nostalgic, ethnographic gaze.
Yatô’s passion in his decade-long pursuit and documentation of Japanese naked festivals belonged to a specifically post-colonial and cosmopolitan Japanese gay male sensibility, marked less by the presentation of a purportedly pure and homo-eroticized ethnicity than by the hybrid documentation of men in action and culture in transition. In this sense, the nostalgic trappings of salvage ethnographic photography were precisely the crucible for the formation of a new subjectivity, one that was less concerned with producing an image of an aestheticized, lost past than with the emergent possibilities of sexual present, with what, after José Muñoz, we might call a future nostalgia, “a nostalgia yet to come.”

Jonathan M Hall is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California. His research focuses on psychoanalytic theory, avant-garde and experimental film and media, and queer cultural studies. His first book project, “After Revolutionary Time/s” addresses media theory, social histories of perversion, and the mid-century Japanese film underground. Hall is also a co-producer of Touch of the Other, a queer performance piece that will premiere in Japan in January 2016, following its 2015 work-in-progress debut at the ONE Archives, the world’s largest queer archive, located in Los Angeles, California. Touch of the Other examines the legacy of sociologist Laud Humphreys and his investigation of male-make intimacy in mid-century American public restrooms.

Lecture in English / No prior registration necessary Flyer of the talk in PDF:
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2015-2016/15070
7_J_M_Hall.pdf

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture: 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554 /
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) /diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email) /
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)

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July 01, 2015

[SSJ: 9016] Announcement of Job Opening - the Research Faculty of International Media and Communication, Hokkaido University

From: Jeffry Joseph Gayman
Date: 2015/07/01

July 1, 2015

Yoshihiro Yamada
Dean
Research Faculty of International Media and Communication Hokkaido University

Announcement of Job Opening

To Whom It May Concern:

Hokkaido University is pleased to announce an opening for a tenured faculty position in the field of modern Japanese media. We ask that you kindly recommend suitable candidates as well as widely share the following information with colleagues and others who you feel may be interested.

1. Position
A full-time tenured assistant professor or associate professor in the Research Faculty of International Media and Communication, Hokkaido University.

2. Duties
(1) Conducting media discourse analysis research in the Research Faculty in the field of modern Japanese media.
Possession of the skills necessary to process language information and bridge research from media culture research, media and journalism research, and language transmission is desirable.
(2) Teaching and graduate student guidance within a Course in the Graduate School of International Media, Communication and Tourism Studies, Hokkaido University (Course of Media and Culture, Course of Media and Journalism, Course of Language Transmission, Course of Public Communication) appropriate to one’s specialty.
Teaching courses on Japanese media research within the Modern Japanese Studies Program.
(3) Teaching English as a foreign language to undergraduate students, as well as teaching of other general education subjects (these courses should be considered equivalent to conventional foreign language courses or other general education subjects traditionally taught in Japanese universities).
(4) Performing other administrative and committee duties necessary to the smooth functioning of the Research Faculty.

3. Contract Commencement Date (Scheduled) April 1, 2016

4. Qualifications
(1) Doctoral degree (or expected obtainment thereof in the immediate future), or possession of equivalent ability.
(2) Native or semi-native English speaker preferable.
Non-native Japanese speakers must possess the ability to conduct courses in Japanese as well as to smoothly carry out administrative duties in the Japanese language.
(3) Possession of the skills, qualities and attitudes necessary for positive engagement in international educational and research exchange with foreign universities. Possession of the experience of having organized international research conferences/symposia (translation, interpreting, coordination) is desirable.
(4) As work duties vary widely, candidates of a flexible and earnest nature who will proactively and positively engage in work-related duties and responsibilities are desirable.

5. Application Materials (to be compiled in Japanese)
(1) Resume (include your date of birth, home or work address, phone number, email address, as well as a
photo)
(2) List of publications and presentations, including monographs, journal articles, competitive grants obtained, etc. List separately those publications in refereed journals and those which are unrefereed articles or conference presentations/proceedings.
Include a 100-character summary in Japanese for all publications other than those in (3) below.
(3) At least two, and no more than 3, main samples of your research.
(a) Attach an approximately 1000-character summary in Japanese for each.
(b) Candidates who have completed their doctorate, or are currently in the process of review of a completed doctorate, must attach a copy, along with a 1000-character summary in Japanese.
(4) A scanned version of the degree certificate of the highest degree obtained.
(5) A statement, in approximately 2000 Japanese characters, outlining:
(a) your research to date
(b) your future research plans
(c) your perspective on research ethics
(6) A statement, in approximately 1000 Japanese characters, of your previous teaching achievements as well as future teaching aspirations should you be hired by Hokkaido University.
(7) Contact details (name, affiliation, title, email address, telephone number) of two referees.
*Sent materials will not be automatically returned.
Those wishing for the return of their application materials should include a self-addressed return envelope with the appropriate postage affixed.
*Short-listed candidates will be requested to come to Sapporo for an interview (domestic airfare will be provided).

6. Application Deadline
Monday, August 17, 2015 (Materials must be received by Japan Time: 5:00 PM)

7. Address to which Application Materials Should be Sent
〒060-0817 札幌市北区北 17 条西 8 丁目
北海道大学大学院メディア・コミュニケーション研究院
メディア・観光学事務部
Please inscribe 「研究院国際地域文化論分野教員応募書
類」 on the face of the envelope in red ink and send by registered mail.

*Contact Information: Yasushi Kawai, Professor, Hokkaido University
Email: kawai@imc.hokudai.ac.jp
Please title the subject line of the email message “研
究院教員公募関連”, and send inquiries only in
Japanese.

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June 30, 2015

[SSJ: 9015] 17 JULY 2015 Disaster Discourses, Public Policy and the Politics of 3.11

From: ICAS (icas@tuj.temple.edu)
Date: 2015/06/30

* Please note this program start at 6:00 p.m.


Disaster Discourses, Public Policy and the Politics of
3.11

Date: Friday, July 17, 2015
Time: Door opens at 5:30pm, Program starts at 6:00pm
Venue:

Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5F


http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html

Panelists:
Arnold M. Howitt, Executive Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F.
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University David Giles, Associate Director of the Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University Hiromi Akiyama, Ph.D. candidate in political science at George Mason University and pre-doctoral fellow at Harvard Kennedy School James Simms, Forbes Contributor and freelance reporter and television and radio commentator in Tokyo Scott Gabriel Knowles, Associate Professor and Interim Department Head of the Department of History at Drexel University
Moderator:

Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director of ICAS
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:

icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.


Overview
:

Prior to the unlikely events of March 2011, Japan seemed poised to respond relatively effectively to the kinds of disasters that have periodically brought devastation upon it. But with the largest earthquake ever recorded in Japan, a tsunami that overwhelmed coastline defenses and runaway nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant, the magnitude of the combined disasters rendered local and state level institutions ineffective in dealing with the profound needs of the moment. In retrospect, both Japanese and international governments, nuclear stakeholders and local and prefectural officials have struggled to make sense of the chaotic institutional response that so often failed to address the interests of their constituents and confounded their idealized plans. This panel brings together international experts on crisis management and public policy for comparative and historically contextualized examinations of institutional response to the 2011 Fukushima disasters.



Panelist presentation abstracts/profiles

Arne Howitt (with David Giles and Hiromi Akiyama) [Presentation Title] Greater Centralization or Decentralization for More Effective Disaster Response?
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in Perspective

In the aftermath of the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995, Japan instituted a number of reforms in disaster response that sought to introduce a greater degree of centralization in preparedness and command of emergency actions. In the light of the response to the 3.11 Triple Disaster in 2011 – and similar experiences of “landscape scale disasters” in other countries – does that effort to enhance central control make sense? This presentation will argue that a balance must be struck between central functions in disaster response and a much greater reliance on “intelligent, decentralized adaptation” by responders at the multiple scenes of a major disaster.

Arnold M. Howitt is Executive Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is also Faculty Co-Director of the Program on Crisis Leadership, which con¬ducts research, executive education programs, and action projects.

Dr. Howitt has worked extensively on emergency preparedness and crisis management issues. He has recently researched lessons from the emergency response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Japan’s response to and recovery from the 2011 earthquake/tsunami/nu¬clear accident, and China’s emergency air pollution control measures, and is developing case studies on crisis management and disaster recovery issues in the US and several other countries. Among other writing, Dr. Howitt is co-author/editor of Public Health Preparedness: Case Studies (forthcoming 2016), Natural Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific: Policy and Governance (2015), Managing Crises: Responding to Large-Scale Emergencies
(2009) and Count¬ering Ter¬ror¬ism: Dimen¬sions of Prepar¬ed¬ness (2003).

A Harvard faculty member and administrator since 1976, Dr. Howitt received his B.A. degree from Columbia University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Harvard University.

David Giles is the Associate Director of the Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In addition to playing a leadership role in the administration of the program, he also serves as Senior Research Associate and conducts research and writes on a range of issues relating to crisis events and high-risk hazards. He has co-edited Natural Disaster Management in the
Asia-Pacific: Policy and Governance (Springer, 2015) and Managing Crises: Responses to Large-Scale Emergencies (CQ Press, 2009) and is the author of a number of Harvard Kennedy School case studies, including a three-part series that profiles state-level responses to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic; a case that focuses on the Obama administration’s handling of the Deepwater Horizon oil leaks; and another that explores the management of post-tsunami recovery in Aceh, Indonesia. He received his MA from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and his B.A. from Vassar College.

Hiromi Akiyama is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at George Mason University, studying comparative disaster recovery, and a pre-doctoral fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. Her doctoral research focuses on how different governments approach post-disaster recovery, with an emphasis on the role of civil society and social capital. Her research interests also include state-society interactions, Sino-Japanese relations and East Asian politics. A native of Japan, she holds a master's degree in Asia Pacific Studies from the University of Leeds, UK, and a bachelor's degree in International Studies from Soka University of America.

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James Simms
[Presentation Title] The Road to Fukushima and Its Impact on Restarts

As the Japanese government aggressively pushes to restart idled nuclear reactors, Tokyo is ignoring the troubled history of atomic power in the nation and lessons of the Fukushima nuclear accident and how that affects public support for what was once a key source of carbon-free power before March 2011.

Many officials and utility executives describe the cause of the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as an unforeseen act of nature. But media and government reports say that Tokyo Electric Power and regulators had ignored the possibility of a large-scale tsunami and its potential impact. In contrast, a plant about 70 miles to the north, Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant operated by Tohoku Electric, experienced a higher tsunami and equally strong ground motion but safely shut down.

The disparate fates are due to different corporate cultures operating under the same critically flawed regulatory framework, where the oversight and promotion of nuclear power were under the same government agency.
Japan borrowed that structure from the U.S. in the 1950s, when Washington was actively promoting civilian atomic power around the world. Over the past three decades, there were numerous opportunities for reform in Japan, especially after a series of accidents, falsified safety reports and cover-ups, including the deadly criticality accident at the Tokaimura nuclear-fuel facility. But the nation’s oversight structure with its inherent conflict of interest went largely unchanged and unchallenged because of the quest for energy security – at least until post-Fukushima reforms. The U.S. split oversight and promotion in the 1970s.

Japanese regulators have said that they will have the strictest safety standards in the world. That’s despite various questions about the evacuation plans for communities hosting plants, among other critical issues, in the event of an accident – and notwithstanding unresolved questions from the Fukushima meltdowns, namely the extent of the impact of the earthquake on safe reactor shutdowns. Equally important is the distrust engendered among the public, stemming from the history leading up to the accident, such as the officially sanctioned myth of nuclear power’s “absolutely safety,” and the subsequent handling of the aftermath of Fukushima. Before 2011, the public had overwhelmingly supported the atom. Today, the point, however, is the lack of trust in the facility operators and the regulators, rather than a lack of knowledge or political leanings.

James Simms, a Forbes Contributor and freelance reporter and television and radio commentator in Tokyo, has covered the Japanese economy and politics for two decades, including as a columnist for The Wall Street Journal. In June, he was elected as the president of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan, one of the largest and oldest press clubs in the world, with over
3,000 members, including more than 300 journalists. In 2013-2014, he was a Scripps Journalism Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he researched energy policy, seismology, seismic engineering, and disaster and risk management. Previously, he spent 15 years at Dow Jones, including as The Wall Street Journal’s Heard on the Street columnist in Tokyo analyzing corporations, policy issues and the economies in Japan and South Korea. In 2011, he won the highest writing award at Dow Jones for a series on Japan’s budget and bureaucracy. He has conducted hundreds of interviews for print and television, including for CNBC, and covered Asia’s financial crisis and the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. He currently is working on a book proposal on the history and lessons of the Fukushima accident.

________________________________

Scott Knowles
[Presentation Title] Fukushima: The View from America

>From the very beginning of the Fukushima nuclear
disaster the members of the United States nuclear safety community were engaged in many of the same processes as their Japanese counterparts: trying to understand what was happening with imperfect and confusing information, trying to craft emergency management actions, and working through the diplomatic implications of a fast-moving disaster. This paper briefly analyzes the “lessons learned” from three different American expert communities: the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the engineering and science communities represented by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the environmentalist community represented by Greenpeace.

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Department of Energy (DOE) had experts on the ground in Japan by March 12, 2011. Three new orders went into effect for American nuclear power plants in March of 2012, requiring new safety equipment on all reactors, and special instructions for Mark I and II reactors allowing for water level monitoring and venting systems—these orders allowed nuclear producers until the end of 2016 to be in compliance. Such moves certainly grew from the lessons of Fukushima, and yet a review of NRC’s actions by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) raised troubling questions. The UCS found that a year out from Fukushima the NRC had “decided to put this first and most important recommendation at the bottom of its priority list.”
The American Society of Mechanical
Engineers—representing another key perspective of technically-minded disaster experts—came to a similar conclusion in its June 2012 assessment of “lessons learned” from Fukushima. The engineers accepted the NRC’s core claim of the value of the “design basis” as a tried and true frame of reference for nuclear safety.
The ASME report goes a step further, calling for a “new nuclear safety construct.” This “new construct”
introduced two new concepts beyond the NRC’s thinking:
the “all-risk approach” and “cliff-edge events.” The more activist environmental justice community in the United States (echoing international environmentalist perspectives on Fukushima) weighed in with a report in May of 2012. According to Greenpeace: the “standard of self-regulation by the nuclear industry can be found in many places in the world. . . . the Fukushima Daiichi disaster has demonstrated that the safety claims of the nuclear industry and its national as well as international regulators are false.” How do we account for such variability in expert opinions, and what do these variations indicate for the future of nuclear power in the United States? This presentation engages these questions and invites discussion and reflection.

Scott Gabriel Knowles is Associate Professor and Interim Department Head of the Department of History at Drexel University. His work focuses on the history of disaster. His most recent book is The Disaster Experts:
Mastering Risk in Modern America (2011), and he is series co-editor of "Critical Studies in Risk and Disaster" (UPenn Press). Presently he is also a faculty research fellow of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware.

Knowles' work has appeared in academic venues such as Technology and Culture, Isis, History and Technology, Annals of Science, the Journal of American History, and the Journal of the American Planning Association; and he has also written for the New York Times, The Hill, U.S. News and World Report, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, among others.

Currently he is working on two projects: a global analysis of the emerging “resilience paradigm;” and a book on disaster policy in the US titled The United States of Disaster.

________________________________

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Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Senior Coordinator

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[SSJ: 9014] Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Announcement (July 10)

From: Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2015/06/30

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015

Yatô Tamotsu, the Japanese Photographic Male Nude, and Future Gay Nostalgia

Jonathan M Hall (Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College)

18:00-19:30, July 7, 2015, Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University

An obscure figure in the pantheon of 20th-century Japanese photography, Yatô Tamotsu (1928-1973) is known for three photo-collections—Taidô (1966), Naked Festival (1968), and OTOKO (1972)—all of which figured male bodies, often erotically and heroically framed within predominantly male or all-male contexts. It’s not difficult to understand Yatô as one of Japan’s first published gay male photographers, and certainly the first in a Japanese fine arts context. Like many of Japan’s twentieth-century fine artists, Yatô adopted a modern, ostensibly Western, artistic form to capture in its gaze something traditional and suggestive of a disappearing Japan. One common way to read Yato’s work is as heavily influenced by friend and mentor and photographic subject Mishima Yukio’s postwar nativism.
In Mishima’s modern nativism, a nostalgia for a vanishing Japanese spirit also meant the yearning for an accordant male beauty, a Japanese hyper-masculinity under modern erasure. Yet, as I argue, Yatô used this nativist gaze in a doubled, sometimes counter-intuitive fashion, and much of Yatô’s photographic style—from framing to selection of his subjects—suggests him as a unique interpreter of the nostalgic, ethnographic gaze.
Yatô’s passion in his decade-long pursuit and documentation of Japanese naked festivals belonged to a specifically post-colonial and cosmopolitan Japanese gay male sensibility, marked less by the presentation of a purportedly pure and homo-eroticized ethnicity than by the hybrid documentation of men in action and culture in transition. In this sense, the nostalgic trappings of salvage ethnographic photography were precisely the crucible for the formation of a new subjectivity, one that was less concerned with producing an image of an aestheticized, lost past than with the emergent possibilities of sexual present, with what, after José Muñoz, we might call a future nostalgia, “a nostalgia yet to come.”

Jonathan M Hall is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California. His research focuses on psychoanalytic theory, avant-garde and experimental film and media, and queer cultural studies. His first book project, “After Revolutionary Time/s” addresses media theory, social histories of perversion, and the mid-century Japanese film underground. Hall is also a co-producer of Touch of the Other, a queer performance piece that will premiere in Japan in January 2016, following its 2015 work-in-progress debut at the ONE Archives, the world’s largest queer archive, located in Los Angeles, California. Touch of the Other examines the legacy of sociologist Laud Humphreys and his investigation of male-make intimacy in mid-century American public restrooms.

Lecture in English / No prior registration necessary Flyer of the talk in PDF:
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2015-2016/15070
7_J_M_Hall.pdf

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture: 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554 /
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) /diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email) /
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)

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June 29, 2015

[SSJ: 9013] CJG Frances Rosenbluth, July 9, 2015 Attitudes toward skilled immigrants.dat

From: Gregory Noble
Date: 2015/06/29

The Contemporary Japan Group at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science (ISS, or Shaken) and the Todai-Yale Initiative welcome you to the 6th Yamakawa Kenjiro Memorial Lecture

Frances McCall Rosenbluth
(Damen Wells Professor of Political Science, Yale
University)

What Explains Bias toward Immigrants? Evidence from a Conjoint Survey Experiment in Japan (with Seiki Tanaka [University of Amsterdam] and Rieko
Kage [University of Tokyo]).


TIME AND PLACE
Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

ABSTRACT
An emerging academic consensus contends that economic self-interest alonecannot explain individual attitudes towards immigration in rich democracies.A recent welter of studies points to some combination of “sociotropic”concern for the nation’s overall economy, generalized worries about fiscaldrain, and/or fear of a dilution of cultural “purity” interacting withspecific concerns about competition for wages or jobs (c.f.
Hanson, Scheve,and Slaughter 2007; Mansfield and Mutz 2009; Hainmueller and Hiscox 2010;Tingley 2013; Malhotra, Margalit, and Mo 2013; Dancygier and Donnelly 2013;Goldstein and Peters 2014). Our study adds support to thispsychologically-inflected view, finding that in Japan, as elsewhere, skilledworkers prefer skilled immigrants to low-skilled immigrants. A preferencefor skilled immigrants, which is not unique to Japan but is common acrossrich countries, poses a double challenge to the standard tenets ofneoclassical economics since low-skilled workers, provided they are not netwelfare recipients, should both contribute to the economy as a whole and beless threatening to the jobs and wages of native high skilled workers.Although more research is needed to trace and verify the mechanisms, ourfindings are consistent with a socially constructed “sociotropic xenophobia”for electoral gain and business success.


SPEAKER
Frances McCall Rosenbluth is a comparative political economist with aspecial interest in Japan. Her recent publications include The PoliticalEconomy of Japan’s Low Fertility (Stanford 2007, edited); Japan Transformed:Political Change and Economic Restructuring (Princeton 2010, with MichaelThies); War and Statebuilding in Medieval Japan (Stanford 2010, co-editedwith John Ferejohn); Women, Work, and Power
(2010 Yale, with TorbenIversen); and Tug of War:
Military Conflict and the Democratic Bargain(Norton forthcoming, with John Ferejohn).


CONTEMPORARY JAPAN GROUP
The ISS Contemporary Japan Group provides English-speaking residents of the Tokyo area with an opportunity to hear cutting-edge research in social science and related policy issues, as well as a venue for researchers and professionals in or visiting Tokyo to present and receive knowledgeable feedback on their latest research projects. Admission is free and advance registration is not required. Everyone is welcome.
For maps and other information, please visit our
website: http://web.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cjg/ or contact Gregory W. NOBLE (noble@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp)

The Todai-Yale Initiative
http://todai-yale.jp/about/

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[SSJ: 9012] July 8 Free Lecture at Lakeland College Japan: "Coming to Terms with the Islamic State: The View from Japan"

From: Roger Grabowski
Date: 2015/06/29

Lakeland College Japan with hold a Free Lecture on Wednesday July 8 at 7 PM: "Coming to Terms with the Islamic State: The View from Japan", presented by
Prof. Christopher Hobson

In a remarkably short time the Islamic State (IS) has emerged from the turmoil and instability of Syria and Iraq, distinguishing itself through horrific acts of violence and remarkable successes on the battlefield.
Human rights abuses such as mass executions of innocent people, intentional attempts to inflame sectarian tensions, and widespread sexual violence have quickly identified IS as a brutal and ruthless actor. In Japan interest in IS has grown following the executions of Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto. One year has now passed since IS proclaimed the establishment of a new caliphate, but the international community still remains at a loss over what to do. In this context, the purpose of this talk is to reflect on how great a threat IS poses, considering how unique or new a problem it represents, and how outside actors - including Japan - should respond.

Christopher Hobson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the U. N. University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University. Most recently he has co-edited two books published by Routledge in 2014: Human Security and Natural Disasters and Human Security and Japan's Triple Disaster. He is also the author of The Rise of
Democracy: Revolution, War and Transformations in International Politics since 1776, to be published in October 2015.

For a map and directions to Lakeland's Shinjuku Campus, see our website:

http://lcj.lakeland.edu/map-contact-us/

The Lakeland Lectures are a forum for researchers, students and members of the public to discuss contemporary issues affecting Japan. Lakeland College has offered a U.S.-accredited liberal arts program in Tokyo since 1991. Lakeland's main campus is in Wisconsin, USA and was founded in 1862.

--
Roger Grabowski, Jr.
Assistant Professor of General Studies
Lakeland College Japan

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April 25, 2015

[SSJ: 8917] Extensive Article on Japan-China Relations and Japanese Security

From: Giulio Pugliese
Date: 2015/04/25

Allow me to bring to your attention my extensive essay, currently being printed for Asia Maior, Italy's premium academic association devoted to the study of contemporary Asia. The article is partly based on two years of extensive fieldwork in Tokyo and also addresses the role of the Japanese government and of the media with regard to current discourses on the Sino-Japanese territorial dispute. In the quite extensive essay there are important details on recent Sino-Japan-US relations also thanks to the extensive use of primary sources, especially elite interviews.
The incoming issue of Asia Maior will be out soon (and it will also be freely available online), but the editor has granted me permission to share it, as we say in Rome, "urbi et orbi"!

Giulio Pugliese, ‘Japan: Between a China Question and a China Obsession’ in Michelguglielmo Torri and Nicola Mocci eds., Asia Maior, Vol. 25, 2014, Bologna, 2015.
https://www.academia.edu/11941883/Japan_Between_a_China
_Question_and_a_China_Obsession_2015_

This multidisciplinary and critical essay introduces the nature of the ongoing Japan-China spat over the contested Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands by emphasizing the interplay between recent Sino-Japanese history and the broader undercurrents of power politics. It analyzes the evolution of the Japanese government’s foreign and security strategy in 2014, tracing back the origins of this strategy not just to Abe’s and Yachi Shōtarō’s worldviews, but also to their past responses to and encounters with Beijing. In this spirit the article analyzes Abe’s foreign policy and major security reforms. Secondly, the article introduces an extensive and original analysis of the Japanese government’s increased international and domestic public relations efforts vis-à-vis China, partly in reaction to Beijing’s own attacks on Japan. The essay also provocatively claims that the Japanese “governmental-institutional-media complex”
deliberately facilitated an increasingly hostile tone towards China. Finally, the last section briefly assesses the significance of Japan and China’s negotiated parallel statements, which paved the way to the November 2014 Abe-Xi APEC meeting, and addresses the tenability of a Sino-Japanese “cold peace” in light of the previous insights.
All the best from Heidelberg,

Giulio
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Giulio Pugliese
Assistant Professor, Economics and Politics of East Asia University of Heidelberg, Institut für Sinologie, Akademiestr. 4-8, 69117, Heidelberg GERMANY

Personal website:
http://www.zo.uni-heidelberg.de/sinologie/institute/sta
ff/pugliese/index.html
E-mail address: giulio.pugliese@zo.uni-heidelberg.de

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April 24, 2015

[SSJ: 8916] Information on Job Opening

From: Jeffry Joseph Gayman
Date: 2015/04/24

April 20, 2015

Yoshihiro Yamada
Dean
Research Faculty of International Media and Communication Hokkaido University

Announcement of Job Opening

To Whom It May Concern:

Hokkaido University is pleased to announce an opening for a tenured faculty position in the field of East Asian Media Studies. We ask that you kindly recommend suitable candidates as well as widely share the following information with colleagues and others whom you feel may be interested.

1. Position
A full-time tenured associate professor in the Research Faculty of International Media and Communication, Hokkaido University.

2. Duties
(i) Conducting research on East Asian Media Studies at the Research Faculty. Target regions may include not only Japan, China and Korea but also Asia and the Pacific and other related areas. Hirees are to conduct research on journalism, public relations, culture and so on of the target region.
(ii) Teaching and graduate student guidance appropriate to one’s specialty, within one of the divisions of the Research Faculty of International Media and Communication, or of the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Education.
(iii) Teaching either German, Chinese, Russian, Korean or Spanish as a foreign language to undergraduate students, as well as teaching of other general education subjects (these courses should be considered equivalent to conventional foreign language courses or other general education subjects traditionally taught in Japanese universities).
(iv) Performing other administrative and committee duties necessary to the smooth functioning of the Research Faculty.

3. Contract Commencement Date (Scheduled) September 14, 2015

4. Qualifications
(i) Doctoral degree (or expected obtainment thereof in the immediate future), or possession of equivalent ability
(ii) Active research career in journalism, public relations, or culture of East Asia, along with research outcomes at a level indicative of high quality future research output. Capability to engage in joint research in the area of one’s specialty.
(iii) Possession of the ability to conduct lectures in English is desirable.
(iv) Non-native Japanese speakers must possess the ability to conduct courses in Japanese as well as to smoothly carry out administrative duties in the Japanese language.
(v) The ability, characteristics and attitude to proactively contribute to the internationalization of the Research Faculty. The potential for positive engagement in international educational and research exchange with foreign universities. Possession of the experience of having organized international research conferences/symposia or of having presented multiple times at such events is desirable.
(vi) As work duties vary widely, candidates of a flexible and earnest nature who will proactively and positively engage in work-related duties and responsibilities are desirable.

5. Application Materials
(1) Resume (include your date of birth, home or work address, phone number, email address, as well as a
photo)
(2) List of publications and presentations, including monographs, journal articles, competitive grants obtained, etc. List separately those publications in refereed journals and those which are unrefereed articles or conference presentations/proceedings.
Include a 100-character summary in Japanese for all publications other than those in (3) below.
(3) At least two, and no more than 3, samples of your research. Copies could be of a published paper, a draft of a conference presentation, or an MA/PhD thesis chapter.
(a) Attach an approximately 1000-character summary in Japanese for each.
(b) Candidates who have completed their doctorate, or are currently in the process of review of a completed doctorate, must attach a copy, along with a 1000-character summary in Japanese.
(4) A scanned version of the degree certificate of the highest degree obtained.
(5) A statement, in approximately 2000 Japanese characters, outlining:
(a) your research to date
(b) your future research plans
(c) your perspective on research ethics
(6) A statement, in approximately 1000 Japanese characters, of your previous teaching achievements as well as future teaching aspirations should you be hired by Hokkaido University.
(7) Contact details (name, affiliation, title, email address, telephone number) of two referees.

* Sent materials will not be automatically returned.
Those wishing for the return of their application materials should include a self-addressed return envelope with the appropriate postage affixed.
* Short-listed candidates may be requested to come to Sapporo for an interview (domestic airfare will be provided).

6. Application Deadline
Friday, June 6, 2015 (Materials must be received by Japan Time: 5:00 PM)

7. Address to which Application Materials Should be Sent
〒060-0817 札幌市北区北17条西8丁目
北海道大学大学院メディア・コミュニケーション研究院 事
務部
HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY SAPPORO JAPAN
Please write 「東アジアメディア研究准教授応募書類」on
the face of the envelope in red ink and send by registered mail.

8. Contact Information
Kohei Watanabe
Professor
Hokkaido University
Email: koheiw@imc.hokudai.ac.jp
Please write “東アジアメディア研究准教授公募関連” in
the subject line of the email message, and send inquiries only in Japanese.

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[SSJ: 8915] Shaken PhD Kenkyuukai on April 30

From: John Campbell
Date: 2015/04/24

On April 30, just after the beginning of Golden Week, the Shaken PhD Kenkyuukai will gather to hear from Florentine Koppenborg.* She is a PhD Candidate in Japanese Studies and Political Science at the Free University of Berlin and is spending six months at Sophia University in Tokyo.

Florentine is analyzing the twists and turns of Japanese nuclear energy policy, by examining the interests and strategies of key actors and shifts in the distribution of authority among them. She starts with policy pre-Fukushima, and takes the story through the (temporary) decision to forgo nuclear power altogether, to the current policy of trying to rebuild nuclear capacity--albeit with little hope of a full-scale restoration, and few specific details in the New Strategic Energy Plan. A key question is how far Fukushima represents a "critical juncture" in the institutional structure of nuclear policy making in Japan. Florentine's theoretical approach is based on historical institutionalism, drawing on the advocacy-coalition and bureaucratic-politics models of understanding policy change.

If convenient let me know if you are coming. The following meeting is scheduled for May 28, then June 25.

John Campbell

*Meetings of the Institute of Social Science PhD Kenkyuukai start at 12 pm on Thursdays and go to 1:30 and sometimes beyond. The Shaken provides coffee and tea and you are welcome to bring lunch. The location is room 533 on the 5th floor in the Akamon General Research (Sougou Kenkyuu) Building. The building is off to the right after you come through Akamon, or you can cut through the grounds of Ito Hall off Hongou Doori.
It is Bldg 38 on this map:

http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/documents/Hongo_CampusMap_E.pdf

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[SSJ: 8914] Contemporary Japan: Call for Papers

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2015/04/24

Contemporary Japan 28, No. 2: Call for Papers

Issue editors: Steffen Heinrich & Tobias Söldner Contemporary Japan (CJ) is the biannual journal of the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ). It is published by de Gruyter, Berlin and New York.

We are currently calling for papers for the autumn 2016 issue.

The submission deadline for manuscripts is 31 October 2015. For details on the submission process and instructions visit www.contemporary-japan.org.

Contemporary Japan publishes original research that relates to present-day Japan or its recent historical development. Manuscripts which cross disciplinary boundaries and raise issues beyond the case of Japan are also welcome. Submissions are peer-reviewed in a double-blind process by established scholars in the respective field.

Contemporary Japan is a platform for state of the art research that offers authors several unique advantages:


(1) Contemporary Japan is open to all scientific methods applied in the social sciences and humanities.

(2) Contemporary Japan promotes the publication of recent empirical findings and innovative theoretical approaches, including comparative and interdisciplinary studies, provided authors clearly demonstrate the contribution to the field of research and its place in the relevant literature.

(3) Contemporary Japan maintains a professional and fast review process, thus guaranteeing timely publication of accepted manuscripts.

(4) Papers of excellent quality can also be submitted in Japanese or German. Accepted articles will be translated into English free of charge, given that (a) the material is original research which has not been published in either language yet, and (b) the author demonstrates a sound knowledge of the international literature in the field.

(5) All issues of Contemporary Japan are available open access at http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj

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April 23, 2015

[SSJ: 8913] Sophia University ICC event reminder (April 27 and 28)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2015/04/23

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015

Manga Empire: Comics and Companion Species

Thomas LAMARRE (McGill University)

April 27th, 2015 (Monday), 6:30 pm-8pm
Room 301, Building 10, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus Lecture in English / No RSVP required

The 1930s saw the emergence of new possibilities for expanding serialization across media. Cartoon animals played a key role in establishing multimedia series.
The serialization of “Norakuro” across the pages of Shōnen kurabu and into manga films, recordings, and radio is a prime example. Cartoon animals also brought to the fore contradictory visions of society and
community: racial legacies of differentiating peoples on the basis of species, and utopian claims for integrating peoples on the same basis. What is it about the expanded multimedia manga field that allowed it to assemble these contradictory stances?

For more information:
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2015-2016/15042
7_Lamarre.pdf

________________________________________
Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents an evening with the Asian Rural Institute:

Training for transformation:
how a training program can impact values to bring about broader change in communities

April 28, 7-9pm
Sophia University, Yotsuya Camps
Bldg. 10, room 301

Contents:
Panel discussion and presentations on working with grassroots leaders over the past 40 years: how values learned and shared may effect social change.

Moderator:
-Prof. David Slater, Sophia University
Panelists:
-Tomoko Arakawa, ARI Director
-Sarajean Rossitto, ARI Assessment Project Coordinator, Nonprofit NGO consultant -Zacivolu Rhakho, India, Training Program Graduate, ARI staff member -Rev. Timothy B. Appau, Ghana, Training Program Graduate, Chaplain
Commentator:
-Prof. Richard Gardner, Sophia University

In English; no translation.
Open to all, no prior registration necessary

About the event:
Panelists will discuss how a distinctive leaders training program has impacted the lives of its participants over the past 40 years. The focus will be on how training can relay more than knowledge and skills but also influence values having the potential to effect broader social change. While many programs focus on skills and knowledge development alone, the Asian Rural institute (ARI) located in Tochigi Prefecture, aims to also transfer values which bring about more equitable and just communities. Stories from research as well as from current staff and former participants will share some of the changes experienced by individuals and how they are able to impact their local communities.

For more information:
Event
Flier:http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2015-2016
/150428_Training_for_Transformation.pdf

________________________________________
Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)

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April 21, 2015

[SSJ: 8912] Postwar 70th anniversary symposium: BAJS (Japan Branch), 30 May, Osaka

From: Philip Seaton
Date: 2015/04/21

Dear Colleagues,
The British Association for Japanese Studies (Japan
Branch) warmly invites colleagues to attend its next event on 30 May in Osaka. It is a 2-part symposium on the theme of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II:

Part 1:
A Public Panel Discussion: "British Media Images of Japan Seventy Years After World War II"
Speakers: David McNeill (The Independent, The Economist, The Irish Times) & Justin McCurry (The Guardian & The Observer) Moderated by: Eric Johnston (The Japan Times)

Part 2:
Academic Presentations
Garren Mulloy (Associate Professor, Daito Bunka
University): "Self-Defence and Strategy: Seventy Years of Japanese Post-war Security"
Aleksandra Jaworowicz-Zimny (PhD Candidate, Hokkaido
University): "Memories of the Asia-Pacific War in Japanese Popular Music"
Moderated by: Philip Seaton (Professor, Hokkaido
University)

Date and Venue
SATURDAY, MAY 30 1:30-5:30 p.m. Osaka City University, Umeda Campus 6F, Osaka Eki Dai-Ni Bldg.

Visit the event webpage for more details:
http://www.philipseaton.net/british-association-for-jap
anese-studies-japan-branch/bajs-symposium-30-may-2015/

Attendance is free but please contact the organizers in advance if you want to attend.
Contact: Eric Johnston at erichartley1964@gmail.com or Philip Seaton at seaton@oia.hokudai.ac.jp

Best wishes,
Philip Seaton

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Dr Philip Seaton, MA (Cantab), MA (Sussex), DPhil
(Sussex)
Professor, Modern Japanese Studies Program.

Personal Website: www.philipseaton.net
MJSP Website: http://www.oia.hokudai.ac.jp/mjsp MJSP Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/modernjapanesestudiesprogram

Address:
Office of International Affairs, Hokkaido University, North 15, West 8, North Ward, Sapporo 060-0815, JAPAN.

Telephone:
+81-(0)11-706-8015

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[SSJ: 8911] 【Notice】 Invitation to 107th GRIPS Forum on 27th April

From: gripsforum
Date: 2015/04/21

Dear SSJ-Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the next GRIPS Forum at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies on April 27.
*Please register at Registration Form by April 24 (Fri)
17:00.
https://gpwreminder.grips.ac.jp/form/0002/107th-grips-f
orum-on-27th-april/

*If you can’t open the registration form, please send an email to gripsforum@grips.ac.jp with your name, affiliation, job title, phone number or email address without changing the title.

*If you are arriving by a private car, please let us know the car information (type, color, and number) in advance so that we can register it for campus entry permission.

Date: Monday, 27 April, 2015
Time: 16:40-18:10
Venue: GRIPS Sokairou Hall, 1st Floor
Speaker: Professor Toshihiro Ihori, Professor, GRIPS
Theme: fiscal consolidation and generational equity
Language: Japanese (English simultaneous interpretation
provided)

Japan's fiscal situation and generational equity have been deteriorated. In an aging and stagnation society fiscal consolidation does not necessarily attain generational equity. This lecture investigates how to restore fiscal consolidation and generational equity by focusing on social security and election system reforms in a political economy.

Speakers’ Profile:
Professor Ihori has been Professor of Economics in the Graduate School of Economics at University of Tokyo and is now in National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
(GRIPS) since April 2015. He was an Executive Research Fellow in the Economic and Social Research Institute of the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan. He was the President of the Japanese Economic Association and the President of the Japanese Association of Public Finance. He is a member of the Fiscal System Council in the Ministry of Finance.

*** GRIPS Forum ***
Since its establishment in 1997, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), as the only graduate school in Japan specializing in policy research, has promoted education and research on a wide range of policy issues.
Utilizing our vast policy network, this Forum invites leaders from various fields including government, academia and business, as well as staff from our own faculty, to deliver lectures on current policy concerns.
The Forum welcomes attendance of GRIPS faculty and students as well as participants from outside the university. Simultaneous interpretation will be available (Japanese/English).

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For registration and inquiries, please contact: Ms.
Oshikawa
gripsforum@grips.ac.jp
http://www.grips.ac.jp/
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[SSJ: 8909] CfP Workshop: Globalizing Rivalry? Sino-Japanese Interaction in World Politics

From: Coordinator GEAS
Date: 2015/04/21

*Apologies for cross-posting*

Dear List members,

Please allow me to draw your attention to the following Call for Papers:


Call for Papers:

Globalizing Rivalry?

Sino-Japanese Interaction in World Politics

Date: November 12-13, 2015

Venue: Freie Universität Berlin

Graduate School of East Asian Studies

Hittorfstr. 18

140195 Berlin, Germany


The Graduate School of East Asian Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (http://www.geas.fu-berlin.de/) and the Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
(http://www.eacenter.huji.ac.il) jointly organize a workshop on the topic: "Globalizing Rivalry?
Sino-Japanese Interaction in World Politics". By discussing the global and cross-regional dimension of Sino-Japanese cooperation and conflict, this workshop aims at elucidating the consequences of one of the most significant interstate rivalries in world politics. The mounting rivalry between Japan and China has been a key aspect of world politics since the early 1990s. While a vast body of literature has analyzed this issue, the analytical focus has for the most part been on the rivalry within the East Asian region. Analyses that reach beyond East Asia have been largely neglected.
Through theoretical and empirical analyses, the workshop focuses on the question if, why and how this Sino-Japanese power struggle within East Asia also affects Japan’s and China's foreign policy approaches beyond East Asia’s regional boundaries. To develop and improve explanations of the mutual influences of Japan's and China's foreign policy on the global and cross-regional level, the workshop addresses two important but understudied questions: First, how do interstate rivalries influence foreign policy approaches beyond regional boundaries? Second, which factors influence Sino-Japanese rivalry in different regions and on different levels of the international system?

In order to answer these questions this workshop aims at advancing theoretical approaches to help explain the effects of power struggles between two regional powers on their global policies. It seeks to draw on different theoretical angles to understand interregional dynamics, interstate rivalries and their consequences for Japan's and China's concrete foreign policy approaches towards global institutions and different world regions. On the global level the analytical focus will be on the mutual influences of Japan's and China's approach towards international, multilateral institutions, such as the G20, UN etc. On the level of regional contexts, the workshop will concentrate on the regions that are attributed importance in the official publications of the Foreign Ministries in both countries. These regions include Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East/West Asia, North America and Southeast Asia/Pacific. Each region will be addressed from one scholar focusing on the Japanese and one scholar focusing on the Chinese perspective.

We welcome abstracts from scholars working in various disciplines including (but not limited to) International Relations, Security Studies, Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies and International Political Economy. Between 5 and 10 more papers will be solicited through this call for papers. Papers should primarily address one or more of the following topics: (1) China's perspective on Sino-Japanese Rivalry on the Global Level; (2) China's perspective on Sino-Japanese Rivalry in Southeast Asia/Pacific; (3) China's perspective on Sino-Japanese Rivalry in Europe; or (4) Sino-Japanese Rivalry and North America. Papers concentrating on other world regions will also be considered.


Abstracts of 300 words maximum, including name, institutional affiliation, the title of the paper, email address, should be sent by May 15, 2015, to sino.japanese.rivalry@gmail.com valry@gmail.com>.


The workshop will result in a proposal for one or two special issues with peer-reviewed journals, or an edited volume with an international publisher.


Financial support for travel and housing expenses might be provided under the condition of availability of funding.


Sincerely,


Verena Blechinger-Talcott, Nissim Otmazgin, Kai Schulze


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Graduate School of East Asian Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
Hittorfstr. 18
14195 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30-838-51596
Fax: +49 (0)30-838-451906
coordinator@geas.fu-berlin.de
http://www.geas.fu-berlin.de

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[SSJ: 8910] Reminder -- Call for Papers: Graduate Students / Postdocs Conference on Democracy and Japanese Politics

From: Kuniaki Nemoto
Date: 2015/04/21

Dear colleagues;

This is a friendly reminder for the conference for "broadly defined junior scholars"
in political science to be held at Waseda.
The deadline for an application is April 27. Details are below and at my website.
Even if you are not presenting your papers, you are more than welcome to attend the workshop/panels. Please RSVP to me
(knemoto1978@gmail.com)
by May 15. Thanks very much in advance.

Call for Papers
1st Annual Conference on Democracy and Japanese Politics School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University

Overview

School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, is hosting a conference for broadly defined "junior scholars" – graduate students, postdocs, etc. – on May 21, 2015 at Waseda University. Presenters will receive intensive mentoring critiques on dissertation prospectuses and research projects from prominent faculty members, including:

• Professor Ellis Krauss (UCSD)
• Professor Steven Reed (Chuo University)
• Professor Gregory Noble (University of Tokyo)
• Professor Aiji Tanaka (Waseda University;
Principal Organizer)

Junior scholars conducting research related to the conference themes of "democracy and Japanese politics"
are invited to submit proposals. A proposal reflecting the current stage of a doctoral dissertation (a prospectus or a précis) is welcome. A proposal may also focus on specific aspects on or related findings about an ongoing research project.

The conference is an excellent venue to receive critiques on your research from experienced mentors in the field. It is also a great opportunity to network with junior scholars from other universities who share similar research interests.


Application process

To be considered, each prospective participant should submit a proposal and an academic CV to Kuniaki Nemoto at knemoto1978@gmail.com by April 27, 2015. A proposal should be up to 2 pages (double-spaced). A CV should contain an applicant's academic affiliation, current status in academic program, and email address.

We will notify acceptance and distribute the program by May 1, 2015. Successful applicants will be expected to email their presentation précis (up to 5 pages, including tables/figures, double-spaced) or presentation slides by May 18, 2015.

Non-presenters will be also very much welcomed to attend the workshop and panels and join open discussions. Please RSVP to Kuniaki Nemoto at knemoto1978@gmail.com by May 15, 2015.

If you have any questions about the application process and the conference in general, please contact Kuniaki Nemoto at knemoto1978@gmail.com. Details are available online at his website (https://sites.google.com/site/knemoto1978).

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NEMOTO, Kuniaki (Ph.D)
Associate Professor of Political Science Department of Economics, Musashi University http://sites.google.com/site/knemoto1978/

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[SSJ: 8908] 14 MAY 2015 Jennifer Friedman: Health care in Japan's aged society

From: Eriko Kawaguchi
Date: 2015/04/21

Jennifer Friedman: Health care in Japan's aged society

. Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
. Time: Door opens at 7:00pm, Program starts at
7:30pm
. Venue:
Temple University Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 212/213
(access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
. Speaker:Jennifer Friedman, Council on Foreign
Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan (sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd)
. Moderator:Robert Dujarric, Director of ICAS
. Admission: Free. Open to public
. Language: English
. RSVP:icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.

Overview

Japan's health care system is a source of great pride for the country. Japan attained universal health coverage over 50 years ago and the country's health outcomes are some of the best in the world by many measures, while health care spending is at relatively low levels.

Despite the many positive aspects of the system, it faces challenges. The demographic wave of rising numbers of elderly will put new pressures on the care delivery system and the nation's budget. Moreover, the country has high utilization of many health care services, care delivery is often fragmented, and measures of quality are not commonly available or necessarily used for continuous improvement. How will Japan address these issues and manage the health care needs and rising costs of its aged and still aging society? What can other countries, such as the United States, learn from the Japanese experience, and can new care delivery innovations taking place around the globe help address Japan's challenges?


Speaker


Jennifer Friedman, a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan (sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd), will lead a discussion on the changing nature of Japan's health care system, providing a unique American perspective based on her over 15 years in the U.S. government. As a Congressional staffer, she played a lead role in development of the Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare") and will share insights about new delivery reforms underway in the United States that could inform the evolution of Japan's health care system.

________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Senior Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.facebook.com/tuj.icas

ICAS events do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the speakers and participants.

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[SSJ: 8907] 【japan@ihj】Jun.3, Panel Discussion “Hawai`i as Japan’s Paradise ?Consuming Images of the Tropics”

From: Tomoya Seki
Date: 2015/04/21

[japan@ihj]
Panel Discussion “Hawai`i as Japan’s Paradise -Consuming Images of the Tropics”

Topics / Panelists:
“Constructing Okinawa as Japan’s Hawai`i”/ Tada Osamu (Professor, Hitotsubashi University) “Hawaii as Paradise in Japanese Cinema”/ Tezuka Yoshiharu (Associate Professor, Komazawa University) “Searching for Paradise through Hula Performance in Japan”/ Yaguchi Yujin (Professor, University of Tokyo) / “Plucking Paradise: Ukulele Performance in Japan”/ Christine Yano (Professor, University of Hawai`i) /

*Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
*Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
http://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/access.html
*Language: English (without Japanese interpretation)
*Admission: 1000 Yen (Students and Non-Japanese:500, IHJ Member:Free)
*Registration: Program Department, International House of Japan,
Tel: 03-3470-3211 E-mail:
program@i-house.or.jp

Notions of paradise-harmonious, idyllic
contentment-have fueled popular culture throughout history. In many instances paradise lies not in the here and now, but in distant locales and other times (past and future) as part of an escapist regime from everyday life. This panel takes modern Japan as a case in point, and explores the notion of paradise embedded within the images of Hawai`i in different popular culture forms, asking what kind of paradise is this, in what contexts, and to what effects? How is the concept of paradise historically situated as a product of its time? How is paradise as market-driven commodity manufactured, bought, and sold? By exploring the notion of Hawai`i as tropical paradise in far-ranging Japanese contexts from movies to tourism to music and dance, the speakers will frame utopic visions within the geopolitical realities of transnational markets, as well as embedded within the intimacies of people’s lives.
*Panel discussion will be preceded by a hula performance at 6:30-6:50pm.
*Participants are encouraged to wear aloha attire.

For Reservations and Details:
http://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/programs/japanihj_20150603
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International House of Japan
5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku,Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
Tel: 03-3470-3211 (Mon.-Fri. 9:00 am-5:00 pm)
Fax: 03-3470-3170
E-mail: program@i-house.or.jp
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April 13, 2015

[SSJ: 8906] An evening with the Asian Rural Institute, Sophia University, April 28

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2015/04/13

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents

An evening with the Asian Rural Institute: Training for
transformation: how a training program can impact values to bring about broader change in communities

April 28, 7-9pm
Sophia University, Yotsuya Camps
Bldg. 10, room 301

Event Flier: http://tokyo-community-news.blogspot.jp/

Contents: Panel discussion and presentations on working with grassroots leaders over the past 40 years: how values learned and shared may effect social change.

Moderator:
Prof. David Slater, Sophia University

Panelists:
Tomoko Arakawa, ARI Director
Sarajean Rossitto ARI Assessment Project Coordinator, Nonprofit NGO consultant Zacivolu Rhakho, India, Training Program Graduate, ARI staff member Rev. Timothy B. Appau, Ghana, Training Program Graduate, Chaplain

Commentator:
Prof. Richard Gardner, Sophia University

In English; no translation.
Open to all, no prior registration necessary

Location: Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus bldg. 10, room 301.

Access: Yotsuya station (JR, Marunouchi and Namboku subway lines) Map link to campus:
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/directions/acce
ss_yotsuya
Map link to campus building:
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/map/map_yotsuya

About the Asian Rural Institute's Rural Leaders Training Program http://www.ari-edu.org/en/home-eng/
For more information contact sarajean.ari@gmail.com

Hosted by the Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)


About the event:
Panelists will discuss how a distinctive leaders training program has impacted the lives of its participants over the past 40 years. The focus will be on how training can relay more than knowledge and skills but also influence values having the potential to effect broader social change. While many programs focus on skills and knowledge development alone, the Asian Rural institute (ARI) located in Tochigi Prefecture, aims to also transfer values which bring about more equitable and just communities. Stories from research as well as from current staff and former participants will share some of the changes experienced by individuals and how they are able to impact their local communities.

Introduction to the Panelists
Tomoko Arakawa, ARI Director
Tomoko has been engaged in the work of nurturing and training grassroots rural community leaders from developing countries at the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) in Tochigi prefecture since 1995. She is the new Director as of April 2015, after serving as served as the General Manager / Associate Director since 2009 and Curriculum Director (2003-2009). In 1995, after working as an English and Japanese language teacher at junior high schools for several years, she completed her MA in Sociology at Michigan State University. She graduated from International Christian University in Tokyo in 1990.

Sarajean Rossitto ARI Assessment Project Coordinator, Tokyo-based Nonprofit NGO consultant Sarajean facilitates workshops, seminars and projects aimed at developing skills, organizational capacity, the understanding of global issues and effective partnerships. She has worked for 20 years with nonprofit organizations in Japan and the US, including the Japan Platform, Give2Asia Foundation, ARK, TELL, For Empowering Women Japan (FEW) and Mirai no Mori. She has facilitated training programs through JICA, Temple University and has taught a course on NGOs at Sophia since Fall 2012. She holds a Master's degree from Columbia University where she focused on human rights in northeast Asia.

Zachivolu Rhakho, (Acivo) Nagaland, India (Northeast state of India) After graduating from ARI in 2000, Acivo worked for the Women's department of CBCC (Chakhesang Baptist Church
Council) promoting organic farming, micro credit and traditional culture with women in mountain areas. In 2009, she was an ARI Training Assistant and then became an ARI staff member for one year in the International relations section. From 2011 to 2012 she worked in Cambodia, as a manager of a dormitory for students from rural areas and a coordinator of agriculture project in Preah Vihear. In 2013 Achivo returned to ARI to serve as the person in charge of meal services.

Rev. Bernard Timothy Appau, (Timo) Ghana After graduating from ARI in 2001, Timo served local churches in Ghana as a pastor while working his own farm and being involved in rural development work. He also was engaged in the support of HIV/AID patients and their families and the eradication of Malaria. He was an ARI Training Assistant in 2007 and from 2008 he joined the ARI Community Life staff. He has also been an instructor for poultry farming as well. Since 2009, he has been a lecturer in the Utsunomiya University International Carreer Development English Camp.

Richard Gardner is Professor of Religion in the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, and editor of Monumenta Nipponica.

David H. Slater is a Professor of Cultural Anthropology in the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, and the Director of The Institute of Comparative Culture.


About the Asian Rural institute (ARI)
Based on the condition that people's failure to live together in harmony is the cause of many problems in the world today, the purpose of the Training is to discover the meaning of the ARI motto "That We May Live Together. " Since 1973, the Asian Rural Institute has invited more than 1000 grassroots leaders from across Asia, the Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America to Japan to develop skills in leadership, community building and integrated agriculture through its Rural Leaders Training Program. ARI aims to create an environment in which each participant develops a deeper connection to food, the environment, and each other while also gaining an understanding of how global issues are connected to local realities.

About the Asian Rural Institute's Rural Leaders Training Program http://www.ari-edu.org/en/home-eng/


--
David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture
Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese
Studies
Sophia University, Tokyo

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[SSJ: 8905] New Book--Japan's Foreign and Security Policy Under the Abe Doctrine--Chris Hughes

From: Hughes, Christopher
Date: 2015/04/13

Dear SSJ-Forum Colleagues,

I am writing to let colleagues know about a new (short) book that I just published last week entitled, Japan's Foreign and Security Policy Under the 'Abe Doctrine':
New Dynamism or New Dead End? (New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 114 pages)

I am hoping it should be of interest because the Abe administration has been so proactive and posed so many questions on the foreign and security policy front, and also because we are now running into a very interesting period of the submission of a raft of security legislation to the National Diet for consideration.

The book description is as follows:

Prime Minister Abe Shinz?'s foreign and security policy-highly charged with ideological and historical revisionism-contains the potential to shift Japan onto a new international trajectory. Its degree of articulation and energy makes for an 'Abe doctrine'
capable of displacing the 'Yoshida Doctrine' that has been Japan's guiding grand strategy in the post-war period. Abe has already begun to introduce radical policies that look to transform national security policy into a more muscular military stance, bolster US-Japan alliance ties to function increasingly for regional and global security, and attempt to encircle China's influence in East Asia. The 'Abe Doctrine' is dynamic but also high-risk. Abe's revisionism contains fundamental contradictions that may ultimately limit the effectiveness, or even defeat, the doctrine, and along the way inflict collateral damage on relations with East Asia and Japan's own national interests.

And here is a preview of the contents:
1. Introduction: From 'Yoshida Doctrine' to 'Abe
Doctrine'?

2. The Origins and Ideological Drivers of the 'Abe
Doctrine'
Ending the 'post-war regime', restoring great power status Constitutional revision Historical revisionism, challenging the K?no Statement, patriotic education Yasukuni Shrine and challenging the Tokyo Tribunals

3. Japan's National Security under Abe

National Security Strategy, National Defence Programme Guidelines, State Secrecy Law Breaching the arms export ban, militarisation of ODA Collective self-defence made reality Radical new security precedents

4. The 'Abe Doctrine' and US-Japan Relations

Revising the US-Japan Defence Guidelines, Futenma relocation, TPP negotiations Fears of abandonment, resistance in Okinawa, trade blockages Distrust over revisionism and Yasukuni Who is entrapping whom?

5. Japan's Relations under Abe with China, the Korean Peninsula, and ASEAN Encircling China More progress with North Korea than South Korea?
Abe isolates Japan, China encircles Japan?
Sino-Japanese stalemate?

6. Conclusion: 'Abe Doctrine' as Revolution or Contradictory Failure?
Three great contradictions
Resentful Realism redux

Many thanks and again hope the book will be of interest and worth some debate.

Chris

Christopher W. Hughes, PhD, FAcSS
Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences Head of Department, Politics and International Studies

PA Jess Phillips
Tel: 02476 151732
Email: j.phillips.2@warwick.ac.uk

Co-Editor The Pacific Review
http://www.tandf.co.uk/Journals/titles/09512748.asp
Research website:
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/people/hughes
Department of Politics and International Studies University of Warwick Coventry, CV4 7AL UK
Tel: 44-(0)2476-572631
Fax: 44(0)2476-572548
c.w.hughes@warwick.ac.uk

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April 09, 2015

[SSJ: 8904] Abe Fellowship Colloquium: “The Business of Personal Data in the United States” (4/22)

From: SSRC Tokyo Office
Date: 2015/04/09

ABE FELLOWSHIP COLLOQUIUM

“The Business of Personal Data in the United States”

Speaker: Adam TANNER
Fellow, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University/ Abe Fellow (2014)

When: Wednesday, April 22nd 2015, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm (an informal reception will follow)

Where: Sakura Hall 2nd Floor, Japan Foundation, 4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/outline/contact/map.html

Notes: Simultaneous interpretation will be available.
Admission is free.

RSVP by sending the following information by email or fax. Your colleagues and friends are also welcome.

Email: ssrcABE@gol.com Fax:
03-5369-6142 Phone:
03-5369-6085

Name_______________________________
Affiliation _______________________________

Tel/Fax _____________________________
Email ___________________________________

This event is jointly sponsored by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Tokyo Office and Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).


ABE FELLOWSHIP COLLOQUIUM

“The Business of Personal Data in the United States”

In his book What Stays in Vegas, journalist Adam Tanner exposes the greatest threat to privacy today. It is not the NSA, but good-old American companies. Internet giants, leading retailers and other firms are gathering data behind the scenes with little oversight from anyone. No company knows the value of data better than Caesars Entertainment, a Las Vegas-based casino-entertainment company. The secret to the company’s success lies in their one unrivaled asset:
they know their clients intimately by tracking the activities of the overwhelming majority of gamblers.
Caesars’ dogged data-gathering methods have been so successful that they have grown to become the world’s largest casino operator, and have inspired companies of all kinds to ramp up their own data mining in the hopes of boosting their targeted marketing efforts.

The reality is that we live in an age where our personal information is harvested and aggregated whether we like it or not. And it is growing ever more difficult for those businesses that choose not to engage in more intrusive data gathering to compete with those that do. Tanner’s timely warning resounds: yes, there are many benefits to the free flow of all this data, but there is a dark side as well. With societal and legal boundaries on the use of personal data still largely undefined, the potential for abuse looms large.


Biographical Information

Adam Tanner is a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. He is the author of “What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data-Lifeblood of Big Business-and the End of Privacy as We Know It,” published in September 2014.
The Washington Post named the book one of 50 notable works of non-fiction in 2014. Reviews have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post and the Financial Times. He has been at Harvard since 2011, initially as a Nieman Fellow. From 1995-2011, he was a correspondent at Reuters, including service as bureau chief for the Balkans for 2008-2011, and San Francisco bureau chief from 2003-2008. The title of his Abe research project is: “Different Approaches in Japan and the United States in the Multi-Billion Dollar Hidden Trade in Our Private Medical Data”.

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[SSJ: 8903] Humor and the Law, Sophia University, April 15th

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2015/04/09

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015

Regulating Funny: Humor and the Law

Professor Laura E. Little
Charles Klein Professor of Law and Government Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA

April 15th, 2015 (Wed), 18:30-20:00
Room 301, Building 10, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

Lecture in English / No RSVP required

Philosophers, literary theorists, natural scientists, and social scientists have created a rich literature explaining how humor operates and affects human well-being. Through the lens of that literature, this lecture explores how the law regulates humor in four areas: contract, trademark, employment discrimination, and defamation. The lecture will posit that all four legal areas regulate certain types of humor with particular vigor, while privileging humor based on incongruity. Comparison between United States and Australian defamation cases yield particularly interesting results, with the United States courts relying more heavily on a constitutional doctrine of protected opinion. Documenting these patterns in humor regulation should provide important guidance for courts, academics in many disciplines, and humorists seeking to understand and predict legal regulation.

Professor Laura E. Little specializes in federal courts, conflict of laws, and constitutional law. She teaches, lectures, and consults internationally on these subjects and is routinely engaged for training judges as well as for speeches at academic and judicial conferences. She is the author of numerous books and articles, including a sole-authored casebook, Conflict of Laws (Aspen Wolters Kluwer 2013), a treatise, Federal Courts, currently in its Third Edition in Aspen Publishing's Examples and Explanations series.

Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 102-8554, JAPAN
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel)
+81-(0)3-3238-4081(Fax)
http ://icc . fla . sophia . ac . jp/index . html


--
David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture
Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese Studies
Sophia University, Tokyo

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April 08, 2015

[SSJ: 8901] DIJ History and Humanities Study Group 17 April: Minohara on wartime intelligence

From: The DIJ History and Humanities Study Group
Date: 2015/04/08

We invite you to join the next session of the DIJ History and Humanities Study Group on

Friday, 17 April 2015, 18.00 h (please note the different weekday and time)

Tosh Minohara
(Kobe University)

If there was a Rubicon in the path to Pearl Harbor, it would most certainly be November 26, 1941, the day when Togo Shigenori – the leading proponent against war – lost all hope for peace and felt that Japan now had to rise. Of course, Togo was no pacifist, but at the same time he was quite cognizant of the fact that a war with the U.S.
could not be won. If so, then what forces pushed Togo toward to this tragedy? Was it, as many have claimed in the past, because the so-called Hull Note was so uncompromising that it basically amounted to an ultimatum?

In light of recent revelations in prewar Japanese SIGINT documents from the US National Archives, the National Security Agency archives, the Japanese Diplomatic Records Office, and the British National Archives, the purpose of this presentation will be
two-fold: first, to provide a brief overview of the obscure history of the Japanese Black Chamber; and second, to examine/evaluate the role that intelligence played in decision making in Tokyo during the particularly critical juncture of November 1941 when the U.S.-Japan talks were being. In conclusion, a more viable alternative explanation behind the Togo hensetsu
(volte-face) will be given which will lead to a greater insight into the complex chain of events which ultimately led to the fateful decision to go to war.

Tosh MINOHARA is Professor of Diplomatic History at the Graduate School of L aw at Kobe University. His primary research focus is on U.S.-Japan relations and has numerous publications including: "The Japanese Exclusion Act and U .S.-Japan Relations: The Truth behind the 'Grave Consequences' of the 'Ha nihara Note'" (Iwanami Shoten, 2002) [Shimizu Hiroshi Book Award], The Ant i-Japanese Movement in California and U.S.-Japan Relations: The Friction bet ween Japan and the US over the Immigration Problem in 1906-1921 (Yuhikaku, 2 006), Japan's Major Policy Issues,
2000-2009: From the Perspective of Diplo macy and Security [editor and contributor] (Kashiwashobo, 2011), An Alternat e History of Japan-US Exchanges: Reading the 20th Century in Materials of th e America-Japan Society" [co-editor and contributor] (Chuokoronshinsha,
201 2), The 100-year History of the Japan-US Relations surrounding 'War': From the Russo-Japanese War to the War against Terrorism [editor and contributor ] (Asahi Shimbun Press, 2012), Tumultuous Decade, Empire, Society, and Diplo macy in 1930s Japan [co-editor and contributor] (University of Toronto Press , 2013), and The Decade of the Great War: Japan and the Wider World in the 1 910s [co-editor and contributor] (Brill, 2014).

The DIJ History and Humanities Study Group is a forum open to scholars working on Japan in any field of the humanities. It is organized by Miki Aoyama-Olschina and Torsten Weber. All are welcome to attend, but registration (weber@dijtokyo.org) is appreciated.

German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho;, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; 102-0094, Phone: 03-3222-5077.
For a map please refer to www.dijtokyo.org

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April 06, 2015

[SSJ: 8900] Sophia University ICC Lecture announcement (April 27)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2015/04/06

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015

Manga Empire: Comics and Companion Species http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2015-2016/150427_Lamarre.pdf

Thomas LAMARRE (McGill University)

April 27th, 2015 (Monday), 6:30 pm-8pm
Room 301, Building 10, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

Lecture in English / No RSVP required

The 1930s saw the emergence of new possibilities for expanding serialization across media. Cartoon animals played a key role in establishing multimedia series. The serialization of “Norakuro” across the pages of Shōnen kurabu and into manga films, recordings, and radio is a prime example. Cartoon animals also brought to the fore contradictory visions of society and community: racial legacies of differentiating peoples on the basis of species, and utopian claims for integrating peoples on the same basis. What is it about the expanded multimedia manga field that allowed it to assemble these contradictory stances?

Thomas LAMARRE teaches in East Asian Studies and Communications Studies at McGill University. He is author of books dealing with the history of media, thought, and material culture, with projects ranging from the communication networks of 9th century Japan (Uncovering Heian Japan: An Archaeology of Sensation and Inscription, 2000), to silent cinema and the global imaginary (Shadows on the Screen: Tanizaki Jun’ichirô on Cinema and Oriental Aesthetics, 2005) and animation technologies (The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation, 2009). He has also edited volumes on cinema and animation, on the impact of modernity in East Asia, on pre-emptive war, and, as Associate Editor of Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga, and the Fan Arts, a number of volumes on manga, anime, and fan cultures: Circuits of Desire (2007), The Limits of the Human (2008), War/Time (2009), Fanthropologies (2010), User Enhancement (2011), Lines of Sight (2012), and Tezuka’s Manga Life (2013). He has recently completed two translations, Kawamata Chiaki’s SF novel Death Sentences and Muriel Combes’s Gilbert Simondon and the Philosophy of the Transindividual. He is a participant in a Canadian Foundation Innovation grant to construct at Moving Image Research Laboratory. See Website: web.me.com/lamarre_mediaken

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture: 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax) /
+http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp / (Web), diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)

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[SSJ: 8899] CJG announcement--Miura, April 16

From: Gregory W. NOBLE
Date: 2015/04/06

The Contemporary Japan Group at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science (ISS, or Shaken), welcomes you to a lecture by

Mari Miura, Professor of Political Science, Sophia University

Neoliberal Motherhood: Care and Work in the Japanese Welfare State


TIME AND PLACE
Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

ABSTRACT
Women in general, and working mothers in particular, occupy a strategic position in Japan’s welfare capitalism. In order to generate economic growth amid the shrinking labor force, policy makers have recognized the importance of pushing women into the labor market. At the same time, the low birth rate has propelled them to pursue work-life balance policy as well as childcare policy. Recently, this “womenomics”
discourse has also penetrated growth strategy and become a justification for positive measures.
Nevertheless, these seemingly working-women friendly polices have not yielded concrete results. My presentation asks why numerous women-friendly policies are at best schizophrenic, if not mutually contradictory. More broadly, I explore why gender inequality has persisted in Japan, looking at the position of women in policy discourses and partisan debate. I focus on the blending of neoliberalism and statist family ideology held by the dominant Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which I label “neoliberal motherhood,” to explain Japan’s schizophrenic policy response. Women’s bodies are objectified not just in statist family ideology but in the neoliberal project as well.

SPEAKER
Mari Miura is Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Law, Sophia University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Welfare Through Work: Conservative Ideas, Partisan Dynamics, and Social Protection in Japan (Cornell University Press, 2012), and co-editor of Gender Quotas in Comparative Perspective:
Understanding the Increase in Women Representatives (in Japanese; Akashi Shoten, 2014).

CONTEMPORARY JAPAN GROUP
The ISS Contemporary Japan Group provides English-speaking residents of the Tokyo area with an opportunity to hear cutting-edge research in social science and related policy issues, as well as a venue for researchers and professionals in or visiting Tokyo to present and receive knowledgeable feedback on their latest research projects. Admission is free and advance registration is not required. Everyone is welcome.
For maps and other information, please visit our
website: http://web.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cjg/ or contact Gregory W. NOBLE (noble@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp)

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April 02, 2015

[SSJ: 8898] Next DIJ Social Science Study Group on April 15: From Solidaristic to Neoliberal Values? Responses to Income Inequality in Germany, Japan, Sweden, and the US

From: Phoebe Holdgruen
Date: 2015/04/02

You are cordially invited to the next
DIJ Social Science Study Group held on Wednesday, April 15, 18.30:

Nate Breznau, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGGS) Carola Hommerich, German Institute for Japan Studies (DIJ)

FROM SOLIDARISTIC TO NEOLIBERAL VALUES?
RESPONSES TO INCOME INEQUALITY IN JAPAN, GERMANY, SWEDEN, AND THE US

In this paper we investigate the impact of neoliberal changes on social solidarity, with our working hypothesis being that the former reduces the latter. If individuals show waning solidarity in the aftermath of welfare retrenchment and privatization, we argue that neoliberal values have spread beyond political and economic institutions and into the general public.
Historically, popular support for government redistribution is understood to reflect a widely shared commitment to social solidarity, especially in European welfare states which use substantial public resources to reduce income inequality. However, income inequality has steadily increased since the 1980s despite redistribution, arguably as a product of neoliberal shifts in politics and economics. Has solidarity failed to combat this increase? Have social attitudes also shifted toward neoliberal values, e.g. visible as less support for public redistribution?

To answer these questions, we compare how attitudes towards the responsibility of the government to reduce income inequality changed in Japan, Germany, Sweden, and the United States between 1999 and 2009. Given the unique historical features of these four societies we derive specific hypotheses about how shifts toward neoliberalism from 1990 onwards might have had both similar and society-specific impacts on social solidarity. We test our hypotheses using data from the International Social Survey Program (ISSP) ‘Social Inequality Module’
waves III & IV.


NATE BREZNAU is a Postdoc at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS). His research relates to public opinion, social welfare policy and comparative welfare states.

CAROLA HOMMERICH is a Senior Research Fellow at the DIJ. Her research interests relate to the interrelations of objective inequalities and their subjective evaluation.


The DIJ Social Science Study Group is organized by S.
Heinrich, P.
Holdgruen and C. Hommerich. All are welcome to attend, but registration
(heinrich@dijtokyo.org) is appreciated.

German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ) Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Phone:
03-3222-5077
For a map please refer towww.dijtokyo.org

--
Dr. Phoebe Stella Holdgrün

Deputy Director

DIJ German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094
Japan

Tel: +81-(0)3-3222-5077
+81-(0)3-3222-5943 (direct)
Fax: +81-(0)3-3222-5420
holdgruen@dijtokyo.org
http://www.dijtokyo.org

Contemporary Japan - international peer-reviewed journal, open access http://contemporary-japan.org/

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March 30, 2015

[SSJ: 8897] New book publication: Edited volume on Japan's post-Cold War foreign policy

From: Sebastian Maslow
Date: 2015/03/30

Dear SSJ-Forum members,

With apologizes for cross-posting, we are pleased to announce the publication of our new edited volume entitled 'Risk State: Japan's Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty'. Employing the theoretical prism of 'risk' to Japan's post-Cold War foreign policy-making process this book offers a rich portfolio of policy analysis on traditional and non-traditional security issues including Japan's response to its territorial disputes, terrorism, disaster diplomacy, and environmental pollution. Below please find detailed information on our volume's contents.

Book details:
RISK STATE: JAPAN'S FOREIGN POLICY IN AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY. Rethinking Asian and International Series.
Edited by Sebastian Maslow, Ra Mason and Paul O'Shea.
Farnham, UK: Ashgate. 2015. 202 pp. (Figures, tables).
ISBN 978-1-4724-1713-8.

Book description:
The increase of new complex security challenges and the heightening significance of a diverse array of actors has simultaneously posed a challenge to traditional perspectives on international relations and foreign policy and created an opportunity for new concepts to be applied. Conventional explanations of Japan's foreign policy have provided us with theoretically predetermined understandings and fallacious predictions. Reformulating risk in its application to the study of international relations and foreign policy, this volume promises new insights into the analysis of contemporary foreign policy in East Asia and Japan's post-Cold War international relations in particular.

Contents:
List of Figures
List of Tables
Notes on Contributors
Foreword by David Leheny
Preface and Acknowledgment
Abbreviations and Conventions
Part I Introduction
1. Risk recalibration in Japan's foreign policy-making by Ra Mason, Paul O'Shea and Sebastian Maslow Part II Risks and Responses 2. Internal and external risks to Japan's Northern Territories policy by Paul O'Shea 3. North Korea and the politics of risk-framing in Japan by Ra Mason and Sebastian Maslow 4. Risk in Japan's militarization of Okinawa against China by Key-young Son and Ra Mason 5. Redirecting security narratives and institutions in Japan's response to 9/11 by Lorenz Denninger 6. Risks of sameness, the 'rise of China' and Japan's ontological security by Kai Schulze 7. Japan's foreign policy and transnational environmental risks by Asami Miyazaki 8. Risk management, disaster diplomacy and the struggle for national identity in Japan by Yoshiko Yamada and Daniel Clausen Part III Conclusions 9. Risking change in Japan's foreign policy by Paul O'Shea, Ra Mason and Sebastian Maslow Index

For more details on this volume please visit the following link: http://goo.gl/1shFdB

We hope you will find this volume of interest.

Sincerely,
Sebastian Maslow, Ra Mason, and Paul O'Shea

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March 25, 2015

[SSJ: 8896] ADJUNCT POSITION IN YOKOHAMA THIS FALL

From: Tom Gill
Date: 2015/03/25

With apologies for cross-posting --

ADJUNCT POSITION IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY AT MEIJI GAKUIN UNIVERSITY THIS FALL

Due to unforeseen circumstances, a vacancy has arisen to teach this fall at the Department of Global and Transcultural Studies here at Meiji Gakuin University's campus in Totsuka, Yokohama. We are looking for an adjunct professor to teach International Political Economy, one 90-minute class a week, in English, to a mixed class of Meiji Gakuin and University of California students. The fall semester starts on September 18, 2015 and ends on January 18, 2016, with a winter break from December 24 to January 3. The class is currently scheduled for Friday afternoon at 1.25pm, but there is room for adjustment to meet the availability of the person appointed.

To apply for the post, please send your CV/resume by e-mail attachment to kokusai@mguad.meijigakuin.ac.jp, with a covering letter, using "International Political Economy position" as the subject line.Address your letter to the Appointment Committee, International Political Economy. Inquiries regarding this position should also be sent to this address.
The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Sincerely,

Tom Gill
Department of Global and Transcultural Studies Faculty of International Studies Meiji Gakuin University

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[SSJ: 8895] Call for Papers: Graduate Students / Postdocs Conference on Democracy and Japanese Politics

From: Kuniaki Nemoto
Date: 2015/03/25

Dear colleagues;
I am organizing this event for broadly defined junior scholars in political science. Details are below and at my website.
Thanks very much in advance.

Call for Papers
1st Annual Conference on Democracy and Japanese Politics School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University

Overview

School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, is hosting a conference for broadly defined "junior scholars" – graduate students, postdocs, etc. – on May 21, 2015 at Waseda University. Presenters will receive intensive mentoring critiques on dissertation prospectuses and research projects from prominent faculty members, including:

• Professor Ellis Krauss (UCSD)
• Professor Steven Reed (Chuo University)
• Professor Gregory Noble (University of Tokyo)
• Professor Aiji Tanaka (Waseda University;
Principal Organizer)

Junior scholars conducting research related to the conference themes of "democracy and Japanese politics"
are invited to submit proposals. A proposal reflecting the current stage of a doctoral dissertation (a prospectus or a précis) is welcome. A proposal may also focus on specific aspects on or related findings about an ongoing research project.

The conference is an excellent venue to receive critiques on your research from experienced mentors in the field. It is also a great opportunity to network with junior scholars from other universities who share similar research interests.


Application process

To be considered, each prospective participant should submit a proposal and an academic CV to Kuniaki Nemoto at knemoto1978@gmail.com by April 27, 2015. A proposal should be up to 2 pages (double-spaced). A CV should contain an applicant's academic affiliation, current status in academic program, and email address.

We will notify acceptance and distribute the program by May 1, 2015. Successful applicants will be expected to email their presentation précis (up to 5 pages, including tables/figures, double-spaced) or presentation slides by May 18, 2015.

If you have any questions about the application process and the conference in general, please contact Kuniaki Nemoto at knemoto1978@gmail.com. Details are available online at his website (https://sites.google.com/site/knemoto1978).

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NEMOTO, Kuniaki (Ph.D)
Research Fellow / Assistant Professor
Organization for Japan-US Studies, Waseda University http://sites.google.com/site/knemoto1978/

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March 17, 2015

[SSJ: 8888] UN University seeking communications expert

From: Arima, Makiko
Date: 2015/03/17

Dear SSJ Forum members,

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) is recruiting a Communications Associate. The successful applicant will work as part of the UNU-IAS Communications Team, which is responsible for institutional communications initiatives, including the UNU-IAS website, the UNU-IAS Policy Brief series, brochures and other promotional materials, as well as media and general outreach activities including targeted mailings, social media, and event promotions.

This position is based in Tokyo, and is expected to start in late April (negotiable). The deadline for applications is 29 March 2015.

Required qualifications and experience:

- A master's degree or equivalent qualification in a field related to sustainable development, environment, social sciences or a related field in communications.
Equivalent experience in combination with a bachelor's degree will be considered.
- A minimum of 2 years' relevant working experience, preferably in an international setting.
- Excellent writing and communications skills in both English and Japanese.
- Familiarity with the UN system and current issues related to sustainability.
- Proven ability to efficiently manage a variable workload.
- Fluency in both English and Japanese. Ability in other official UN languages is an advantage.
- Excellent computer skills and web literacy are essential. Experience using HTML and/or Adobe suite of creative products is an asset.
- Good team player with strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will range from JPY320,000 to
JPY350,000 per month. There are no other fringe benefits.

Please visit the UNU website for full details on this position, including the application procedure:
http://unu.edu/about/hr/administrative/communications-a
ssociate-unu-ias.html#overview.

Best regards,
Makiko Arima

Communications Associate
United Nations University
Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability
(UNU-IAS)
53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5467-1212
Email: arima@unu.edu
URL: ias.unu.edu
Facebook: facebook.com/UNU.IAS
Twitter: twitter.com/UNUIAS

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March 15, 2015

[SSJ: 8887] Journeys Along the Atomic Highway, Sophia University, April 20th

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2015/03/15

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture invites you to a panel

Journeys Along the Atomic Highway: History, Politics, Performance and Memoir

Monday April 20th
5:00-7:30
Room 508, Building 10
Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

Map link to campus:
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/directions/acce
ss_yotsuya

Map link to campus building:
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/map/map_yotsuya

Lecture in English / No RSVP required

PROGRAM

The Global Hibakusha Project and the Fukushima Disaster Robert Jacobs, Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University

>From Canada’s Great Bear Lake to Hiroshima and
Fukushima
Julie Salverson, Department of Drama, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario Peter C. van Wyck, Communication and Media Studies, Concordia University in Montréal

ABSTRACTS

Jacobs will speak on the findings of the Global Hibakusha Project and their relevance for the people of Fukushima-ken. Having spent over five years doing historical assessments on the cultural, social and familial legacies of radiation exposures on communities around the world, primarily from nuclear weapon testing, Jacobs argues that there is a clear precedence in these communities to what has unfolded for the people of Fukushima. While many in positions of authority have spoken of wishing that things would go well for the people of Fukushima, history has shown exactly what was ahead for the people living in contaminated areas, and that much more proactive steps could have been, and still should be, taken. Jacobs will speak about the history of communities affected by radiation around the world.

Salverson and van Wyck will talk about their research and collaboration concerning the cultural, material and narrative histories of the atomic age. In particular they will speak about the long and complicated route – the highway of the atom, they call it – that connects a remote uranium mine on the shores of Canada's Great Bear Lake, the Dene whose home is that lake, the Manhattan Project, and the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In a combination of scholarship, anecdote, opera performance and memoir, they will talk about their journey along this atomic highway.

BIOGRAPHIES

Robert (Bo) Jacobs is an Associate Professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University in Hiroshima, Japan. He works on social and cultural aspects of nuclear technologies. He is the author of The Dragon’s Tail: Americans Face the Atomic Age (2010), (also available in a Japanese translation published by Gaifusha in 2013), the editor of Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future: Art and Popular Culture Respond to the Bomb (2010), the co-editor of Images of Rupture in Civilization Between East and West: The Iconography of Auschwitz and Hiroshima in Eastern European Arts and Media (forthcoming 2015), and also co-editor of the special issue of Critical Military Studies “Re-Imagining Hirsohima” due out in the summer of 2015. He has published widely on nuclear issues around the world.
Julie Salverson is a writer, scholar and community animator who has published plays, articles and essays about atomic culture, trauma, foolish witness, historical memory, ethics and the imagination. She is the librettist for Shelter, a cartoon chamber opera about the atomic bomb. She has worked extensively developing curriculum and arts work in professional/community partnerships and gives workshops and presentations using creative arts methods to share stories, analyze community issues and address difficult dynamics within groups and organizations. She is developing resilience training for frontline service providers, including The Attachment Association of Canada and War Horse Awareness Foundation in Alberta.
Julie is Associate Professor of Drama at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and Adjunct Professor at The Royal Military College of Canada. Her book Lines of Flight: An Atomic Memoir will be published in 2016 by Wolsak and Wynn, Canada. Website:
jsalverson.wordpress.com

Peter C. van Wyck is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Concordia University in Montréal. He is an interdisciplinary scholar and writer with an abiding interest in the theoretical and practical relations between culture, nature, environment, landscape, memory and waste. His most recent book, The Highway of the Atom (McGill-Queens University Press) – winner of the 2011 Gertrude J. Robinson book award from the Canadian Communication Association – is a theoretical and archival investigation tracing the origins of the atomic bomb in Canada’s North. In addition to a variety of articles, book chapters, critical reviews and creative texts, he is also author of Signs of Danger: Waste, Trauma, and Nuclear Threat (University of Minnesota Press, 2005), and Primitives in the Wilderness: Deep Ecology and the Missing Human Subject (State University of New York Press, 1997). His current projects concern global nuclear repositories, atomic media and the Anthropocene, apology, justice and the future.

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554

+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
i-comcul@sophia.ac.jp (email)

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[SSJ: 8886] Manga Empire: Comics and Companion Species, Tom Lamarre, April 27th, Sophia U.

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2015/03/15

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series Invites you to:

Manga Empire: Comics and Companion Species Thomas LAMARRE, University of Toronto

April 27th, 2015 (Monday)
6:30 pm-8pm
Room 508, Building 10
Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

Map link to campus:
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/directions/access_yotsuya
Map link to campus building:
http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/map/map_yotsuya

Lecture in English / No RSVP required

Abstract
In its promotion for upcoming issues in 1931, Shōnen kurabu gave equal billing to the Mukden Incident and new features on animals. Indeed, throughout the 1930s, this boys’ magazine explored various ways of combining warfare and human-animal relations, from stories extolling companion animals to advice on hunting and features on military dogs. Yet it was the manga of Shōnen kurabu and their adaptation into cartoon films that came to supply a more stable set of relations between warfare and animals, albeit in “comic” form with the emergence of popular culture for children.

This expanded manga field thus succeeded in bringing together new contradictory visions of society. There were, on the one hand, troubling legacies of differentiating peoples on the basis of species, such as the discourses of social Darwinism as well as expressive procedures organized around national heralds and emblems with their tendency toward totemism. On the other hand, there arose new ideas about integrating peoples on the basis of species, from the monogenism of new anthropological theories (Tsuboi Shōgorō) and non-Darwinist ‘ecological’ theories (Imanishi Kinji) to philosophical justifications of Pan-Asianism and Co-Prosperity (Tanabe Hajime) and Japan’s proposal for a racial equality clause at the Paris Peace Conference. What is it about the expanded manga field that allowed it to assemble these contradictory stances?

To answer this question, I propose to examine Shōnen kurabu as a sort of intermediary context for the field that emerged around manga such as Norakuro and Bōken Dankichi — an intermediary site between broader ideological currents and the emerging manga field. It afforded an initial contraction of the various discursive and media components that would later be condensed into the manga field. In this way, I also hope to shed light on the persistence and even the amplification of the “multispecies ideal” in subsequent popular culture.

Thomas LAMARRE teaches in East Asian Studies and Communications Studies at McGill University. He is author of books dealing with the history of media, thought, and material culture, with projects ranging from the communication networks of 9th century Japan (Uncovering Heian Japan: An Archaeology of Sensation and Inscription, 2000), to silent cinema and the global imaginary (Shadows on the Screen: Tanizaki Jun’ichirô on Cinema and Oriental Aesthetics, 2005) and animation technologies (The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation, 2009). He has also edited volumes on cinema and animation, on the impact of modernity in East Asia, on pre-emptive war, and, as Associate Editor of Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga, and the Fan Arts, a number of volumes on manga, anime, and fan cultures: Circuits of Desire (2007), The Limits of the Human (2008), War/Time (2009), Fanthropologies (2010), User Enhancement (2011), Lines of Sight (2012), and Tezuka’s Manga Life (2013). He has recently completed two translations, Kawamata Chiaki’s SF novel Death Sentences and Muriel Combes’s Gilbert Simondon and the Philosophy of the Transindividual. He is a participant in a Canadian Foundation Innovation grant to construct at Moving Image Research Laboratory. See Website: web.me.com/lamarre_mediaken

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture

7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554

+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
i-comcul@sophia.ac.jp (email)

--
David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture Professor of Cultural Anthropology Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese Studies Sophia University, Tokyo

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March 13, 2015

[SSJ: 8885] Abe Fellowship Colloquium: "The Impact of Disasters on Trade: A Detailed Look at Katrina (US) and 3-11 (Japan)"

From: SSRC Tokyo Office
Date: 2015/03/13

ABE FELLOWSHIP COLLOQUIUM

The Impact of Disasters on Trade: A Detailed Look at Katrina (US) and 3-11 (Japan)

Speaker: Craig PARSONS 
Professor, Faculty of Economics, Yokohama National University/ Abe Fellow (2012)

Moderator: Etsuro SHIOJI 
Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University/ Abe Fellow (2010)

When: Friday, March 27th 2015, from 6 pm to 8 pm (an informal reception follows)

Where? Sakura Hall, 2nd Floor, Japan Foundation, 4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/outline/contact/map.html

Note: Simultaneous interpretation will be available. Admission is free.

RSVP by sending this form by email or fax. Your colleagues and friends are also welcome.
Email: ssrcABE@gol.com Fax: 03-5369-6142 Phone: 03-5369-6085
Name_______________________________ Affiliation ______________________________

Tel/Fax _____________________________ Email __________________________________

This event is jointly sponsored by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Tokyo Office and Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).

2015/3/27
ABE FELLOWSHIP COLLOQUIUM
The Impact of Disasters on Trade: A Detailed Look at Katrina (US) and 3-11 (Japan)

Unlike other macroeconomic shocks, such as the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, the effect of disasters on imports and exports can and does vary widely across events. While any disaster generally reduces trade, at least in the short run, the US trade bounced back roughly 6 months after Katrina stuck. In sharp contrast, Japan went from trade surplus to trade deficit in a matter of months following 3-11. How much of this was a fall in exports, and how much can be attributed to the massive increase in fossil fuel imports in the wake of nuclear plant shutdowns?

Are there other major sources of Japan’s newfound deficit? Would Japan return to a trade surplus if they went back to pre-disaster nuclear use? These questions and more will be discussed and the future of Japan’s trade deficit in this post 3-11 world will be explored.


Biographical Information

Craig Parsons is a Professor at the Faculty of Economics at Yokohama University, a position he has held since 2001, and was an Abe Fellow in 2012. He received his BA from Rutgers University and PhD from the University of Hawaii Manoa. His research area is empirical trade, that is, the econometric analysis of trade data. Research in the past has included VIE (voluntary import expansion) such as the US-Japan Semiconductor Trade Agreements in the late 1980s, as well as Exchange Rate Pass-Through. Recent works includes measurement of the level of competition and/or collusion in the Japanese beer and tire markets. During the year of his Abe Fellowship, he visited the University of Hawaii and several universities on the US East Coast (University of Delaware Disaster Center, CUNY, Rutgers, Bryn Mawr, etc.) and produced several papers on the impact of disasters on trade. He is a very active member of the East Asian Economic Association and an editor of the Asian Economic Journal.

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March 10, 2015

[SSJ: 8884] 10 APR 2015 Japan in Translation

From: Eriko Kawaguchi
Date: 2015/03/10

* This program will start at 7:00 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than the regular ICAS event.

Japan in Translation
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Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Time: Door opens at 6:30pm, program starts at 7:00pm Venue:Temple University Japan Campus, Azabu Hall
212/213
(access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Speakers:
. Markus Nornes, Professor of Asian Cinema at the
University of Michigan
. David Karashima, Assistant Professor of
Creative Writing at the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University
. Sam Malissa, Fulbright fellowship researcher
and PhD student in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University
Moderator:
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director of ICAS
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:
icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.
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Overview

Translation is often thought of as a straightforward process that moves information from one language to another. When we consider that translation is an encounter negotiating between cultures, it becomes clear that what's going on is far more complex.
Depending on how a novel, a film, a political speech, or a viral video is translated and presented, it can be a powerful medium for shaping understanding about foreign countries and peoples.

The speakers on this panel address some of the ways that ideas about Japan have been formed and influenced through translation. Sam Malissa focuses on translations of Japanese literature in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in terms of who the translators and publishers were, how the translations were promoted and circulated, and how the translations fit into broader political and artistic currents.
Markus Nornes examines the subtitling of Japanese films as a case of how translation has the potential to expand or limit the acceptance of differences between cultures. David Karashima considers the career of Murakami Haruki in translation, exploring how one writer can come to stand in for a whole culture.

Taking a closer look at the role translation plays in Japan's image in the world invites us to question our attitudes towards the foreign and unfamiliar and to reconsider how we form our assumptions about other cultures.

Speakers

Markus Nornes is Professor of Asian Cinema at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Cinema
Babel: Translating Global Cinema (Minnesota UP), a theoretical and historical look at the role of translation in film history. He also wrote Forest of
Pressure: Ogawa Shinsuke and Postwar Japanese Documentary and Japanese Documentary Film: From the Meiji Era to Hiroshima (both Minnesota UP) and co-wrote Staging Memories: Hou Hsiao-hsien's City of Sadness (Michigan). He co-edited Japan-American Film Wars (Routledge), In Praise of Film Studies (Kinema Club), The Pink Book (Kinema Club), Hallyu 2.0 (Michigan) and many film festival retrospective catalogs. He is on numerous editorial boards and is co-editor of the Kinema Club collective, which he helped found. He worked for many years as a coordinator of the Yamagata International Film Festival.

David Karashima is an assistant professor of creative writing at the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University. He has translated into English works by authors such as Hitomi Kanehara, Yasutaka Tsutsui, Taichi Yamada, Hisaki Matsuura, and Shinji Ishii, co-edited (with Elmer Luke) the anthology March Was Made of Yarn: Writers Respond to the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown, and serves as international editor of Granta Japan. In 2008 he helped found the Read Japan initiative at the Nippon Foundation, a partnership among authors, translators, editors, publishers, and universities to facilitate the publication of Japanese literature in translation.

Sam Malissa is currently writing his doctoral dissertation, "Translating Japanese Modernities,"
towards a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University. This year he is conducting research in Japan on a Fulbright Fellowship. He is also a translator of fiction and scholarship from the Japanese. He has contributed translations to the online literary journal Words Without Borders; Media, Propaganda and Politics in 20th Century Japan; Politics and Power in 20th Century Japan: The Reminiscences of Miyazawa Kiichi; and the forthcoming Book of Tokyo.
Prior to entering graduate school, he was the Assistant Director of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia.

________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Senior Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.facebook.com/tuj.icas

ICAS events do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the speakers and participants.

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[SSJ: 8883] Advert for an assistant professor position

From: G30 English Programs Office, HUS
Date: 2015/03/10

Full-time Academic Staff Opening (Limited term contract):Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, School of Human Sciences, Osaka University

1. Outline of Position
We are seeking to fill the position of Specially Appointed Assistant Professor (Full-time) (Tokunin-jokyo (jokin) in Japanese) in our Human Sciences International Undergraduate Programme. See the following website for further details of the programme http://g30.hus.osaka-u.ac.jp/

2. Affiliation
Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University

3. Working location
Suita Campus with some teaching on Toyonaka Campus.

4. Specialized Field
The successful candidate will teach foundation skills courses and specialist content courses for the Human Sciences International Undergraduate Programme, with a special responsibility for the Contemporary Japan Major. We are looking for somebody with a disciplinary background in areas studies, sociology or education.

5. Job Description
The successful candidate will make significant contributions to teaching and the smooth operation of the Human Sciences International Undergraduate Programme. The focus is primarily on teaching rather than research, although we would also expect the successful candidate to be research active to some degree. Courses to be taught include freshman and sophomore level skills courses, Academic Writing I and Qualitative Research Methods, and lower and advanced level content courses International Education I and II, Social Stratification in Japanese Society, Popular Culture in Japan, Sociology of Knowledge and Introduction to Social Psychology.

6. Qualifications
Successful candidates will have:
1) Experience of delivering high-quality courses in
English
2) A PhD in a relevant field of study
3) A degree of international presence as a
researcher in their field
4) Ability to work competently and effectively in English to support the running of the programme.
5) Basic level Japanese communication skills are also desired

7. Commencement of Employment
June 1st, 2015 or as soon after as possible, but no later than September, 1st 2015.

8. Term of Employment
This fixed term contract terminates March 31st, 2019.
NB:The term of employment may be shortened if the candidate is or has been employed by Osaka
 University.

9. Employment Conditions
Discretionary Labour System, Special Work Type *Based on the ‘Regulations Pertaining to Working Hours, Holidays and Leave for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff.’
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/guide/information/joho/file
s/37.pdf

10. Salary and Benefits
*Based on the ‘Salary Regulations for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff.’
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/guide/information/joho/file
s/40.pdf

Remuneration: Approximately 4.8 million to 5.7 million JPY per annum, as set on the basis of the job
description[亀山2] . Commuting allowance, housing allowance, dependent allowance, retirement allowance and bonus will not be provided.

Insurance: The new appointee will join the National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Association, Employment Insurance and Workers’ Accident Compensation Insurance

11. Application Documents
Letter of application
Curriculum vitae (photo attached)
List of publications (please list by type of publication and indicate peer reviewed publications) Copies of three representative publications One academic reference letter and contact details of two additional referees

12. Submission of Application Documents
Please submit all documentation in PDF or Word format to the following address:
englishprogram@hus.osaka-u.ac.jp

Please enter the following subject line when sending
documentation:
Selection Committee HUS International Programme

The above email can also be used for inquiries.

13. Application Deadline
All application materials must arrive by 23:59 on April 15th, 2015 (Japan Standard Time).

14. Selection Process
Applicants will be notified within a few days that the application had been received and is complete.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview later April or early May. Shortlisted candidates who are not able to attend a face-to-face meeting will be invited to participate in a Skype-based interview.

Please note that we are not able to reimburse shortlisted candidates for travel or accommodation expenses.

15. Additional Information
Please refer to the ‘Work Regulations for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff’ and other regulations concerning work and working conditions.
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/guide/information/joho/kite
i_shugyou.html

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March 08, 2015

[SSJ: 8882] Archiving and Memorialising Disasters

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2015/03/08

Dear Colleagues,

We have the pleasure to invite you to attend Archiving and Memorialising Disasters International Workshop, a public forum for the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai (March 14th-18th, 2015).
Please feel free to share this announcement and the flyer attached.

Title: Archiving and Memorialising Disasters International Workshop
Organizers: A. Shibayama and S. P. Boret (Tohoku
University)

Date: March 16th 5’30-8PM, Sendai City (Japan)
Venue: UN WCDRR, Sendai and Tohoku University

Presenters: Bestor and Gordon (Harvard, USA), Slater (Sophia, Japan), Muzailin (Syiah Kuala, Indonesia), Baez (National College of Defence, Sweden), Hoffman (Hoffman Disaster Consulting, USA), Ryo Morimoto (Brandeis/Harvard, USA) and Boret (Tohoku, Japan)

Sebastien Penmellen Boret
boret@irides.tohoku.ac.jp

Archive and Memorial International Workshop, UN World Conference Disaster Risk Reduction, March 16, 5-8Pm (in English)
日本語 http://drr.tohoku.ac.jp/archives/585
English http://drr.tohoku.ac.jp/en/archives/977


--
David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture
Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese
Studies
Sophia University, Tokyo

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March 06, 2015

[SSJ: 8881] 1 APR 2015 The changing focus of MBA programs in America: Leadership education at Harvard Business School

From: ICAS
Date: 2015/03/06

This event is jointly organized with the Centre for International Capacity Building

The changing focus of MBA programs in America:
Leadership education at Harvard Business School ............
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time: Door opens at 7:00pm, Program starts at 7:30pm
Venue:
Temple University Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 212/213
(access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Speaker:
Nobuo Sato, Executive Director of the Harvard Business School Japan Research Center in Tokyo Moderator:Robert Dujarric, Director of ICAS
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.
............

Overview

American business schools have been accused of fostering self-centered capitalists whose only concerns are profits. The financial meltdown of 2008 re-ignited doubts about the ability of business executives to see beyond the next quarter. Is it really the case? Or are business schools now training managers and leaders who will have a broader perspective?

Japanese corporations now proclaim their desire to focus more on profits, return on equity, and alter corporate governance standards to give more voice to shareholders. All of these goals fit with the traditional pillars of US business education. But are US MBA programs themselves changing to broaden the curriculum to include more emphasis on broader social, political, and ethical aspects of leading large corporate entities?

Based on his experience as the head of the Harvard Business School Japan Research Center, Nobuo Sato, himself a Harvard MBA (class of 1982) will address some of his issues, focusing on Harvard Business School but also giving us a broad perspective on the changes in American business education and how they relate to Japan.

Speaker

Nobuo Sato is the Executive Director of the HBS Japan Research Center in Tokyo.
Nobuo joined HBS in August 2009 and previously was a Partner at Egon Zehnder International for ten years, mainly covering the financial services sector in Tokyo.
Before joining Egon Zehnder International in 1993, he worked at a leading Japanese bank, The Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ), for 15 years including six years in London and two years at HBS undertaking his MBA (class of 1982). He obtained his BA in Economics from Keio University in Tokyo in 1978.

http://www.hbs.edu/global/research/asia/center/japan/


Centre for International Capacity Building:
http://www.icbjapan.org/index.html(Japanese only)

________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Senior Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.facebook.com/tuj.icas

ICAS events do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the speakers and participants.

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March 05, 2015

[SSJ: 8880] British Association for Japanese Studies

From: Helen Macnaughtan
Date: 2015/03/05

Call for Papers

British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) Annual Conference 2015 Hosted by the Japan Research Centre (JRC), SOAS, University of London Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2015

The British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) and the Japan Research Centre (JRC) at SOAS, University of London announce a Call for Papers for the BAJS Annual Conference to be held at SOAS, London on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2015. This two-day conference will include a guest plenary session by Professor Aaron Gerow (Yale University), parallel sessions of thematic academic panels, the BAJS AGM and evening networking events.

We welcome submissions from established academics and doctoral candidates in any field of Japanese studies working within any academic institution internationally. Priority will be given to panel submissions, but individual paper submissions are also welcome and if accepted will be organised into thematic panels. Panel submissions should organise around a key theme or field of Japanese studies, include an Abstract of each paper within the panel, comprise of no more than four presenters in any one panel, and if possible indicate a panel Chair/Discussant.

All submissions should include: (1) Abstract of
paper(s) 300 words maximum in a word document (2) Full name, title, affiliation, and contact details of presenter(s). Submissions should be sent by email by the deadline of Friday 27th March 2015 to:
bajs2015@soas.ac.uk

Submission outcomes will be advised by the end of April 2015. If accepted, all contributors will be required to register for the conference by the end of June 2015.
Participants will be responsible for organising their own travel and accommodation. Registration details will be announced early May 2015.

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[SSJ: 8879] Contemporary Japan 27(1) now online

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2015/03/05

We are happy to announce that the latest issue of Contemporary Japan has just been published online. It is a special issue edited by Louella Matsunaga and Ulrich Heinze on Body concepts: Changing discourses of the body in contemporary Japan".

As usual, all papers are available OPEN ACCESS at http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2015.27.issue-1/issu
e-files/cj.2015.27.issue-1.xml

Table of Contents:

Bodies in question: narrating the body in contemporary Japan Louella Matsunaga
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2015.27.issue-1/cj-2
015-0001/cj-2015-0001.xml?format=INT

Foucauldian theory and the making of the Japanese sporting body Aaron L. Miller
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2015.27.issue-1/cj-2
015-0002/cj-2015-0002.xml?format=INT

Co-sleeping: engaging with the commodified dozing body in Kawabata, Yoshimoto, and Yamazaki Fusako Innami
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2015.27.issue-1/cj-2
015-0003/cj-2015-0003.xml?format=INT

Between gyaru-o and sōshokukei danshi: body discourses in lifestyle magazines for young Japanese men Ronald Saladin
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2015.27.issue-1/cj-2
015-0004/cj-2015-0004.xml?format=INT

Bodies of future memories: the Japanese body in science fiction anime Dolores Martinez
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2015.27.issue-1/cj-2
015-0005/cj-2015-0005.xml?format=INT

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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
German Institute for Japanese Studies
Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094
www.dijtokyo.org

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[SSJ: 8878] DIJ Forum - Entrepreneurial Spirit in Japan, March 12, 18.30 h

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2015/03/05

You are cordially invited to the next DIJ Forum on

Thursday, 12 March 2015, 18.30 h
Robert Tobin, Keio University
Encouraging Entrepreneurial Spirit in Japan Comment by Hiroyuki Okamuro, Hitotsubashi University

Since the burst of the bubble economy in 1991, Japan has been diagnosed with a relatively low level of entrepreneurship – not only compared to pre-1991, but also to current levels in other developed countries.
This talk discusses options to encourage more of the entrepreneurial spirit in Japan. It shows how government economic policies need to change and what society and the educational system do to squash and encourage entrepreneurial spirit. From an international perspective the talk analyses how the dreams of young people in the US, Japan, and Thailand differ and how this relates to the emergence of a new entrepreneurial spirit in Japan. Picking up the recent government push of Abenomics, the talk explores what opportunities exist for women entrepreneurs in Japan and how large organizations can encourage the entrepreneurial spirit.
The talk concludes by showing how to unleash the creativity that is here in Japan.

Bob Tobin is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University. The focus of his scholarship and teaching is leadership, entrepreneurship and business strategy. Many of the students in his seminar in entrepreneurship have started successful ventures in Japan. He is a frequent keynote speaker throughout Japan, Asia and the United States. In addition to teaching at Keio, he has been a visiting professor at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and a member of the MBA faculty at Pepperdine University in California. His recent book, What Do I Want To Create Today (BenBella Books 2014), was chosen by Best Magazine as one of the best 5 business gift books for young people. The book will be available at the conclusion of the program.

Hiroyuki Okamuro is Professor at the Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University and a visiting research fellow at the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP). He received his M.A.
from Hitotsubashi University and his Ph.D. in Economics (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Bonn. His major research interests are entrepreneurship and innovation.
He has published numerous papers in international journals on these topics. Currently he is vice-president of the Japan Academy of Small Business Studies (JASBS) and associate editor of the Journal of Small Business Management.
The presentation will be held in English. It will take place at the DIJ. Admission is free, registration is
necessary: forum@dijtokyo.org or

Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien German Institute
for Japanese Studies
Jochi Kioizaka Bld. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-0094
Tel: 03 - 3222 5198, Fax: 03 3222 5420

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December 26, 2014

[SSJ: 8802] Open--Digital Video Archive on 3.11 Disasters

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2014/12/26

http://tohokukaranokoe.org/
Voices from Tohoku

Over the past 3+ years, we have collected video oral narratives from more than 10 communities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. We have more than 500 hours in total, making it one of the largest such archives we know of. Most of the interviewing has been done by undergraduates at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, Tokyo.

"Voices of Tohoku" is a Japanese website that features a collection of clips taken from our full archive, each with Japanese transcriptions and thematic tags. These clips were first provided to our primary audience--the Tohoku informants themselves--as some record of how people felt during the unfolding of events within community life in post 3.11 Tohoku. The stories are not always happy but one informant suggested that we make them available to the public. "After all," she said, "we only told you these stories so you would tell the world what really happened." The website is not fancy but it is functional, a work in progress. (Of course, we have full release forms for all material.)

During the data collection, we returned to each site for repeated visits for at least a year, always doing volunteer work to better understand the specifics of the community. Rather than focusing on the often horrific tales of destruction on "the day of," we tried to give our informants a more expansive chance to talk about their lives in more detail. Wanting minimal interruption, we often asked only three questions during our interviews: what was your community like before 3.11; how has it been from the disaster until today; what is your vision of the future?

We are not collecting any more Tohoku narratives, not because the situation is in any sense "over"--it is not--but because we do not have any more money to send people into Tohoku. We are currently translating the interviews into English and looking for a way to make the full archive open to other scholars in a responsible and effective way.

We gratefully acknowledge support from Sophia University, the Toyota Foundation and a JSPS grant from the Japanese government. Also, we thank the many graduate students, post-grad scholars, colleagues, NPO leaders and of course, our many interviewees and collaborators in Tohoku, who have helped us make the archive what it is so far.

We are always open to working with other scholars to improve access--please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Happy New Year,
David Slater
Sophia University, Tokyo


--

David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture
Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese
Studies
Sophia University, Tokyo

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[SSJ: 8802] Open--Digital Video Archive on 3.11 Disasters

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2014/12/26

http://tohokukaranokoe.org/
Voices from Tohoku

Over the past 3+ years, we have collected video oral narratives from more than 10 communities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. We have more than 500 hours in total, making it one of the largest such archives we know of. Most of the interviewing has been done by undergraduates at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, Tokyo.

"Voices of Tohoku" is a Japanese website that features a collection of clips taken from our full archive, each with Japanese transcriptions and thematic tags. These clips were first provided to our primary audience--the Tohoku informants themselves--as some record of how people felt during the unfolding of events within community life in post 3.11 Tohoku. The stories are not always happy but one informant suggested that we make them available to the public. "After all," she said, "we only told you these stories so you would tell the world what really happened." The website is not fancy but it is functional, a work in progress. (Of course, we have full release forms for all material.)

During the data collection, we returned to each site for repeated visits for at least a year, always doing volunteer work to better understand the specifics of the community. Rather than focusing on the often horrific tales of destruction on "the day of," we tried to give our informants a more expansive chance to talk about their lives in more detail. Wanting minimal interruption, we often asked only three questions during our interviews: what was your community like before 3.11; how has it been from the disaster until today; what is your vision of the future?

We are not collecting any more Tohoku narratives, not because the situation is in any sense "over"--it is not--but because we do not have any more money to send people into Tohoku. We are currently translating the interviews into English and looking for a way to make the full archive open to other scholars in a responsible and effective way.

We gratefully acknowledge support from Sophia University, the Toyota Foundation and a JSPS grant from the Japanese government. Also, we thank the many graduate students, post-grad scholars, colleagues, NPO leaders and of course, our many interviewees and collaborators in Tohoku, who have helped us make the archive what it is so far.

We are always open to working with other scholars to improve access--please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Happy New Year,
David Slater
Sophia University, Tokyo


--

David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture
Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese
Studies
Sophia University, Tokyo

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[SSJ: 8801] Call for Papers: Political Institutions Workshop with John Carey

From: Yuko Kasuya
Date: 2014/12/26

Call for Papers
Political Institutions Workshop with John Carey

Under the auspices of the Top Global University Project of Ministry of Education, Political Institutions Workshop will be held inviting Professor John Carey of Dartmouth University as the keynote speaker. In addition to Professor Carey's presentation, we invite 3 to 4 paper givers. Possible topics include elections, legislature, and executive- legislative relations, among others. The aim of this workshop is to provide Japan-based scholars with an opportunity to present their research and get feedback from the audience, including Professor Carey. The workshop is also intended to serve as a venue for networking among scholars and students doing research on political institutions.

When: March 21, 2015(Saturday)
Where: Mita Campus, Keio University
Timetable:
1 pm - 2pm Keynote by Professor John Carey
2 pm - 5:30 pm Presentation of four selected presenters Each person will be allotted one hour for presentation and discussion of his/her paper.
6 pm - Reception

How to Apply:
Submit your abstract (150-400 words) to Yuko Kasuya
(ykasuya@a7.keio.jp) by January 31, 2015. If you already have a paper, please submit it together with your abstract. Decisions will be announced by February 15, 2015. If accepted, full paper should be submitted by March 14, 2015.

* Information about workshop participation will be announced in mid-February.

Organizers:
Yuko Kasuya (Keio University)
Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth College)

Inquires: Yuko Kasuya (ykasuya@a7.keio.jp) ...............................

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粕谷祐子
慶應義塾大学法学部 教授
108-8345 東京都港区三田2-15-45
TEL: 03-5427-1075(直通)
FAX: 03-5427-1578(代表)
E-MAIL: ykasuyaa[at]law.keio.ac.jp
ykasuya[at]a7.keio.jp

Yuko KASUYA
Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Keio University 2-15-45, Mita, Minato, Tokyo,
108-8345 JAPAN
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December 25, 2014

[SSJ: 8800] Call for Papers: Gender and Politics Workshop with Lisa Baldez

From: Yuko Kasuya
Date: 2014/12/25

Call for Papers: Gender and Politics Workshop with Lisa Baldez

Under the auspices of the Top Global University Project of Ministry of Education, Gender and Politics Workshop will be held inviting Professor Lisa Baldez of Dartmouth University as the keynote speaker.
In addition to Professor Baldez’s presentation, we invite 3 to 4 paper givers on the theme of gender and politics. The aim of this workshop is to provide Japan-based scholars with an opportunity to present their research and get feedbacks from the audience, including Professor Baldez. The workshop is also intended to serve as a venue for networking among scholars and students doing research on gender and politics.

When: March 21, 2015(Saturday)
Where: Mita Campus, Keio University
Timetable:
1 pm - 2pm Keynote by Professor Lisa Baldez
2 pm - 5:30 pm Presentation of four selected presenters Each person will be allotted one hour for presentation and discussion of his/her paper.
6 pm - Reception

How to Apply:
Submit your abstract (150-400 words) to Mikiko Eto
(eto@hosei.ac.jp) by January 31, 2015. If you already have a paper, please submit it together with your abstract. Decisions will be announced by February 15, 2015. If accepted, full paper should be submitted by March 14, 2015.

* Information about workshop participation will be announced in mid-February.

Organizers:
Mikiko Eto (Hosei University)
Yuko Kasuya (Keio University)
Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth College)

Inquires:
Mikiko Eto (eto@hosei.ac.jp) for academic matters Yuko Kasuya (ykasuya@a7.keio.jp) for logistics

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粕谷祐子
慶應義塾大学法学部 教授
108-8345 東京都港区三田2-15-45
TEL: 03-5427-1075(直通)
FAX: 03-5427-1578(代表)
E-MAIL: ykasuya[at]law.keio.ac.jp
ykasuya[at]a7.keio.jp

Yuko KASUYA
Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Keio University 2-15-45, Mita, Minato, Tokyo,
108-8345 JAPAN
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[SSJ: 8799] Louis Frieberg Post-doctoral Fellowships in East Asian Studies. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

From: Nissim Otmazgin
Date: 2014/12/25

Louis Frieberg Post-doctoral Fellowships

The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies offers post-doctoral fellowships for the year 2015-2016. The post-docs are open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences specializing in East Asia, especially Japan, China, Korea and Mongolia.

Fellowships are granted for one academic year or one term with the possibility of extension for an additional year. The starting date of the visit should not be later than four years after receipt of the Doctoral Degree; the fellow must hold a valid Doctoral Degree no later than September 2015.

The fellowship consists of a monthly stipend (tax free) of $1,500, paid in Israeli NIS and linked to the "representative rate of exchange." Fellows are entitled to one airline ticket (economy class, up to 1500$) for a direct flight from their home town to Israel and back.

The fellows are expected to teach one semesterial course at the Hebrew University (for additional payment, according to the Hebrew University regulations). The ability to teach a course in Hebrew is welcome, but is not a prerequisite for attaining the fellowship. The fellows are also expected to actively participate in the life and activities of the Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies. The fellows will present their research at the department seminar of the Asian Studies Department, and possibly at other relevant forums. Any work outside the Hebrew University would be allowed only after specific approval by the Frieberg Center.

Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic copy- in one file- of their application to the address below, no later than March 31, 2015. The application must include:

1. CV
2. Research plan
3. A sample of applicant's publications (if relevant) 4. Two letters of recommendation

The applicant should indicate the names and positions of the recommenders, but the letters of recommendation should be sent by the recommenders directly to the email address below.

Please send materials to:
The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies Rm 6300, The Faculty of Humanities The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Mt. Scopus Jerusalem 91905 ISRAEL

For questions and further info please contact eacenter@mail.huji.ac.il
http://www.eacenter.huji.ac.il/uploaded/fck/frieberg%20
post-doc%202015-16.pdf
--
Nissim Otmazgin, Ph.D
Chair, Department of Asian Studies
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus 91905 Jerusalem Israel
Tel (o) 972-2-5880191; Fax (o) 972-2- 5828076
E-mail: nissim.otmazgin@mail.huji.ac.il
http://asia.huji.ac.il

The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, Chair of the Academic Committee Freiberg Center www.eacenter.huji.ac.il Israeli Association for Japanese Studies (IAJS), Chair IAJS www.japan-studies.org

New book by Nissim Otmazgin, Regionalizing Culture: the Political Economy of Japanese Popular Culture in Asia, now out by University of Hawai'i Press!
See the book here:
http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9036-9780824836948.aspx

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[SSJ: 8798] Winter Holiday Break

From: SSJ Forum Moderator
Date: 2014/12/25

Dear SSJ-Forum subscribers,

Greetings from Hongo. On behalf of Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo, we would like to thank you for participating in SSJ-Forum this year. We trust that you have found enough of the messages interesting to make subscribing worthwhile, and hope that you will continue to read and respond to SSJ-Forum posts in 2015.

As the winter solstice has passed, we are soon having a holiday break from December 27th to January 4th, so the SSJ-Forum will shut down during the period. Postings that are sent to the forum during the break will be sent out on January 5th.

Please note that there is an on-line archive of all SSJ-Forum posts at the SSJ-Forum website ( http://ssj.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp ). As well as quick links to the most recent posts sent to the Forum, there are three ways to search the archives: by message author, by date, and by keyword.

We hope all of you will have a wonderful holiday season and a very happy and healthy new year.

Best wishes,
Moderator, SSJ Forum

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December 20, 2014

[SSJ: 8797] Thomas Piketty's conference at Maison franco japonaise in Tokyo (30 January 2015)

From: Lechevalier Sebastien
Date: 2014/12/20

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you that Thomas Piketty (EHESS) will give a talk at the Maison Franco Japonaise (Tokyo) on 30 January 2015 (5-7 pm) at the occasion of the publication of the Japanese version of his book "Le capital au 21e siecle"
The Fondation France Japon de l'EHESS, whose purpose is to connect Japanese and European academic communauties, is proud to participate to the organization of this event.
Toshiaki Tachibanaki (Kyoto University) will be the discussant and Sebastien Lechevalier (EHESS) will be the moderator

More information on this event - which will be in French and Japanese with simultaneous translation - can be found here:

http://www.mfj.gr.jp/agenda/2015/01/30/20150130_thoma_p
iketty/
http://www.mfj.gr.jp/agenda/2015/01/30/20150130_thoma_p
iketty/index_ja.php


Sebastien Lechevalier
Fondation France-Japon de l'EHESS
http://ffj.ehess.fr/

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December 19, 2014

[SSJ: 8796] Cornell Law School Clarke Program Fellow (Japan Focus)

From: Naruhito Cho
Date: 2014/12/19

Cornell Law School's Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture seeks to hire a new Japanese Fellow to join the Meridian 180 team in Ithaca. The position will begin between March 1 and June 1, 2015 although an earlier start date is preferred. The Fellow must have a JD, JSD, or PhD in the humanities or social sciences in hand by the start date. This will be a one year position.

Please circulate the job description below as widely as possible and forward it directly to potential candidates. Please contact us with any questions at nc388@cornell.edu.

Clarke Program Fellow (Japan Focus)
Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, Law School Cornell University

Meridian 180, a community of prominent intellectuals and policy makers in Asia, the United States and around the world interested in new ways of thinking about law and markets broadly conceived, seeks to hire a full-time Fellow for a one year position at its center of operations at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York. The Fellowship will begin between March 1 and June 1, 2015, although an earlier start date is preferred. The aim of Meridian 180 is to generate new paradigms and solutions for the next generation of transpacific relations. The Fellow will play an integral part in this mission through translation, research, and outreach to wider public and policy communities in the United States and Japan. For more information, please see meridian-180.org.

Meridian 180 is a project of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture at the Cornell Law School. It is a non-profit, non-partisan project funded through private donations and with support from Cornell Law School. It is comprised of members in law, the academy, private practice and policy circles who meet regularly via an on-line platform supporting multilingual conversations, as well as periodically in face to face conferences. Ideas that emerge from these conversations are then incubated and developed, with the help of the Fellow, into forms in which they can make a difference in each individual society-ranging from policy papers to academic books, blog entries, and individual conversations with policy makers.

The Fellow will be responsible for the day to day maintenance and translation of on-line dialogues. He or she will also (1) work with other Fellows to draft, create, and translate various materials for the Meridian 180 project, (2) help organize conferences and workshops in the US and the Asia Pacific Region, (3) administer various day-to-day aspects of the project, and (4) take initiative, in coordination with the Director and other members of the team, to develop new features and projects to further the goals of the Meridian 180 project.

Duties and responsibilities:

-- Day to day translation of on-line dialogues on
meridian-180.org: The Fellow will provide on-line translations from Japanese to English and from English to Japanese of participants' interventions on the website. This will be a daily task and translations typically must be completed within a 24 hour period.
Fellows also translate other contents, such as book reviews, interview articles, newsletters, and publicity materials.

-- Work with other Fellows and Meridian 180 members on publication of outcomes of Meridian 180 projects: The Fellow will work with other Fellows, Meridian 180 members, and other Meridian 180 staff to write/edit/research/produce publications that will be published either on meridian-180.org or as policy papers, books, op-eds, interview articles, etc.

-- Work with the Director on strategic planning and organizational development: The Fellow will help develop new research, organizational and outreach initiatives for both meridian-180.org and the Clarke Program. This will involve extensive dialogue with leading academics and policy-makers in Japan. Some travel to Japan will also be involved.

-- Conferences and Website Maintenance: The Fellow will help with the organization of conferences which, each year, will convene Meridian 180 members to further and promote the ideas developed in on-line conversations.
The Fellow will also take initiative in managing the various features on Meridian 180 website.

Qualifications and requirements

-- law degree (JD) or PhD in the humanities or social sciences in hand by June 1, 2015.

-- Oral and written fluency in English and Japanese.
Some level of familiarity with Chinese and/or Korean a plus, but not necessary.

-- Experience with translation.

-- Must be comfortable with basic computer and internet operations; familiarity with web administration and development (Drupal and commonspot) a plus, but not necessary

-- Entrepreneurial initiative; independence; ability to work in teams; writing skills; research/scholarly experience; organization; ability to multi-task; interest in the future of the East Asia-US relationship; familiarity with the Japanese academia, business etiquette, and cultural norms; willingness to work on administrative task such as updating databases, communicating with institutions within and outside of Cornell University, and other miscellaneous day-to-day tasks; and willingness to learn new skills, particularly in relation to computer and internet technology.

Application procedure:

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample by February 1, 2015 to Donna Hastings at dkh25@cornell.edu.


Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York's land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university's mission of teaching, research, and outreach.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

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[SSJ: 8795] Election survey experiment: Abenomics took a backseat to other issues in voters' minds

From: Daniel Smith
Date: 2014/12/19

For those of you who might be interested, I would like to direct your attention to an article with Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth), Teppei Yamamoto (MIT), and Mayumi Fukushima (MIT) published today in Nikkei Business Online.
We conducted a new type of field survey experiment (adapted from the marketing world) during the campaign period of the recent election to examine which of the policies promoted in party manifestos were most attractive to voters.

Many touted the election as a public referendum on the set of Abe's economic policies known as Abenomics--including the much-heralded "three arrows"
of monetary easing, fiscal stimulus, and structural reforms to Japan's regulatory system. But were these really the issues that voters cared about? Each of the main parties that contested the election took positions on Abe's economic policies, to be sure, but parties also presented voters with different positions on a range of other issues, including nuclear energy, TPP, collective self-defense, constitutional revision, and whether or not the number of Diet seats should be reduced.

The results of our survey experiment reveal that Abenomics actually took a backseat to some of these other issues in voters' minds. Full explanation and results are here (in Japanese):

http://business.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/topics/20141218/
275309/

Daniel M. Smith
Assistant Professor
Department of Government
Harvard University

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December 18, 2014

[SSJ: 8792] REMINDER: Beyond Nationalism? ICU-Sophia Symposium, Dec 20 ICU

From: Giorgio Shani
Date: 2014/12/18

Dear colleagues,

This is just a reminder that the 34th annual ICU-Sophia symposium co-organized by the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and the Institute for Global Concern
(IGC) will be held this Saturday, December 20.
Professors Sudipta Kaviraj (Columbia University), Shin Chiba (ICU) and Koichi Nakano (Sophia) are the keynote speakers. For more details, see below:

Title: Beyond Nationalism? Peacebuilding and Religion in Asia

Date and Time: 10:30- 17:30, Saturday December 20 2014

Venue: International Conference Room, Kiyoshi Togasaki Memorial Dialogue House

Language: English and Japanese (simultaneous translation available)

Sponsors: Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), ICU, Tokyo, Japan.

Co-sponsors: Institute for Global Concern (IGC), Sophia University

Link: http://ssri-igc.com/

Conference Abstract:

The centenary commemorations of the First World War serve as a stark reminder of the perils of nationalism which have as yet remained unheeded throughout Asia. In a lecture given in Japan as the war unfolded, the Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore criticized the nation-state and offered a vision of a society independent of it. The twentieth century, however, saw a proliferation of nationalist ideology throught the region and the establishment of an international society of nation-states. In recent years, the revival of nationalism, which had previously remained dormant since the Second World War, has threatened peace and stability in the region, most notably in the dispute over the Daiyou/Senkaku islands.
This symposium, the 34th joint symposium held by SSRI and the Institute for Global Concern (Sophia University), will seek to critically interrogate the prospects for peace in Asia by posing the following
question: What can be done to counter the rise of nationalism within Asia and what role, if any, can inter-faith dialogue play in peacebuilding in the region?

Speakers:

Keynotes:
Prof. Sudipta Kaviraj (Professor, Columbia University) Prof. Shin Chiba (Professor, ICU) Prof. Koichi Nakano (Professor, Sophia University)

Presenters:
Prof. Jun-Heok Kwak (Associate Professor, Songsil University, Republic of Korea) Prof. Atsuko Ichijo (Associate Professor, Kingston University, UK) Prof. Kosuke Shimizu (Professor, Ryukoku University) Prof. Takeshi Deguchi (Associate Professor, University of Tokyo)

All are welcome. No prior registration necessary.
To reserve a seat, please contact SSRI at:
ssri@icu.ac.jp

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Giorgio Shani PhD (London)
Director, Social Science Research Institute, Associate Director of the Rotary Peace Center, Senior Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, International Christian University,
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)422-33-3708, Fax: +81 (0)422-33-3229 http://researchers.icu.ac.jp/Profiles/6/0000527/prof_e.
html
http://icu.academia.edu/GiorgioShani

Region President, Asia-Pacific,
International Studies Association
http://www.isanet.org/ISA/Regions/AsiaPacific.aspx

New Book: Religion, Identity and Human Security (Routledge 2014) http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415509060/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B001HP3QB2
http://www.amazon.co.jp/-/e/B001HP3QB2

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[SSJ: 8794] Re: Asahi-comfort women-Hokusei University

From: Gelb, Joyce
Date: 2014/12/18

great news about My Uemura's reappointment. hopefully he will not have problems in the future. thanks to Kochi Nakano for alerting us to this issue and mobilizing support . joyce gelb

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December 17, 2014

[SSJ: 8791] Asahi-comfort women-Hokusei University

From: Koichi Nakano
Date: 2014/12/17

I am writing to let the SSJ-Forum members know that, thanks to your strong interest and support, and to the hard work of many concerned in Sapporo, Hokusei Gakuen University has decided to renew the contract for Mr Uemura for the next academic year. The formal announcement shall be made at a press conference in the afternoon of December 17th.

It is no exaggeration to say that the reversal of the decision would not have happened without the active engagement of so many of you. Many people inside Hokusei who courageously voiced their support for Mr Uemura and the for academic freedom as well as press freedom were much encouraged by the fact that the wider scholarly community beyond the Japanese borders stood up in solidarity. The President, who initially expressed his intention to let Mr Uemura go at the end of this academic year for fear of further, continuous threats and negative publicity to the university, revisited his decision, and met and apologized to Mr Uemura in the past week.

While this is great news and a victory for basic civil liberties in Japan, it goes without saying that we need to continue to keep our eyes open and provide support for Hokusei and other institutions under threat.

Thank you again!

Koichi Nakano
Sophia University

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December 16, 2014

[SSJ: 8790] "Protecting the Weak" International Conference at Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, January, 22 - 24, 2015

From: Storz, Cornelia
Date: 2014/12/16

Dear colleagues,

We are happy to announce our conference:

"Protecting the Weak"
International Conference at Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, January, 22 - 24, 2015

The upcoming conference is part of the research project "Protecting the Weak. Entangled Processes of Framing, Mobilization and Institutionalization in East Asia"
funded by the Volkswagen Foundation within its initiative "Key issues for Academia and Society". The starting point is that we perceive a paradigmatic shift to be taking place in public debates about the "weak".
Both in Europe and East Asia, there seems to be a growing awareness of weak groups and interests in society which goes along with claims that these "weak"
be protected in the name of a common good which is reconceptualized in this process. New conceptualizations of the common good seem to be based on the assumption that the "weak" should be protected through collective strategies. Based on a selection of four pairs of comparative case studies - namely, calls to protect disaster victims, employee well-being, cultural heritage, and animal welfare in Japan and China - the issues of reconceptualization and protection of the weak will be discussed empirically.

For more information, please check our website:
http://www.protectingtheweak.uni-frankfurt.de

If you wish to participate in the two-day conference, please contact Ms. Christiane Muenscher
(muenscher@soz.uni-frankfurt.de) at the conference office for registration.

Kind regards,
Cornelia Storz

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Cornelia Storz
Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Frankfurt www.wiwi.uni-frankfurt.de\storz

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December 15, 2014

[SSJ: 8789] Reminder: Symposium on "Women and Networks in Nineteenth Century Japan" 2 (Dec 20)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2014/12/15

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM Organized by ICC Network Studies Research Unit (Bettina Gramlich-Oka, Sophia University)

Women and Networks in Nineteenth Century Japan 2
(http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2014-2015/141220_Women_and_Networks2_eng.pdf)


Sophia University, Tokyo
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Building 12, 1F, Rm. 102
(BILINGUAL event)
RSVP not necessary

WELCOME ADDRESS
10:00 -
David H. SLATER (Director of ICC) & ŌGUCHI Yūjirō (Ochanomizu University, Prof. Emeritus)

CROSSING BORDERS -- NISHIZAWA Naoko (Keio University)
10:20 – 11:10
SHIBA Keiko (Independent Scholar): Leaving Edo: Women and the End of Alternate Attendance
Sally HASTINGS (Purdue University): Women Studying Abroad: Before and After FAMILIES, DIARIES AND NETWORKS -- SAKURAI Yuki (Independent Scholar)
11:30 – 12:40
Gaye ROWLEY (Waseda University): Aristocratic Concubine and Tokugawa Statesman: Court-Bakufu Links
TANG Li (Beijing Institute of Technology) and YABUTA Yutaka (Kansai University): From Father to Daughter: Carrying on a Literary Network
ITASAKA Noriko (Senshū University): Upholding the Household: Bakin’s Daughter-in-law and her Diary

Lunch Break
NETWORKS OF PRODUCTION AND REPRODUCTION -- M. William STEELE (ICU)
14:00 – 14:50
YOKOTA Fuyuhiko (Kyoto University): Giving Birth in the Mid-Edo Period
SUGANO Noriko (Teikyō University, ret.): Adjusting to Factory Life: Records of the Tomioka Silk Mill CIRCLES OF FAITH AND PATRONAGE -- YOKOYAMA Yuriko (National Museum of Japanese History)
15:10 – 16:20
Alexander M. VESEY (Meiji Gakuin): The Shogun’s Mother as Cultural Patron: The Case of Keishōin
MIYAZAKI Fumiko (Keisen University, Prof. Emerita): Women as Activists in a Popular Religious Network
Marnie ANDERSON (Smith College): From Concubine to Activist and Bible Woman: The Role of Networks in Sumiya Koume's Life NETWORKS IN PROCESS -- Kate WILDMAN NAKAI (Sophia University, Prof. Emerita)
16:30 – 17:30
ŌGUCHI Yūjirō (Ochanomizu University, Prof. Emeritus), Hitomi TONOMURA (University of Michigan), SAKURAI Yuki (Independent Scholar), M. William STEELE (ICU)

CLOSING REMARKS AND DISCUSSION -- Anne WALTHALL (UC Irvine, Prof. Emerita)
17:30 – 18:00
________________________________________
Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)

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December 12, 2014

[SSJ: 8788] JOB: Two positions in "Non-Western International Theory"

From: Emilian Kavalski
Date: 2014/12/12

Dear Colleagues,

I would be very grateful if you could distribute the information about the following two job openings among your network.

The Institute for Social Justice (Sydney, Australia) has two openings:
1. Research Fellow in Non-Western International Theory
2 Senior Research Fellow in Non-Western Political Thought Below are the details for both positions.

1. Research Fellow in Non-Western International Theory
http://careers.acu.edu.au/jobDetails.asp?sJobIDs=925658

The Institute for Social Justice offers a stimulating, demanding, and dynamic disciplinary and interdisciplinary research environment. The research of the current members of the Institute engages with social and political theory and practice from East Africa to East Asia.

As the Research Fellow in Non-Western International Theory, you will have an interest in re-thinking Western-oriented methods of inquiry and theories, which in turn allows us to rethink dominant conceptions of knowledge and normativity in international theory. In particular, you will be interested in non-Western conceptions of just, sustainable, and equitable global life and the governance practices that they inform, and in comparing the ways in which such normative understandings confront, complement, and transform established traditions and practices of inquiry.

You will be expected to contribute actively and collaboratively to the strategic direction of the Institute through the development of relevant and meaningful research programs and initiatives on the impact of non-Western approaches to the fragile and unpredictable conditions of global life. You will also need to show an interest in combining original normative reflection with diverse forms of action research and contribute to the Institute's Doctoral Program in Social and Political Thought through postgraduate teaching and the supervision of doctoral students.

Successful candidates will possess:

- Expertise in postcolonial, subaltern,
gender/feminist, queer, and other critical approaches to non-Western international theory;

- Demonstrated familiarity with the manner in which the 'international' is conceived in non-Western contexts;

- Experience of critical engagement with the linkages between global, regional, and local developments in the non-Western world;

- Sophisticated understanding of the political thinking and practices informing the agency of major non-Western actors.

Total remuneration valued to $104,484 - $123,320 pa, including salary component $88,290 - $104,242 pa (Academic Classification Level B), employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

A range of generous conditions of employment and entitlements are provided, these include: generous leave conditions; flexible working arrangements; salary packaging benefits and comprehensive staff development programs.

How to Apply:
Obtain the Position Description
Research_Fellow_ISJ_PD.pdf. Applicants are expected to submit a covering letter addressing your interest in the position, CV with three referees and a statement addressing all selection criteria listed in the position description. Specific enquiries may be directed either to Professor Nikolas Kompridis, Director, Institute for Social Justice on (02) 9739
2728 or to Associate Professor Emilian Kavalski, email; emilian.kavalski@acu.edu.au.
- See more at:
http://careers.acu.edu.au/jobDetails.asp?sJobIDs=925658
#sthash.kikhlAen.dpuf

2. Senior Research Fellow in Non-Western Political Thought
http://careers.acu.edu.au/jobDetails.asp?sJobIDs=925654
The Institute for Social Justice offers a stimulating, demanding, and dynamic disciplinary and interdisciplinary research environment. The research of the current members of the Institute engages with social and political theory and practice from East Africa to East Asia. As the Senior Research Fellow in Non-Western Political Thought, you will have an interest in re-thinking Western-oriented methods of inquiry and theories, which in turn allows us to rethink dominant conceptions of knowledge and normativity in political thought. In particular, you will be interested in non-Western conceptions of just, sustainable, and equitable global life and the governance practices that they inform, and in comparing the ways in which such normative understandings confront, complement, and transform established traditions and practices of inquiry. You will be expected to contribute actively and collaboratively to the strategic direction of the Institute through the development of relevant and meaningful research programs and initiatives drawing on non-Western approaches to the fragile and unpredictable conditions of global life. You will also show an interest in combining original normative reflection with diverse forms of action research and contribute to the Institute's Doctoral Program in Social and Political Thought through postgraduate teaching and the supervision of doctoral students. Successful candidates will possess: - Expertise in postcolonial, subaltern, gender/feminist, queer and other critical approaches to non-Western political thought; - Sophisticated knowledge of non-Western conceptions of justice and ethical life; - Demonstrated familiarity with the manner in which the 'political' is conceived in non-Western contexts, and critical engagement with non-Western modes of political action. Total remuneration valued to $130,787 - $141,989 pa, including salary component $110,624 - $120,198 pa (Academic Classification Level C), employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading. A range of generous conditions of employment and entitlements are provided, these include: generous leave conditions; flexible working arrangements; salary packaging benefits and comprehensive staff development programs. How to Apply: Obtain the Position Description Snr_Research_Fellow_ISJ_PD.pdf. Applicants are expected to submit a covering letter addressing your interest in the position, CV with three referees and a statement addressing all selection criteria listed in the position description. Specific enquiries may be directed either to Professor Nikolas Kompridis, Director, Institute for Social Justice on (02) 9739
2728 or to Associate Professor Emilian Kavalski, email; emilian.kavalski@acu.edu.au.

- See more at:
http://careers.acu.edu.au/jobDetails.asp?sJobIDs=925654
#sthash.bHbS84OP.dpuf

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December 11, 2014

[SSJ: 8787] Call for proposals for the AAS 2015 JPSG Business Meeting

From: Michael Strausz
Date: 2014/12/11

Dear SSJ-readers,

During the upcoming meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (March 26-30, 2015 in Chicago) the Japan Political Studies Group has a business meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at 1:00pm (it does not overlap with research panels). We are looking for a few people to make short presentations (about 5-10 minute
each) for a roundtable discussion on the results of the upcoming Lower House election and related political developments.

These presentations will not appear on the AAS program, but this is a great chance to have a starring role in a discussion with many great scholars of Japan and politics and we can provide a letter to confirm participation, if this helps.

Interested parties are requested to email a very short paragraph (250 words or less) and CV to michael.strausz@tcu.edu by January 15, 2015.

Thanks,
Michael Strausz and Gill Steel
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Michael Strausz
Associate Professor of Political Science Texas Christian University
Phone: 817-257-6403
Fax: 817-257-7397
http://personal.tcu.edu/michaelstrausz

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December 10, 2014

[SSJ: 8786] 9 JAN 2015 Michael Cucek: Japanese politics and policy: The agenda for 2015

From: ICAS
Date: 2014/12/10

Michael Cucek: Japanese politics and policy: The agenda for 2015
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Date: Friday, January 9, 2015
Time: Door opens at 7:00pm, Program starts at 7:30pm
Venue: Temple University Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 2F
(access:
http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Speaker: Michael Cucek, Adjunct Fellow of ICAS and an Advisor to Langley Esquire K.K.
Moderator:Robert Dujarric, Director of ICAS
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:
icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.
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Overview
Following a snap election, nuclear reactor restarts, a shrinking economy, rising prices, a sinking yen, the advent of the Special Secrets Act, the revision of the Defense Guidelines, China pressures, a prime minister in a hurry.a lot lies on the plate as Nagata-cho rings in the New Year. ICAS Adjunct Fellow Michael Cucek offers his take on the state of politics and government in advance of the 2015 Regular Session of the Diet, with his forecasts of possible turning points and issues salient in the near and intermediate futures.

Speaker

Michael Cucek is an analyst and author who has spent half a lifetime looking at Japan and the Japanese. A graduate of Stanford University with graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Columbia University, he has lived in the Tokyo Metropolitan District since 1994. An employee of a boutique consultancy for 15 years, he now serves clients as an independent consultant on politics and government policy. He is the author of the blog
Shisaku: Marginalia on Japanese Politics and Society and has been a contributor to Foreign Policy, East Asia Forum, Al-Jazeera and The International Herald Tribune. He is an Adjunct Fellow with the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at Temple University Japan and an Advisor to Langley Esquire K.K.. His personal interests include the politics of personality and lineage, rural development, the preservation of local customs and the Japanese sense of humor (for more info please visit
http://shisaku.blogspot.jp/)

________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.facebook.com/tuj.icas

ICAS events do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the speakers and participants.

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[SSJ: 8785] Documentary Screenings@Doshisha University, Kyoto

From: Greg Poole
Date: 2014/12/10

On Dec 17th, the Institute for the Liberal Arts will screen documentaries by young filmmakers from Southeast Asia. The region is a place of rich diversity and home to over 650 million people. This diversity, a product of centuries of social, cultural, political and religious development, is at the heart of Southeast Asian societies. These short documentaries introduce current issues affecting people in Southeast Asia. All are welcome to join the screening!

http://sea-sh.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/documentary_projec
t_top/

Location: Doshisha University, Karasuma Campus, Shikokan Building, Room SK119, http://tinyurl.com/shikokan
Date: 17 Dec 2014
Time: 18:00~20:00
Contact: marioivanlopez 'at' cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp or gpoole 'at' mail.doshisha.ac.jp

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December 09, 2014

[SSJ: 8784] 【Notice】 Invitation to 104th GRIPS Forum on 22nd December

From: GRIPS Forum
Date: 2014/12/09

Dear SSJ-Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the next GRIPS Forum at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies on December 22.
*Please register at Registration Form by December 19
(Fri)17:00.
https://gremind.grips.ac.jp/form/0002/104th-grips-forum
-on-22nd-december/
<We will close registration after the participation limit is reached. We will inform you if the limit is
reached.>

*If you can’t open the registration form, please send an email to gripsforum@grips.ac.jp with your name, affiliation, job title, phone number or email address without changing the title.

*If you are arriving by a private car, please let us know the car information (type, color, and number) in advance so that we can register it for campus entry permission.

Date: Monday, 22 December, 2014
Time: 16:40-18:10
Venue: GRIPS Sokairo Hall, 1st Floor
Speaker: Dr. Heita Kawakatsu, Governor of Shizuoka Prefectural Government
Theme: “Wealthy Nation, Virtuous Nation, Nation of Mount Fuji’s Regional Diplomacy”
Language: Japanese (English simultaneous interpretation
provided)
Fee: Free

Abstract:
Gifted with Mount Fuji, a world treasure, Shizuoka Prefecture has adopted a vision to build a wealthy and virtuous nation of Mount Fuji. Against the backdrop of an era where there are vast movements of people, goods, and information on a global scale, Shizuoka is building relationships directly with other countries and regions based on the spirit of friendship and mutual benefit.
This lecture will discuss the value and importance of promoting regional diplomacy today despite Japan’s tense relations with other nation states.

Speakers’ Profile:
1972 B.A., Department of Economics,
School of Political Sciences and Economics I, Waseda University
1975 M.A., Graduate School of Economics,
Waseda University
1982 Authorized Studies & Conduct Doctor
Course, Graduate School of Economics, Waseda University
1985 Ph.D. Oxford University, U.K.
1990 Professor, School of Political
Sciences and Economics, Waseda University
1998- Professor, International Research
Center for Japanese Studies
2004- Director, National Institute for
Research Advancement (NIRA)
2007 President, Shizuoka University of
Art and Culture
2009- present Governor, Shizuoka Prefectural Government

Research Activity:
Comparative Socio-Economic History
Analysis of British Parliamentary Papers Possibility of Establishing Federation Throughout West Pacific Regions


*** GRIPS Forum ***
Since its establishment in 1997, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), as the only graduate school in Japan specializing in policy research, has promoted education and research on a wide range of policy issues.
Utilizing our vast policy network, this Forum invites leaders from various fields including government, academia and business, as well as staff from our own faculty, to deliver lectures on current policy concerns.
The Forum welcomes attendance of GRIPS faculty and students as well as participants from outside the university. Simultaneous interpretation will be available (Japanese/English).


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For registration and inquiries, please contact: Ms. Iso

gripsforum@grips.ac.jp
http://www.grips.ac.jp/
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[SSJ: 8783] Position: Postdoctoral Researcher (Japanese Studies) at GEAS, FU Berlin

From: Application GEAS
Date: 2014/12/09

The Graduate School of East Asian Studies at Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany) is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral research fellowship limited to 2 years with a focus on Japan beginning on 1 September 2015 Salary terms of E 13 TV-L in the German public sector

Job description:
The Graduate School merges research in East Asian Studies (Japanese, Korean and Chinese Studies) with training in the social sciences (Political Science, Economics, Law, Social and Cultural Anthropology) as well as History and Cultural Studies. The training program is interdisciplinary with special emphasis on historically and culturally informed social science inquiry.

The post-doctoral position involves undertaking research in the context of the Graduate School's research focus on institutions in East Asia, coordinating teams of graduate student-researchers, and teaching a small semester-long seminar.

Minimum Requirements:
(1) Completed PhD or doctorate by the time of appointment.
(2) Field open to any social-science discipline, e.g.
anthropology, economics, history, political science, or sociology.
(3) Empirical research focus on Japan.
(4) Fluency in Japanese and English.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Research focus on institutions
• experience in qualitative research methods
• teaching experience

Applications quoting the reference code GEAS/PostDoc/J should include a brief letter summarizing the applicant’s qualifications for the position, a current CV, and names of three references. Applications will be considered beginning February 2015.

All materials, including a private postal and e-mail address (pdf preferred), must be received no later than February 16th, 2015 at

Graduate School of East Asian Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
Hittorfstr. 18
14195 Berlin
application@geas.fu-berlin.de

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The announcement can be found at
http://www.fu-berlin.de/service/stellen/st_2014/st_2014
1208.html


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Graduate School of East Asian Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
Hittorfstr. 18
14195 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30-838-59697
Fax: +49 (0)30-838-459697
application[at]geas.fu-berlin.de
http://www.geas.fu-berlin.de

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[SSJ: 8782] Job Announcement - Bunkyo Gakuin University (Tokyo, Japan)

From: Kuniko Ishiguro
Date: 2014/12/09

Job Announcement

Communication Studies or Intercultural Communication Professor /Associate Professor /Lecturer, Bunkyo Gakuin University (Tokyo, Japan)

Bunkyo Gakuin University, a small close-knit private university in the center of Tokyo (zero-minute walk from Todai-Mae Station on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line) is seeking a full-time professor, associate professor or lecturer for the Faculty of Foreign Studies, and of the Graduate School of Foreign Studies (Master's Program).


Responsibilities will include: (a) teaching classes on Intercultural Communication, Seminar on Intercultural Communication or Communication Studies and others, including English language skills courses in the Faculty of Foreign Studies, and teaching Intercultural Communication and thesis advising in the Graduate School of Foreign Studies (Master's Program), and (b) attendance, cooperation and support in administrative duties.


Term of Office: Five years. With possibility of promotion to a tenured position at the end of the five-year term with the approval of the Board of Directors. Retirement is at 68 years old.

Qualifications:
1. Native speaker of English with ability to understand Japanese.

2. (a) Doctor's degree in Communication Studies, or equal academic accomplishment, and ability to advise graduate students on thesis writing in this field, or
(b) Doctor's degree in Intercultural Communication or equal academic accomplishment, and ability to advise graduate students on thesis writing in this field.

3. Willingness to contribute to the Faculty both in Communication Studies and Teaching English.


Date of Employment: April 1, 2015. Deadline for
Applications: 2014/12 /15.


To view the full description and apply for this position, please visit:
https://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekJorDetail?fn=4&id=D11
4110791&ln_jor=1


Kuniko Ishiguro
Associate Professor
Faculty of Foreign Studies
1-19-1 Mukogaoka, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8668 Japan kishiguro[at]bgu.ac.jp
+81-3-3814-1661 (ex: 3176)

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December 05, 2014

[SSJ: 8781] CJG announcements--Dec. 17, Mary M. McCarthy

From: Gregory W. NOBLE
Date: 2014/12/05

The Contemporary Japan Group at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science (ISS, or Shaken), welcomes you to a lecture by

Mary M. McCarthy

Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, Drake University

How American Legislators Came to Befriend the 'Comfort Women'
and Shake up U.S.-Japan Relations

DATE AND PLACE
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

ABSTRACT
The U.S.-Japan relationship is being tested by the resurgence of history issues, and contending interpretations of the past and the meaning it holds today. In this project, I explore two crucial case
studies: passage of U.S. House Resolution 121, which called on Japan to acknowledge and apologize for the use of “comfort women,” or sexual slaves during WWII, and the erection of “comfort women” memorials throughout the U.S. My thesis is that processes of identity formation (at the individual, group, and national levels) have combined with domestic political dynamics to put the U.S. and Japanese governments at odds. My analysis explores how contemporary understandings were born and evolved and uncovers how these differing interpretations resulted in actions and reactions by the American and Japanese governments.

SPEAKER
Mary M. McCarthy is a visiting scholar at Tokyo International University and an associate professor of politics and international relations at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She received her B.A.
in East Asian studies and her Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. Dr. McCarthy specializes in Japan’s domestic and foreign policies.
She has published on topics including the Japanese media, and cooperation and conflict between Japan and China in the East China Sea. Her current research examines the historical legacies of the Asia-Pacific War on Japan’s foreign relations. Dr. McCarthy is a
2014 Japan Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington and a Mansfield Foundation U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Scholar.

CONTEMPORARY JAPAN GROUP
The ISS Contemporary Japan Group provides English-speaking residents of the Tokyo area with an opportunity to hear cutting-edge research in social science and related policy issues, as well as a venue for researchers and professionals in or visiting Tokyo to present and receive knowledgeable feedback on their latest research projects. Admission is free and advance registration is not required. Everyone is welcome.

For maps and other information, please visit our
website: http://web.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cjg/ or contact Gregory W. NOBLE (noble[at]iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp)

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[SSJ: 8780] Beyond Nationalism? ICU-Sophia Symposium, Dec 20 (ICU)

From: Giorgio Shani
Date: 2014/12/05

Dear colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that the 34th ICU-Sophia symposium will be held at Dialogue House, International Christian University on Saturday December 20. The title of the symposium,organized by the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) of ICU and the Institute for Global Concern (IGC) of Sophia University, is Beyond Nationalism? Religion and Peacebuilding in Asia.

The keynote speakers are Prof. Sudipta Kaviraj (Columbia University), Prof. Shin Chiba (ICU) and Prof.
Koichi Nakano (Sophia). For more details including a full program, please see here:
http://ssri-igc.com/?lang=en

Title: Beyond Nationalism? Peacebuilding and Religion in Asia

Date and Time: 10:30- 17:30, Saturday December 20 2014

Venue: International Conference Room, Kiyoshi Togasaki
Memorial Dialogue
House, International Christian University (ICU) http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/about/access/index.htm

http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/about/campus/index.html

Sponsors: Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), ICU, Tokyo, Japan.

Co-sponsors: Institute for Global Concern (IGC), Sophia University

Link: http://ssri-igc.com/

Language: English and Japanese (simultaneous translation available)

Conference Abstract:

The centenary commemorations of the First World War serve as a stark reminder of the perils of nationalism which have as yet remained unheeded throughout Asia. In a lecture given in Japan as the war unfolded, the Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore criticized the nation-state and offered a vision of a society independent of it. The twentieth century, however, saw a proliferation of nationalist ideology throught the region and the establishment of an international society of nation-states. In recent years, the revival of nationalism, which had previously remained dormant since the Second World War, has threatened peace and stability in the region, most notably in the dispute over the Daiyou/Senkaku islands.
This symposium, the 34th joint symposium held by SSRI and the Institute for Global Concern (Sophia University), will seek to critically interrogate the prospects for peace in Asia by posing the following
question: What can be done to counter the rise of nationalism within Asia and what role, if any, can inter-faith dialogue play in peacebuilding in the region?

Speakers:

Keynotes:
Prof. Sudipta Kaviraj (Professor, Columbia University) Prof. Shin Chiba (Professor, ICU) Prof. Koichi Nakano (Professor, Sophia University)

Presenters:
Prof. Jun-Heok Kwak (Associate Professor, Songsil University, Republic of Korea) Prof. Atsuko Ichijo (Associate Professor, Kingston University, UK) Prof. Kosuke Shimizu (Professor, Ryukoku University) Prof. Takeshi Deguchi (Associate Professor, University of Tokyo)

All are welcome. No prior registration necessary.
To reserve a seat, please contact SSRI at:
ssri@icu.ac.jp

Best wishes,

Giorgio Shani
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Giorgio Shani PhD (London)
Director, Social Science Research Institute, Associate Director of the Rotary Peace Center, Senior Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, International Christian University,
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)422-33-3708, Fax: +81 (0)422-33-3229 http://researchers.icu.ac.jp/Profiles/6/0000527/prof_e.
html
http://icu.academia.edu/GiorgioShani

Region President, Asia-Pacific,
International Studies Association
http://www.isanet.org/ISA/Regions/AsiaPacific.aspx

New Book: Religion, Identity and Human Security (Routledge 2014) http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415509060/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B001HP3QB2
http://www.amazon.co.jp/-/e/B001HP3QB2

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December 03, 2014

[SSJ: 8779] Job opportunity: temporary part-time Research Assistant (Osaka)

From: Hardeep Aiden
Date: 2014/12/03

Hi everyone

I'm looking for a part-time Research Assistant for 10 weeks' work beginning 5th January 2015. The aim of the project is to explore the effects of governance and institutional arrangements on the policymaking processes that shape the 'integration' of immigrants / foreign residents in Osaka and Yokohama. The first stage of the project will involve focus groups with foreign residents and semi-structured interviews with representatives from local government and migrant-support NGOs in Osaka.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with some experience of organising interviews and/or focus groups and transcribing the resulting data. Knowledge of governance, citizenship or immigration research would be an advantage, as would previous research involving central or local government. The position would suit someone with a good command of English, living in or near Osaka.

Applicants are asked to submit a CV and short covering letter, explaining how their skills match the requirements of the role, to hardeep.aiden@bristol.ac.uk by Thursday 18th December.
Pay and hours are to be negotiated, depending on the successful candidate's availability and experience.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an informal chat at Osaka City University during the week commencing 22nd December.

Please forward this email to anyone whom you think may be suitable for the role.

Many thanks
Hardeep

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Hardeep Aiden
Postgraduate Researcher

School for Policy Studies
University of Bristol
8 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TZ

Email: hardeep.aiden@bristol.ac.uk
Web: www.bristol.ac.uk/sps/people/hardeep-s-aiden
Twitter: @HardeepAiden

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[SSJ: 8778] 【Notice】 Invitation to 103rd GRIPS Forum on 15th December

From: GRIPS Forum
Date: 2014/12/03

Dear SSJ-Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the next GRIPS Forum at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies on December 15.

*Please register at Registration Form by December 12
(Fri)17:00.
https://gremind.grips.ac.jp/form/0002/the-103rd-grips-f
orum-on-15th-december/
<We will close registration after the participation limit is reached. We will inform you if the limit is
reached.>

*If you can’t open the registration form, please send an email to gripsforum@grips.ac.jp with your name, affiliation, job title, phone number or email address without changing the title.

*If you are arriving by a private car, please let us know the car information (type, color, and number) in advance so that we can register it for campus entry permission.

Date: Monday, 15 December, 2014
Time: 16:40-18:10
Venue: GRIPS Sokairo Hall, 1st Floor
Speaker: Mr. Hideto Nakahara, Member of the Board, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Strategy & Business Development, Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo
Theme: “Evolution of business models of Sogo-Shosha”

Language: Japanese (English simultaneous interpretation
provided)
Fee: Free

Abstract:
The former Mitsubishi, which was established just after the Meiji restoration and grew alongside Japan as it developed in the period prior to the Second World War, was dissolved at the end of the war 75 years after it was founded. The sales department of the former Mitsubishi was reestablished in 1954 as Mitsubishi Corporation, and since then its operations have included expanding overseas markets for Japanese products, developing and importing overseas resources and energy, and developing domestic and overseas food supply networks. Now that Japan has matured as a country, Mitsubishi Corporation is taking globalization forward and seeking new business models while expanding its operations in developing countries.

Speakers’ Profile:
April 2011 Member of the Board, Senior Executive
Vice President, Global Strategy & Business Development, Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo
April 2009 Executive Vice President, Global
Strategy & Regional Development, Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo
April 2007 Executive Vice President, Chief
Representative for China, Mitsubishi Corporation, Beijing
April 2006 Senior Vice President, Chief
Representative for China, Mitsubishi Corporation, Beijing
April 2004 Senior Vice President, Regional CEO
for Europe, Mitsubishi Corporation, London
April 2003 Managing Director, Mitsubishi
Corporation (UK) PLC, London
April 2001 General Manager, Ferrous Raw
Materials Business Unit, Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo
January 2000 General Manager, Coal & Nuclear Fuel
Department, Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo
August 1987 Coal Department, Mitsubishi Corporation,
Tokyo
May 1984 Mitsubishi Canada Ltd., Vancouver
July 1982 Mitsubishi International Corporation,
New York
July 1977 Coking Coal Department, Mitsubishi
Corporation, Tokyo
August 1975 Portuguese Trainee, Sao Paulo, Brazil
April 1973 Joined Mitsubishi Corporation (Nuclear
Fuel Department), Tokyo, Japan


*** GRIPS Forum ***
Since its establishment in 1997, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), as the only graduate school in Japan specializing in policy research, has promoted education and research on a wide range of policy issues.
Utilizing our vast policy network, this Forum invites leaders from various fields including government, academia and business, as well as staff from our own faculty, to deliver lectures on current policy concerns.
The Forum welcomes attendance of GRIPS faculty and students as well as participants from outside the university. Simultaneous interpretation will be available (Japanese/English).

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For registration and inquiries, please contact: Ms. Iso

gripsforum@grips.ac.jp
http://www.grips.ac.jp/
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[SSJ: 8777] Assistant professor position at IUJ

From: tshinoda
Date: 2014/12/03

International University of Japan, Niigata Japan

Assistant Professor, International Relations and/or Regional Studies of Asia

The International Relations Program at the Graduate School of International Relations at the International University of Japan invites applications for one or two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in the areas of international relations and/or regional studies of Asia to begin either on September 1, 2015 or, preferably, on April 1, 2015.

The successful candidates will be expected to teach graduate students in basic courses on international relations and regional studies, and to supervise M.A.
theses in the English language. They should demonstrate high standards of professional research, teaching, and service.

Applicants should be new or recent Ph.D. graduates. Or applicants must have a PhD conferred or to be completed by September 1, 2015. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. The position will remain open until it is filled.

The Graduate School of International Relations at the International University of Japan is composed of graduate students from more than forty countries. The University values diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, based on International University of Japan pay scales.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Each candidate should submit the following: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a sample of professional writing (dissertation or other academic publication), a personal statement that includes a description of research and teaching, and three (3) letters of reference. Other materials, such as evidence of quality teaching and syllabi for courses taught, are helpful.

Contact Information:
All application materials except the three letters of reference should be submitted via email to the Office of Academic Affairs at irappli@iuj.ac.jp.

The three letters of reference should be directly mailed to the Office of Academic Affairs.
(Mailing address: 777 Kokusaicho, Minamiuonuma City, Niigata, 949-7277, Japan)

For additional information about the International Relations Program, please visit the website at http://gsir.iuj.ac.jp/irp/ir_features.html

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December 01, 2014

[SSJ: 8775] Research assistant position open at University of Vienna

From: Barbara Holthus
Date: 2014/12/01

Job opportunity: Research assistant at the University of Vienna

We are looking for a part time research assistant for two years in an externally funded project on parental well-being in Japan and Germany.

The Institute for East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna is looking for:
Position: Research Assistant (Pre- or
Post-doc)
Workload: part time (20h/week)
Duration: 2-years
Start of employment: now or as soon as possible

Responsibilities:
The Research Assistant for the DFG (German Science Foundation)-funded project "Parental Well-Being - Germany and Japan in Comparison" will support senior research staff with the analysis of the statistical data, the preparation of charts, tables, etc.
copy-editing, and the write up of findings.
Organizational support for project workshops is also part of the work.

Qualifications:
REQUIRED:
. University Degree (MA or PhD or equivalent),
preferably in sociology (or related field) and /or Japanese studies (ideal is a Japan specialist with sound sociological, quantitative training)
. Good knowledge of quantitative research methods
. Experience working with SPSS
. Good literature search and reviewing skills
. Proofreading skills
. High English proficiency
. Ability to work independently.
. Able to work at the University of Vienna.
. Team spirit!

OPTIONAL:
. Japanese language skills
. Specialization in international survey
methodology or family sociology
. German language skills

Please send applications and relevant documents (CV, copy of university degree) via e-mail to: DDr. Barbara Holthus (principal investigator)

University of Vienna, Department of East Asian Studies / Japanese Studies, AAKH Campus, Hof 2, Tuer 2.4, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Wien, Austria

E-mail: barbara.holthus@univie.ac.at, Tel:
0043-1-4277-43817

Application deadline: 15.12.2014

Barbara G. Holthus, Ph.D.
University of Vienna, Department of East Asian Studies / Japanese Studies, AAKH Campus, Hof 2, Tuer 2.4, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Wien, Austria E-mail work: barbara.holthus@univie.ac.at E-mail private: barbaraholthus@gmail.com

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[SSJ: 8774] ICC Lecture Announcement (Dec. 10)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2014/12/01

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2014


Pacifying souls, soothing hearts:
Buddhist care for the dead and the living in post-disaster Tohoku

Maja Veselič (University of Ljubljana, ICC Visiting
Scholar)

18:30-20:00
Dec. 10 (Wed), 2014
Room 301, 3F, Building 10,
Sophia University

This talk discusses the ongoing relief and recovery activities of Buddhist priests in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown by examining priests' traditional role as carers for the dead as well as their attempts to address the emotional needs of the tsunami and nuclear evacuees.

The sheer loss of human life, the disruption of or limited access to graves, the destruction or forced abandonment of temples and home altars, have in themselves presented an unprecedented challenge for the performance of the long-established funeral and memorial service duties that befall priests in Japanese temple Buddhism. Offering comfort to the bereaved families of dead parishioners has been an integral, though rarely explicit part of their care work; and one for which they receive no formal training. However, the all-pervasive trauma caused by mass death, displacement and the breaking down of communal bonds left many priests with the sense of responsibility to do more; consequently catalyzing broader Buddhist interest in mental health related practices. By juxtaposing priests' discourses and reflections on their traditional care for the souls of the dead and the recent attention to the psycho-spiritual support for the living, this talk will tease out the shared emphasis on priests as mediators and facilitators of social (re)integration.

Maja Veselič (PhD in anthropology) has just concluded her tenure as a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Comparative Culture, Sophia University, Tokyo. Over the past two years she has conducted research on Buddhist aid provision and recovery support in post-3.11 Tohoku, with a side interest on local disaster storytellers (kataribe). Her previous work has focused on issues of ethnicity and religion in the People's Republic of China, especially with reference to Muslim minorities.

Lecture in English / No prior registration necessary

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture :
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax) /
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web) /
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)

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November 28, 2014

[SSJ: 8772] Sophia University ICC Lecture announcement (Dec 15)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2014/11/28

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2014

Give back peace that will never end: Hibakusha poets as public intellectuals Cassandra Atherton (Alfred Deakin Research Institute,
Melbourne)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2014-2015/14121
5_Atherton.pdf

Dec. 15 (Mon): 18:30 - 20:00
Sophia University Yotsuya Campus, Room 10-301

Noam Chomsky has argued that the most effective public intellectuals are dissident intellectuals who act from the margins. The US censorship of public discussion of the bombings during the Allied Occupation of Japan ensured that the public did not understand all that had occurred in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This lack of discussion about the A-bomb and the scientific testing on hibakusha saw them stigmatised, however this marginalisation makes them powerful public intellectuals. Hibakusha poets such as Toge Sankichi and Eisaku Yoneda offer a kind of authentic 'evidencing' and recording of the horror of the events
of the atomic bombing. The simplicity and
accessibility of these poems are essential to the public dissemination of their message, however this has worked against their preservation in the literary canon. This is, in part, because the literary canon prioritises a greater sophistication of language and range of poetic techniques. This paper examines the way in which hibakusha poets can be recognised as public intellectuals. It hinges on a number of considerations centred on public intellectualism,
canonicity and use of language.

Cassandra Atherton is an award winning writer, critic, interviewer and one of Australia's leading experts on public intellectuals. She has published six books (with two more in progress) and over the last three years has been invited to edit five special editions of leading refereed journals. She will take up Visiting Scholar status at Harvard University in 2015 - 2016 and is an affiliate of the Monash Centre for Japanese Studies. Cassandra has been awarded five literary awards for her books and articles and has been a successful recipient of more than fifteen national and international research grants and teaching awards. She was a judge of the prestigious Australian Book Review fiction award in 2014 and was recently invited to be a judge of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards in 2015.

Lecture in English / No registration necessary

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture :
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax) /
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)

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[SSJ: 8771] Call for Papers: International Workshop on Japan's New Immigrants

From: Farrer Gracia
Date: 2014/11/28

CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: 19 December 2014) INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON JAPAN’S NEW IMMIGRANTS:
CAPTURING THE CHANGING ETHNO-SCAPE IN A GLOBALIZING SOCIETY

Date: 13-14 February, 2015
Venue: Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo
Website: http://web.waseda.jp/gsaps/en/wiaps/outline/


People’s cross-border mobility has been an integral part of Japan’s history. Despite a decline in the speed and frequency of international migration in Japan’s post-war era, the migration to Japan has become a significant force since the 1980s, stimulating Japanese society and helping shape the new social and cultural landscapes of Japan. The presence of immigrants challenges the myth of a homogeneous nation many Japanese people and scholars of Japan once entertained. In more recent years, the increase of visibly foreign faces and the unfamiliar languages spoken has also added a sense of excitement and anxiety to the Japanese public.

Existing scholarship on new immigrants in Japan has given substantial attention to the life of Filipino and Chinese marriage migrants, Chinese students and migrant workers of various skill levels, and migrants from Latin America with Japanese ancestry (Nikkei). However, the shifting terrain of immigration policy and economic reforms in Japan, alongside recent crises, means that the dynamics of immigration to Japan are changing rapidly. More importantly, thirty years have passed since the onset of Japan’s ‘internationalisation’ policies shifted towards increasing migration. Those seen as ‘new’ migrant groups are no longer merely new arrivals, with a large number of 1.5 and 2nd generation immigrants having grown up in Japan and calling Japan home. Their education, work and social life tells a story of both Japan’s present and its future.

This workshop aims to capture emerging phenomena related to immigration in Japan. It is particularly interested in showcasing the work of young scholars who are currently researching these important developments. Acknowledging the unique contribution they make as scholars currently engaged in fieldwork, this workshop will provide an opportunity to better understand the changing landscape and possible future of immigration in contemporary Japan.

We seek contributors whose research addresses the following aspects of immigrant life in Japan:
l The organizational life of new immigrants, including schools, workplaces;
l The building of social relations and communities (not limited to co-ethnic);
l Citizenship consciousness and various forms of belonging;
l Issues related to acculturation, identity and well-being;
l 1.5 and second generation immigrants, including those of mixed descents (e.g. children of Filipino-Japanese parents and Chinese-Japanese parents)

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Presentation proposals should include a title, an abstract of 250 words maximum and a brief personal biography for submission by 19 December 2014. Please send all proposals to Dr. Jamie Coates at jamie.coates@gmail.com. Successful applicants will be notified by 10 January 2015.
Based on the quality of proposals and the availability of funds, partial or full funding will be granted to successful applicants. Because of the limited funding, participants are therefore encouraged to seek funding for travel from their home institutions.

CONTACTS:

Prof Gracia LIU-FARRER
glfarer@waseda.jp
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

Dr. Jamie COATES
Jamie.coates@gmail.com
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

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[SSJ: 8770] 【Notice】 Invitation to Special GRIPS Forum on 3rd December

From: GRIPS Forum
Date: 2014/11/28

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) International Liaison Office


Dear SSJ-Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the Special GRIPS Forum at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies on December 3.

*Please register at Registration Form by December 2
(Tue)17:00.
https://gremind.grips.ac.jp/form/0005/special-grips-for
um-on-3rd-december/

*If you can’t open the registration form, please send an email to grips-pr02@grips.ac.jp with your name, affiliation, job title, phone number or email address without changing the title.

*If you are arriving by a private car, please let us know the car information (type, color, and number) in advance so that we can register it for campus entry permission.

Date: Wednesday, 3 December, 2014
Time: 16:40-18:10
Venue: GRIPS Sokairo Hall, 1st Floor
Speaker: Dr. Perry Warjiyo, Deputy Governor, Bank Indonesia
Theme: Indonesian Economy Beyond 2014:Managing Short-term Stability, Unlocking Long-term Growth
Language: English (Japanese simultaneous interpretation
provided)
Fee: Free


Abstract:
Indonesia has weathering well the recent global spillovers and market volatility. It emerged out from the so-called "fragile five" last year to become one of the most prospective economy. Macroeconomic and financial stability have been sound with relatively high economic growth. Market confidence has resumed and strong, lead to large inflows of direct and portfolio investments. The success owe to the decisive and timely responses by Bank Indonesia in close coordination with the Government through policy mix of monetary, macro prudential, and fiscal policies. Following the recent smooth democratic process, Indonesia is poised to higher, inclusive and sustainable growth over the long-term. The new Government has shown its strong determination to accelerate structural reforms in many
areas: investment, infrastructure, industry, maritime, agriculture and SMEs. The recent bold decision on subsidy reform is an excellent start, and more structural reforms will follow. The lecture will discuss the recent development and prospect of Indonesia economy, and how the authorities manage stability over the short-term and unlock the growth potential over the long-term.

Speakers’ Profile:

Current Status: Deputy Governor, Bank Indonesia

Past Experience :
2013 Assistant Governor for Monetary,
Macroprudential and International Policy
2009-2013 Executive Director of Economic
Research and Monetary Policy Department
2007-2009 Executive Director, South East Asia
Voting Group (SEAVG), IMF

Other Responsibilities:
-Lecturer, post-graduates studies , University of Indonesia -Visiting lecturers in a number of reputable Universities in Indonesia


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For registration and inquiries, please contact: Ms. Iso

E-mail: grips-pr02@grips.ac.jp
FAX:03-6439-6030
URL: http://www.grips.ac.jp/
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[SSJ: 8769] 18 DEC 2014 Will the US Defend the Senkakus ? Paul Sracic and Jun Okumura

From: ICAS
Date: 2014/11/28

Will the US Defend the Senkakus ?
- Paul Sracic and Jun Okumura
============
Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014
Time: Door opens at 7:00pm, Program starts at 7:30pm
Venue:
Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5F
(access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Speakers:
Paul Sracic, Chair, the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University in Ohio Jun Okumura, visiting researcher at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs (MIGA), special advisor to the National Students Information Center (NISA), and counselor at a risk analysis firm
Moderator:
Robert Dujarric, Director of ICAS
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:
icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.
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Dear friends,

Paul Sracic and Jun Okumura will discuss and debate the question of the United States' willingness and ability to join in the defense of Japan in case of a Chinese attack on the Senkaku islands.

Speakers

Paul Sracic chairs the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University in Ohio. His latest book, Ohio Government and Politics (co-authored with William Binning), will be published in March by Congressional Quarterly Press. He is also the author of San Antonio v. Rodriguez and the Pursuit of Equal Education (University Press of Kansas, 2006) and co-author of the Encyclopedia of American Parties, Campaigns, and Elections (Greenwood, 1998). Dr.
Sracic's op-eds on American and Ohio politics have appeared in the Washington Post, USA Today, Bloomberg View, CNN.com, the Atlantic.com, and The Diplomat. Dr.
Sracic is a former Fulbright Scholar in Japan, where he taught American Politics at the University of Tokyo and Sophia University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University.

Jun Okumura

entered the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI, then MITI) upon graduation from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tokyo. During his career at the ministry, he was stationed in Brazil, headed the JETRO office in New York City, and obtained an LLM at Harvard Law School. He is now visiting researcher at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs (MIGA), special advisor to the National Students Information Center
(NISA), and counselor at a risk analysis firm. A
frequent commentator on Japanese affairs and participant in ICAS events, his blog, Global Talk, is at http://son-of-gadfly-on-the-wall.blogspot.jp/

________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi,
Senior
Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.facebook.com/tuj.icas

ICAS events do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the speakers and participants.

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[SSJ: 8768] School of East Asian Studies research student scholarships 2015

From: Katherine Gallagher
Date: 2014/11/28

Dear all,

The School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) at The University of Sheffield would like to invite applications for postgraduate scholarships for 2015/16 entry starting from October 2015.
SEAS offers single country supervision on China, Japan and Korea as well as transnational processes and linkages.
Applications covering
both social science and humanities topics are welcome.

Please see our webpages for details:

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/seas/researchdegrees

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Tuesday 3 February 2015.
Late applications will not be accepted.

To enquire whether your research topic fits our areas of study please send your CV and proposal to k.gallagher@sheffield.ac.uk

Best wishes,

Dr Lily Chen
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
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Katherine Gallagher
Exams Secretary
Postgraduate Admissions Co-ordinator
Ethics Administrator
School of East Asian Studies
The University of Sheffield
6-8 Shearwood Road
Sheffield
S10 2TD
Email: k.gallagher@sheffield.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 8423 (Internal ext. 28423)
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 8432

Like us on Facebook
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Follow us on Twitter
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Voted number one for student experience
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey
2014-2015

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November 25, 2014

[SSJ: 8767] Symposium announcement: Women and Networks in Nineteenth Century Japan 2 (Dec 20)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2014/11/25

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM Organized by ICC Network Studies Research Unit (Bettina Gramlich-Oka, Sophia University)

Women and Networks in Nineteenth Century Japan 2
(http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2014-2015/1412
20_Women_and_Networks2_eng.pdf)
)

Sophia University, Tokyo
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Building 12, 1F, Rm. 102
BILINGUAL event
RSVP not necessary

WELCOME ADDRESS
10:00 -
David H. SLATER (Director of ICC) & ŌGUCHI Yūjirō (Ochanomizu University, Prof. Emeritus)

CROSSING BORDERS -- NISHIZAWA Naoko (Keio University)
10:20 – 11:10
SHIBA Keiko (Independent Scholar): Leaving Edo: Women and the End of Alternate Attendance
Sally HASTINGS (Purdue University): Women Studying
Abroad: Before and After
Break
FAMILIES, DIARIES AND NETWORKS -- SAKURAI Yuki (Independent Scholar)
11:30 – 12:40
Gaye ROWLEY (Waseda University): Aristocratic Concubine and Tokugawa Statesman: Court-Bakufu Links
TANG Li (Beijing Institute of Technology) and YABUTA Yutaka (Kansai University): From Father to Daughter:
Carrying on a Literary Network
ITASAKA Noriko (Senshū University): Upholding the
Household: Bakin’s Daughter-in-law and her Diary Lunch Break NETWORKS OF PRODUCTION AND REPRODUCTION -- M. William STEELE (ICU)
14:00 – 14:50
YOKOTA Fuyuhiko (Kyoto University): Giving Birth in the Mid-Edo Period
SUGANO Noriko (Teikyō University, ret.): Adjusting to Factory Life: Records of the Tomioka Silk Mill Break CIRCLES OF FAITH AND PATRONAGE -- YOKOYAMA Yuriko (National Museum of Japanese History)
15:10 – 16:20
Alexander M. VESEY (Meiji Gakuin): The Shogun’s Mother as Cultural Patron: The Case of Keishōin
MIYAZAKI Fumiko (Keisen University, Prof. Emerita):
Women as Activists in a Popular Religious Network
Marnie ANDERSON (Smith College): From Concubine to Activist and Bible Woman: The Role of Networks in Sumiya Koume's Life Break NETWORKS IN PROCESS -- Kate WILDMAN NAKAI (Sophia University, Prof. Emerita)
16:30 – 17:30
ŌGUCHI Yūjirō (Ochanomizu University, Prof.
Emeritus), Hitomi TONOMURA (University of Michigan), SAKURAI Yuki (Independent Scholar), M. William STEELE
(ICU)

CLOSING REMARKS AND DISCUSSION -- Anne WALTHALL (UC Irvine, Prof. Emerita)
17:30 – 18:00
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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)

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November 24, 2014

[SSJ: 8766] Part-time position

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2014/11/24

We have open a position for a part-time research assistant in a larger project on 3.11 disaster, relief and rebuilding. We are looking for a responsible, independent worker with Japanese (near native) and English (communicative) ability and internet research skills.

This position would be of most interest to a younger scholar working a related field, but is open to anyone interested. Most of the work can be done on your own time away from our office, but some consultation would be necessary.

If you are interested, please contact David Slater
(d-slater[at]sophia.ac.jp)


--
David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture Professor of Cultural Anthropology Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese Studies Sophia University, Tokyo

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November 22, 2014

[SSJ: 8765] CFP: Galapagosizing Japan? The Third Bi-Annual Conference of the Israeli Association for Japanese Studies (IAJS), May 11-13, 2015, Tel Aviv

From: Nissim Otmazgin
Date: 2014/11/22

Call for Papers

Galapagosizing Japan?
The Challenges of Participation and the Costs of Isolation

The Third Bi-Annual Conference of the Israeli Association for Japanese Studies (IAJS)


Dear Colleagues,

The Israeli Association for Japanese Studies would like to invite you to submit proposals for its third bi-annual conference, which will convene at Tel Aviv University, Israel, on May 11-13, 2015.

The broader theme for the conference will be "Galapagosizing Japan? The Challenges of Participation and the Costs of Isolation". Proposals may address this topic from various perspectives, such as, Japanese politics and economy, social and cultural processes, Japan in historical and trans-national perspective. We encourage proposals from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to political science, anthropology, economics, cultural studies, international relations, literature, that would illuminate on the processes taking place within Japan as well as on Japan's place in the regional and global scene. Organized panels and individual papers that address topics other than the conference's main topic will be considered as well.

Language of the conference: English, Hebrew, and Japanese.
Proposals for panels as well as individual papers should include name, title, institutional affiliation, and an abstract of up to 300 words with relevant keywords listed. The proposals are to be sent to Ms.
Shir Shapira, IAJS Secretary (con.iajs@gmail.com) by February 10, 2015. Proposals from abroad are open to non-members of IAJS. Successful applicants will be notified by February 28, 2015.
The organizers will strive to secure funding for accommodation to participants from abroad. No registration fee is required.
Conference Venue: Tel Aviv University, Israel

Situated in Israel's cultural, financial, and technological capital, TAU shares Tel Aviv's unshakable spirit of openness and innovation - and boasts a campus life as dynamic and pluralistic as the metropolis itself. Tel Aviv the city and Tel Aviv the university are one and the same - a thriving Mediterranean center of diversity and discovery.

Proposals should include the following information:
For Organized Panels
. Panel title
. Panel abstract (limited to 300 words) with
relevant key words
. Abstracts of papers in the panel (limited to
150 words each)
. Name of panel chair including institutional
affiliation and contact information
. Names of all participants including
institutional affiliation and contact information

For Individual Papers
. Paper Title
. Paper abstract (limited to 300 words) with
relevant key words
. Name, institutional affiliation and contact
information

For inquiries please contact con.iajs@gmail.com

Organizing Committee:
Dr. Michal Daliot Bul, University of Haifa and Chair of IAJS Academic Committee Dr. Helena Grinshpun, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Dr. Mika Levi-Yamamori, Tel Aviv University Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and IAJS Chair Dr. Liora Sarfati-Donskoy, Tel Aviv University

The Israeli Association for Japanese Studies (IAJS) is a cross-university association dedicated to the promotion of research and teaching of Japan in Israel.
IAJS is a non-profit organization whose aims are to address the academic interest in Israel in the field of Japanese studies and the need for better coordination among the various researchers and academic institutions working in the field. IAJS seeks to encourage Japanese-related research and dialogue in Israel, to promote Japanese language teaching, to organize symposiums, workshops and conferences in the field of Japanese studies, and to advance the academic ties and collaboration with other associations and academic institutions of Japanese studies abroad (www.japan-studies.org).

--
Nissim Otmazgin, Ph.D
Chair, Department of Asian Studies
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus 91905 Jerusalem Israel
Tel (o) 972-2-5880191; Fax (o) 972-2- 5828076
E-mail: nissim.otmazgin@mail.huji.ac.il http://eastasia.huji.ac.il

New book by Nissim Otmazgin, Regionalizing Culture: the Political Economy of Japanese Popular Culture in Asia, now out by University of Hawai'i Press!
See the book here:
http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9036-9780824836948.aspx

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November 21, 2014

[SSJ: 8764] R. Katz 'postscript' on the Foreign Affairs website on why Abenomics didn't deliver

From: Richard Katz
Date: 2014/11/21

The “Foreign Affairs” website ran a postscript by me on what the tax delay tells us about Abenomics.

The URL is:
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/142382/richard-k
atz/zombie-abenomics
Those who don’t subscribe can register for free to get the whole text. Here are excerpts:

Zombie Abenomics
Japan's Missing Economic Revival
By Richard Katz
November 20, 2014

The real question is this: If Abe’s strategy, known as Abenomics, is such a miraculous revival plan, why was the delay necessary? And, given Abe’s track record, why should anyone trust his guarantee that he will make the economy strong enough by 2017 to weather another tax hike? Healthy economies are not thrown into recession by relatively small hikes in a consumption tax from five percent to eight percent, but Japan’s was—indicating that it isn’t healthy and that Abenomics has done little to help.

In some ways, Abenomics has made the situation worse.
It’s not just the tax hike. There is also the 30 percent yen depreciation that Abe encouraged as a way to increase exports. Just as I discussed in my recent article for Foreign Affairs, because Abe left many structural competitive problems unaddressed, the depreciation has done nothing of the sort, spurring no real growth at home. Instead, price hikes sparked by the depreciation have led to a big decline in price-adjusted incomes. Among working families, real disposable incomes are down six percent from a year ago. That is why consumer spending has plunged and why the economy is in recession.

Supposedly, Abenomics has three “arrows”: monetary stimulus, fiscal stimulus, and structural reform. Over time, fiscal stimulus was replaced by austerity.
Structural reform was always more talk than action. As a result, all that remains of the three arrows is monetary stimulus—the Bank of Japan governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, flooding the system with money by buying Japanese government bonds…On October 31, the Bank of Japan announced that it would up its Japanese government bond purchases to ¥80 trillion ($690
billion) per year, almost twice as much as the government’s annual budget deficit. So, at the same time that Kuroda sends out false alarms that tax hike postponement would lead to a debt crisis, he is removing the cause of that potential crisis by reducing private holdings of the debt.

Abenomics is banking on the hope that monetary stimulus alone can engender growth by reviving “animal spirits”
via inflation. Kuroda is acting like a doctor who says he can make a severe asthmatic run by giving him lots of oxygen. When the patient points out that he also has a broken leg in need of surgery, Kuroda proposes to double the oxygen. If Abe were implementing a genuine three-arrow program, he would use fiscal and monetary stimulus as anesthesia to make possible the long and difficult surgery of structural reform. But for too long, Japan has used fiscal and monetary stimulus as a narcotic to dull the pain and thereby avoid the surgery. And, for too long, it has swung back and forth between poorly implemented fiscal stimulus and ill-timed bouts of fiscal austerity. Abe is continuing that tradition.

Consider just one of the many cases in which Abe talks of bold action, but does very little: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks. The talks are in danger of turning into another Doha Round, where negotiations go on forever and nothing gets signed.
There are many causes, but one of the most important is Tokyo’s refusal to eliminate most of the import trade barriers in a few farm products: beef, pork, dairy, and wheat. The tragedy is that Japan, not its trading partners, has the most to gain from freeing up its market. A true reformer would liberalize farming, not because Washington demands it but because the Japanese economy needs it. Japanese consumers spend 14 percent of their household budget on food, far more than the six percent Americans spend. Imports of cheaper food, along with reforms in the food industry, could drastically lower this cost and release consumer spending power for other products.

Instead, Abe is sacrificing the welfare of 46 million Japanese households for the sake of the mere 100,000 households involved in those few products. Most of the latter are aging part-time farmers who get the lion’s share of their income from nonfarm work, government subsidies, and pensions. Abe heeds their demands because malapportionment enables the rural districts to select an outsized share of the Diet members and because one of the pivotal allies for Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is the adamantly anti-TPP farm lobby….

The LDP-led coalition, which now controls more than two-thirds of the seats, expects to lose just 30–40 of those. That would leave it with a very comfortable majority of 45–55 seats. But if the disgruntled voters take away any more of the ruling coalition’s seats, they will send a message that economic malfeasance carries a political price.

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[SSJ: 8764] R. Katz 'postscript' on the Foreign Affairs website on why Abenomics didn't deliver

From: Richard Katz
Date: 2014/11/21

The “Foreign Affairs” website ran a postscript by me on what the tax delay tells us about Abenomics.

The URL is:
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/142382/richard-k
atz/zombie-abenomics
Those who don’t subscribe can register for free to get the whole text. Here are excerpts:

Zombie Abenomics
Japan's Missing Economic Revival
By Richard Katz
November 20, 2014

The real question is this: If Abe’s strategy, known as Abenomics, is such a miraculous revival plan, why was the delay necessary? And, given Abe’s track record, why should anyone trust his guarantee that he will make the economy strong enough by 2017 to weather another tax hike? Healthy economies are not thrown into recession by relatively small hikes in a consumption tax from five percent to eight percent, but Japan’s was—indicating that it isn’t healthy and that Abenomics has done little to help.

In some ways, Abenomics has made the situation worse.
It’s not just the tax hike. There is also the 30 percent yen depreciation that Abe encouraged as a way to increase exports. Just as I discussed in my recent article for Foreign Affairs, because Abe left many structural competitive problems unaddressed, the depreciation has done nothing of the sort, spurring no real growth at home. Instead, price hikes sparked by the depreciation have led to a big decline in price-adjusted incomes. Among working families, real disposable incomes are down six percent from a year ago. That is why consumer spending has plunged and why the economy is in recession.

Supposedly, Abenomics has three “arrows”: monetary stimulus, fiscal stimulus, and structural reform. Over time, fiscal stimulus was replaced by austerity.
Structural reform was always more talk than action. As a result, all that remains of the three arrows is monetary stimulus—the Bank of Japan governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, flooding the system with money by buying Japanese government bonds…On October 31, the Bank of Japan announced that it would up its Japanese government bond purchases to ¥80 trillion ($690
billion) per year, almost twice as much as the government’s annual budget deficit. So, at the same time that Kuroda sends out false alarms that tax hike postponement would lead to a debt crisis, he is removing the cause of that potential crisis by reducing private holdings of the debt.

Abenomics is banking on the hope that monetary stimulus alone can engender growth by reviving “animal spirits”
via inflation. Kuroda is acting like a doctor who says he can make a severe asthmatic run by giving him lots of oxygen. When the patient points out that he also has a broken leg in need of surgery, Kuroda proposes to double the oxygen. If Abe were implementing a genuine three-arrow program, he would use fiscal and monetary stimulus as anesthesia to make possible the long and difficult surgery of structural reform. But for too long, Japan has used fiscal and monetary stimulus as a narcotic to dull the pain and thereby avoid the surgery. And, for too long, it has swung back and forth between poorly implemented fiscal stimulus and ill-timed bouts of fiscal austerity. Abe is continuing that tradition.

Consider just one of the many cases in which Abe talks of bold action, but does very little: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks. The talks are in danger of turning into another Doha Round, where negotiations go on forever and nothing gets signed.
There are many causes, but one of the most important is Tokyo’s refusal to eliminate most of the import trade barriers in a few farm products: beef, pork, dairy, and wheat. The tragedy is that Japan, not its trading partners, has the most to gain from freeing up its market. A true reformer would liberalize farming, not because Washington demands it but because the Japanese economy needs it. Japanese consumers spend 14 percent of their household budget on food, far more than the six percent Americans spend. Imports of cheaper food, along with reforms in the food industry, could drastically lower this cost and release consumer spending power for other products.

Instead, Abe is sacrificing the welfare of 46 million Japanese households for the sake of the mere 100,000 households involved in those few products. Most of the latter are aging part-time farmers who get the lion’s share of their income from nonfarm work, government subsidies, and pensions. Abe heeds their demands because malapportionment enables the rural districts to select an outsized share of the Diet members and because one of the pivotal allies for Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is the adamantly anti-TPP farm lobby….

The LDP-led coalition, which now controls more than two-thirds of the seats, expects to lose just 30–40 of those. That would leave it with a very comfortable majority of 45–55 seats. But if the disgruntled voters take away any more of the ruling coalition’s seats, they will send a message that economic malfeasance carries a political price.

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November 19, 2014

[SSJ: 8763] R. Katz oped on Abe's tax hike delay

From: Richard Katz
Date: 2014/11/19

The Wall Street Journal Asia ran an oped by me on Shinzo Abe’s decision to delay the tax hike. For those with subs, the URL is:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-failure-of-abenomics
-1416246853?KEYWORDS=richard+katz

Excerpts are:

This [tax delay] is absolutely the right decision…In economic policy, doing the right things at the wrong time, or in the wrong order, can spell disaster. At some point Japan must raise taxes, although there are much better taxes to raise than the consumption tax.
But first Japan needs to revive self-sustaining growth.

The best evidence for delay is the impact of the first hike. So far this year, the consumer retrenchment has been twice as severe as at the same stage of the prolonged recession that followed the 1997 tax hike.
Spending is down because income is down.

[snip]

The alarms raised about a severe market reaction to a tax delay were just scare tactics bureaucrats used to get politicians in line. Fiscal hawks claimed that any delay would cause the stock market to crash because investors would doubt Japan’s “fiscal credibility.”
Instead, the opposite has happened: Word of a possible delay sent stock prices soaring to levels not seen since 2007. Then there was the fable from Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda that interest rates could spike as they did in Greece. Mr. Kuroda knows better.
Unlike the crisis countries of Europe, Japan finances its own debt, and the BOJ has proven its ability to keep interest rates down. As of press time, he has gotten the yield on 10-year Japan Government Bonds down to a near-record low of 0.48%.

Moreover, the BOJ is already purchasing so many government bonds as part of its monetary-easing policy that holdings by other investors have declined to 142% of GDP as of September from 154% of GDP before Mr.
Abe’s return to power. With its latest round of easing on Oct. 31, the BOJ plans to buy ¥80 trillion ($690
billion) per year in government bonds, almost twice as much as the national government’s annual budget deficit. So while the BOJ cries wolf about a debt crisis, it is reducing the cause of that potential crisis by buying up the debt.

Certainly, the government cannot run huge deficits forever. But Japan surely has enough time to promote a genuine recovery—which would help cut deficits—instead of strangling that recovery in its cradle through fiscal austerity.

[snip]

Mr. Abe has shown that a determined prime minister has the power to overrule the bureaucracy when he really wants to. He should put that determination on display once again and challenge both bureaucrats and domestic special interests on issues involving his “third arrow”
of structural reform….

At the root of Abenomics is a false theory that Japan’s economic malaise results from a lack of confidence produced by deflation. Mr. Abe hoped that he could solve Japan’s problems by printing lots of money to restore inflation. So when voters go to the polls …., they should ask themselves a simple question: If Abenomics is really so terrific, why has a delay in the tax hike become necessary? Healthy economies are not thrown into recession by a relatively small sales-tax hike to 8% from 5%. But Japan is not a healthy economy.
And Abenomics has not made it healthier.

[snip]

Richard Katz

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[SSJ: 8762] :【Notice】 Invitation to 102nd GRIPS Forum on 1st December

From: GRIPS Forum
Date: 2014/11/19

Dear SSJ-Friends,


We are pleased to invite you to the next GRIPS Forum at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies on December 1.

*Please register at Registration Form by November 28
(Fri)17:00.
https://gremind.grips.ac.jp/form/0002/the-102nd-grips-f
orum-on-1st-december/

*If you can’t open the registration form, please send an email to gripsforum@grips.ac.jp with your name, affiliation, job title, phone number or email address without changing the title.

*If you are arriving by a private car, please let us know the car information (type, color, and number) in advance so that we can register it for campus entry permission.

Date: Monday, 1 December, 2014
Time: 16:40-18:10
Venue: GRIPS Sokairo Hall, 1st Floor
Speaker: Dr. Takatoshi Ito, Professor of GRIPS; Project Professor at University of Tokyo
Theme: “Fiscal Problem in Japan: Social Security and Consumption Tax”
Language: Japanese (English simultaneous interpretation
provided)
Fee: Free

Abstract:
The Japanese fiscal situation is the worst among the advanced countries with the debt to GDP ratio exceeding 240%. However, there is no sign of fiscal crisis as shown by the super low bond rate. On the expenditure side, it is very difficult to stop an increase in social security expenditures-pension, medical, and long term care-due to aging of the population. On the revenue side, it is difficult to conceive a sharp increase in income tax and corporate tax. Consumption tax is the only hope. It is highly likely that a fiscal crisis will happen in the first half of the 2020s, if the government fails to introduce a series of the consumption tax rate hikes.


Speakers’ Profile:
Takatoshi Ito, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, and Project Professor at University of Tokyo, has taught both in the United States and Japan since his finishing Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University in 1979. Before assuming the current position, Ito taught at University of Minnesota, Hitotsubashi University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia Business School, and Tun Ismail Ali Chair Professor at University of Malaya. He was also appointed in the official sectors, as Senior Advisor in the Research Department, IMF, as Deputy Vice Minister for International Affairs at Ministry of Finance Japan, as a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, and as the chairman of “Panel for Sophisticating the Management of Public/Quasi-public Funds.”


*** GRIPS Forum ***
Since its establishment in 1997, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), as the only graduate school in Japan specializing in policy research, has promoted education and research on a wide range of policy issues.
Utilizing our vast policy network, this Forum invites leaders from various fields including government, academia and business, as well as staff from our own faculty, to deliver lectures on current policy concerns.
The Forum welcomes attendance of GRIPS faculty and students as well as participants from outside the university. Simultaneous interpretation will be available (Japanese/English).

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For registration and inquiries, please contact: Ms. Iso

gripsforum@grips.ac.jp
http://www.grips.ac.jp/
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November 18, 2014

[SSJ: 8761] Reminder: ICC Film screening and discussion on Nov. 21

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2014/11/18

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Presents Film screening and discussion

Stories of Tohoku
(http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2014-2015/1411
21_Stories_from_Tohoku.pdf)

Friday, November 21, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sophia University Yotsuya Campus
Building. 2, Room 508

Japanese American filmmakers Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi will discuss the film and respond to questions following the screening.

Stories From Tohoku examines survivors' strength, resilience, grace and acceptance, and the enduring bonds between the people of Japan and Americans of Japanese ancestry.
During Japan's recovery and rebuilding following the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, the film is an inspiring tribute to the human spirit.
www.storiesfromtohoku.com

English with Japanese subtitles / No registration needed / Free

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
diricc@sophia.ac.jp (email)

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[SSJ: 8760] International Symposium "Prospects and Challenges for the Future Generation"

From: Tomoko Nakamura
Date: 2014/11/18

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to a symposium co-organized by The Japan Foundation and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

・Date: 03. December 2014 (Wed) 09.30 - 17.40 Uhr (admission at 09.00)
・Venue: The Japan Foundation, Sakura Hall, Yotsuya 4-4-1, Shinjuku Access Map:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/outline/contact/pdf/map.pd
f
・Languages:English - Japanese with simultaneous translation services (One keynote speech in German with translation service into English and Japanese)
・Admission:Free, registration is required
・Keynote Speeches:
Prof. GENDA Yuji, University of Tokyo: “Young Generation in Japan: Between Hope and Despair”
Prof. Dr. Dr. Karl-Rudolf KORTE, Director, NRW School of Governance, University of Duisburg-Essen: “The Young Generation in Germany: Between Adaptation and Protest”

To download the full program, please access to:
http://www.kas.de/japan/en/events/61806/

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In February 2014, Forbes titled an article “Overeducated, underpaid, but optimistic: white-collar millennial workers feel career future is bright.” The article was referring to the results of an international survey among business professionals. Yet, what about members of the “Generation Y” who are not lucky enough to be on a career track already? And what about the “Generation Z” who has not even finished high school? What are the work prospects for this generation?

Evidence suggests that today’s young people will not only suffer long-term consequences from the US financial crisis, the European debt crisis and lower economic growth rates in Asia when they try to get a first foothold in the job market. For the foreseeable future, a growing amount of young people will also need to cope with precarious and non-standard or irregular forms of working. In most countries worldwide, the outlook for a strong start in life is therefore rather bleak. For many teenagers and people in their twenties “big dreams” are of no avail.

Experts fear that the future prospects on the work markets will affect more than just career advancement.
It might also hamper adulthood: getting married, buying a house and having children. Today’s conference will address these challenges among distinguished experts from various disciplines and analyse possible policy reforms both from a Japanese, German and Asian perspective.
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Please apply with your full name, affiliation and contact information by 30 November to the KAS Japan Office via E-Mail (KAS-Tokyo@kas.de).
Registrations will be handled on a first come, first served basis. Please note that a rejection-notification will be sent out if the maximum number of participants has been reached. If your registration was successful, there will be no further confirmation.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at our event.

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Japan Office
Japan Foundation, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept.

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November 15, 2014

[SSJ: 8759] Advert for an assistant professor position

From: G30 English Programs Office, HUS
Date: 2014/11/15

Full-time Academic Staff Opening (Limited term
contract): Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University

1. Outline of Position
We are seeking to fill the position of Specially Appointed Assistant Professor (Full-time) (Tokunin-jokyo in Japanese) in our Human Sciences International Undergraduate Programme.
See the following website for further details of the programme http://g30.hus.osaka-u.ac.jp/

2. Affiliation
Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University

3. Working location
Suita Campus with some teaching on Toyonaka Campus.

4. Specialized Field
The successful candidate will teach foundation skills courses and specialist content courses for the Human Sciences International Undergraduate Programme, with a special responsibility for the Global Citizenship Major. Possible disciplinary backgrounds include anthropology, sociology, and political science.

5. Job Description
The successful candidate will make significant contributions to teaching and the smooth operation of the Human Sciences International Undergraduate Programme. The focus is primarily on teaching rather than research, although we would also expect the successful candidate to be research active to some degree. Courses to be taught include freshman courses, Statistics for Social Sciences and Academic Writing, content courses, Peace and Conflict Studies I & II, and Global Citizenship (a shared course for regular students offered in English that includes topics related to citizenship, social justice and equality issues in global society from sociological, anthropological or political science viewpoints). In addition, the successful candidate will offer additional courses in her or his field that will contribute to the Global Citizenship Major in the third and fourth year.

6. Qualifications
Successful candidates will have:
1) Experience of delivering high-quality courses in English
2) A PhD in a relevant field of study
3) A degree of international presence as a researcher in their field
4) Ability to work competently and effectively in English to support the running of the programme.
5) Basic level Japanese communication skills are also desired

7. Commencement of Employment
January 1st, 2015 or as soon after as possible and no later than March, 31st 2015.

8. Term of Employment
This fixed term contract terminates March 31st, 2019.
NB:The term of employment may be shortened if the candidate is or has been employed by Osaka University.

9. Employment Conditions
Discretionary Labour System, Special Work Type *Based on the ‘Regulations Pertaining to Working Hours, Holidays and Leave for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff.’
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/guide/information/joho/file
s/37.pdf

10. Salary and Benefits
*Based on the ‘Rules Pertaining to Salary for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff Subject to Annual Salary System.’
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/guide/information/joho/file
s/45.pdf
Remuneration: Approximately 4.8 to 5.7 million JPY per annum, depending on qualifications and experience.
Commuting allowance, housing allowance, dependent allowance, retirement allowance and bonus will not be provided.

Insurance
The new appointee will join the National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Association, Employment Insurance and Workers’ Accident Compensation Insurance

11. Application Documents
1)Letter of application
2)Curriculum vitae (photo attached)
3)List of publications (please list by type of publication and indicate peer reviewed 4)publications) 5)Copies of three representative publications 6)One academic reference and contact details of two additional referees

12. Submission of Application Documents
Please submit all documentation in PDF or Word format to the following address:
englishprogram@hus.osaka-u.ac.jp
Please enter the following subject line when sending
documentation:
Selection Committee HUS International Programme The above email can also be used for inquiries.

13. Application Deadline
All application materials must arrive by 23:59 on November 24th, 2014 (Japan Standard Time).

14. Selection Process
Applicants will be notified within a few days that the application had been received and is complete.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview in late November to early December.
Shortlisted candidates who are not able to attend a face-to-face meeting will be invited to participate in a Skype-based interview.
Please note that we are not able to reimburse shortlisted candidates for travel or accommodation expenses.

15. Additional Information
Please refer to the ‘Work Regulations for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff’ and other regulations concerning work and working conditions.
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/guide/information/joho/kite
i_shugyou.html

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November 12, 2014

[SSJ: 8758] 20th Century Japan Research Award 2014-2015

From: Yukako Tatsumi
Date: 2014/11/12

20th Century Japan Research Award for 2014-2015

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries invite applications for two $1,500 grants to support research in the library’s Gordon W. Prange Collection and East Asia Collection on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960. Holders of a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree are eligible to apply, as are graduate students who have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation. The competition is open to scholars in all parts of the world and from any discipline, but historical topics are preferred.
University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students may not apply. More information can be found on the Prange Collection website.

The application deadline is November 21, 2014. The grant must be used by October 30, 2015. Grant funds will be disbursed in the form of reimbursement for travel, lodging, meals, reproductions, and related research expenses. Such costs as computers or software are not eligible. Reimbursement will require submission of receipts for processing by the University.

All applications must be submitted electronically by attachment to millercenter@umd.edu with “Twentieth-Century Japan Research Awards” in the subject line. Applications must include a curriculum vitae and a two-to three-page description
(double-spaced) of the research project. Applications from graduate students must be accompanied by a letter from the principal faculty advisor attesting to the significance of the dissertation project and to the student’s completion of all other degree requirements.

Materials in the Gordon W. Prange Collection include virtually all Japanese-language newspapers, news agency releases, magazines, pamphlets, and books dating from the period of Allied censorship, 1945-1949, in addition to over 10,000 newspaper photos. There are also materials published by Chinese and Korean residents, most of which are written in Japanese. Related collections in English include the personal papers of Charles Kades and Justin Williams. Office correspondence documenting policies and decisions of the Publications, Pictorial, and Broadcast Division, Civil Censorship Detachment (Civil Intelligence Section), Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers Japan, are complementary to official Occupation records housed at the National Archives, College Park.
Japanese newspapers and magazines from the Prange Collection are available for research on microform in the East Asia Collection. Other Prange materials are made available for research in the Prange Collection reading area after consultation with the Prange Curator or Manager. The East Asia Collection contains Japanese-language books published during the wartime period, scholarly monographs on Occupied Japan, and a wide variety of reference works.

A one-page summary of research findings is required at the conclusion of the grant period.

For further information about the collections, consult the following websites: http:/www.lib.umd.edu/prange and http://www.lib.umd.edu/EASIA/eastasia.html

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Yukako Tatsumi, Ph.D. (巽 由佳子)
Curator, Gordon W. Prange Collection and East Asian Studies Librarian University of Maryland Libraries
4200 Hornbake Library North
College Park, MD 20742
Tel: (301)314-1768/ Fax: (301)314-2447
yukako[at]umd.edu / http://www.lib.umd.edu/prange

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[SSJ: 8758] 20th Century Japan Research Award 2014-2015

From: Yukako Tatsumi
Date: 2014/11/12

20th Century Japan Research Award for 2014-2015

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries invite applications for two $1,500 grants to support research in the library’s Gordon W. Prange Collection and East Asia Collection on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960. Holders of a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree are eligible to apply, as are graduate students who have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation. The competition is open to scholars in all parts of the world and from any discipline, but historical topics are preferred.
University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students may not apply. More information can be found on the Prange Collection website.

The application deadline is November 21, 2014. The grant must be used by October 30, 2015. Grant funds will be disbursed in the form of reimbursement for travel, lodging, meals, reproductions, and related research expenses. Such costs as computers or software are not eligible. Reimbursement will require submission of receipts for processing by the University.

All applications must be submitted electronically by attachment to millercenter@umd.edu with “Twentieth-Century Japan Research Awards” in the subject line. Applications must include a curriculum vitae and a two-to three-page description
(double-spaced) of the research project. Applications from graduate students must be accompanied by a letter from the principal faculty advisor attesting to the significance of the dissertation project and to the student’s completion of all other degree requirements.

Materials in the Gordon W. Prange Collection include virtually all Japanese-language newspapers, news agency releases, magazines, pamphlets, and books dating from the period of Allied censorship, 1945-1949, in addition to over 10,000 newspaper photos. There are also materials published by Chinese and Korean residents, most of which are written in Japanese. Related collections in English include the personal papers of Charles Kades and Justin Williams. Office correspondence documenting policies and decisions of the Publications, Pictorial, and Broadcast Division, Civil Censorship Detachment (Civil Intelligence Section), Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers Japan, are complementary to official Occupation records housed at the National Archives, College Park.
Japanese newspapers and magazines from the Prange Collection are available for research on microform in the East Asia Collection. Other Prange materials are made available for research in the Prange Collection reading area after consultation with the Prange Curator or Manager. The East Asia Collection contains Japanese-language books published during the wartime period, scholarly monographs on Occupied Japan, and a wide variety of reference works.

A one-page summary of research findings is required at the conclusion of the grant period.

For further information about the collections, consult the following websites: http:/www.lib.umd.edu/prange and http://www.lib.umd.edu/EASIA/eastasia.html

------------------------------------------------
Yukako Tatsumi, Ph.D. (巽 由佳子)
Curator, Gordon W. Prange Collection and East Asian Studies Librarian University of Maryland Libraries
4200 Hornbake Library North
College Park, MD 20742
Tel: (301)314-1768/ Fax: (301)314-2447
yukako[at]umd.edu / http://www.lib.umd.edu/prange

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November 11, 2014

[SSJ: 8757] Correction: Jacob M. Schlesinger's lecture on Abenomics will be THURSDAY November 20.

From: Gregory W. NOBLE
Date: 2014/11/11

* November 20 is a THURSDAY. Please find the corrected announcement below.

The Contemporary Japan Group at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science (ISS, or Shaken), welcomes you to a lecture by

Jacob M. Schlesinger

Senior Asia Economics Correspondent and Central Banks Editor, Asia, The Wall Street Journal Abenomics'
"Critical Moment": Stalled? Backfiring? Or Poised for Takeoff?


DATE AND PLACE
THURSDAY, November 20, 2014 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

ABSTRACT
After Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda jolted global markets with his Halloween surprise stimulus, he said the bold Abenomics bid to end the country's long slump had reached a "critical moment." When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched his program in late 2012, it was greeted with widespread enthusiasm and support from voters, economists, investors, executives, and consumers. Now they're having second thoughts. Mr.
Abe's poll numbers are falling, as households say they're feeling more pain than gain. Mr. Kuroda's own policy board is split, his latest move approved by a bare 5-4 majority secured only at the last minute. Are these the inevitable pains of a recovering economy in transition? Or the signs of yet another Japanese growth plan fizzling out? Or, worse, the beginning of the economic collapse predicted by the Abenomics' harshest critics? A journalist's layperson-friendly dissection of where Japan's economy has been the past two years, and where it's heading -- including a handicapping of big decisions looming, on taxes and structural reforms.

SPEAKER
Jacob M. Schlesinger is Senior Asia Economics Correspondent and Central Banks Editor, Asia for The Wall Street Journal, based in Tokyo. He has covered Japan for the Journal for nearly 10 years in many different capacities. He came first as a reporter following tech, trade, and politics from the end of the bubble to the early years of the "lost decades," from
1989 to 1994. He returned as bureau chief in late 2009, overseeing the historic transfer of power to the Democratic Party of Japan, rising tensions with China, the 2011 triple disaster, and the return of Shinzo Abe, the Liberal Democratic Party, and the grand Abenomics experiment. Schlesinger started with the Journal in Detroit in 1986, covering the American auto industry, and worked for 13 years in the Washington bureau, covering economics and politics, and serving as deputy bureau chief. In 2003, Schlesinger was part of a team of Journal reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for the “What’s Wrong” series about the causes and consequences of the late-1990s financial bubble. After finishing his first tour in Japan, he authored the book "Shadow Shoguns: The Rise and Fall of Japan's Postwar Political Machine"
published in 1997 by Simon & Schuster. While writing his book, he was a visiting fellow at Stanford University's Asia-Pacific Research Center. A native of East Lansing, Michigan, he received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College.

CONTEMPORARY JAPAN GROUP
The ISS Contemporary Japan Group provides English-speaking residents of the Tokyo area with an opportunity to hear cutting-edge research in social science and related policy issues, as well as a venue for researchers and professionals in or visiting Tokyo to present and receive knowledgeable feedback on their latest research projects. Admission is free and advance registration is not required. Everyone is welcome.

For maps and other information, please visit our
website: http://web.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cjg/ or contact Gregory W. NOBLE (noble[at]iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp)

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[SSJ: 8756] CJG announcements--Jacob M. Schlesinger, November 20

From: Gregory W. NOBLE
Date: 2014/11/11

The Contemporary Japan Group at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science (ISS, or Shaken), welcomes you to a lecture by

Jacob M. Schlesinger

Senior Asia Economics Correspondent and Central Banks Editor, Asia, The Wall Street Journal Abenomics' "Critical Moment": Stalled? Backfiring? Or Poised for Takeoff?


DATE AND PLACE
Tuesday, November 20, 2014 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

ABSTRACT
After Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda jolted global markets with his Halloween surprise stimulus, he said the bold Abenomics bid to end the country's long slump had reached a "critical moment." When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched his program in late 2012, it was greeted with widespread enthusiasm and support from voters, economists, investors, executives, and consumers. Now they're having second thoughts. Mr.
Abe's poll numbers are falling, as households say they're feeling more pain than gain. Mr. Kuroda's own policy board is split, his latest move approved by a bare 5-4 majority secured only at the last minute. Are these the inevitable pains of a recovering economy in transition? Or the signs of yet another Japanese growth plan fizzling out? Or, worse, the beginning of the economic collapse predicted by the Abenomics' harshest critics? A journalist's layperson-friendly dissection of where Japan's economy has been the past two years, and where it's heading -- including a handicapping of big decisions looming, on taxes and structural reforms.

SPEAKER
Jacob M. Schlesinger is Senior Asia Economics Correspondent and Central Banks Editor, Asia for The Wall Street Journal, based in Tokyo. He has covered Japan for the Journal for nearly 10 years in many different capacities. He came first as a reporter following tech, trade, and politics from the end of the bubble to the early years of the "lost decades," from
1989 to 1994. He returned as bureau chief in late 2009, overseeing the historic transfer of power to the Democratic Party of Japan, rising tensions with China, the 2011 triple disaster, and the return of Shinzo Abe, the Liberal Democratic Party, and the grand Abenomics experiment. Schlesinger started with the Journal in Detroit in 1986, covering the American auto industry, and worked for 13 years in the Washington bureau, covering economics and politics, and serving as deputy bureau chief. In 2003, Schlesinger was part of a team of Journal reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for the “What’s Wrong” series about the causes and consequences of the late-1990s financial bubble. After finishing his first tour in Japan, he authored the book "Shadow Shoguns: The Rise and Fall of Japan's Postwar Political Machine"
published in 1997 by Simon & Schuster. While writing his book, he was a visiting fellow at Stanford University's Asia-Pacific Research Center. A native of East Lansing, Michigan, he received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College.

CONTEMPORARY JAPAN GROUP
The ISS Contemporary Japan Group provides English-speaking residents of the Tokyo area with an opportunity to hear cutting-edge research in social science and related policy issues, as well as a venue for researchers and professionals in or visiting Tokyo to present and receive knowledgeable feedback on their latest research projects. Admission is free and advance registration is not required. Everyone is welcome.

For maps and other information, please visit our
website: http://web.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cjg/ or contact Gregory W. NOBLE (noble[at]iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp)

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November 07, 2014

[SSJ: 8755] 【Notice】 Invitation to 101st GRIPS Forum on 17th November

From: GRIPS Forum
Date: 2014/11/07

Dear SSJ-Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the next GRIPS Forum at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies on November 17.

*Please register at Registration Form by November 14
(Fri)17:00.
https://gremind.grips.ac.jp/form/0002/the-101th-grips-f
orum-on-17th-november/

*If you can’t open the registration form, please send an email to gripsforum@grips.ac.jp with your name, affiliation, job title, phone number or email address without changing the title.

*If you are arriving by a private car, please let us know the car information (type, color, and number) in advance so that we can register it for campus entry permission.

Date: Monday, 17 November, 2014
Time: 16:40-18:10
Venue: GRIPS Sokairo Hall, 1st Floor
Speaker: Mr. Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress (CAP)
Theme: “U.S.-Japan relations after the U.S. midterm elections”
Language: English (Japanese simultaneous interpretation
provided)

Abstract:
The U.S. midterm elections of November 4, 2014 will set the parameters of what the Obama Administration can do in its last two years in both domestic and foreign policy. In a globalizing world, U.S.-Japan relations is increasingly affected by world events, in particular, America’s and Japan’s relations with other countries and regions, including China, Russia, South Korea, etc. In addition, changes in American society and Japanese society are requiring a re-thinking of the orthodox approach to the bilateral relationship. I propose to discuss the implications of these global and domestic changes for the future of the U.S.-Japan relationship.


Speakers’ Profile:
Glen S. Fukushima is a Senior Fellow at CAP (Center for American Progress), a prominent Washington, D.C. think tank. Before assuming his current position in 2012, he was based for over 20 years in Tokyo, where he was a senior executive with one European and four American corporations and served as President of ACCJ (American Chamber of Commerce in Japan). Prior to his business career, he was Director for Japanese Affairs and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China at USTR (Office of the U.S. Trade Representative). He was educated at Stanford, Keio, Harvard, and Tokyo University.


*** GRIPS Forum ***
Since its establishment in 1997, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), as the only graduate school in Japan specializing in policy research, has promoted education and research on a wide range of policy issues.
Utilizing our vast policy network, this Forum invites leaders from various fields including government, academia and business, as well as staff from our own faculty, to deliver lectures on current policy concerns.
The Forum welcomes attendance of GRIPS faculty and students as well as participants from outside the university. Simultaneous interpretation will be available (Japanese/English).

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For registration and inquiries, please contact: Ms. Iso

E-mail: gripsforum@grips.ac.jp
FAX:03-6439-6030
URL: http://www.grips.ac.jp/
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[SSJ: 8754] Public Seminar: Online Election Campaigns and Digital Democracy in Japan, November 10, 2014

From: Tomoyo Nakamura
Date: 2014/11/07

Japan Foundation London presents
Public Seminar: Online Election Campaigns and Digital Democracy in Japan, November 10, 2014.

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to a lecture by Dr.Ryosuke NISHIDA on November 10 at The Japan Foundation London, 6th Floor, Russell Square House.


│Date: 10 November, 6:30pm-8pm
│Venue: Japan Foundation, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, WC1B 5EH

In this special public seminar, Dr Ryosuke Nishida
(Ritsumeikan University) joins us to outline the rise of web-based election campaigns in Japan and to discuss the current debates surrounding this new form of electioneering. With reference to the recent Upper House and Tokyo gubernatorial elections, Nishida will also explain why Internet election campaigns have thus far failed to attract more young voters to the polls.


Joining Nishida in discussion will be Dr Andy
Williamson , an internationally recognised expert in digital democracy, online campaigning and citizen engagement.

Further information:
http://www.jpf.org.uk/whatson.php#718

Booking: This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve your place, please email event@jpf.org.uk with your full name and the title of the event you would like to attend.

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[SSJ: 8753] Invitation to the EIJS Academy seminar, Thursday, November 20th

From: Miki Futagawa
Date: 2014/11/07

European Institute of Japanese Studies Academy seminar
presents:

Topic : "Major issues in Japan's Regulatory Reform"
Speaker: Professor Naohiro Yashiro, Visiting Professor of Economics
International Christian University

About the speaker: Professor Yashiro is former President of the Japan Center for Economic Research and a member of the Council of Economic and Fiscal Policy as well as a member of Regulatory Reform Council. After obtaining Ph.D in Economics from University of Maryland, he has held positions of first secretary of Japanese Delegation to OECD Paris, Senior Economist, Economic Research Institute, Economic Planing Agency, Japan-Ireland Desk Head, Department of Economic and Statistics, OECD, Senior Planner, Economic Planning Agency. He became Professor of Economics in Sophia University in 1992 and became Professor of Economics at the Iternational Christian University in 2005. Since
2011 he is a Visiting Professor of Economics at
International Christian University.
His major publications in English are:
Economic Effects of Aging in the United States and Japan (co-editor), Chicago University Press, 1997 Health Care Issues in the United States and Japan (co-editor), Chicago University Press, 2006 “Myths about Japanese Employment Practices”, Contemporary Japan, .No.2, 2011 “Japan’s New Special Zones for Regulatory Reform”
International Tax and Public Finance, 12, 561–574, 2005

About the talk: National Strategic Special Zones are designated by the national government and bold regulatory reforms and other measures will be comprehensively and intensively promoted for projects carried out jointly by the central government, local governments, and the private sector. All the six National Strategic Special zones are fully operational and now on, specific regulatory reforms will be continuously realized in the zones. Abe administration will carry out the further realization of reform of vested interests, while taking into consideration the proposals put forward by private-sector members in the roadmap.
In the presentation, we would like to hear Professor Yashiro's suggestions first-hand on additional regulatory reforms especially in employment, labour, medical and elderly care fields.

Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Time: 6.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Drink & Snack (served before lecture)
7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion

Place: Alfred Nobel Auditorium, Embassy of Sweden
10-3-400 Roppongi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo
106-0032

Fee: JPY3,000 per person, payable at the door Free for those who are from EIJS Academy sponsoring companies (*) Free for students, please bring your student ID

Language: English

(*) EIJS Academy 2013-2014 is sponsored by: Gadelius Holding Ltd., Sandvik K.K.
Höganäs Japan K.K. and in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden

Please sign up by November 14th (Fri.) via e-mail to eijsjap@gmail.com for the attention of Ms. Futagawa , EIJS Tokyo office.
--
Miki Futagawa
European Institute of Japanese Studies
Tokyo Office
c/o Embassy of Sweden
1-10-3-400, Roppongi
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Tel: +81(0)3 5562 5032
Fax: +81(0)3 5562 9090
Email: eijsjap[at]gmail.com

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November 06, 2014

[SSJ: 8752] Representations and self-representations of queer(s) in East Asia: Conference and CfP

From: Barbara Holthus
Date: 2014/11/06

CALL FOR PAPERS
Conference: "Representations and Self-representations of Queer(s) in East Asia"
March 20 and 21, 2015, University of Vienna, Austria

Deadline for submissions: 15. November 2014 The CfP can be found online at:
http://www.oeh.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/femref/q
ueereastasia_eng.pdf

Dear Collegues,
we would like to invite you to submit a paper for the conference “Representations and Self-representations of
Queer(s) in East Asia”, taking place on 20th and 21st of March, 2015 at the University of Vienna, Austria.
The conference is organized by students of East Asian Studies in Vienna in cooperation with the LGBTI*Q* Department of the Austrian Students Union (ÖH) and supported by the Department of East Asian Studies/Japanese Studies and the Gender Research Office at the University of Vienna. We look forward to presentations from diverse fields of research such as East Asian Studies, Gender Studies, or Queer Theory.

CONFERENCE VISION

The coverage of ‘queer’ topics and their representations in popular culture, media, and the general public is changing in many East Asian regions.
The transformation in the representation of the ‘queer’
in traditional channels has been accompanied by a surge within the ‘new media’. While visibility enables networking among persons who identify with a queer lifestyle, it simultaneously establishes proscriptive standards and norms, producing a pressure to adapt.
Local and foreign scholars in Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, and Queer Theory have analyzed diverse aspects of ‘representation’ (cf. McLelland und Mackie 2014).
Additionally, certain scholars have pointed out a perceived ‘western’ infl uence in form of activist practices (such as pride parades) or through the usage of the term ‘queer’ (cf. Shimizu 2007). With this conference we hope to encourage a critical examination of representations and self-representations of queer(s) in East Asia. We inquire after contemporary foreign depictions of queer people and queerness in East Asia and interrogate whether and how marginalized groups form, defi ne, and spread their own conceptions of ‘queerness’ using diff erent media and resources such as social media.

CONFERENCE CONTRIBUTIONS MAY INCLUDE:

• The relationship between making or being made visible and making invisible • Queer and minorities, queer people in minorities • Queer self-representations and foreign depictions, e.g. representations of queers and queerness in literature, fi lm or television programs • Queer fandoms and reception of queer popular culture • etc.

We are especially looking forward to contributions that focus on inter*sexuality, trans*gender, asexuality or neo-sexuality, and take race and class into account.
Presentations concerning Queer Theory in East Asia that do not center on ‘representation’ will also be considered in the program planning.
We ask for an abstract of approximately 250-300 words with information about the focus of the presentation and the preferred format (e.g. talk, workshop, poster presentation etc.).

Speakers will receive an allowance to cover accommodation expenses and travel expenses (within Europe). A conference program including the contributions of conferences participants (activists and researchers) from Japan, (South) Korea, China, Taiwan or Hong Kong will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

The organizing team is looking forward to hearing from you.

With best regards,
Jasmin Rueckert, grad student, Japanese studies, representative of the organizational committee Please send your questions and submissions to:
QEA.Conference.Vienna@gmail.com

Barbara G. Holthus, Ph.D.
University of Vienna, Department of East Asian Studies / Japanese Studies, AAKH Campus, Hof 2, Tuer 2.4, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Wien, Austria E-mail work: barbara.holthus@univie.ac.at E-mail private: barbaraholthus@gmail.com

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[SSJ: 8751] 1 DEC 2014 Jennifer Lind: A real defense debate in Japan

From: Eriko Kawaguchi
Date: 2014/11/06

Time for a Real Defense Debate in Japan
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Date: Monday, December 1, 2014
Time: Door opens at 7:00pm, Program starts at 7:30pm
Venue:
Temple University Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 2F
http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html

Speaker:
Jennifer Lind
Associate Professor in the Government department at Dartmouth College, and a Faculty Associate at the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies at Harvard University. Currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the Japan-U.S. Opinion Leaders Exchange Program at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo
Discussant:
Robert Dujarric, Director of ICAS
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:
icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.
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Dear friends, we are happy to invite you to a presentation by Professor Jennifer Lind of Dartmouth College on the state of the defense debate in Japan followed by a few comments from Robert Dujarric of Temple University Japan Campus and a discussion with the audience.


Speaker

Jennifer Lind is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the Japan-U.S. Opinion Leaders Exchange Program at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo. She is an Associate Professor in the Government department at Dartmouth College, and a Faculty Associate at the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies at Harvard University. Professor Lind has previously worked as a consultant for RAND and for the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Lind's research focuses on the security relations of East Asia, and U.S. foreign policy toward the region. Her book, Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics (Cornell, 2008), explores how memory and apologies affect international reconciliation. She is currently working on several article projects about U.S.-China relations and the U.S. alliance system in East Asia, and a book about how great powers rise. Professor Lind has published her research in numerous academic journals, and writes for wider audiences in the Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times. For more information please visit

http://sites.dartmouth.edu/jlind/

Discussant
Robert Dujarric is Director, Institute of Contemporary
Asian Studies, Temple University Japan. He moved to
Tokyo in 2004 as a Council on Foreign Relations Hitachi Fellow in Japan. He has been with Temple University Japan Campus since 2007. He is a graduate of Harvard
College and holds an MBA from Yale University. For
more information please visit
http://www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/the-institute/staff/

________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.facebook.com/tuj.icas

ICAS events do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the speakers and participants.

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[SSJ: 8750] Lunch-time lecture on the "New Japan-US Relations and Security in Asia" at the International House of Japan

From: Tomoya Seki
Date: 2014/11/06

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[Lunchtime Lecture] "New Japan-US Relations and Security in Asia"

The new guidelines for Japan-US defense cooperation are now under review and to be revised. How will this revision change the relationship between Japan and the United States? Dr. Jimbo will talk about the prospects for future Japan-US relations in the Asia-Pacific region, explaining the impact of territorial disputes in East Asia and the South China Sea on Japan.

*Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 0:15-1:30 pm (Doors open at 11:45 am)
*Lecturer: Jimbo Ken
(Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University)
*Venue: Kabayama-Matsumoto Room, International House of Japan
http://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/access.html
*Language: Japanese (without English interpretation)
*Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen, IHJ members:
Free)
*Seating: 70 (reservations required) *Lunch is NOT included.
*Registration: Program Department, International House of Japan,
Tel: 03-3470-3211 E-mail:
program@i-house.or.jp

For details,
http://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/programs/lunchtimelecture2
0141111/
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Program Department
International House of Japan
5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
Tel: 03-3470-3211 (Mon.- Fri. 9:00 am-5:00 pm)
Fax: 03-3470-3170
E-mail: program@i-house.or.jp
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November 04, 2014

[SSJ: 8749] Contemporary Japan: Call for Papers and Invitation for Proposals for Special Issue

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2014/11/04

Contemporary Japan (CJ) is the biannual journal of the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ), published by de Gruyter, Berlin and New York.

(1) Call for Papers for Special Issue Topic:
"Ethnographies of Hope in Contemporary Japan" Guest
editor: Iza Kavedžija (University of Oxford)

In recent years, amidst a faltering economic climate, Japanese people have witnessed a proliferation of narratives of decline and diminishing hope. Social consequences of the economic downturn vary from withdrawal from the public sphere into the private domain and political apathy among the young, to the strengthening of revisionism and right wing rhetoric. By far the most widespread public reaction though seems to be a vague sense of disillusionment and hopelessness. While the economic and social situation warrants concern, the cross cultural perspective afforded by anthropology would indicate that people continue to hope and strive for better lives however dire the circumstances.

For this special issue we invite contributions that consider feelings, perceptions and narratives of hope and hopelessness, as well as examples of how new organizations or efforts have fostered renewed feelings of hope in contemporary Japanese society. Specific theoretical issues to explore may include the
following:

- Hope and temporality. Is hope primarily
future oriented? What is hope's relationship to the
past? When is hope merely a 'future nostalgia'
(Zournazi 2002) that serves as a tool of governments to manipulate the feelings of its subjects?

- Hope and agency. When does hope enable action,
and when does it promote passivity or reliance on something seen as an external
agency (cf. Crapanzano 2003)? To what extent can one foster hope?

- Hope and social change. Does a hopeful
attitude lead to passivity, thus contributing to the status quo, or does it allow for envisaging alternative futures?
Should hope be understood as a collective resource (cf. Braithwaite 2004; Lueck 2007)?

- Hope, knowledge, and creativity. Are older
categories of thought foreclosing the possibility for an emergence of hope, having become the very
'apparatus of hopelessness' (Graeber 2011)? Is hope primarily a form of 'readjustment of knowledge'
(Miyazaki 2006)?

Contributions should not exceed 8000 words, including references and appendices. For details see our submission guidelines at www.contemporary-japan.org/stylesheet.
For Inquiries and submission contact:
iza.kavedzija@anthro.ox.ac.uk Submission deadline: 31 March 2015; Publication: Spring 2016


(2) Invitation for Proposals for Special Issues We are currently inviting proposals for a special issue of Contemporary Japan to be published in spring 2017.
The submission deadline for the proposal is 31 March 2015. Special issue proposals should be submitted as a draft call for papers. The call for papers should have a similar format as the one in
(1) and should include:

i. A provisional title and theme of the special issue ii. The special issue's objective and how it relates to the existing literature iii. Examples of questions that would meet the objective of the special issue

Special issues must be open to any researcher working on the addressed topic and not be restricted to participants of specific workshops, symposia, etc., though such events may serve as a point of departure.
All papers will be subject to external peer-review.
Please note that editors of a special issue cannot author papers for that issue.

+++
Contemporary Japan is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research from all disciplines as they relate to present-day Japan or its recent historical development.
Manuscripts which cross disciplinary boundaries and raise larger issues of interest are also welcome. All submissions are peer-reviewed in a double-blind process by established scholars in the field.
For more information please see our website at http://www.contemporary-japan.org/

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[SSJ: 8748] [UN University event] Monitoring Impacts and Communicating Health Risks after Fukushima

From: Arima, Makiko
Date: 2014/11/04

Dear SSJ Forum members,

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) is pleased to invite you to attend the seminar "Monitoring Impacts and Communicating Health Risks after Fukushima", to be co-organized with the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. This event will start at
10:00 AM on 11 November 2014 at UN University Headquarters in Shibuya.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Best regards,
Makiko Arima
UNU-IAS


----------------------
Monitoring Impacts and Communicating Health Risks after Fukushima

DATE: Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 10:00AM-1:00PM
LOCATION: Elizabeth Rose Hall, UN University Headquarters, Tokyo
URL:
http://ias.unu.edu/en/events/upcoming/monitoring-impact
s-and-communicating-health-risks-after-fukushima.html

The nuclear accident of March 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has had wide-reaching environmental, social and economic impacts. The health risks posed by the accident have been among the key concerns both in Japan and other countries, and are expected to remain the focus of public attention for many years to come. By their very nature, issues related to radiation are both relatively "unusual" and highly technical for the general public. How to monitor effectively the health impacts and communicate associated health risks thus represent key questions that scientists, experts and practitioners are facing in the process of dealing with the legacy of the disaster.

This public seminar will explore challenges and lessons learned in the process of monitoring health impacts and communicating health risks after the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi. It aims to promote open discussion incorporating perspectives from science, practitioners, civil society and the affected population.

The event will take the form of a panel discussion followed by interactive discussion with the audience.
Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

For more information and the event programme, please see the event announcement on the UNU-IAS website.
http://ias.unu.edu/en/events/upcoming/monitoring-impact
s-and-communicating-health-risks-after-fukushima.html

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October 03, 2014

[SSJ: 8707] Symposium on National Security, Tokyo

From: Tom Blackwood
Date: 2014/10/03

Greetings. I'm writing to inform you of an upcoming symposium on national security with panelists Okamoto Yukio and Joseph Nye, sponsored by Harvard University's Asia Center and Tokyo International University, to be held at the Palace Hotel Tokyo on Tuesday, October 28th, from 13:30 to 16:00. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Registration will open Monday, 10/6, and close Friday, 10/10, and 250 people will be randomly selected to attend (ref. over 600 people registered for this event last year). Please visit http://www.tiu.ac.jp/n_news/2014/20140929.html# for more information, and to register.

--
Thomas Blackwood, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
Tokyo International University

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October 02, 2014

[SSJ: 8706] WSJA op-ed -- Abe Bows To The Farm Lobby

From: Richard Katz
Date: 2014/10/02

The Asia Wall Street Journal ran an oped by me in its Tuesday edition under the title "Shinzo Abe Bows to The Farm Lobby." For those with subs, it can be accessed
at:
http://online.wsj.com/articles/shinzo-abe-bows-to-the-f
arm-lobby-1412007781

or

http://tinyurl.com/nseun8s

Excerpts:


The U.S.-Japan cabinet-level talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact broke down on Wednesday largely because of Tokyo's refusal to sufficiently lower farm tariffs and other associated import barriers. The irony is that Japan, not America, has the most to gain from liberalizing food trade, as Japan's own reformers recognize.

Consider the costs of protecting farmers, most of whom are part-timers over the age of 60. Japanese consumers spend 13.7% of their total household budget on food, far more than the 6.3% spent by Americans, or even the 9.3% spent by Britons. If this share were reduced even to 11% by opening the food market to more competition, Japanese households would save 7.5 trillion yen ($72
billion) per year. To put that in perspective, the output of Japan's entire farm sector is only worth 5.4 trillion yen. The five "sacred" farm sectors that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resists liberalizing-rice, beef and pork, dairy, wheat and sugar-produce just 3.6 trillion yen, or 0.8% of Japan's gross domestic product.

[snip: discussion of the huge cost of farm subsidies, tax breaks, distortion of local allocation grants by skewing them to electorally pivotal rural prefectures, and land use laws that fetter GDP by creating an artificial scarcity of land]

The conditions are ripe for a determined prime minister to override the powerful farm lobby. The LDP's opposition is weak, as are Mr. Abe's leadership challengers within his own party. He could even pick up votes from opposition representatives who support the TPP. Import liberalization and reform of land taxes and land-use laws would raise government revenues immediately and stimulate GDP, boosting the goals of Abenomics. If Mr. Abe will not act on structural reform when he has all these advantages, one has to question if he will ever act at all.

Richard Katz
The Oriental Economist Report

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[SSJ: 8705] Symposium: Legacies of World War II (Part 1) 10/30-11/1 Osaka U.

From: Yoneyuki Sugita
Date: 2014/10/02

Dear Colleagues:

We will hold an international symposium. If you wish to make a presentation or become a discussant, there are some slots available.
Please let me know.
Date: 30 October - 1 November
Venue: Academic Exchange Room, Osaka University (Minoh
Campus)
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/access/index.html#minoh
(Access map) http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/access/minoh
(Campus map) #3(3rd Floor)

Common Theme: Legacies of World War II (Part 1) Tentative Program: http://sugita.us/program10302014


Yoneyuki Sugita sugita[at]lang.osaka-u.ac.jp (Osaka U.)

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September 03, 2014

[SSJ: 8672] Part-time Position in Academic Writing/Presentation

From: Yuko Kasuya
Date: 2014/09/03

***Part-time Position in Academic Writing/Presentation at Keio University (Mita Campus)*** Keio University's Department of Political Science is looking for a part-time lecturer who can teach a course on academic writing, and a course on academic presentation at the graduate level for the next school year (April 2015-March 2016). These two courses can be taught during the same semester (either in the Spring or in the Fall, or spread into two semesters). We are especially interested in candidates who are native speakers of English. A Ph.D. in political science or a related discipline is required. If interested, please contact Yuko Kasuya (ykasuya[at]a7.keio.ac.jp) for details by September 12th (Friday).

================================
粕谷祐子
慶應義塾大学法学部 教授
108-8345 東京都港区三田2-15-45
TEL: 03-5427-1075(直通)
FAX: 03-5427-1578(代表)
E-MAIL: ykasuya@law.keio.ac.jp
ykasuya@a7.keio.jp

Yuko KASUYA
Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Keio University 2-15-45, Mita, Minato, Tokyo,
108-8345 JAPAN
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August 13, 2014

[SSJ: 8657] interesting essay: Japan's nuclear energy and waste storage policy quandary

From: Yoneyuki Sugita
Date: 2014/08/13

Dear Colleagues:

Here is an interesting commentary, "Japan's nuclear energy and waste storage policy quandary"

OSAKA
As an aftermath of the 3/11 nuclear accident in 2011, Japan shut down all of its 48 nuclear reactors and they remain inactive at present.
Recently two reactors at Satsuma-Sendai in Kagoshima Prefecture got a nod of approval from the Nuclear Regulation Authority indicating the reactors have met the current, far more stringent, safety regulations.

However, there are other hurdles left to clear in addition to meeting these safety regulations. First, the public has a period of time in which to submit comments on the re-activation activities. After that, local and prefectural approval must be garnered prior to re-activation.
This approval process for the two reactors in Satsuma-Sendai should not be rough sailing because the mayor of the Satsuma-Sendai city and the Kagoshima governor are reportedly inclined to support re-activation.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/japans
-nuclear-energy-and-waste-storage-policy-quandary


Yone Sugita
Osaka U.

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August 12, 2014

[SSJ: 8656] *Notice* Summer Holiday Shutdown August 14-17

From: SSJ-Forum Moderator
Date: 2014/08/12

Due to the summer holidays at University of Tokyo, SSJ-Forum will be shut down from August 14-17. Any message sent to the forum during the off-line period will be posted after August 18.

Thank you for your kind understanding and continuing support for the forum.

Many regards,

Moderator, SSJ-Forum

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August 11, 2014

[SSJ: 8655] Shaken Workshop August 21: Crystal Pryor on export restrictions

From: John Campbell
Date: 2014/08/11

Nice to have the SSJ Forum back, and I hope everyone is getting through the summer ok. After a session talking about polling in Japan, the ISS social science dissertation workshop is back on its normal track of discussing research design issues as well as substance with a young social scientist.

Crystal Pryor will present on August 21.* She is working on a political science PhD at the University of Washington with a dissertation on "The Strategy of Strategic Trade Controls: Balancing Economics, Security, and Politics." It is about how four governments (Japan, UK, US, Germany) approach multilateral negotiations to control the exports of sensitive advanced technologies.

Crystal points out that countries must first weigh their own economic, security, and political interests before proposing multilateral export controls on a given technology. Her puzzle is why similar countries take different stances on controlling the same technologies (her main cases are encryption, CCD cameras, machine tools, and carbon fiber). She suggests that governments worry more about the risk of a specific technology in the hands of a specific importer than about the technology's "inherent dangerousness."

In her presentation, Crystal will tell us how the Japanese process works and how it may be changing. An interesting aspect is the prominence of METI and the lack of involvement of the Defense Agency/Ministry. In fact, the Japanese case has gotten more interesting with the recent relaxation of the ban on exporting weapons.

Guests are welcome, and as usual, I appreciate your letting me know if you are coming though it isn't necessary. I am also interested in hearing from social scientists (all disciplines) who might be interested in presenting this fall.

John Campbell

*Meetings of the Shaken Social Science Dissertation Workshop start at 12 pm on Thursdays and go to 1:30 and sometimes beyond. The Institute of Social Science provides coffee and tea and you are welcome to bring lunch. The location is room 533 on the 5th floor in the Akamon General Research (Sougou Kenkyuu) Building. The building is off to the right after you come through Akamon, or you can cut through the grounds of Ito Hall off Hongou Doori. It is Bldg 38 on this map:

http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/documents/Hongo_Campu
sMap_E.pdf

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August 06, 2014

[SSJ: 8654] *Notice* Temporary Shutdown due to the repair work at the ISS.

From: SSJ-Forum Moderator
Date: 2014/08/06

SSJ-Forum will shut down from August 7 to August 11 due to the major repair work at the Institute of Social Science, as announced in the previous post. Messages sent to the Forum during this off-line period will be posted after August 12.

Thank you for your kind understanding and continuing support for the forum.

Many regards,

Moderator, SSJ-Forum

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[SSJ: 8653] REMINDER: Temporary Network Shutdown at the Institute of Social Science

From: ISS webmaster
Date: 2014/08/06

The entire network of Institute of Social Science will be shut down from 13 p.m. (JST) on Aug. 7, 2014 to 5 p.m. (JST) on Aug. 11, 2014 due to major repair work at the main building, which will upgrade its earthquake safety.

All of the network services at the ISS will be unavailable during this period, which include the webpages, the email accounts of all staff members and organizations, online services at SSJDA, and SSJ-Forum.

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August 01, 2014

[SSJ: 8652] Temporary Network Shutdown at the Institute of Social Science

From: ISS webmaster
Date: 2014/08/01

The entire network of Institute of Social Science will be shut down from 13 p.m. (JST) on Aug. 7, 2014 to 5 p.m. (JST) on Aug. 11, 2014 due to major repair work at the main building, which will upgrade its earthquake safety.

All of the network services at the ISS will be unavailable during this period, which include the webpages, the email accounts of all staff members and organizations, online services at SSJDA, and SSJ-Forum.

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[SSJ: 8651] Event at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars

From: Kawabata, Eiji
Date: 2014/08/01

Dear SSJ-Forum Members,
I will give a talk on privacy regulation in Australia and Japan on August 6 at the Wilson Center for International Scholars. If you happen to be in Washington, DC on that day, I hope you will come and see the beautiful Wilson Center.

Eiji

Privacy Vs Democracy: The Challenge for Japan and Australia August 06, 2014 Protecting privacy is as critical as information sharing. In a democracy, protecting information goes hand-in-hand with ensuring individual liberty, and the rapid development of digital technology has made the protection of privacy even more important. One key challenge for democratic governance is formulating policies to ensure information privacy protection. In contrast to the United States and Western Europe, where privacy regulation started in the early 1970s, privacy regulation began to develop in Japan and Australia only in the 1980s, but each country has slowly developed comprehensive privacy regulation since then. Japan scholar and Minnesota State University professor Eiji Kawabata will examine the development of privacy policy in Japan and Australia, and assess policies that would be effective in balancing privacy protection and ensuring national security.
Location:
4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Directions to the Wilson
Center

*
Eiji
Kawabata a> // Japan Scholar Associate Professor of Government
and Director of the International Relations Program, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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July 31, 2014

[SSJ: 8650] Symposium reminder - To See Once More the Stars

From: David Leheny
Date: 2014/07/31

Dear SSJ-Forum Colleagues,

I wanted to send a reminder about an upcoming symposium held at the I-House in Tokyo, from 1-6 p.m. on August 8. The editors (Daisuke Naito, Ryan Sayre, Heather Swanson, and Satsuki Takahashi) of the book _To See Once More the Stars: Living in a Post-Fukushima World_ collected over 80 short essays about the Fukushima disaster, written by scholars, artists, activists, evacuees, and other observers. All of the book's essays are published in both English and Japanese, and the symposium, like the kaleidoscopic book, aims to engage Japanese and international audiences simultaneously on the social, cultural, personal, and political implications of the disaster. Sensing that the book on this grave topic might be light on Star Wars references, I titled my own essay Ewokification, but I had the good fortune to be able to translate about twenty of the others, including several whose authors will be presenting at the upcoming symposium. The symposium which will also include several distinguished commentators on the volume and the project. Among the speakers will be:

Yuji Genda (University of Tokyo)
Ken Ohori (Miyazaki University)
Satsuki Takahashi (George Mason University) David Hughes (Rutgers University) Tom Gill (Meiji Gakuin University) Daisuke Naito (Center for International Forestry
Research)
Chihiro Kumashiro (Kyoto University)
Shigeki Uno (University of Tokyo)
Hugh Raffles (The New School)
Ryan Sayre (UCLA)
Junko Habu (UC-Berkeley)
David Leheny (Princeton University)
Takanori Oishi (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto)

You can read more about the book here:

Webpage: http://toseeoncemorethestars.weebly.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/toseeoncemorethestars

The program will primarily be in Japanese, though several of the speakers will present in English (with translation), and audience members are free to ask questions or participate in the discussion in either language.

The symposium is free, but the organizers ask that people RSVP (with name and affiliation) to:
symposium0808@gmail.com.

Date: August 8, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: The International House of Japan, Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall
Directions:: http://www.i-house.or.jp/access.html

I hope to see you there.

Best wishes,

Dave

David Leheny
Department of East Asian Studies
Princeton University

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July 30, 2014

[SSJ: 8649] 12th Asia Pacific Conference and 5th IAAPS Annual Conference

From: Research Office
Date: 2014/07/30

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) will hold two international conferences in November. We are currently issuing a call for presenters. Here are the information.

[Call for Presenters]
12th Asia Pacific Conference.
Deadline: August 15th (Fri.)
>>>Details at the following link
http://www.apu.ac.jp/rcaps/notice/index.php?page=articl
e&storyid=294&lang=english


[Call for Presenters]
5th IAAPS Annual Conference
Deadline: August 31st (Sun.)
>>>Details at the following link
http://www.apu.ac.jp/iaaps/modules/events/content0017.h
tml?path_info=content0017.html&content_id=17&cat_id=7&l
ang=english

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July 29, 2014

[SSJ: 8648] Call for Presentations for the 3rd GRIPS Student Conference

From: Karin Hillen
Date: 2014/07/29

We are pleased to announce the 3rd GRIPS Student Conference, to be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
This year's theme is "Toward Sustainable Development:
Challenges for Global Leaders".

The conference is open to all GRIPS and non-GRIPS students, researchers, and professionals. Participation is free of charge.

Conference Objectives
GRIPS has been hosting the GRIPS Student Conference since 2012. The Conference brings together a diverse group of students, researchers, and professionals from various disciplines and backgrounds to share ideas and research findings on political, social, and economic challenges facing the world today and to discuss how these challenges can be addressed for sustainable development. Our goal is threefold: to promote a scholarly exchange of ideas, to set new research directions, and to encourage rigorous inter-disciplinary research and collaboration.

This year, we focus on the changes and continuity in economic and political research and reflect on ways in which global leaders can learn from historical analogies. We also take an in-depth look at the role of emerging economies in sustainable development and the challenges facing them today.

The conference is open to all GRIPS and non-GRIPS students, researchers, and professionals, and it provides an excellent opportunity for young as well as established researchers to share expertise in important policy areas, contribute to existing scholarship, and expand their network of colleagues and collaborators.

Call for Presentations
We invite both empirical and conceptual papers on any issue in economics, political science, and social policy that is relevant to the conference theme. Below are some broad areas in which we invite presentations.

1. Economics
. Development economics
. Microeconomics
. Macroeconomics
. International economics
. Monetary economics
2. Political Science
. Public administration and governance
. International relations
. Traditional and non-traditional security
. International political economy
. Democratization
3. Social Policy
. Education policy
. Cultural policy
. Environment policy
. Public health policy
. Policy design and implementation
. Public policy
4. Disaster Studies
. Disaster engineering
. Disaster prevention
. Disaster risk management
. Disaster economics
. Disaster social systems

Presenters will have 25 minutes to present and answer questions. The official language of the conference is English.

Guidelines for Registration and Abstract Submission If you would like to present a paper at the 3rd GRIPS Student Conference, we kindly ask that you pre-register online (http://goo.gl/Xcpce1) or send an email to studentconference@grips.ac.jp by Friday, August 8, 2014, with your tentative presentation title.

An abstract of 200-300 words should be submitted by Monday, August 11, 2014. All abstracts must include a title, author(s)' name(s), affiliation, and e-mail, and
3-5 keywords. The abstract should describe the theme of the paper and the theory and research method used, and give a summary of the main conclusions.

Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will be notified by e-mail before Monday, August 18, 2014.

Presenter whose papers have been accepted should send their presentation slides to the Organizing Committee by e-mail no later than Friday, August 29, 2014.

Important Dates
Preregistration (including title), Friday, August 8,
2014
Submission of abstracts for review, Monday, August 11,
2014
Authors are notified of their status, Monday, August 18, 2014 Submission of presentation slides, Friday, August 29,
2014

Correspondence
Inquiries, abstracts and presentation slides should be e-mailed to studentconference@grips.ac.jp

Please check further info and latest updates at:
http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/events/20140708-2561/


_______________________________________________________
___

The Student Conference is part of the GRIPS Summer Program. In the Summer Program we offer a host of activities ranging from special lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips, cultural activities and a student conference. Many of these activities are open to the public and we invite you to check our Summer Program website
(http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/events/20140710-2563/) for further details.

_______________________________________________________
___
For Access & Map to the GRIPS campus:
http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/about/access/
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677

_______________________________________________________
___
Karin Hillen
Secretariat, GRIPS Summer Program

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July 24, 2014

[SSJ: 8647] Book Launch for "Human Security and Japan's Triple Disaster" next Monday 28 July

From: Christopher Hobson
Date: 2014/07/24

Dear all,

Just a reminder about our book launch next Monday 28th from 16:00 at UNU. We would appreciate it if you could also pass this information onto your students, everyone is welcome.

Also if anyone is interested in purchasing the books, you can get a 20% discount online at Routledge using the code: DC361

Christopher Hobson, Paul Bacon and Robin Cameron (eds), "Human Security and Natural Disasters" (London:
Routledge, 2014):
http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415737999/

Paul Bacon and Christopher Hobson (eds), "Human Security and Japan's Triple Disaster" (London:
Routledge, 2014):
http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138013131/

And the details for the book launch:

Date: Monday 28 July 2014
Time: 16:00 - 17:30, followed by reception
Venue: Reception Hall, 2F, United Nations University Headquarters Register to attend here:
http://ias.unu.edu/en/events/upcoming/human-security-an
d-japans-triple-disaster.html

Speakers:
* Paul Bacon (Associate Professor, Waseda University)
* Andrew DeWit (Professor, Rikkyo University)
* Akiko Fukushima (Senior Fellow, Tokyo Foundation)
* Christopher Hobson (Assistant Professor, Waseda
University)
* Liz Maly (Assistant Professor, Tohoku University)

A research project undertaken by the United Nations University and Waseda University has led to the recent publication of two edited books: "Human Security and Natural Disasters", and "Human Security and Japan's Triple Disaster".

This event brings together the editors of the two books as well as a number of chapter contributors from the second volume, who have examined the political, social and economic consequences of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident that struck Japan on 11 March 2011.

There will be brief presentations by the speakers, followed by open discussion between the panel and audience members. Afterwards there will be a reception with light food and drinks.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Best,

Christopher Hobson


--
Dr. Christopher Hobson
Assistant Professor
School of Political Science and Economics Waseda University
1-6-1 Nishi-Waseda
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 169-8050
Tel: +81-3-3208-0536
Email: hobson@aoni.waseda.jp
Web: http://christopherhobson.net
Twitter: http://twitter.com/hobson_c

New edited books:
Human Security and Natural Disasters (out now) http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415737999/
Human Security and Japan's Triple Disaster (out now) http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138013131/

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June 25, 2014

[SSJ: 8594] Invitation to the International Workshop on Data Archiving

From: International Survey Research Group at CSRDA
Date: 2014/06/25

We would like to invite you to the International Workshop on Data Archiving, held at Center for Social Research and Data Archives(CSRDA), the Institute of Social Science (ISS), University of Tokyo.

Date:
4:00-5:30 pm, 25 July, 2014

Venue:
University of Tokyo, Akamon General Research Building Room 549

Subject:
"The Data Archiving Activities of the Swedish National Data Service"

Speaker:
Dr. Stefan Ekman
Research Coordinator, SND (Swedish National Data
Service)

Language:
English (No translation provided)


For registration and inquiries, please contact:
ssjda-ddi[at]iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp

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[SSJ: 8593] The next DIJ Forum on July 30

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2014/06/25

You are cordially invited to the next DIJ Forum; different this time:

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 18.30 h
Panel Discussion

IMPROVING THE PEOPLE’S LOT?
WELL-BEING BETWEEN PROMISE AND REALITY

More than four decades ago, Richard Easterlin observed the famous paradox that more economic growth does not lead to further increases in subjective well-being.
Since the formulation of the Easterlin paradox, it has become common knowledge that material wealth alone does not make people happy. What does make people happy?
What should governments and societies do to further the quest for happiness? These questions are still hotly debated by scholars, at the United Nations and in many government commissions. These discussions happen against the backdrop of the declining influence of ideologies, political parties, unions or churches in today’s highly diversified societies. Therefore, it is worth examining how political organizations, ideologies and religions have promised to improve the well-being of individuals and how these promises and the policies derived thereof, are perceived by the people.
This DIJ event brings together five distinguished experts to discuss well-being between promise and reality.

Helen Hardacre (Harvard University)
Axel Klein (University of Duisburg-Essen; Moderator) Takayoshi Kusago (Kansai University) Kenneth Mori McElwain (University of Michigan) Benjamin Radcliff (University of Notre Dame)

The discussion will be held in English. It will take place on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 6.30 p.m. at the DIJ. Admission is free; please register at:
forum@dijtokyo.org or
Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
Jochi Kioizaka Bld. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-0094
Tel: 03 - 3222 5198, Fax: 03 3222 5420

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[SSJ: 8592] Fwd: 14 JULY 2014 (11:15-13:30): Implications of WWI on Japan's strategy with Tomonori Yoshizaki

From: ICAS
Date: 2014/06/25

* Please note that this session will be held from 11:15am to 1:30pm. Please bring your own lunch if you wish.

*Implications of World War I on Japan's strategy* *with Tomonori Yoshizaki*
--------------
Date: Monday, July 14, 2014
Time: Program starts at 11:15AM
Venue:

Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5F
(access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Speaker:

Tomonori Yoshizaki, Director, Security Studies Department, The National Institute for Defense Studies
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:

icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.
* RSVPなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しくださ
い。
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Dear friends: We would like to invite you to a discussion and lunch at Temple University Japan Campus on 14 July 2014 at 11:15 with Professor Tomonori Yoshizaki, Director, Security Studies Department, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) in Tokyo.
This is part of a symposium supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan.

Professor Yoshizaki will discuss implications of WWI on Japan’s strategic policy

Following Professor Yoshizaki’s lecture and a Q&A session we will have a bento lunch (please bring your own lunch box) and adjourn at 13:30.


*Speaker *

Professor Yoshizaki is one of the senior members of NIDS. He is a graduate of Keio University, was a Visiting Fellow at King’s College in London and Hudson Institute in Washington DC. His area of expertise includes Alliance Management, European Security and NATO, Japan's Peace Operations, Conflict Resolution,
Peacebuilding. He is the author of numerous articles
in Japanese and English.

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June 24, 2014

[SSJ: 8590] Invitation to the EIJS Academy seminar, Monday, July 7th

From: Miki Futagawa
Date: 2014/06/24

European Institute of Japanese Studies
Academy Seminars
presents:

Title: "Regulatory Reforms in Strategic Special Zones"
Speaker: Professor Tatsuo Hatta, President, The International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development, Kitakyusyu Director, Center for Policy Study and Analysis, Keizai Doyukai, Tokyo Professor Emeritus, Osaka University, Osaka

About the speaker: Dr. Hatta has served as a member of various government committees including the Building Code Council of the Ministry of Construction and the Energy and Resource Council of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He was a Chairman of the Housing and Land Council of the Ministry of Construction, Acting Chairman of Regulatory Reform of the Cabinet Office, and a member of the Committee for the Reform of Electricity System, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He is currently a member of the Council of National Strategic Special Zones, and Chairman of the Working Group for National Strategic Special Zones, the Cabinet Office. Dr. Hatta received B.A. in Economics from International Christian University, Tokyo in 1966 and Ph.D. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University in 1973. Previously he held positions of Assistant Professor at Ohio State University, and Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor at the Johns Hopkins University. Upon returning to Japan in 1986, he became Professor of Osaka University, Tokyo University, and International Christian University. He served as the President of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) until 2011. He has been Professor Emeritus of Osaka University since 2001. In addition to his academic post, Dr. Hatta was President of the Japanese Economic Association. He has written and edited widely on micro economics, urban economics, and Japanese economy, including How to Go About the System Reform of the Electricity Market in Japan, published by Nikkei in 2012.


About the talk: Structural reforms for Japan's economy is an important issue in the implementation of the third arrow of Abenomics growth strategy. In the meeting of the Council on National Strategic Special Zones in May 2014, Prime Minister Abe said Japan commends the swift and active developments in the six National Strategic Special Zones as the front runners of economic revitalization and will swiftly achieve regulatory reforms. PM Abe says Japan can break through the solid rock of vested interests. In the presentation, we would like to hear first-hand Professor Hatta's view on the outlook for regulatory reforms in labour market, medical technology, agriculture and sightseeing in the special economic zones.

Date: Monday, July 7th, 2014
Time: 6.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Drink & Snack (served before lecture)
7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion
Place: Alfred Nobel Auditorium, Embassy of Sweden
10-3-400 Roppongi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo
106-0032
Five-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line Roppongi 1-chome Station
Five-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Kamiya-cho Station
Fee: JPY3,000 per person, payable at the door
Free for those who are from sponsoring companies (*)
Free for students, please bring your student ID
Language: English


(*) EIJS Academy 2013-2014 Sponsoring companies
Gadelius Holding Ltd., Sandvik K.K., Höganäs Japan K.K. and in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden

Please sign up by July 3 (Thur.) via e-mail to eijsjap@gmail.com for the attention of Ms. Futagawa (EIJS Tokyo office)

--
Miki Futagawa
European Institute of Japanese Studies
Tokyo Office
c/o Embassy of Sweden
1-10-3-400, Roppongi
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Tel: +81(0)3 5562 5032
Fax: +81(0)3 5562 9090
Email: eijsjap@gmail.com

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June 21, 2014

[SSJ: 8589] Re: "Voodoo Abenomics" in Foreign Affairs

From: Paul Midford
Date: 2014/06/21

Congratulations to Richard Katz for his timely and incisive piece on Abenomics.

While I think Richard's conclusion that Abenomics'
third arrow of structural reform has been a major disappointment is right on target, there is one important aspect of Abe's structural reform agenda that has been generally overlooked: structural reform of the electricity sector.

Last year the Abe administration enacted a law through the Diet that moves to separate electricity generation from the grid that delivers it to customers, thereby breaking up Japan's regional electricity monopolies.
The new law will also give residential customers the ability to choose their electricity supplier based on price and the type of power (e.g. fossil fuels, nuclear, or renewable energy such as solar and wind) by 2018. This reform will introduce greater competition to Japan's electricity sector, facilitate the growth of domestic renewable energy sources, and prevent a repeat of the too big to fail dilemma the Japanese government faced with TEPCO. If there should be another major nuclear accident in the future, the bankruptcy of the plant operator will not therefore take the grid down with them; the operator will just be one of a number of competing producers. This reform could also help Japan to realize a more developed national grid, since regional power monopolies have tended to limit grid connections with other regional monopolists. This will not solve Japan's east-west power divide of 50 vs 60 hz, but it might encourage more investment in conversion capacity. It might also encourage the supply of electricity from Korea and Russia, which could give customers more options for lower priced power and would provide greater supply security. One interesting early result is that some regional power monopolies are moving to compete in each other's'
traditional fiefs.

It's worth noting, however, that Abe's early achievement of structure reform in the electricity sector has is actually based on a policy he inherited from Kan and Noda. METI has also consistently supported this reform, reflecting a turn away from being pro-electric utility and pro-nuclear policies that it pursued in the past.

Finally, in a related shameless plug, I want to note that these and many related issues are analyzed in a forthcoming book I am co-editing with Palgrave: The Political Economy of Renewable Energy and Energy
Security: Common Challenges and National Responses in Japan, China and Northern Europe

This volume should be out by late July, and you can pre-order with Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Political-Economy-Renewable-Energ
y-Security/dp/1137338865/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403303
376&sr=8-1&keywords=Paul+Midford+Espen+Moe


Paul Midford
Director, NTNU Japan Program
Professor, Political Science
Norwegian University for Science and Technology

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June 20, 2014

[SSJ: 8587] [Temple ICAS Event] 14 JULY 2014: Is a war between great powers possible with Christopher Coker

From: ICAS
Date: 2014/06/20

Is a war between great powers possible
with Christopher Coker
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Date: Monday, July 14, 2014
Time: Door opens at 7:00pm, Program starts at 7:30pm Venue:Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5F
(access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Speaker:
Christopher Coker, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:
icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.
* RSVPなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しくださ
い。
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Dear friends: We would like to invite you to an evening lecture with Christopher Coker, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, on "Is war between great powers still possible?"
This is part of a symposium supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan and organized by Andreas Herberg-Rothe.

Speaker
Professor Coker is the author of Warrior geeks: how 21st century technology is changing the way we fight and think about war, The collision of modern and post-modern war, and numerous other books and articles.
His forthcoming
The Improbable War: China, the US and the continuing logic of Great Power conflict (Hurst) will be published later in 2014.
http://www.lse.ac.uk/researchandexpertise/experts/profi
le.aspx?KeyValue=c.coker%40lse.ac.uk


Organizer
Andreas Herberg-Rothe
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of social and cultural studies
University of Applied Sciences Fulda, Germany

________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.facebook.com/tuj.icas

ICAS events do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the speakers and participants.

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June 19, 2014

[SSJ: 8586] Call for papers from The Japanese political Economy: "Diversity and Institutional Change in the Japanese Economy and Society"

From: Lechevalier Sebastien
Date: 2014/06/19

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to invit you to submit your contribution to The Japanese political Economy for a special issue on "Diversity and Institutional Change in the Japanese Economy and Society".

The Japanese political economic system has been perceived as highly homogeneous (although segmented) and stable, and deeply rooted in a specific cultural and social environment. However, its trajectory for the past 30 years has contradicted this vision with a gradual but nonetheless significant institutional change and increasing diversity at the micro level (firms and individuals).

For this special issue we invite papers that deal with the following topics on Japanese economy and society:

. Evolution of organizational diversity and performance dispersion . Evaluation of institutional change, its causes, mechanisms, and outcomes . Links between organizational diversity and institutional change . Role of the marginalized in social change . Decentralization, liberalization, disorganization and coordination . Interest groups, social dynamics, coalitions, conflicts, and politics . Life courses, gender roles, welfare state, and political economy . Diversity and its impact on inequalities . The Japanese trajectory in historical perspective and international comparison

The deadline for submissions to be reviewed and considered for inclusion in this special issue is September 1, 2014.

All submissions must be original work that is not under consideration by another journal. We will not consider submissions that reproduce figures or tables or substantial portions of text that have been previously published. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://editorialexpress.com/jpe.
Manuscripts should be limited to 12,000 words, including text, tables, figures, notes, and references.
Font size must be 12 point for all parts of the manuscript, and all body text should be double-spaced.
Please include an abstract limited to 150 words.

The Japanese Political Economy (JPE) aims to publish high-quality, original articles that explore the many facets and interactions of Japan's domestic and international political economy. The journal will feature a broad range of scholarship that contributes both theoretically and empirically to the field.
Submitted articles undergo a double-blind peer review process that is overseen by the journal's editorial board. Please visit the website:
http://www.mesharpe.com/mall/results1.asp?ACR=JES

For any questions about this special issue submissions, please contact A. Maria Toyoda of Villanova University (amaria.toyoda@villanova.edu), editor of the journal, and Sebastien Lechevalier (sebastien.lechevalier@ehess.fr), guest editor of this special issue.

Sincerely yours,

Sebastien Lechevalier
Associate Professor
EHESS, Paris
http://crj.ehess.fr/index.php?457

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[SSJ: 8585] Next DIJ Social Science Study Group, July 2: Japan 's Single Women and the Disembedding Economic System

From: Carola Hommerich
Date: 2014/06/19

You are cordially invited to the next

DIJ Social Science Study Group, held on Wednesday, July 2, 18.30:

Kumiko Endo, The New School for Social Research, New York

JAPAN'S SINGLE WOMEN AND THE DISEMBEDDING ECONOMIC SYSTEM

In the midst of its trilemma of declining fertility, hyper-aging society, and decreasing population, Japan has recently been witness to a cultural phenomenon called konkatsu, or "marriage hunting activities", whereby an increasing number of single women (and men) proactively utilize events and networks to widen their communicative sphere and gain access to prospective spouses. On the other hand, casual gatherings of solidarity called joshikai ("girls-only gathering"), where unmarried and childless female friends gather for cathartic companionship, have become so conspicuous that a quick search for this term on a Japanese online search engine produces 948 million hits in 0.19 seconds.

It is my hypothesis that the konkatsu and joshikai public spheres are manifestations of the unwed, childless women's agency within Japan's contemporary sociopolitical, economic, and labor structures that are at once demanding and dismissive of these women. The new subjectivities apparent in such agency hint at an emerging shift in Japan's cultural identity. Through analyses of government statistics, ethnographic research in konkatsu and joshikai sites, and forty in-depth interviews with unmarried women aged 25 to 34 who predominantly utilize both of these sites, I would like to shed light upon this micro-macro link that sits behind Japan's current demographic crisis.

KUMIKO ENDO is a PhD Candidate at The New School for Social Research, New Yo rk. She holds an MA from the same institution. Since 2008, she is lecturer a t Hofstra's Department of Religion.

The DIJ Social Science Study Group is organized by P.
Holdgruen and C.
Hommerich.

All are welcome to attend, but registration
(hommerich@dijtokyo.org) is appreciated.
German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ) Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F,
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Phone:
03-3222-5077 For a map please refer to www.dijtokyo.org

--
Dr. Carola Hommerich
Senior Research Fellow
Head of German-Japanese Relations and Comparisons Section German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094
Japan
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Ph. +81 (0)3 3222-5285 (direct)
Fax: +81 (0)3 3222-5420
dijtokyo@dijtokyo.org

http://www.dijtokyo.org

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June 18, 2014

[SSJ: 8583] Call for Applications: Full Professorship in Japanese Studies (Culture and History of Modern Japan), FU Berlin

From: Blechinger-Talcott, Verena
Date: 2014/06/18

Department of History and Cultural Studies Seminar of East Asian Studies - Japanese Studies

invites applications for a tenured

Professorship in Culture and History of modern Japan

(salary grade W 3)

The successful applicant will be required to cover the area named above in research and teaching.

Appointment requirements are governed by Article 100 of the Berlin Higher Education Act (Berliner Hochschulgesetz).

The successful candidate's research focus will be on the culture and history of modern Japan (since 1868) with a research focus in at least two of the following
research areas: literary studies, cultural studies,
and history of ideas. She or he will be well familiar with recent theoretical approaches in the field and have profound knowledge of research methods. Candidates will have international teaching experience and an excellent research and publication record. Successful candidates also are expected to have experience with acquiring funding for, and carrying out externally funded research projects. Qualified candidates must have made excellent academic achievements and be proficient in the Japanese language. Successful candidates will also be familiar with the key discourses and debates in the field of Gender Studies.

The appointee will be expected to conduct research and teaching in the field of Japanese Studies with a focus on the culture and history of modern Japan (since 1868). The successful applicant is expected to participate in interdisciplinary research projects and cooperate with colleagues of the Graduate School of East Asian Studies, the Center for Area Studies and the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies.
She or he will also be expected to participate actively in the creation of new cooperative research projects.

Applications quoting the reference code W3 Japanologie should include a CV, copies of all certificates of academic qualification, a list of publications, evidence of teaching experience (such as syllabi and evaluations of courses previously taught) as well as of involvement in ongoing or planned research endeavors, joint research projects and externally funded projects.
If applicable, candidates should also include information on existing or planned industrial co-operations, inventions/patents and spin-offs.

All materials, including a private postal and/or e-mail address must be received no later than July 3rd,
2014 at

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften Dekanat Frau Emmrich-Willingham Koserstraße 20
14195 Berlin (Germany)

Application guidelines and general information on the appointment procedure as well as requirements for professorships at Freie Universität Berlin can be found at www.fu-berlin.de/praesidialamt. For additional details, please visit www.fu-berlin.de, www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/oas/japanologie,
www.fsgs.fu-berlin.de and www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de.

Prof. Dr. Verena Blechinger-Talcott
Professor of Japanese Politics and Political Economy FU Berlin - Institute of East Asian Studies Japanese Studies Hittorfstr. 18
14195 Berlin
Germany

Phone +49-30-838-57104
Fax +49-30-838-457104

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June 17, 2014

[SSJ: 8582] Sophia University ICC Lecture announcement (July 10)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2014/06/17

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2014

Abe Kôbô and the Politics of Fantasy

Darcy Gauthier (University of Toronto)

July 10, 2014
17:00-18:30
Room L-912, Sophia University Library 9F

Throughout the 1950s, Abe Kôbô expressed a sustained interest in ghosts and ghost stories, producing several plays, short stories, films, as well as non-fiction essays concerned with exploring the potentialities of this figure. During this time, however, Abe also advocated for realism in literature, writing for example in his essay “Towards a New Realism” (Atarashii riarizumu no tame ni) that “we [writers] must first of all aim to understand reality.” How are we to integrate these two topics, fantasy and realism––ones which are, on the surface at least, seemingly opposed? I would like to argue that there is indeed a coherent method behind Abe’s simultaneous treatment of the two. Out of his ghost stories, Abe developed a conception of realism that differed from current conventions of literary realism––the discourse of empirical veracity constructed around I-novels, documentary fiction, records of the everyday, etc.––and was also radically opposed to the spirit of 1950s Japanese realpolitik––its normalization of (cold-war) crisis justifying a “realistic” politics of capitalist growth and imperialism. Thus, his ghost stories constituted a new form of "anti-realist" historical realism attuned to disavowed, invisible, or ghostly structures underlying postwar Japanese society. This presentation will focus on two of Abe’s ghost stories from the 1950s, Record of a Transformation (Henkei no kiroku) and The Ghost is Here (Yûrei wa koko ni iru), in order to explore the political nature of Abe’s fantasy writing as well the fantastic nature of contemporaneous politics, especially in terms of “spectral” Capitalist economies and the “haunting” disavowal-and-repetition of imperialism.

Darcy Gauthier is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto Centre for Comparative Literature, a 2013-2014 Japan Foundation Fellow, and a visiting scholar at Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture. His research focuses on the politics of fantasy in post-war Japan, with a particular interest in ghost narratives and related theories of haunting and spectrality.

Lecture in English / No prior registration necessary

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture: 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax) /
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
Contact diricc(at)sophia.ac.jp (email) if you wish to be on our mailing list.

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[SSJ: 8581] Reminder: Film Showing: Buddhism after the Tsunami, Sophia U. June 20th

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2014/06/17

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Research Unit on “3.11 as Crisis and Opportunity” presents a screening of a documentary film on

Film Showing: Buddhism after the Tsunami-The Souls of Zen 3/11 Japan Special http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2014-2015/140620_graf.pdf

Followed by discussion with Tim Graf, the director.

June 20, 2014
18:30~20:00
Room 301, Building 10,
Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University

This documentary explores the role of Buddhism in care for the 3/11 bereaved and the dead based on attention to the everyday lives of Buddhist professionals in the disaster zone. Shot from March to December 2011 with a focus on Zen and Pure Land Buddhism, the film captures Buddhist temples and local communities in their struggles to rebuild. By contextualizing the triple disaster within recent rapid transformations in Buddhism and Japan’s enduring tradition of ancestor veneration, Souls of Zen reflects on the complex role of Buddhism in a society shaped by natural disasters, religious pluralism, and demographic change.

soulsofzen . com

Tim Graf is a Ph.D. candidate at Heidelberg University (Religious Studies), and a Ph.D. candidate and Research Associate at Tohoku University (School of Law). He worked at the Collaborative Research Center Ritual Dynamics at Heidelberg University and conducted fieldwork on Zen Buddhism as a JSPS fellow at the University of Tokyo. His research interests focus on transformations of Buddhism in contemporary Japan and more broadly deal with the interplay of religious practice and modern social change.

No prior registration necessary

Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 102-8554, JAPAN
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel)
+81-(0)3-3238-4081(Fax)
http ://icc . fla . sophia . ac . jp/index . html

--
David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese Studies Sophia University, Tokyo

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June 16, 2014

[SSJ: 8580] International Seminar on the Living Standard and Housing of Elderly - Comparing Australia and Japan

From: Reiko Hayashi
Date: 2014/06/16

Dear all

National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (IPSS) is pleased to present the following seminar. Those interested in poverty, elderly, housing and comparative study of Japan and Australia are welcome to attend the seminar.

For information and registration (required), please
contact:tokubetsu@ipss.go.jp

(*) The Seminar is a part of “Research on Poverty Studies” funded by the Ministry of Education Scientific Research Grant. The organizers acknowledge financial support from the Australia - Japan Foundation of the Australian Government.

International Seminar on the Living Standard and Housing of Elderly - Comparing Australia and Japan

Date: Friday July 11th, 2014 13:00 - 17:00

Venue: National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (IPSS), Tokyo
(http://www.ipss.go.jp/pr-ad/e/info-e/map-e.html)

Organized by: IPSS and Social Security Research Center
(SPRC) of University of New South Wales (Australia)

Translation will be provided (Japanese-English)

Program

13:00-13:10 Welcome address Aya ABE (Director,
Dept. of Empirical
Research on Social Security, IPSS)

13:10-14:50 Session 1

1 "Examining the impact of home ownership and health care provision on poverty among older Australians "
Peter SAUNDERS (Professor, SPRC) and Yuvisthi NAIDOO (Research Associate, SPRC)

2 "Poverty of Elderly Before and After Housing
Cost: Comparing Australia and Japan"
Melissa WONG (Research Fellow, SPRC), Kuriko WATANABE (Research Associate, IPSS) and Peter SAUNDERS (Professor, SPRC)

3 Comment and Discussion
Yoshihiro KANEKO (Advisory Officer for Policy Research Coordination, IPSS)

14:50 - 15:00 BREAK

15:00-16:40 Session 2

4 "The centrality of housing tenure: Further perspectives on the lives of older public and private renters in Australia"
Alan MORRIS (Associate Professor, The University of Technology, Sydney) and Yuvisthi NAIDOO (Research Associate, SPRC)

5 "Housing issues for Low-income Elderly in Japan"
Yosuke HIRAYAMA (Professor, Kobe University)

6 Comment and Discussion
Aya ABE (Director, Dept. of Empirical Research on Social Security, IPSS)

16:40- 16:55 General discussion

16:55-17:00 Closing Remarks


*************************************
Reiko Hayashi, Ph.D.
Director
Department of International Research and Cooperation National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (IPSS) Hibiya Kokusai Building 6th Floor
2-2-3 Uchisaiwaicyo, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011
Tel: +81-(0)3-3595-2984 ext.4420 fax :
+81-(0)3-3591-4821

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June 13, 2014

[SSJ: 8579] SSU Forum with Ambassador of India to Japan on June 24, 2014

From: Yuichiro NAGAI
Date: 2014/06/13

The Security Studies Unit (SSU) of the UTokyo Policy Alternatives Research Institute is pleased to invite you to our upcoming SSU Forum on June 24, 2014.


Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 10:30-12:00

Venue: Seminer Room, 3rd Floor, Ito International Research Center
Map: http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ext01/iirc/access.html

Subject: "The World Accoding to India "

Speaker: Her Excellency Smt. Deepa Gopalan WADHWA, Ambassador of India to Japan

Hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo

Language: English

Registration:
http://pari.u-tokyo.ac.jp/eng/unit/ssu/events/index.htm
l
*Admission is free, but seating for this event is limited.

For more information, please contact:
ssu@pari.u-tokyo.ac.jp

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the event.

Sincerely yours,


Yuichiro Nagai

Project Researcher
Security Studies Unit (SSU)
UTokyo Policy Alternatives Research Institute The University of Tokyo

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June 11, 2014

[SSJ: 8584] "Voodoo Abenomics" in Foreign Affairs

From: Richard Katz
Date: 2014/06/19

"Foreign Affairs" just published an essay by me entitled "Voodoo Abenomics." (I tried for "Broken Arrows," but they figured more people would understand their title). It's at http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141480/richard-k
atz/voodoo-abenomics
It's free to subscribers and non-subscribers can also get it for free it they register at (that gives them three free articles).

The thrust of the piece is that none of the three arrows work without the other two. But Abe has only one
arrow: monetary stimulus. The second arrow-formerly called fiscal stimulus and now called bold and flexible fiscal policy-is just a dart and is now flying in the wrong direction. I.e. Abe's foot on the brake (tax
hikes) is much heavier than hit foot on the fiscal accelerator (spending). And third arrow-pro-growth structural reform-is a violation of the truth in advertising laws. We've seen reforms in the past in Japan-from clean-up of NPLs, reform of the large-scale retail store law, and telecom reform to name a few-and nothing Abe is doing is anything like those.

This is especially true in the latest "third arrow"
release. Having government-controlled pension funds purchase more stocks-in a market that is no higher than it was almost 30 years ago-has more to do with boosting stock prices and thereby Abe's approval rating, than with helping pensioners. The same is true of corporate income tax cuts; firms are hoarding lots of cash which they choose not to invest in Japan. Giving them more cash won't create more investment. In stark contrast, Abe dropped one measure recommended by his advisory council that would have actually helped: abolishing Japan Agriculture, the farm cooperative lobby that blocks reform and trade opening, and uses its exemption from the Anti-Monopoly Act to fix markets and block competition.

The sad fact is that Abe's heart does not beat to the rhythm of reform and revival. Instead, Abenomics is a means to an end: to gain enough popular support to pursue the goals that really move him: security and history issues.

Richard Katz

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[SSJ: 8578] Shaken Workshop June 26: Social construction of national security terms

From: John Campbell
Date: 2014/06/11

AT our workshop this month, "Being a Security Fact in Post-Cold War Japan." Michael Edward Walsh, an exchange researcher at Waseda University, will present on June 26* He is an American who is completing a PhD at SOAS in Politics and International Relations.

Michael argues that terms like security threat, armed attack, irregular militias, maritime piracy, armed insurgency, cyber warfare, and terrorism look like objective descriptions of reality, but on closer examination they are based on quite subjective notions.
He traces the social construction of such terms through case studies of the Japanese security discourses following the end of the Cold War. His theoretical inspirations come from the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, political philosophy, and international relations literatures.

Guests are welcome. If convenient, let me know you are coming at jccamp@umich.edu

John Campbell

*Meetings of the Shaken Social Science Dissertation Workshop start at 12 pm on Thursdays and go to 1:30 and sometimes beyond. The Institute of Social Science provides coffee and tea and you are welcome to bring lunch. The location is room 533 on the 5th floor in the Akamon General Research (Sougou Kenkyuu) Building. The building is off to the right after you come through Akamon, or you can cut through the grounds of Ito Hall off Hongou Doori. It is Bldg 38 on this map:

http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/documents/Hongo_CampusMap_E.pdf

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June 10, 2014

[SSJ: 8577] [Temple ICAS Event] 9 JULY 2014 Valerie Niquet: China-Russia ties after Ukraine

From: ICAS
Date: 2014/06/10

Valerie Niquet: China-Russia ties after Ukraine ===============
Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Time: Door opens at 7:00pm, Program starts at 7:30pm Venue:Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5F
(access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Speaker:Valerie Niquet, Head of Asia department at FRS (Fondation pour la recherche stratégique) Moderator:Robert Dujarric, Director of ICAS
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:

icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.
* RSVPなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。
===============

Overview

Relations between China and Russia have never been better. However, the solidity and future of their “global strategic partnership” is questionable. In spite common interests on the global scene, there is a lack of strategic trust and subjects of frustration are numerous, from trade to energy and military cooperation.

In this context, the Ukraine crisis led to a difficult debate in China between fascination for a “strong Russia”, as a possible model for China in Asia, and a growing uneasiness regarding Putin’s agenda for the future.


Speaker

Valerie Niquet received her PhD in political science, MA in Chinese and BA in Japanese from the University of Paris. She heads the Asia department at FRS (Fondation pour la recherche stratégique). She was formerly the Director of Asia Centre IFRI (Institut Français des Relations Internationales) where she developed new research programs on China, India and Japan. Valerie Niquet is a member of the scientific committee of the Conseil supérieur de la formation et de la recherche stratégique (CSFRS).

She has published extensively on strategic issues, international relations and defence policies in Asia as well as on the evolutions of the Chinese political system. She is the translator of two major works of the Chinese military classics (the Art of war by Sun Zi and the Military Treaty by Sun Bin). Her latest publications include “Confu-talk: the Use of Confucian Concepts in Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy”, in Anne-Marie Brady, China’s Thought Management, Routledge, 2011, Chine-Japon, l’affrontement, Paris, Perrin, 2006.

________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.facebook.com/tuj.icas

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June 09, 2014

[SSJ: 8576] Possible short-term invitation to Osaka (Asia-Pacific Studies)

From: Yoneyuki Sugita
Date: 2014/06/09

Dear Colleagues:

It would be our dream to make Osaka U. as a kind of "hub" for international research on the Asia-Pacific studies (social science).
In the age of Internet, we still place great emphasis on face-to-face deep discussions. Consequently, I would like to apply for funding to invite scholars outside Japan who are working on any aspect of the Asia-Pacific studies (social science). Successful candidates will be invited to Osaka University (Osaka Japan) for a week or so before the end of this school year (before 31 March
2015) to hold seminars, lectures, and possibly symposium in Osaka.

We will cover your international airfare (economy) and accommodations here in Osaka. Everything will be conducted in English.
All proposals will be considered as they come. If you are interested, please send the followings to:
sugita@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp 1. brief CV 2. topic(s) 3.
abstract

Please keep in mind that the implementation of this project depends on availability of funding.

Thank you for your attention.

Best,
Yone

--
Yoneyuki Sugita


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May 07, 2014

[SSJ: 8534] Lecture on Thursday May 29, 18.30 h

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2014/05/07

You are cordially invited to the next DIJ Forum on

Thursday, 29 Mai 2014, 18.30 h
Patricia G. Steinhoff, Professor, University of Hawaii

Three Myths about the Japanese Red Army: What you Think you Know is Probably Wrong!

Public understandings about the Japanese Red Army (Nihon Sekigun) are based largely on information promulgated by the Japanese government and circulated widely by mass media during the nearly three decades that its members were beyond reach in the Middle East.
The participants have contributed to the myth-making, both by their public writings and by what they did not reveal. Some pieces of contradictory information have been available for a long time, but many blanks were filled in with widely circulated myths. Even scholars who studied the group have perpetuated mistaken views based on the limited information available.
The formal dissolution of Nihon Sekigun and a set of new trials of returnees from 2000 to 2010 have now made it possible to construct a rather different picture of the group. The dissolution freed members and former members to talk about internal aspects of the organization that they had kept secret for decades. In a new book in progress, Dr. Steinhoff is examining the recent material in light of her four decades of research on the various branches of the original Sekigunha. Her research includes prison interviews, participant observation of trial sessions and the activities of trial support groups, and extensive reading of the group’s writings in Japanese. Her talk will debunk several widely believed myths about the Japanese Red Army and analyze the origins and implications of these myths.

Patricia Steinhoff is Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawaii. She holds a BA in Japanese Language and Literature from the University of Michigan
(1963) and a PhD in sociology from Harvard University
(1969) and has taught at the University of Hawaii since 1968. Her primary research interest is social movements, civil society, and radical left groups in Japan. She has written over ninety articles and book chapters, and is the author or editor of twenty books.
Her latest edited book is Going to Court to Change
Japan: Social Movements and the Law, which is forthcoming this summer from the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies. Her most recent article is “Memories of New Left Protest” Contemporary Japan, Journal of the German Institute for Japanese Studies 25:2, Fall 2013.

The lecture will be given in English. It will take place on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 06.30 p.m. at the DIJ. Admission is free; please register at:
forum@dijtokyo.org or
Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
Jochi Kioizaka Bld. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-0094
Tel: 03 - 3222 5198, Fax: 03 3222 5420

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May 03, 2014

[SSJ: 8533] Call for Abstract Submission: JSA-ASEAN 2014 in Bangkok

From: Kitti Prasirtsuk
Date: 2014/05/03

Dear friends,

JSA-ASEAN 2014: State and Non-state Actors in Japan-ASEAN Relations and Beyond

The 4th JSA-ASEAN International Conference will be organized by the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Thammasat University, under the plenary theme "State and Non-state Actors in Japan-ASEAN Relations and Beyond". During the 40 years of relationship between Japan and ASEAN, the roles of states have been crucial in economic and social development. In the past decades, the relationship between Japan and ASEAN goes beyond the role of state. Roles of non-state are, for example, the roles of private sectors, such as Japanese FDI, in the process of trade and investment integration have been increasingly important to the ASEAN members, roles of NGOs in social and political activities, natural disaster management, and other educational and cultural exchange programs. Therefore, the key theme of this conference "State and Non-state Actors in Japan-ASEAN Relations and Beyond", will be addressed in the plenary session, featuring a prominent keynote speaker and panelists. The topics of panels and papers presented at this conference, by no mean, need to be confined to the plenary theme. All other topics related to Japan is welcome.

Please find more information in
https://sites.google.com/site/jsaasean2014entry/.

Deadline for abstract submission is 31 May 2014.

I would appreciate if you could also circulate this to your colleagues and grad students.

--
Kitti Prasirtsuk, Ph.D.
Director
Institute of East Asian Studies
Thammasat University

Coordinator
ASEAN Watch Project, Thailand Research Fund (TRF)

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May 01, 2014

[SSJ: 8531] Sophia University ICC Lecture announcement (May 22, , Dr. Ruti)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2014/05/01

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2014

The Posthumanist Quest for the Universal: Butler, Badiou, Žižek
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2014-2015/14052
2_Ruti.pdf

Mari Ruti
Professor of Critical Theory, University of Toronto

22nd May, 2014, from 5 PM to 6:30 PM
10-301, 3F, Building 10
Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

"My presentation considers the divergent efforts of Judith Butler, Alain Badiou, and Slavoj Žižek to arrive at a postmetaphysical conception of ethics. Butler approaches this task through her ethics of precarity, which posits vulnerability as a foundation for a generalizable ethics of relationality in the Levinasian vein. Badiou and Žižek, in turn, work from a more Lacanian perspective, attempting to leap directly from the singular to the universal by bypassing the particular. After considering the strengths and weaknesses of both approaches, I argue that posthumanist theory needs to reconsider its resistance to a priori normative limits, for without such limits, ethics too easily becomes either a celebration of masochism (as in Butler) or a celebration of courage (as in Badiou and Žižek). I draw on feminist philosopher Amy Allen's commentary on the "historical a priori" to argue that a priori norms do not need to be metaphysical in order to be ethically compelling and politically useful."

Mari Ruti is Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Toronto, where she teaches contemporary theory, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, and feminist and queer theory. She is the author of five
books: Reinventing the Soul: Posthumanist Theory and Psychic Life (2006); A World of Fragile Things:
Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living (2009); The Summons of Love (2011); The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within (2012); The Call of Character:
Living a Life Worth Living (2013).

Lecture in English / No prior registration necessary

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture: 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax) /
http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/ (Web)
diricc(at)sophia.ac.jp (email)

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April 30, 2014

[SSJ: 8530] CJG announcements--Alexy on divorce, May 8

From: Gregory W. NOBLE
Date: 2014/04/30

The Contemporary Japan Group at the Institute of Social Science (ISS, or Shaken), University of Tokyo, welcomes you to a lecture by

Allison Alexy
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia

Constructing Mutuality: Family Law Process and Divorce in Contemporary Japan


DATE AND PLACE
Thursday, May 8 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

ABSTRACT
On the face of it, the legal process of getting divorced in contemporary Japan looks both simple and disconnected from the legal system. Since the war, the vast majority of divorces have occurred with one simple form. To get divorced, both spouses sign this form, stamp it with their legal name stamps (inkan), and submit it to a government office. With this form, spouses are acknowledging both that they want to be divorced and that they have already agreed to the terms of the divorce. As revealed by my ethnographic research, such relative bureaucratic ease stands in sharp contrast to the debates, negotiations, and conflicts that occur as people work to accomplish a divorce. Because legal precedents require that both spouses agree to divorce, many protracted negotiations occur as a spouse who wants to divorce attempts to convince the other to agree to it, often by promising material property, making no financial demands, or offering other bribes. Although many of these negotiations occur in divorces that are eventually legally registered as “mutual,” that eventual mutuality masks substantial private conflict and negotiation that are themselves intimately, and constantly, shaped by legal categories and ideologies. In this presentation, I argue that the standard process of getting a divorce, and the legal structures that underlie it, reflect ideological constructions of families as coherent social units even at the moment they are dividing. In practical terms, this means that the Family Law Court is unlikely to attempt to resolve, or aid in the resolution of, extant problems within in any given family.

SPEAKER
Allison Alexy is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Virginia. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago and PhD from Yale University.
This presentation draws from her book manuscript Divorce and the Romance of Independence in Contemporary Japan. With Richard Ronald, she co-edited Home and Family in Japan: Continuity and Transformation (Routledge 2010). This year, she is based at Waseda University and supported by the Abe Fellowship while she conducts research on abductions and child custody disputes involving Japanese citizens.

CONTEMPORARY JAPAN GROUP
The ISS Contemporary Japan Group provides English-speaking residents of the Tokyo area with an opportunity to hear cutting-edge research in social science and related policy issues, as well as a venue for researchers and professionals in or visiting Tokyo to present and receive knowledgeable feedback on their latest research projects. Admission is free and advance registration is not required. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, please visit our website:
http://web.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cjg/
or contact
Gregory W. NOBLE (noble[at]iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp)

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April 27, 2014

[SSJ: 8529] An International Workshop on Japan's Anime Industry: Attainments and Prospects

From: Nissim Otmazgin
Date: 2014/04/27

We are delighted to announce that an international workshop on the globalization of Japan's anime industry will be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on May 21, 2014. The workshop brings together scholars and anime industry personnel to discuss the complex relationship between anime's innovative process and its marketing and consumption at home and abroad. The conference is open to all but preregistration is needed.

8:30-9:00 - Gathering and registration

9:00-9:10 - Opening Remarks

Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem


9:10-10:30 - The Future of Japanese Anime at Home and Abroad

Chair: Helena Grinshpun, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Naohiro Shichijo, the National Institute for Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), "Challenges and Opportunities for Japanese Animation".

Marco Pellittery, Kobe University, "From 'anime boom'
to the 'anime decline'? Japanese anime in Italy and France".

11:00-12:30 - The Rise and Fall of Anime in America

Chair: Raz Greenberg, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Michal Daliot-Bul, University of Haifa, "anime legacies in the USA: The Case of Anime Inspired Cartoons".

Nissim Otmazgin, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, "Japan's Anime Policy: Supporting the Industry or 'Killing the Cool?"'


16:00-18:00 - Round Table Discussion and Anime Screening (Rabin Hall)

Wada George, Anime producer at Production I.G, President of Wit Studio

Makihara Ryotaro, Anime Director at Wit studio


Anime Screening: Attack on Titan (Episode 1 and 2)

Organizer: Nissim Otmazgin (Hebrew University) and Michal Daliot-Bul (University of Haifa).

For information and registration please contact:
Dorit.beer@gmail.com.

--
New book by Nissim Otmazgin, Regionalizing Culture: the Political Economy of Japanese Popular Culture in Asia, now out by University of Hawai'i Press!
See the book here:
http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9036-9780824836948.aspx

amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Regionalizing-Culture-Nissim-Otma
zgin/dp/0824836944/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395441605&sr
=8-1&keywords=nissim+otmazgin

Nissim Otmazgin, Ph.D
Dept. of East Asian Studies, Senior Lecturer The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Mt. Scopus 91905 Jerusalem, Israel
E-mail: Nissim.Otmazgin@mail.huji.ac.il

The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, Chair of the Academic Committee Frieberg Center www.eacenter.huji.ac.il Israeli Association for Japanese Studies (IAJS), Chair IAJS www.japan-studies.org

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[SSJ: 8528] New Book: Religion, Identity and Human Security

From: Giorgio Shani
Date: 2014/04/27

Dear colleagues,

Please find details below of a new book which I hope will be of interest to some members of the mailing list. Apologies for any cross-posting.

Giorgio Shani (2014) Religion, Identity and Human Security (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge) ISBN:
978-0-415-50906-0:

Description

Religion, Identity and Human Security attempts to articulate a 'post-secular' approach to Human Security suited to a globalizing and increasingly post-Western world. It is divided into two sections. The first section provides the theoretical framework for re-conceptualizing Critical Human Security along post-secular lines. The second attempts to apply this framework to three sites of insecurity: the EU, South Asia and Japan. It will primarily be of interest to students of International Relations, Critical Security Studies and Religion and Politics.

Contents
Part I: Reconceptualizing Human Security in a Post-Secular Age, 1. Globalization and Identity After the Financial Crisis, 2. Provincializing Post-Secularism, 3. Re-conceptualizing Security:
Towards a Critical Human Security Paradigm? 4.
De-Secularizing Human Security, Part II: Sites of Human Insecurity, 5. Emancipating Zoe: The Securitization of the Veil in France, 6. Sarva Dharma Sambhava: Religion and Human In/Security in South Asia 7. Tabunka Kyōsei ?
Ethno-Nationalism and Human Insecurity in Japan,
Conclusion: To be Human is not to be resilient.
Reviews
This excellent book is not only an original contribution to critical human security studies, but more broadly, an outstanding remapping of postsecular thinking in International Relations.Prof. Mustapha Kamal Pasha, Aberystwyth University, UK.
Through an erudite analysis of recent debates about the veil in France, ethno-religious tensions in South Asia, and ethno-nationalism in Japan, Giorgio Shani defends a ‘post-secular’ approach to human security that openly embraces cultural diversity and religious difference.
This lucid and wide-ranging book will interest students of globalisation, identity politics, post-colonialism, and critical security studies’ Prof. Andrew Linklater, Aberystwyth University, UK.
Link

For more details, see below:

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415509060/

Sincerely yours,
Giorgio Shani

Giorgio Shani PhD (London)
Director, Social Science Research Institute, Associate Director of the Rotary Peace Center, International Christian University,
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)422-33-3708, Fax: +81 (0)422-33-3229 http://researchers.icu.ac.jp/Profiles/6/0000527/prof_e.
html
http://icu.academia.edu/GiorgioShani

Region President, Asia-Pacific,
International Studies Association
http://www.isanet.org/ISA/Regions/AsiaPacific.aspx

New Book: Religion, Identity and Human Security (Routledge 2014) http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415509060/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B001HP3QB2
http://www.amazon.co.jp/-/e/B001HP3QB2

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[SSJ: 8527] Pre-ISA Conference on Social Movements

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2014/04/27

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Date and Location

Date and Time: July 13, 2014 (Sun.) 10:00am to 5:00pm (The exact time is subject to change)

Location: Room # F 201 in Annex Hall, Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan (http://www.pacifico.co.jp/english/facility/annex/index
.html
venue of the ISA World Congress)

On-Site Registration Fees: 10 US dollars, 7 Euros, or 1000 Japanese yen
Language: English

In conjunction with the International Sociology Association World Congress (http://www.isa-sociology.org/congress2014/), we are pleased to announce the pre-ISA Conference on Social Movements, scheduled in Yokohama, Japan, on July 13, 2014. Together with RC47 and RC48 of the ISA, the conference is designed to be a transnational event wherein students, researchers, and scholars studying social movements will convene from around the world to meet, share research interests, and engage in lively discussions.

With rapid socioeconomic and cultural
transformations in the last few decades, we now face a set of new academic challenges.
Academic gatherings, such as conferences, meetings, and forums, have increasingly been held, functioning as a venue to discuss issues common to us all. Interestingly, no academic meetings of a global magnitude have been held so far that pay exclusive attention to social movements.
Social movements vary, with diverse issues, motives, strategies, resources and surrounding environments, across countries and continents. The pre-ISA Conference on Social Movements has been conceived of as, and is designed to become, a platform where social movement researchers in the world gather, meet, present their own work, and exchange.

Following the morning plenary session, we will have a session on social movements in Asian/East Asian countries. In social movement studies, much attention has been paid to social movements and collective action in the European and American continents. In this session, we will introduce social movements in Asian/East Asian countries. This will widen the landscape of social movements, and renew our interest in the social movement studies.
The following session is designed to be an occasion for socializing. It is a space wherein students and scholars of social movements come together to introduce respective research activities. It will help

us develop our research network.

The conference is scheduled on July 13 to synchronize with the opening of the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology. It will share the venue with the ISA World Congress. We invite fellow researchers doing research on social movements. The conference aims to offer social movement scholars from around the world a chance for networking that will extend into

future academic collaborations.

n Schedule (Tentative)
10:00-10:30: Keynote speech & Welcome Message
Michael Wieviorka (former president of ISA)
Benjamin Tejerina (president, RC48)
Antimo Farro (president, RC47)
10:30-12:15 Session 1: Future of Social Movement
Research
To be announced later.
12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-15:00 Session 2: Social Movements in Asia
Introducing social movements in Asian countries
15:15-17:00 Session 3 (Roundtable):
Self-Introductory Presentations
Participants introducing themselves,
creating academic networks

n Who Can Attend
Scholars, researchers, and students interested in and doing research on social movements.

n Requirements:
Power Point Slides for Self-Introduction Roundtable Session (15:15-17:00) intends to be a “getting to know each other” space.

Each of the participants will have 3 minutes to present herself and her work (4 slides per person).
The time is too short to present a synthesis of one’s research, but it is enough to connect researchers from different continents with similar research interest or perspectives.

Each participant is required to prepare a four-slide power point presentation for self-introduction. Self-introduction slides include who I am (1-page demographic information), what I do, and what I have done, and what research interests I have and what I want to do in the future, together with the contact.

A 1-page demographic information should include:
(1) Name & Nationality, (2) Contact (e-mail address , etc.; can disclose if so desired), (3) Affiliation (university & department, institute, organization, etc.),
(4) Position (professor / graduate student /independent

researcher, etc.), (5) Keywords of your research:
up to 5 words, and (6) A short message (if desired).

The conference organizing committee will collect the self-introduction slides from all participants, and compile them into a booklet.

The deadline for submission is May 30, 2014, 24:00 (JST).
Please send self-introductory power point slides to the conference office Japan at:
socialmovementconference@gmail.com

Please note:
(1) The power point slides have to be sent in .

ppt format, with the title “Last name - First name.ppt”
and in an e-mail with the subject heading of “pre-ISA Social movements Conference”.

(2) The office will not take power point data with
5 slides and more.

(3) We will compile a booklet in the printout format,

rather than keeping all the personal information in a digital format, simply because it will be safer.
All the power-point slides sent to the office will completely be discarded once the compilation work is done

n Visa Information

Please visit the official website of XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology at:
http://www.isa-sociology.org/congress2014/visa.htm

n Conference Organizers
Benjami Tejerina, Antimo Farro,Dai Nomiya, Geoffrey Pleyers, Emanuele Toscano, Breno Bringel, Eiji Hamanishi

n Conference Office Japan
Dai Nomiya (Sophia University, Japan)
David Slater (Sophia University, Japan)
Taisuke Fujita (Nagasaki University, Japan) Yohei Katano (Tottori University, Japan) Kyoko Tominaga (Japan Society for the Promotion of
Science)
Ryoko Kosugi (Tohoku University, Japan)
Yosuke Tatsuno (Sophia University, Japan) Risa Murase (Sophia University, Japan)

n Supporting Organizations
Research Committee 47, ISA
Research Committee 48, ISA
Sociological Consortium Sub Committee,
Science Council of Japan
Sociological Forum Japan (SOF-J)

--
David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese Studies Sophia University, Tokyo

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April 25, 2014

[SSJ: 8526] An invitation to a seminar by Professor Grimes on May 12

From: Kuniaki Nemoto
Date: 2014/04/25

Please see below for the details.
Please RSVP at info-wojuss@list.waseda.jp or visit our event website at http://www.kikou.waseda.ac.jp/wojuss/eng/event/. Thanks very much!


=====
NEMOTO, Kuniaki (Ph.D)
Research Fellow / Assistant Professor
Organization for Japan-US Studies, Waseda University
http://sites.google.com/site/knemoto1978/

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Waseda University Organization for Japan-US Studies
(WOJUSS) Policy Seminar (May 12, 2014)

Professor William W. Grimes
Boston University

"East Asian Financial Regionalism:
Why Economic Enhancements Undermine Political
Sustainability."
-------------------------------------------------------

Waseda University Organization for Japan-US Studies
(WOJUSS) would like to invite you to a seminar
on May 12, 2014. Please see the details below.
Please RSVP at info-wojuss@list.waseda.jp or
visit our event website at
http://www.kikou.waseda.ac.jp/wojuss/eng/event/.

[Speaker]
Professor William W. Grimes
Boston University

[Title]
"East Asian Financial Regionalism:
Why Economic Enhancements Undermine Political
Sustainability."

[Date/Time]
Monday, May 12, 2014, 4:30-6:00 PM.

[Place]
Multipurpose Lecture Room, Okuma Memorial Tower
(Bldg.#26), Waseda Campus
(MAP) http://www.waseda.jp/eng/campus/map.html

[Abstract]
The centerpiece of East Asian financial regionalism has
been the Chiang Mai Initiative (CMI), an emergency
liquidity mechanism created by the ASEAN+3. Enforcement
under CMI has relied on the "IMF link" -- release of
funds is predicated on crisis countries' initiating
negotiations with the International Monetary Fund as a
means of reducing moral hazard, enforcing
conditionality, and diverting blame from the leading
creditors, Japan and China. The global financial crisis
of 2008-10 and the eurozone crisis that followed have
inspired important changes meant to address CMI's
economic gaps, including accelerated adoption of "CMI
Multilateralization" (CMIM), the creation of a new
surveillance unit (ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research
Organization, or AMRO), and the establishment of a new
Precautionary Line. These developments appear to weaken
the IMF link. However, while the moves appear to
demonstrate a more confident, autonomous regionalism
and a relative devaluation of the U.S.-dominated global
financial institutions, this paper argues that they
have the unintended consequence of unearthing anew the
underlying politics of divided leadership and mutual
suspicion. CMIM is now threatened by the renewed
potential for internal divisions, even as new
initiatives at bilateral and global levels further
erode its raison d'etre.

[Short Biography]
William W. Grimes is Professor of International
Relations and Political Science at Boston University,
where he has taught since 1996. He was formerly chair
of the Department of International Relations and
founding director of the Boston University Center for
the Study of Asia from 2008-10. He is the author of
Currency and Contest in East Asia: The Great Power
Politics of Financial Regionalism (Cornell University
Press, 2009), which was awarded the 2010 Masayoshi
Ohira Memorial Award as well as Unmaking the Japanese
Miracle: Macroeconomic Politics, 1985-2000 (Cornell
University Press, 2001) and co-editor (with Ulrike
Schaede) of Japan's Managed Globalization: Adapting to
the 21st Century (M.E. Sharpe, 2002). He has published
a variety of articles and book chapters on topics
including Japanese macroeconomic policymaking, the
impacts of financial globalization on Japan, East Asian
financial regionalism, and Japan's relations with the
United States and East Asia.

[Commentators]
Shujiro Urata
Professor, Faculty of International Research and
Education,
Waseda University

Takashi Terada
Professor, Faculty of Law, Doshisha University

[Moderator]
Hidetoshi Nakamura
Associate Professor, Faculty of Political Science and
Economics,
Waseda University

[Language]
English

Please send any inquiries about the event to
info-wojuss@list.waseda.jp.

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[SSJ: 8525] CfP: Social Policies and Well-being in Later Life

From: Florian Kohlbacher
Date: 2014/04/25

Calls for papers for a special session and a special issue on "Social Policies and Well-being in Later Life"

1) special session on Social Policies and Well-being in Later Life at the bi-annual meeting of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS 2014) conference in Berlin, 15-18 September, 2014:
http://www.dza.de/fileadmin/dza/pdf/Call_ISQOLS_Policy_
and_Happy_Ageing_Society.pdf

http://www.isqols.org/blog/cfp-isqols-2014-berlin-sessi
on-social-policies-well-being-in-later-life/


2) special issue on Social Policies and Well-being in Later Life in the Journal of Positive Psychology:
www.tandf.co.uk/journals/cfp/rposcfp.pdf


This special session/ issue adopts a cross-national perspective and thus seeks contributions from a variety of countries with ageing populations. Comparative studies are particularly welcome, but research focusing on one particular nation is also within the scope of this special session/ issue.

Obviously, Japan as the country with the most aged population in the world, lends itself particularly well to research this topic.

Sincerely,

Florian Kohlbacher

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Dr. Florian Kohlbacher
Head of Business & Economics Section
German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094
Japan
Ph. +81-3-3222-5944 (direct)
Fax: +81-3-3222-5420
kohlbacher@dijtokyo.org
www.dijtokyo.org

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April 24, 2014

[SSJ: 8523] BAJS Japan Branch Symposium + PhD Professional Development Workshop, 24-25 May

From: Philip Seaton
Date: 2014/04/24

Dear Colleagues,

The British Association for Japanese Studies (Japan
Branch) warmly invites members and colleagues to its first event of 2014:

"Symposium on Risk, Society and Politics in Contemporary Japan" and Professional Development Workshop for PhD Students Jointly sponsored by the Shiga University Center for Risk Research

Dates: 24th and 25th May 2014
Location: Shiga University Faculty of Economics, Honbu 3rd Floor Large Meeting Room


24 May (Saturday), 1:30 - 5:30, "Symposium on Risk, Society and Politics in Contemporary Japan"

Panel: Positioning Risk and Making Social Policies in Contemporary Japan 1. Social Policies of Accountability in the Era of Neoliberal Risk, William Bradley, Ryukoku University 2. Risky Quest of Internationalizing Japan's Universities, Mayumi Ishikawa, Osaka University 3. Risks of Reforming Regular Employment in Japan, Scott North, Osaka University 4. Risk, the Fear of Risk, and the Risk of the Fear of
Risk: the bureaucratic response to radiation in contemporary Fukushima, Tom Gill, Meiji Gakuin University Keynote Speech: A Nation at Risk? Globalization, nationalism, and the future of Japan, Koichi Nakano, Sophia University For further details, including full abstracts of the papers, see the symposium website.
http://www.philipseaton.net/british-association-for-jap
anese-studies-japan-branch/bajs-symposium-24-5-may-2014
/


25 May (Sunday), 10:00 - 12:00, Professional
Development Workshop for PhD Students
Professional Development Workshop for PhD Students on
"Building a Career within the Japanese University
System" (coordinated by Philip Seaton and Robert
Aspinall)
Notes regarding the PhD workshop (maximum participants,
15):
1) Priority is given to PhD students who are members of
BAJS or who are conducting PhD research under the
supervision of BAJS members.
2) Travel bursaries (not necessarily the full cost of
participation) are available for BAJS student members
(being a student member is free. People who are not
members should join before 24 May in order to receive
the bursary).
3) Recipients of travel bursaries must attend both the
symposium (24th) and the workshop (25th). Attendance at
only the Workshop is possible, but bursaries cannot be
provided for workshop participation only.
4) While attendance at the symposium on the 24th is
open to the public, attendance at the Professional
Development Workshop is by invitation only. Please
contact Philip Seaton in advance if you want to attend.

If you have any questions or want to attend the event,
please contact the event organizers: Robert Aspinall
(Shiga University, symposium attendance, Robert
Aspinall ) and Philip
Seaton (BAJS Japan Branch inquiries and PhD workshop
inquiries).
For inquiries about BAJS membership, please visit first
the official BAJS website:
http://www.bajs.org.uk/membership/


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Dr Philip Seaton, MA (Cantab), MA (Sussex), DPhil
(Sussex)
Professor, Modern Japanese Studies Program.

Personal Website: www.philipseaton.net
MJSP Website: http://www.oia.hokudai.ac.jp/mjsp
MJSP Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/modernjapanesestudiesprogram

Address:
Office of International Affairs, Hokkaido University,
North 15, West 8, North Ward, Sapporo 060-0815, JAPAN.

Telephone:
+81-(0)11-706-8015

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April 22, 2014

[SSJ: 8522] Next DIJ Social Science Study Group, May 14: The Japanese Anti-Nuclear Movement - Mobilization Processes after Fukushima

From: Phoebe Holdgruen
Date: 2014/04/22

You are cordially invited to the next
DIJ Social Science Study Group, held on Wednesday, May 14, 18.30:

Anna Wiemann, University of Hamburg:

The Japanese Anti-Nuclear Movement - Mobilization Processes after Fukushima

The nuclear accident in Fukushima in March 2011 triggered a new wave of social movement activism in Japan. The protests every Friday evening in front of the Prime Minister‘s residence (kantei) can be counted as one of the most visible activities of this movement.
The movement, however, cannot be reduced to street demonstrations. Less visible collective actions take place frequently, in the form of conferences, lectures, study groups, or parliamentarian briefings on energy and radiation related issues.

Literature on social movements (i.e. Gerhards/Rucht
1992) indicates that the meso-organizational level plays a decisive role in creating a common frame of meaning and in processes of coordinating such collective action. This presentation examines networks of old and new social movement organizations since 3.11. Based on extensive field work with mainly Tokyo-based groups, I apply qualitative network analysis to grasp the emergence and the dynamics of such networks as well as their relation to the actors’
strategic choices.

Anna Wiemann, PhD candidate at Hamburg University is currently a scholarship fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ). She holds a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Japanese Linguistics.

The DIJ Social Science Study Group is organized by P.
Holdgruen and C. Hommerich.

All are welcome to attend, but registration
(holdgruen@dijtokyo.org) is appreciated.
German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ) Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Phone: 03-3222-5077 For a map please refer to www.dijtokyo.org


--
Dr. Phoebe Stella Holdgrün

Senior Research Fellow

German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)/ Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-0094 Japan

Tel: +81-(0)3-3222-5077
+81-(0)3-3222-5943 (direct)
Fax: +81-(0)3-3222-5420
holdgruen@dijtokyo.org
http://www.dijtokyo.org

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April 18, 2014

[SSJ: 8518] Shaken Workshop April 24: War, Authoritarianism, and the Origins of the Japanese Welfare State

From: John Campbell
Date: 2014/04/18

The social science dissertation workshop meets next on Thursday April 24 to hear from Anna Skarpelis.* It is her second appearance at the workshop; she is now a PhD candidate in sociology at New York University and a Japan Foundation fellow at the ISS Todai. Her dissertation research is about the origins of welfare states, comparing Germany and Japan. The talk will focus mainly on how authoritarian governance, war mobilization, and economic regulation intersected to shape social policy development during the Japanese interwar and war periods (~1920's - 1945).

Most governments expand and centralize during authoritarian periods and in preparation of war. How does Japan's experience compare to that of other nations? And when war aims clashed with those of authoritarian government, how were these troubles resolved? Anna goes beyond traditional political science approaches by bringing together economic, historical and sociological theories (e.g. Hayek, Polanyi, Tilly, Foucault) to explore mechanisms of welfare state transformation.

Guests are always welcome at the workshop; if convenient please let me know you are coming (jccamp[at]umich.edu).

John Campbell

*Meetings of the Shaken Social Science Dissertation Workshop start at 12 pm on Thursdays and go to 1:30 and sometimes beyond. The Institute of Social Science provides coffee and tea and you are welcome to bring lunch. The location is room 533 on the 5th floor in the Akamon General Research (Sougou Kenkyuu) Building. The building is off to the right after you come through Akamon, or you can cut through the grounds of Ito Hall off Hongou Doori. It is Bldg 38 on this map:

http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/documents/Hongo_Campu
sMap_E.pdf

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[SSJ: 8517] A friendly reminder: An invitation to a seminar by Professor Hughes on Apr 24

From: Kuniaki Nemoto
Date: 2014/04/18

This is a friendly reminder; please see below.
Please RSVP at info-wojuss@list.waseda.jp or visit our event website at http://www.kikou.waseda.ac.jp/wojuss/eng/event/. Thanks very much!

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NEMOTO, Kuniaki (Ph.D)
Research Fellow / Assistant Professor
Organization for Japan-US Studies, Waseda University http://sites.google.com/site/knemoto1978/


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Waseda University Organization for Japan-US Studies
(WOJUSS) Policy Seminar (Apr 24, 2014)

Professor Christopher William Hughes
University of Warwick

"Japan's 'Resentful Realism' and China's Rise:
Explaining Shifts from Hedging to Incipient 'Soft' and 'Hard' Balancing."
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Waseda University Organization for Japan-US Studies
(WOJUSS) would like to invite you to a seminar on Apr 24, 2014. Please see the details below.
Please RSVP at info-wojuss@list.waseda.jp or visit our event website at http://www.kikou.waseda.ac.jp/wojuss/eng/event/.

[Speaker]
Christopher William Hughes
Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences Head of Department, Politics and International Studies University of Warwick

[Title]
"Japan's 'Resentful Realism' and China's Rise:
Explaining Shifts from Hedging to Incipient 'Soft' and 'Hard' Balancing."

[Date/Time]
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:30-6:00 PM.

[Place]
Multipurpose Lecture Room, Okuma Memorial Tower (Bldg.#26), Waseda Campus
(MAP) http://www.waseda.jp/eng/campus/map.html

[Abstract]
Japan has been regarded by all mainstream IR theories as a status quo power intent on pursuing an immobilist international strategy towards China characterised by hedging rather than any move to active balancing. This paper challenges these assumptions and asks whether Japan will, or indeed already is, moving towards active balancing. The paper does so by reinterpreting the very assumptions of those theoretical perspectives that predict hedging and by drawing on fresh empirical evidence. It argues that the conditions that are thought to encourage hedging behaviour -- the predictability of other states' intentions, the malleability of intentions through engagement, domestic preferences that obviate balancing, and a favourable offence-defence balance -- are now eroding in the case of Japan's strategy towards China. Japanese policy-makers in the last decade have an accelerating decline in their confidence to read China's intentions and to mould these, to the point that China is now regarded as a predominantly malign actor. Japan's own domestic regime change, paralleling that of China, has released Revisionist forces that favour balancing of China. Very significantly, Japan's eroding faith in its ability to maintain defensive superiority over China, either through its own internal capabilities or the US-Japan alliance. The consequence is that the evidence is now mounting of Japan shifting towards active 'soft'
and 'hard' balancing of China. The consequences of Japan's shifting strategy are yet as unclear. Japan may be moving towards a form of 'Resentful Realism' that does not bring a new equilibrium to regional security but is actually more destabilising and poses risk for China and the US, especially as Japan's own security intentions become more opaque.

[Short Biography]
Christopher W. Hughes (BA Oxford University; MA Rochester University; PhD Sheffield University) is Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies, Chair of the Department of Politics and International Studies, and Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences, at the University of Warwick, UK. He was formerly Research Associate, University of Hiroshima; Asahi Shimbun Visiting Professor of Mass Media and Politics, University of Tokyo; and Edwin O.
Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University. His most recent book is Japan's Remilitarisation (2009). He is currently President of the British Association of Japanese Studies, and Joint Editor of The Pacific Review.

[Commentator]
Takashi Terada
Professor, Faculty of Law, Doshisha University/ Visiting Professor, WOJUSS

[Moderator]
Kuniaki Nemoto
Assistant Professor, Waseda University

[Language]
English

Please send any inquiries about the event to info-wojuss@list.waseda.jp

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[SSJ: 8516] The 12th and 13th Policy Seminars (April 25, May 7) (WOJUSS)

From: Akimi Ichise
Date: 2014/04/18

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 The 12th WOJUSS Policy Seminar (Apr. 25(Fri.))
 The 13th WOJUSS Policy Seminar (May 7(Wed.))
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The 12th WOJUSS Policy Seminar (Apr. 25(Fri.), 2014)
"The Economics of "Off-Grid" Solar Energy"

[Speaker]
Rodney Smith
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Department of Applied Economics University of Minnesota

[Date & Time]
Friday, April 25, 2014, 1:00-2:30 PM

[Venue]
Multipurpose Lecture Room, Okuma Memorial Tower (Bldg.#26), Waseda Campus *MAP:http://www.waseda.jp/jp/campus/waseda.html

[Moderator]
Masahiko Gemma
Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Waseda University

[Language] English

Please visit our website below for details.
http://www.kikou.waseda.ac.jp/wojuss/eng/event/event.ph
p?id=18

※Deadline: Thursday, April 24, 2014
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The 13th WOJUSS Policy Seminar (May 7(Wed.), 2014)

[Title]
"Information Asymmetry and the Timing of Capital
Issuance:
Implications for Asia and the United States from an International Comparative Study"

[Speaker]
Dr. Bong-Soo Lee
Professor and Patty Hill Smith Eminent Scholar Chair in Finance Department of Finance, College of Business, Florida State University (USA)

[Date & Time]
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 2:45-4:15 PM

[Venue]
Room 302, Okuma Memorial Tower (Bldg.#26), Waseda Campus
*MAP:http://www.waseda.jp/eng/campus/map.html

[Moderator]
Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Waseda University

[Language] English

Please visit our website below for details.
http://www.kikou.waseda.ac.jp/wojuss/eng/event/event.ph
p?id=19

※Deadline: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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WOJUSS Office
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*WOJUSS is a research network organization at Waseda University, Tokyo, promoting policy-oriented, collaborative research on Japan-US relations in the global context, with special focus on Asia.
For more detail on our activities, please visit http://www.kikou.waseda.ac.jp/wojuss/
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April 16, 2014

[SSJ: 8515] Japan Fieldwork Workshop (April 30): Anti-Nuclear Movements after Fukushima

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2014/04/16

The Japan Fieldwork Workshop
(see below for our info)

...invites you to...

The Japanese Anti-Nuclear Movement
-- Mobilization Processes After Fukushima

Anna Wiemann
Scholarship Fellow, PhD Student
German Institute for Japanese Studies

Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Bldg. 10, room 301
Wednesday, April 30th
5-6:30 pm
(We usually go out for a beer afterwards)

Free; open to all; no registration necessary Presentation in English

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The nuclear accident in Fukushima in March 2011 triggered a new wave of social movement activism in Japan. The protests every Friday evening in front of the Prime Minister's residence
(kantei) can be counted as one of the most visible activities of this movement. But the movement cannot be reduced to street demonstrations.
Less visible collective actions frequently take place in the form of conferences, lectures, study groups or parliamentarian briefings on energy and radiation related issues.

This presentation focuses on questions such as:
What are the facilitating factors behind the collective action? Who are the organizers of such movement events and how are they connected amongst each other? How do they try to mobilize people to participate? Literature on social movements (Gerhards/Rucht 1992) indicates that the meso-organizational level plays a decisive role in processes of motivation and coordination for collective action. Based on extensive field work with mainly Tokyo-based social movement organizations (interviews, participant observation), this study uses qualitative network analysis to get an idea of how these SMOs organize and cooperate with each other since 3.11 and of how they provide an arena for individuals to participate in collective action.

Anna Wiemann is a PhD student at Hamburg University and currently a scholarship fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ). She holds a master's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and a bachelor's degree in Japanese Linguistics.

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THE JAPAN FIELDWORK WORKSHOP
We are now in our 14th year, making us one of the longest running workshop of its kind in Tokyo. Our focus is on fieldwork-base research in anthropology, sociology, popular culture, political science, media studies and related fields.

The goal is to present work in progress in a critical and informal setting. So, rather than delivering that perfectly defensible 20 minute conference paper, you have a chance to present in a longer format, to discuss and explore the more unwieldy parts of your research. Of course, we will work to link theory and ethnography in productive ways, but also to share the methodological challenges of fieldwork with others currently in the field.

We are open to all scholars doing fieldwork but in order to keep numbers down, we periodically close this group.

In our closed format, we will usually pre-circulate papers, chapters or proposals for comment and discussion.

If you would like to become a regular member, or need information on presenting please contact me directly (dhslater@gmail.com).

--
David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese Studies Sophia University, Tokyo

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April 15, 2014

[SSJ: 8512] DIJ Hist & Hum Study Group, 22 April, Takenaka on Yasukuni

From: History and Humanities Study Group
Date: 2014/04/15

You are cordially invited to the next

DIJ History and Humanities Study Group

on Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 18.30 h:

Akiko Takenaka
(University of Kentucky)

Historical Legacies of Yasukuni Shrine


Yasukuni Shrine is well known for the political controversies its presence has generated both within Japan and between Japan and its neighbors.
International critics fault the shine for symbolizing Japan's desire to remilitarize. Japanese critics argue that the shrine encouraged reckless militarism during the Asia-Pacific War. But what exactly was Yasukuni Shrine's role during that war? How could one shrine impart such significant and lasting influence throughout Japan and beyond? In my talk I follow one army private who was stationed in Northern China in 1933, only to be killed the following year. Through a reconstruction of the postmortem fate of his body and spirit – including his cremation and return of ashes back home, memorials in his hometown, and the lavish memorial service conducted at Yasukuni Shrine – I demonstrate the particular ways in which private grief for war death was institutionalized into a national experience. The experience of various events and rituals hosted by the shrine – whether directly at the Tokyo site or vicariously through media representations – functioned as a training ground for those involved to practice an acceptable brand of
grief: one that was coupled with pride and gratitude.
Modern media further reproduced and disseminated sounds and images from the shrine events to involve the entire nation in the institutionalization of grief.

Akiko Takenaka is an assistant professor of Japanese History at the University of Kentucky. She specializes in the social and cultural history of modern Japan with a research focus on memory and historiography of the Asia-Pacifi c War. She is the author of Yasukuni Shrine and Japan's Unending Postwar, f orthcoming from the University of Hawai'i Press. She is currently a Japan F oundation Fellow, affiliated with the University of Tokyo, working on her se cond book project on the influence of trauma on memories of the Asia-Pacific War.

The DIJ History and Humanities Study Group is a forum for early/mid career researchers and Ph.D. candidates in the field, organized by Miki Aoyama-Olschina and Torsten Weber. All are welcome to attend, but registration (weber@dijtokyo.org) is appreciated.

German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Phone: 03-3222-5077.
For a map please refer to www.dijtokyo.org

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April 11, 2014

[SSJ: 8508] Re: Female Labor Force Participation Rate

From: Earl Kinmonth
Date: 2014/04/11

Many thanks for this.

As for the 68% that PM Abe cited in his WSJ essay
(http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142405270230
3759604579091680931293404)--not the 73% in the same piece that the JT used to lead us all on a wild goose chase--it covers the 25-54 age group that the OECD used for an international comparison. Click through from here (http://www.gender.go.jp/about_danjo/whitepaper/h25/zen
tai/html/honpen/b1_s02_01.html) to find the relevant cvs files (most conveniently http://www.gender.go.jp/about_danjo/whitepaper/h25/zent
ai/html/zuhyo/zuhyo01-02-02.html).The 15-64 age group is usually used in Japan, for which the correspondent figure in February 2014 was 64.9% according to my arithmetic.

The 15-64 cohort is widely used. It is unrealistic for contemporary advanced economies. 25-54 or 25-64 is much more realistic.

The 73% (likewise the rest of the numbers in the table) in Kathy Matsui's article refers to the ratio of female/male labor force participation, which theoretically could be higher than 100%.

I had guessed that this was the case, but I did not think even Kathy Matsui could be dumb enough to think that this was a good indicator. Since it is (female labor force rate) / (male labor force rate), you could "Improve" the stats for women by discouraging guys from working, clearly a dumb policy in general and dumber still in the context of a shrinking work force.

There are countries in the World Economic Forum stats with ratios over 100%. It looks like one way to achieve this is to have a large fraction of the males dead from HIV.

EHK

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April 10, 2014

[SSJ: 8505] Call for Applications: Professorship on Governance of Global Inequalities, FU Berlin

From: Blechinger-Talcott, Verena
Date: 2014/04/10

In 2007, with its future development concept International Network University, Freie Universität Berlin succeeded in winning a major government funding award in the German Excellence Initiative. This award acknowledges special academic achievements, giving the title University of Excellence. Freie Universität Berlin was able to maintain its excellence status in 2012, one among only a few other select universities to do so. The second phase of this program focuses on the expansion of international and regional networks and the advancement of junior researchers supported by the Career Path Model.

To meet these goals, Freie Universität Berlin is setting up a Dahlem International Network Professorship (DINP).

The successful applicant will be required to cover the respective area in research and teaching.

Freie Universität Berlin
invites applications for the following Professorship (salary grade W 2; 5 years)

Center for Area Studies, with the Department of Political and Social Sciences and the Department of History and Cultural Studies Professorship in Governance of Global Inequalities

The appointee will have a PhD in the field of social sciences (preferably in social and cultural anthropology, but also political science or sociology) or in the field of area studies with a proven focus on social sciences. She or he will have excellent knowledge of qualitative research methods, especially ethnographic methods. The successful candidate will have substantial experience in field research focusing on transregional aspects. She or he will have knowledge of at least one non-European language. Experience in teaching internationally and excellent research activities are required as well as experience with acquiring funding for, and carrying out, sponsored research.

The appointee is expected to participate in the development of a research area in the field of Governance of Global Inequalities at the Center for Area Studies. She or he will be prepared to cooperate with colleagues of the Center’s respective research alliances. Furthermore, candidates will be prepared to participate in the teaching of bachelor’s and master’s courses, and, if necessary, in the respective doctoral programs as well as in the courses of the Center for Area Studies.

Reference code: W2-Gov.Glob.Inequ.

Postal address:

Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften Dekanat, z. Hd. Frau Emmrich-Willingham Koserstraße 20, 14195 Berlin, Germany

For additional details, please visit
www.fu-berlin.de/sites/cas, www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de and www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de.

Applications should include a CV, copies of all certificates of academic qualification, a list of publications, evidence of teaching competence (such as courses previously taught) as well as of involvement in ongoing and future research endeavours, joint research projects and externally funded projects. If applicable, applications should also include information on industrial co-operations, inventions/patents and spin-offs. All materials, including a private postal and/or e-mail address and quoting the respective reference code must be received no later than May 12th,
2014 at the departments named above.

Appointment requirements are governed by Article 100 of the Berlin Higher Education Act (Berliner Hochschulgesetz). Application guidelines and general information on the appointment procedure as well as requirements for professorships at Freie Universität Berlin can be found at www.fu-berlin.de/praesidialamt.
Please note that in most departments, the language of instruction is primarily German, but some teaching may be conducted in English. Non-German-speaking appointees are expected to acquire sufficient language skills to be able to teach in German within a reasonable time frame, unless stated otherwise.

Prof. Dr. Verena Blechinger-Talcott
Professor of Japanese Politics and Political Economy FU Berlin - Institute of East Asian Studies Japanese Studies Hittorfstr. 18
14195 Berlin
Germany

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[SSJ: 8504] SSU Forum with Professor Seiichi Kondo

From: Kiichi Fujiwara
Date: 2014/04/10

Dear All,

Security Studies Unit of the Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo, will hold the next SSU Forum with Professor Seiichi Kondo, former commissioner of the Agency of Cultural Affairs, on perceptions in foreign policy.

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 17:00-18:30
Venue: Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Ito International Research Center
Subject: "Perception is reality-Its Advantages and
Disadvantages in Conducting
Foreign Policy"
Lecture: Professor Seiichi Kondo (PARI)
Language: English

Please sign up at the following site.
http://pari.u-tokyo.ac.jp/eng/unit/ssu/index.html

Kiichi Fujiwara
Professor of International Politics
Director, Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute University of Tokyo

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[SSJ: 8503] 【Notice】 Invitation to 91st GRIPS Forum on 21st April

From: GRIPS Forum
Date: 2014/04/10

Dear SSJ-Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the next GRIPS Forum at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies on April 21.

*Please register at Registration Form by April
18(Fri)17:00pm.
https://gremind.grips.ac.jp/form/0002/the-91st-grips-fo
rum-on-21st-april/

*If you can’t open the registration form, please send an email to gripsforum@grips.ac.jp with your name, affiliation, job title, phone number or email address without changing the title.

*If you are arriving by a private car, please let us know the car information (type, color, and number) in advance so that we can register it for campus entry permission.

Date: Monday, 21 April, 2014
Time: 16:40-18:10
Venue: GRIPS Sokairo Hall, 1st Floor(http://www.grips.
ac.jp/en/about/access/)
Speaker: Dr. Cayetano W. Paderanga, Jr., Chairman of the board of trustees, Development Academy of Philippines (DAP)
Theme: Philippine Macroeconomic Regimes
Language: English (Japanese simultaneous interpretation
provided)
Fee: Free

Dr. Paderanga will come to share his perspective on examination of the impact of economic policies after the Second World War.

Speakers’ Profile:
Dr. Paderanga is a professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics. He was until recently the Secretary for Socioeconomic Planning and the Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) from July 2010- April 2012. He had held the same cabinet post from 1990 to
1992 and has been a member of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Philippines from 1990 to 1992 and from
1993 to 1999. He was also the Chairman of the Philippine Social Science Council (1999-2001) and President of the Philippine Economics Society (1998-1999). As one of the leading economist of the country, he has been conducting a series of major researches mainly on macro economy, publishing many influential books and papers. Dr. Paderanga is currently assuming chairmanship of DAP, which has been mandated with executive development for the Government for the past forty years.

*** GRIPS Forum ***
Since its establishment in 1997, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), as the only graduate school in Japan specializing in policy research, has promoted education and research on a wide range of policy issues.
Utilizing our vast policy network, this Forum invites leaders from various fields including government, academia and business, as well as staff from our own faculty, to deliver lectures on current policy concerns.
The Forum welcomes attendance of GRIPS faculty and students as well as participants from outside the university. Simultaneous interpretation will be available (Japanese/English).

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For registration and inquiries, please contact: Ms. Iso

gripsforum[at]grips.ac.jp
http://www.grips.ac.jp/
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[SSJ: 8502] new working paper on survival and mortality during 3/11 disaster

From: Daniel Aldrich
Date: 2014/04/10

Paper Title: The Physical and Social Determinants of Mortality in the 3.11 Tsunami by Daniel P. Aldrich and Yasuyuki Sawada

Abstract:
The human consequences of the 3.11 tsunami were not distributed equally across the municipalities of the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan. Instead, the mortality rate from the massive wave varied tremendously from zero to close to ten percent of the local residential population. What accounts for this variation remains a critical question for researchers and policy makers alike. This paper uses a new, sui generis data set including all villages, towns, and cities on the Pacific Ocean side of the Tohoku region to untangle the factors connected to mortality during the disaster. With data on demographic, geophysical, infrastructure, social capital, and political conditions for 133 municipalities, we find that tsunami height, stocks of social capital, and demographic conditions strongly influenced mortality rates. Given the high probability of future large scale catastrophes, these findings have important policy implications for disaster mitigation policies in Japan and abroad.

Full paper at:
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2421
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April 08, 2014

[SSJ: 8501] MIGA Symposium 2014 "The Future of the Asia-Pacific: Uncertain Harmony?" April 23

From: Jun Okumura
Date: 2014/04/09

Friends:

The Meiji Institute for Global Affairs (MIGA) is hosting a symposium entitled “The Future of the
Asia-Pacific: Uncertain Harmony?” April 23 (Wed) between 13:00-17:30 (registration from 12:30~) at the Global Hall, 1st Floor Global Front, Surugadai Campus, Meiji University. The symposium features Ian Bremmer, president of political risk advisory Eurasia Group and author of bestsellers “The J Curve” and “G-Zero”, Yoriko Kawaguchi, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, and other distinguished speakers. Simultaneous translation will be provided. Please check the following link for detail, and click through to
register:

http://www.meiji.ac.jp/miga/news/2014/6t5h7p00000h7jcl.html

Jun Okumura
MIGA

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April 05, 2014

[SSJ: 8497] Female Labor Force Participation Rate

From: Earl Kinmonth
Date: 2014/04/05

A just published article on women and work in the Japan Times contains the following paragraph.

Japan's female labor participation rate is 73 percent, according to a report last year by Kathy Matsui, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s chief Japan strategist and the author of reports on "Womenomics" that have been cited by Abe. That compares with a high of 96 percent in Finland, and 85 percent in the United States, according to Matsui.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/04/business/ab
e-may-reduce-tax-benefits-for-women/

I can find nothing that appears to be a report "last year" (2013) and I cannot find female labor force participation data to match what it is asserted in the paragraph. I've looked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics, World Bank, and OECD data. All give much lower numbers for the countries cited. OECD data shows only a small difference between Japan and the US.
Numerous news reports say the US rate is going down, the Japanese rate is going up. Government sources put the employment rate for women in Finland at 65% with the long run secular trend as one of decline.

Does anyone have any idea where these numbers come from?

Given that labor force participation rate is usually defined as the ratio of those in employment or seeking employment to the total population in the 16-64 age cohort, a rate of 96% seems improbably high for any country where a large fraction of secondary education graduates go on to higher education.

Indeed, one would expect female participation rates to drop as a larger fraction of women go on to higher education because that would mean that an increasing fraction of the 16 through early 20s cohort would not be seeking work or in employment.

EHK

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[SSJ: 8496] Horizon2020 - New opportunities for Japanese researchers to join international projects

From: TOMIHISA Kaoru (EEAS-TOKYO)
Date: 2014/04/05

Horizon2020 -
New opportunities for Japanese researchers to join
international projects

(With EN/JP simultaneous interpretations)
Date: Monday April 14, 2014
14:30 - 17:15
Delegation of the European Union to Japan (Europa
House)
4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047

At the last EU-Japan Summit, Prime Minister Abe and the leader of the EU called for further efforts to unlock the potential of EU-Japan Science and technology cooperation. With the EU's Horizon2020 programme, there are new opportunities for international cooperation. Japan is a powerhouse of innovation and a global industrial player. Why is international collaboration in research becoming such an important element for innovation?

Prof Matsumoto, Executive Vice President of Tokyo University will talk about these needs while Prof Karlsson, Vice President for Global Academic Relations of Elsevier will give some figures from scientific co-publication. On the occasion of the visit by the Director responsible for international co-operation in the field of science, technology and innovation from the European Commission, we also have the honour to welcome Maria Cristina Russo who will introduce the EU's new "Horizon2020" programme as the most open research collaboration programme in the world. From an industrial point of view, is collaboration not too sensitive? What can you gain through collaboration?
This seminar will also invite Japanese participants to speak about their experience and offer first-hand insight into the multi-lateral collaboration scheme. Explanations will also be given on how to receive support in participating in the programme by the National Contact Point in Japan and EURAXESS.

14:30 Welcome
- Ambassdor Hans Dietmar Schweisgut
Delegation of the European Union to Japan

14:35 - 14:50 "Japan's research needs to go Global (TBD)"
- Prof. Yoichiro Matsumoto
Executive Vice President, the University of Tokyo

14:50 - 15:10 "Data on Japan's international
co-operation"
- Prof. Anders Karlsson
Vice President for Global Academic Relations,
Elsevier Tokyo
Q&A (10 min)

15:20-15:50 "Horizon2020 - the chance to go global"
- Mrs. Cristina Russo
Director for International Cooperation, DG RTD
European Commission, Brussels
Q&A (10 min)

16:00 - 16:25 "Experience of international
collaboration"
Industry: Sumitomo Precision Products
- Mr Kazushi Watanabe, General Manager,
Business Development - Aerospace & Defense
FP7 project: "Surface Heat Exchangers for Aero-Engines"

Academia: Waseda University
- Professor Naoto Kobayashi, Center for Research Strategy
"FP7 project of Waseda / internationalization of
research (TBD)"

Short remarks: Mr Yoichi Iida
Director, Aerospace and Defence Industry Division,
METI
Q&A (15 min)

16:40 -17:00 "Support when going global with
Horizon2020"
- Toshiyasu Ichioka JEUPISTE and National
Contact Point
- Lee Woolgar EURAXESS
Q&A (15 min)

17: 15 Closing remarks:
17:30 Reception

Please kindly register your name, title and organisation with Kaoru Tomihisa, Science and Technology Section, EU Delegation to Japan at kaoru.tomihisa[at]eeas.europa.eu

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April 04, 2014

[SSJ: 8495] Invitation to the EIJS Academy seminar, Monday, April 28th

From: Miki Futagawa
Date: 2014/04/04

European Institute of Japanese Studies Academy Seminars presents:
”Japan's Economic Partnership Agreement and its Potential Contribution to the 21st Century Trade Rules
Speaker: Professor Yorizumi Watanabe, Keio University, SFC, Faculty of Policy Management

About the speaker: After serving several appointments in Japan's foreign service, specializing in international trade policy issues, Professor Watanabe has now brought those skills and experience to the senior academic post he has filled at Keio University since 2005.

Prof. Watanabe’s distinguished career has featured significant engagement in all the major bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations in which Japan has been involved in the past two decades. This included the role of policy advisor to relevant Ministers, and postings to Japan's diplomatic missions in Brussels and Geneva. He was Deputy Director-General of the Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan from 2002-2004 and served as Chief Negotiator for the Japan-Mexico Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Working Party on Russia’s Accession to the WTO. He was Special Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2004. He has been a member of the Task Force on Japan-India Economic Partnership, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2006.

Prof. Watanabe obtained his BA and MA and was PhD candidate in International Relations at Sophia University, Tokyo. He also studied at the College of Europe in Bruges under Belgian Government Scholarship. He is the author of a number of publications on GATT/ WTO and trade and economic partnership agreements. His most recent book on the TPP (Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement) has been ranked one of the top-ten best- selling books on economics in December, 2011 in Tokyo.

About the talk: Promotion of free trade is one of the most important agenda in the third arrow of Abenomics. EU and Japan has agreed to start Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiation in March 2014.

EU is the largest investor to Japan and is the second largest destination for Japanese investment. EU-Japan EPA will create further business opportunities for both parties. In the presentation we will hear Professor Watanabe's view on the outlook for Japan's bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations to create further economic growth. Don't miss the excellent opportunity to hearing his first-hand talk.

Date: Monday, April 28, 2014

Time: 6.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Drink & Snack (served before lecture)
7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion

Place: Alfred Nobel Auditorium, Embassy of Sweden
10-3-400 Roppongi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 Five-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line Roppongi 1-chome Station Five-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Kamiya-cho Station

Fee: JPY3,000 per person, payable at the door Free for those who are from sponsoring companies (*) Free for students, please bring your student ID

Language: English

(*) EIJS Academy 2013-2014 Sponsoring companies Gadelius Holding Ltd., Sandvik K.K., Höganäs Japan K.K. and in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden


Please sign up by April 24th (Thur.) via e-mail to eijsjap[at]gmail.com for the attention of Ms. Futagawa (EIJS Tokyo office)

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Miki Futagawa
European Institute of Japanese Studies
Tokyo Office
c/o Embassy of Sweden
1-10-3-400, Roppongi
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Tel: +81(0)3 5562 5032
Fax: +81(0)3 5562 9090
Email: eijsjap[at]gmail.com

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April 02, 2014

[SSJ: 8493] Contemporary Japan: Call for Papers

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2014/04/02

Contemporary Japan (CJ) is the biannual journal of the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ) published by de Gruyter, Berlin and New York.
We are currently calling for papers for the autumn 2015 issue. Articles should be submitted by 31 October 2014.
For submission details see contemporary-japan.org.

Contemporary Japan publishes original research from all disciplines as they relate to present-day Japan or its recent historical development.
Manuscripts which cross disciplinary boundaries and raise larger issues of interest are also welcome. All submissions are peer-reviewed in a double-blind process by established scholars in the field.

The following points set CJ apart from other peer-reviewed journals on Japan:

(1) CJ is open to all kinds of scientific methods in all academic disciplines, including both qualitative and quantitative research.

(2) CJ promotes the publication of recent empirical findings and fresh theoretical perspectives into Japan-related topics. Therefore, CJ also welcomes preliminary empirical results as well as innovative theoretical approaches, given that their contribution to the field of research and their place in the relevant literature is thoroughly presented.

(3) CJ maintains a professional but fast review process that guarantees a timely publication after acceptance.

(4) Papers can also be submitted in Japanese or German and will be reviewed purely for content. Accepted articles will be translated into English free of charge, given that (a) the material is original research which has not been published in either language yet, and (b) the author demonstrates a familiarity with the international literature in the field.

(5) All issues of CJ are available in open access, meaning that, apart from the hardcopy version, articles can be read and downloaded free of charge online.

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[SSJ: 8492] DIJ Hist & Hum Study Group, 8 April, Smith on Student Protest 1960s

From: DIJ History and Humanities Study Group
Date: 2014/04/02

You are cordially invited to the next

DIJ History and Humanities Study Group

on Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 18.30 h:

Martyn Smith
(School of Oriental and African Studies, University of
London)

A 'MAD' age: War, Student Protest and Consumer Culture in 1960s Japan

In the late 1960s, student protests in various countries dominated much of the media debate over national and international politics. While the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia pushed for serious and overtly Cold War ideological goals, in Japan, France and the United States the protests of the mid-60s complicated notions of a postwar consensus on the freedom of the individual and economic growth as a national goal. In postwar Japan the gradual emergence of a social structure geared towards producing rational, bureaucratic workers to fuel high-speed economic growth faced a backlash as young, middle-class students began to analyse and criticise their own role in the political and economic system. In this context, the quest for individual subjectivity and the position of Japan in the international politics of the Cold War were brought together in large-scale, violent opposition to the Vietnam War. In this talk I will examine the ways in which the written media worked to undermine the important political issues raised by the student protests and the anti-war movement by incorporating them into consumer culture. By juxtaposing articles in magazines such as Fujin Kôron and those such as Heibon Punch aimed at the students themselves, I examine how popular magazines driven by the growth of a consumer society helped to frame protest within Cold War discourse as it emerged in the 1950s and 1960s.

Martyn Smith is a Senior Teaching Fellow in history at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He studied European history and politics before recently completing his PhD in Japanese History at SOAS and is interested in postwar Japanese history, the history of the Cold War and consumerism, postwar East and Southeast Asia and theories of nation and nationalism.

The DIJ History and Humanities Study Group is a forum for early/mid career researchers and Ph.D. candidates in the field, organized by Miki Aoyama-Olschina and Torsten Weber. All are welcome to attend, but registration (weber@dijtokyo.org) is appreciated.

German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Jōchi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioichō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō 102-0094, Phone: 03-3222-5077.
For a map please refer to www.dijtokyo.org

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April 01, 2014

[SSJ: 8491] An invitation to a seminar by Professor Hughes on Apr 24

From: Kuniaki Nemoto
Date: 2014/04/01

Please see below. Thanks very much!


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NEMOTO, Kuniaki (Ph.D)
Research Fellow / Assistant Professor
Organization for Japan-US Studies, Waseda University http://sites.google.com/site/knemoto1978/


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Waseda University Organization for Japan-US Studies
(WOJUSS) Policy Seminar (Apr 24, 2014)

Professor Christopher William Hughes
University of Warwick

"Japan's 'Resentful Realism' and China's Rise:
Explaining Shifts from Hedging to Incipient 'Soft' and 'Hard' Balancing."
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Waseda University Organization for Japan-US
Studies(WOJUSS) would like to invite you to a seminar on Apr 24, 2014. Please see the details below. Please RSVP at info-wojuss@list.waseda.jp or visit our event website at http://www.kikou.waseda.ac.jp/wojuss/eng/event/.

[Speaker]
Christopher William Hughes
Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences Head of Department, Politics and International Studies University of Warwick

[Title]
"Japan's 'Resentful Realism' and China's Rise:
Explaining Shifts from Hedging to Incipient 'Soft' and 'Hard' Balancing."

[Date/Time]
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:30-6:00 PM.

[Place]
Multipurpose Lecture Room, Okuma Memorial Tower (Bldg.#26), Waseda Campus
(MAP) http://www.waseda.jp/eng/campus/map.html

[Abstract]
Japan has been regarded by all mainstream IR theories as a status quo power intent on pursuing an immobilist international strategy towards China characterised by hedging rather than any move to active balancing. This paper challenges these assumptions and asks whether Japan will, or indeed already is, moving towards active balancing. The paper does so by reinterpreting the very assumptions of those theoretical perspectives that predict hedging and by drawing on fresh empirical evidence. It argues that the conditions that are thought to encourage hedging behaviour -- the predictability of other states' intentions, the malleability of intentions through engagement, domestic preferences that obviate balancing, and a favourable offence-defence balance -- are now eroding in the case of Japan's strategy towards China. Japanese policy-makers in the last decade have an accelerating decline in their confidence to read China's intentions and to mould these, to the point that China is now regarded as a predominantly malign actor. Japan's own domestic regime change, paralleling that of China, has released Revisionist forces that favour balancing of China. Very significantly, Japan's eroding faith in its ability to maintain defensive superiority over China, either through its own internal capabilities or the US-Japan alliance. The consequence is that the evidence is now mounting of Japan shifting towards active 'soft'
and 'hard' balancing of China. The consequences of Japan's shifting strategy are yet as unclear. Japan may be moving towards a form of 'Resentful Realism' that does not bring a new equilibrium to regional security but is actually more destabilising and poses risk for China and the US, especially as Japan's own security intentions become more opaque.

[Short Biography]
Christopher W. Hughes (BA Oxford University; MA Rochester University; PhD Sheffield University) is Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies, Chair of the Department of Politics and International Studies, and Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences, at the University of Warwick, UK. He was formerly Research Associate, University of Hiroshima; Asahi Shimbun Visiting Professor of Mass Media and Politics, University of Tokyo; and Edwin O.
Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University. His most recent book is Japan's Remilitarisation (2009). He is currently President of the British Association of Japanese Studies, and Joint Editor of The Pacific Review.

[Commentator]
Takashi Terada
Professor, Faculty of Law, Doshisha University/ Visiting Professor, WOJUSS

[Moderator]
Kuniaki Nemoto
Assistant Professor, Waseda University

[Language]
English

Please send any inquiries about the event to info-wojuss[at]list.waseda.jp.

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[SSJ: 8490] Japan Fieldwork Workshop (April 30): Anti-Nuclear Movements after Fukushima

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2014/04/01

The Japan Fieldwork Workshop
(see below for our info)

invites you to

The Japanese Anti-Nuclear Movement
-- Mobilization Processes After Fukushima

Anna Wiemann
Scholarship Fellow, PhD Student
German Institute for Japanese Studies

Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Bldg. 10, room 301
Wednesday, April 30th
5-6:30 pm
(We usually go out for a beer afterwards)

Free; open to all; no registration necessary Presentation in English

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The nuclear accident in Fukushima in March 2011 triggered a new wave of social movement activism in Japan. The protests every Friday evening in front of the Prime Minister's residence
(kantei) can be counted as one of the most visible activities of this movement. But the movement cannot be reduced to street demonstrations.
Less visible collective actions frequently take place in the form of conferences, lectures, study groups or parliamentarian briefings on energy and radiation related issues.

This presentation focuses on questions such as:
What are the facilitating factors behind the collective action? Who are the organizers of such movement events and how are they connected amongst each other? How do they try to mobilize people to participate? Literature on social movements (Gerhards/Rucht 1992) indicates that the meso-organizational level plays a decisive role in processes of motivation and coordination for collective action. Based on extensive field work with mainly Tokyo-based social movement organizations (interviews, participant observation), this study uses qualitative network analysis to get an idea of how these SMOs organize and cooperate with each other since 3.11 and of how they provide an arena for individuals to participate in collective action.

Anna Wiemann is a PhD student at Hamburg University and currently a scholarship fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ). She holds a master's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and a bachelor's degree in Japanese Linguistics.

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THE JAPAN FIELDWORK WORKSHOP
We are now in our 14th year, making us one of the longest running workshop of its kind in Tokyo. Our focus is on fieldwork-base research in anthropology, sociology, popular culture, political science, media studies and related fields.

The goal is to present work in progress in a critical and informal setting. So, rather than delivering that perfectly defensible 20 minute conference paper, you have a chance to present in a longer format, to discuss and explore the more unwieldy parts of your research.
Of course, we will work to link theory and ethnography in productive ways, but also to share the methodological challenges of fieldwork with others currently in the field.

We are open to all scholars doing fieldwork but in order to keep numbers down, we periodically close this group. In our closed format, we will usually pre-circulate papers, chapters or proposals for comment and discussion.

If you would like to become a regular member, or need information on presenting please contact me directly (dhslater[at]gmail.com).

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David H. Slater, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese Studies Sophia University, Tokyo

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March 28, 2014

[SSJ: 8488] Next DIJ Social Science Study Group, April 2: Japan's Official Development Assistance: Strategies in Changing National and Global Contexts

From: Florian Kohlbacher
Date: 2014/03/28

DIJ Business & Economics Study Group on April 14

We would like to invite you to the next meeting of the DIJ Business & Economics Study Group of the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ).

It will take place on

Monday, April 14th, 2014, 12:30-13:30 (ATTENTION: NEW TIME SLOT)

at the German Institute for Japanese Studies.
(For a map refer to http://www.dijtokyo.org/access).

Our speaker will be

N. Sue Bruning, I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba

She will offer a presentation on:
"Global Performance Reviews and the Challenge of Multiple Role Expectations and Firm Strategic
Objectives: Lessons from Japan"

Performance evaluations and expatriate assignments serve fundamental strategic purposes for organizations.
Alignment issues are paramount for firms in their quest to develop the dynamic capabilities needed in the human resource area. These strategic objectives pose significant and challenging tasks for human resource and other managers in the global environment. For example, two recent studies, one by Bruning, Bebenroth and Pascha (2011) and Tungli and Peiperl (2009) found that the perspective of the respondent (HR managers at home office in the Tungli & Peiperl study and expats and local managers in the Bruning et al. (2011) study) led to a different evaluation of functions that expats were expected to perform in their foreign location. In other words there was significant disagreement about the roles that expats should perform while on assignment. The results of the Bruning et al. (2011) study of expatriates working in Japan will provide the basic empirical backdrop of this presentation on different role expectations and the challenge of developing reliable and valid global performance review systems of employees on expatriate assignments in different global locations. These data also reaffirm the challenges that face managers in developing dynamic human resource capabilities and aligning those capabilities with the organizations strategic goals.
Current research challenges in the area of global performance review systems will be explored and will include discussion of reasons why Japan presents a good context in which to examine global performance review systems.


N. Sue Bruning, Ph.D. is a Professor of Business Administration at the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba in Canada.
Her teaching and research interests span a number of organizational behaviour areas with current research projects ongoing in the areas of health and safety climate; behavioural integrity and organizational change; global staffing strategies; workplace aggression; HRM practices in SME's and organizational performance; and personality factors related to expatriate effectiveness. She generally categorizes her research interests as studies on various aspects of work contexts, in particular management processes that are related to healthy organizations with a focus on individual outcomes. Research design strategies have included quasi experimental designs, mixed methods, qualitative research and longitudinal survey designs.
Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Management and a number of other journals.


The presentation will be given in English.The study group will be held as a brown bag seminar. Feel free to bring your own lunch and drinks.


Everybody is welcome to attend, but kindly asked to register by April 11th with kohlbacher[at]dijtokyo.org

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March 24, 2014

[SSJ: 8488] Next DIJ Social Science Study Group, April 2: Japan's Official Development Assistance: Strategies in Changing National and Global Contexts

From: Phoebe Holdgruen
Date: 2014/03/24

You are cordially invited to the next
DIJ Social Science Study Group, held on Wednesday, April 2, 18.30:

Raymond Yamamoto, University of Hamburg:

Japan's Official Development Assistance: Strategies in Changing National and Global Contexts In the 1990s, Japan became the world`s largest donor of Official Development Assistance (ODA). Only decades before, after World War II, Japan had still been a recipient of ODA. Japan`s own contribution to ODA begins with the war reparations the San Francisco Peace Treaty in 1951 obliged the country to pay. This was an important step towards normalizing the relations with neighboring countries after World War II. Along with the economic recovery of Japan, however, the motivation for ODA spending changed and it was, now, expanded in order to explore new markets in Asia. Furthermore, it served as a resource diplomacy tool after the Oil Crisis in 1973 and became an important pillar of the country`s comprehensive security strategy. Emerging as a major global power, Japan contributed increasingly to international humanitarian assistance to underline the importance of her international status.

Yet, despite its successful usage as a foreign policy tool, there has been a clear backward trend of ODA spending since 1997. How can this sudden change be explained? This talk attempts to answer this question approaching it from three perspectives, which correspond to the leading theories of International Relations – Realism (power), Liberalism (interests) and Constructivism (norms). Preliminary results, acquired through expert interviews and archive research, indicate that the applied eclectic approach has a remarkable explanatory power regarding the Japanese ODA distribution after the Cold War. Moreover, ODA distribution patterns turn out to be consistent with Japanese foreign policy behavior.

Raymond Yamamoto, PhD candidate at the University of Hamburg, is currently conducting fieldwork in Japan as a Japan Foundation fellow researcher. This presentation offers an overview over work in progress and first results of his PhD thesis on Japanese ODA.
The DIJ Social Science Study Group is organized by P.
Holdgruen and C. Hommerich.

All are welcome to attend, but registration
(holdgruen@dijtokyo.org) is appreciated.
German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ) Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Phone: 03-3222-5077 For a map please refer to www.dijtokyo.org
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Dr. Phoebe Stella Holdgrün

Senior Research Fellow

German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)/ Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-0094 Japan

Tel: +81-(0)3-3222-5077
+81-(0)3-3222-5943 (direct)
Fax: +81-(0)3-3222-5420
holdgruen[at]dijtokyo.org
http://www.dijtokyo.org

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[SSJ: 8487] 【Notice】 Invitation to 90th GRIPS Forum on 7th April

From: GRIPS Forum
Date: 2014/03/24

Dear SSJ-Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the next GRIPS Forum at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies on April 7.

Please register at Registration Form by April
4(Fri)17:00pm.
*If you can’t open the registration form, please send an email to gripsforum@grips.ac.jp with your name, affiliation, job title, phone number or email address without changing the title.

*If you are arriving by a private car, please let us know the car information (type, color, and number) in advance so that we can register it for campus entry permission.

Date: Monday, 7 April, 2014
Time: 16:40-18:10
Venue: GRIPS Sokairo Hall, 1st Floor(http://www.grips.
ac.jp/en/about/access/)
Speaker: Dr. Kenji Shimazaki, Professor of GRIPS
Theme: The Acceleration of an Aging and Shrinking Population in Japan: Society and Policy Challenges
Language: Japanese (English simultaneous interpretation
provided)
Fee: Free

Japan has entered a period in which the population is both rapidly aging and shrinking. The speed at which the population is aging and shrinking will accelerate in the future. Population is the fundamental factor of society and economy, and such a large-scale transformation of the demographic structure has a tremendous effect on various sectors. At the same time, the “experiences” Japan has had and will have are expected to offer valuable suggestions to foreign countries. This lecture aims at discussing multilateral policy challenges Japan currently faces, while clarifying various aspects of unprecedented growth in an aging and shrinking population, based on data used to estimate this population.

Speakers’ Profile:
After graduating from the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Tokyo, Professor Shimazaki joined the Ministry of Health and Welfare-now the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare-in 1978. After assuming the position of Associate Professor of Faculty of Law and Economics of Chiba University, he acted as manager of the Employees’ Health Insurance Division of the Health Insurance Bureau of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. He further acted as Deputy Director-General of the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, and Visiting Professor of the University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics. Professor Shimazaki has held the present position since 2007. He obtained a doctoral degree in commerce from Waseda University. His major books
include: Health Care in Japan: Institutions and Policies. (University of Tokyo Press, 2011) (in
Japanese) and The Path to Universal Health Converge:
Experiences and Lessons from Japan for Policy Actions (JICA, 2013).

*** GRIPS Forum ***
Since its establishment in 1997, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), as the only graduate school in Japan specializing in policy research, has promoted education and research on a wide range of policy issues.
Utilizing our vast policy network, this Forum invites leaders from various fields including government, academia and business, as well as staff from our own faculty, to deliver lectures on current policy concerns.
The Forum welcomes attendance of GRIPS faculty and students as well as participants from outside the university. Simultaneous interpretation will be available (Japanese/English).

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For registration and inquiries, please contact: Ms. Iso

gripsforum[at]grips.ac.jp
http://www.grips.ac.jp/
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[SSJ: 8486] NCC's Research Access Guides 3rd Edition

From: Bestor, Victoria Lyon
Date: 2014/03/24

With apologies for cross posting:

NCC Publishes the 3rd Edition of it Research Access Guides In Commemoration of the 3rd Anniversary of Japan’s Triple Disasters of 2011

NCC (the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources) is pleased to announce publication on March 11, 2014 of:

The NCC’s Online Guide to Research Access in Japanese Museums, Libraries, and Archives, 3rd Edition (日本研究
のためのMLAアクセスガイド) containing detailed entries for an additional 50 institutions, bringing the total number of institutions profiled in the Research Access Guides to 150. In addition to the new profiles contained in the third edition, listings for major museums, libraries and archives contained in the first two editions have been updated and new content has been added.

To easily locate the 150 institutions contained in the Guide the site includes an interactive regional map, with cross-reference by subject and collection specialization, all found linked to the alpha list of institutions
http://guides.nccjapan.org/content.php?pid=216466&sid=3
505746.

Entries are presented in a uniform English-language format with links to an institution’s principal Japanese and English webpages; major collections and facilities each have individually linked pages with brief English summaries of key contents. Bilingual templates for letters of introduction and materials request forms are downloadable in an easily edited format, and a bilingual glossary is appended. Each Research Access Guide provides contact information, special policies and procedures of individual institutions, online maps, hours of operations, institutional holidays, and other programs of special interest to scholars and students from abroad. Find the Research Access Guides at:
guides.nccjapan.org/researchaccess.

Beginning in the summer of 2014 NCC will expand the Research Access Guides to include major Japanese museum, library and archive collections worldwide. The first edition of the North American Guide will be published in 2014 and the first European edition in 2015. Subsequent editions on Japanese collections in Asia and a Southern Hemisphere edition will be published thereafter.

The guides are published with a Creative Commons license with materials available on an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike basis. Visit the NCC’s homepage for a complete list of online services guides.nccjapan.org/homepage.


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Victoria Lyon Bestor
Executive Director
Website: http://www.nccjapan.org/
Email: vbestor[at]nccjapan.net

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March 21, 2014

[SSJ: 8485] Conference on "Happiness in Japan"

From: Barbara Holthus
Date: 2014/03/21

Dear list-members,

we would like to invite you to the international conference on "Deciphering the Social DNA of Happiness:
Life Course Perspectives from Japan", organized by the Department of East Asian Studies / Japanese Studies, in cooperation with the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ).

Location: University of Vienna
Dates: April 24 -26, 2014.

For detailed information, program, conference booklet and registration, please see http://www.univie.ac.at/happiness-in-japan/

Participants include (in alphabetical order): E.
Ben-Ari, C. Bondy, M. Brinton, F. Coulmas, O.
Goldstein-Gidoni, R. Goodman, P. Holdgruen, C.
Hommerich, T. Ivry, S. Klien, P. Matanle, G. Mathews, Y. Moriki, M. Mullins, S. Oishi, H. Ono, J. Raymo, C.
Spoden, F. Taga, T. Tiefenbach, Y. Yamamoto.

In recent years, governments of several OECD countries including Japan have shown a heightened interest in gauging the happiness of their people. Previous research has shown that material and structural conditions as well as their subjective perception have an impact on the degree of happiness in and across populations. Many studies acknowledge cross-cultural variability, but the most prominent academic fields in happiness research, psychology and economics, are not fully capable of coming to terms with the dispositions and patterns of happiness in society. We propose that anthropology and sociology with their respective methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, and heuristic assumptions are better equipped to explore the multidimensionality of happiness and well-being.
For the purpose of deciphering 'The Social DNA of Happiness in Japan', well-known Japan specialists will look at happiness and well-being with an eye to the shaping impacts of social institutions and socio-cultural values. By covering specific social groups, speakers will demonstrate how life stages and life events have a distinctive impact on states and expressions of well-being in contemporary Japan.

We would be delighted to seeing you in Vienna.

Barbara Holthus and Wolfram Manzenreiter (conference
organizers)

For questions about the event, contact
barbara.holthus@univie.ac.at

Barbara G. Holthus, Ph.D.
University of Vienna, Department of East Asian Studies / Japanese Studies, AAKH Campus, Hof 2, Tuer 2.4, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Wien, Austria E-mail work: barbara.holthus@univie.ac.at E-mail private: barbaraholthus[at]gmail.com

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[SSJ: 8484] Lecture on Thursday April 10, 18.30

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2014/03/21

You are cordially invited to the next DIJ Forum

Thursday, 10 April 2014, 18.30 h
Markus Pudelko, Professor, University of Tübingen Opportunities and Constrains for Japanese Women Pursuing a Career: Between Self-fulfilment and Frustration

This study on Japanese women’s current career opportunities finds traditional Japanese gender roles to be mostly still in place, rendering it highly difficult for Japanese women to pursue a career in domestic organizations. It is suggested that Japanese women do not perceive male oppression as the (main) problem and obtaining the same rights and duties not as the solution. Instead, what women mainly require is a substantial redefinition of the work life balance in Japanese organizations. In this sense, the fault lines are not so much between men and women but between organizations and employees.
Furthermore, Japanese women choosing to work for foreign employers in Japan did not so because of professional concerns alone, but also because of emotional factors. As they often reject the constraints of traditional Japanese gender roles, working for foreign employers signifies for them the pursuit of a liberating Western lifestyle. Moreover, Japanese women working for foreign companies often perceive themselves as outsiders in Japanese society, but also as a kind of avant-garde, possibly setting new trends in Japanese working life and perhaps in Japanese society at large.
Markus Pudelko is Professor of International Business at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, School of Business and Economics and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. He has earned Master degrees in Business Studies (Cologne U), Economics (Sorbonne U) and International Management (CEMS) and a PhD (Cologne U). Prior to joining the University of Tübingen he worked eight years for the University of Edinburgh Business School. For longer-term research purposes he visits frequently other universities, such as Columbia U, Melbourne U, IESE, U of Stellenbosch, Fudan U, Peking U, Korea U, Doshisha U, Sophia U and Waseda U. His current research is on headquarters-subsidiary relationships, the impact of language on international business, Japanese HRM and cross-cultural management.

The lecture will be given in English. It will take place on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 06.30 p.m. at the DIJ. Admission is free; please register at:
forum@dijtokyo.org or
Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
Jochi Kioizaka Bld. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

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[SSJ: 8483] Next meeting of Japan History Group

From: Naofumi Nakamura
Date: 2014/03/21

The next meeting of the Japan History Group (JHG) at the Institute of Social Science (ISS), University of Tokyo, will be held on Tuesday,
22 April, at 6:00 PM in Conference Room No.1(Dai-Ichi
Kaigishitsu)
of the Institute of Social Science main Building.

Presenter: Jacques E. C. Hymans (associate professor, the University of Southern California)

Title:Why recognize?: Explaining Victorian Britain's decision to recognize the sovereignty of Imperial Japan

Discussant: Tomoki Kuniyoshi (associate
professor,Waseda University)

Abstract:
The question of why states recognize others'
sovereignty has attracted increasing attention in the international relations literature. In this paper, I study the 1890s recognition of Imperial Japan by the West-and in particular by Great Britain, the most important Western power at that time. My argument is that the success of Japan's internal reforms created a strong presumption in the West that it was on the threshold of sovereign recognition, but the British ultimately required sufficient material incentives of the right kind to allow Japan across the threshold.
Japan could not win the recognition it craved until the British realized that they would do well by doing good.
In other words, Britain's acceptance of Japan's full sovereign status was greatly assisted by high politics-low politics issue-linkage.
Bio: Jacques E. C. Hymans is associate professor of international relations at the University of Southern California. His most recent book is Achieving Nuclear
Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians, and Proliferation (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

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Dr. Naofumi NAKAMURA
Professor of Business History
Institute of Social Science,
The University of Tokyo
naofumin[at]iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp

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March 20, 2014

[SSJ: 8482] [Temple ICAS Event] 18 APR 2014 Narushige Michishita: Myths and Realities of Japanese Security Policy

From: Eriko Kawaguchi
Date: 2014/03/20

* Feel free to circulate this invitation to friends or colleagues.
=================
Narushige Michishita: Myths and Realities of Japanese Security Policy =================
Date: Friday, April 18, 2014
Time: Door opens at 7:00pm, Program starts at 7:30pm
Venue:
Temple University Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 2F
(access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Speaker:
Narushige Michishita, Professor and the Director of the Security and International Studies Program at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) Moderator:Robert Dujarric, Director of ICAS
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:
icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If
possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome
participants even you do not RSVP.
* RSVPなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しくださ
い。

Overview

Our friend Narushige Michishita will lead a discussion on “myths and realities of Japan’s security policy.”
Here are some of the myths he will seek to refutate.

Myth: The SDF is not a military force.
Reality: The SDF is a full-fledged military force and one of the most powerful in the world.

Myth: Japan is committed to a nuclear-free world.
Reality: Japan regards US extended nuclear deterrence as an indispensable element of its security policy.

Myth: Japan is moving away from pacifism toward militarism.
Reality: Japan is moving away from isolationism (and
exceptionalism) toward internationalism.

Myth: Japan will start playing a major role in global security affair if the constitution is reinterpreted.
Reality: Japan will start playing a slightly more important role if the constitution is reinterpreted.


Speaker

Narushige Michishita is professor and the director of the Security and International Studies Program at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS).
Previously, he served as senior research fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Ministry of Defense and assistant counsellor at the Cabinet Secretariat for Security and Crisis Management of the Government of Japan. He acquired his Ph.D. from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. A specialist in Japanese security and foreign policy as well as security issues on the Korean Peninsula, his works include North Korea's Military-Diplomatic Campaigns, 1966-2008 (Routledge, 2010). For more info visit:
https://twitter.com/NaruMichishita

https://grips.academia.edu/NarushigeMichishita

________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/facebook

ICAS events do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the speakers and participants.

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March 19, 2014

[SSJ: 8481] ISS PhD Workshop March 27: Why did Japanese ODA shrink?

From: John Campbell
Date: 2014/03/19

The Social Science Dissertation Workshop, sponsored by the Institute of Social Science at Tokyo University, is a monthly session to discuss projects being carried out by younger social scientists. The discussion generally focuses on research design as well as findings. We meet next on March 27.* Presenting is Ray Yamamoto, a political scientist doing a dissertation in Japanese studies at Hamburg U.

His topic is "Japan's Official Development Assistance:
Strategies in Changing National and Global Contexts."
ODA has long been seen as a key component in Japanese foreign policy, and its spending rose steadily until 1996, but the trend since then has been downward. Ray asks how changes in the domestic and international contexts explain the shift. He seeks answers by looking through the lenses of international relations theories (realism, liberalism, constructivism) to focus on the key elements of ODA policy: national security, economy and philanthropy. He also draws on archival resources and interviews for "process tracing" to see how the key decisions came about.

Guests are always welcome; I appreciate hearing if you are coming but it isn't necessary.

John Campbell

*Meetings of the Shaken Social Science Dissertation Workshop start at 12 pm on Thursdays and go to 1:30 and sometimes beyond. The Institute of Social Science provides coffee and tea and you are welcome to bring lunch. The location is room 533 on the 5th floor in the Akamon General Research (Sougou Kenkyuu) Building. The building is off to the right after you come through Akamon, or you can cut through the grounds of Ito Hall off Hongou Doori. It is Bldg 38 on this map:

http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/documents/Hongo_Campu
sMap_E.pdf

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>From John Creighton Campbell
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
University of Michigan
Visiting Scholar, Institute of Gerontology Tokyo University

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March 18, 2014

[SSJ: 8480] [Temple ICAS Event] 11 APR 2014 Secrets of the State: The Impact of Japan's New State Secrecy Law on Information Control, Surveillance and Government Transparency

From: ICAS
Date: 2014/03/18

* Please note that this event will start at 7:00 p.m.,
30 minutes earlier than regular ICAS events.
* Feel free to circulate this invitation to friends or colleagues.
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Secrets of the State: The Impact of Japan's New State Secrecy Law on Information Control, Surveillance and Government Transparency ========================
Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Time: Door opens at 6:30pm, Program starts at 7:00pm
Venue:
Temple University Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 2F


access:

http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html

Panelists:
Martin Fackler, Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times Koichi Nakano, Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University Lawrence Repeta, Professor on the law faculty of Meiji University in Tokyo

Moderator:
Kyle Cleveland, ICAS Associate Director
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:
icas@tuj.temple.edu

* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If
possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome
participants even you do not RSVP.
* RSVPなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しくださ
い。

Overview

Under the forceful leadership of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s national Diet passed a far-reaching state secrecy act on December 6, 2013. The new law grants power to all major administrative agencies to designate information secret when they decide its release would present a risk of damage to national security and that the information falls within any of four categories:
national security, foreign relations, counter-terrorism and counter-espionage.

The law has been subject to widespread opposition both within Japan and from the international community. This criticism was summarized by United Nations Rapporteur for Freedom of Speech Frank Larue, who wrote that the new secrecy law “not only appears to establish very broad and vague grounds for secrecy but also include serious threats to whistle-blowers and even journalists reporting on secrets.”

The duty to maintain secrets will be enforced by a new criminal penalty of up to ten years in prison.
Journalists and others who improperly instigate the release of secrets face imprisonment of up to five years. Critics fear that the new secrecy power may be used to conceal a wide range of government activities, including oversight of nuclear power plants, information related to U.S. military bases, and police surveillance, including investigations of Muslims and others considered to be potential terrorists.

Many have also pointed to the connection between expanded secrecy power and the Liberal Democratic Party's plan to revise Japan’s Constitution to increase government power and reduce protections for individual rights. Recent action by the Abe administration to change the government’s longstanding interpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution to allow for “collective self-defense”
has also raised the concerns of many who fear this will lead to Japan’s participation in military actions abroad.

Prime Minister Abe has defended the new law as being a necessary strengthening of Japanese security, that will allow more sharing of secrets with its allies, principally the United States. Modeled in part on comparable laws in the U.S. that were implemented after
9.11 by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Japanese state secrecy act may be used to bolster state surveillance and legalize more intrusive scrutiny of its citizens. As we have seen with the public disclosure of surveillance by the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies in the U.S. by whistleblowers such as Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, the implications of Japan's state secrecy act may be that whistleblowers can be imprisoned for revealing information that is perceived to threaten the interests and political agenda's of state-level actors.

What will be the impact of this new law on the Japan’s military activities? How will it influence the work of news reporters and the release of vital information to the Japanese people? How will the law affect the willingness of whistleblowers to step forward and raise issues that may be seen to jeopardize state secrets?
Is the new secrecy law actually necessary? Whose interests does it serve?

Our distinguished panel, comprised of authorities in Japanese law, academia and journalism, will consider questions like these as they discuss the law’s impact on Japan’s future as a democratic society.


Panelists

Martin Fackler is the Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times, covering Japan and the Korean peninsula. A native of Iowa who grew up in Georgia, he was first captivated by Asia more than 20 years ago when he spent his sophomore year in college studying Mandarin and classical Chinese at Taiwan’s Tunghai University. A chance to study Japanese at Keio University in Tokyo led him to Japan, where he later did graduate work in economics at the University of Tokyo. He has Masters degrees in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana and in East Asian history from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to the New York Times, he has also worked in Tokyo for the Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Associated Press and Bloomberg News. He has also worked for the AP in New York, Beijing and Shanghai. He joined The New York Times in 2005, working first as Tokyo business correspondent before assuming his current position in 2009. In 2012, Martin was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for his and his colleagues’ investigative stories on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident that the prize committee said offered a “powerful exploration of serious mistakes concealed by authorities in Japan.” He is the author (in Japanese) of “Credibility Lost: The Crisis in Japanese Newspaper Journalism after Fukushima,” a critical look at Japanese media coverage of the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster.

Koichi Nakano is Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University. He specializes in the comparative politics of advanced industrial democracies, particularly Japan and Europe, and in political theory. He has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Tokyo, a second B.A. in philosophy and politics from the University of Oxford, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University. His research has focused on a variety of issues of contemporary Japanese politics from comparative, historical, and philosophical perspectives, including neoliberal globalization and nationalism; the Yasukuni problem; language, media and politics; amakudari and administrative reform in Japan; decentralization; the cross-national transfer of policy ideas; and a review of the DPJ government. In English, he has published articles in The Journal of Japanese Studies, Asian Survey, The Pacific Review, West European Politics, Governance, and a single-authored book entitled Party Politics and Decentralization in Japan and France: When the Opposition Governs (Routledge, 2010) among others. In Japanese, his publication includes Sengo Nihon no Kokka Hoshushugi:
Naimu/Jichi Kanryo no Kiseki (Postwar State Conservatism in Japan: A Study of the Bureaucrats of the Ministry of Home Affairs) (Iwanami Shoten, 2013).
He has also frequently commented on Japanese politics for the international and Japanese media, including BBC, CNN, Reuters, AP, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, ABC, The Australian, and BS Fuji.

Lawrence Repeta is a professor on the law faculty of Meiji University in Tokyo. He has served as a lawyer, business executive, and law professor in Japan and the United States. He is best known in Japan as the plaintiff in a landmark suit decided by the Supreme Court of Japan in 1989 that opened Japan`s courts to note-taking by courtroom spectators. He serves on the board of directors of Information Clearinghouse Japan
(情報公開クリアリングハウス) www.clearing-house.org; an NGO devoted to promoting open government in Japan that is affiliated with other organizations that promote individual rights. He has been awarded an Abe Fellowship by the Center for Global Partnership to conduct research at the National Security Archive, a non-profit research institute located at George Washington University www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv. Larry is a former director of the Temple University Law Program in Japan.

________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/facebook

ICAS events do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the speakers and participants.

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March 15, 2014

[SSJ: 8479] PKSOI-AGU Seminar on Civ-Mil Interaction in Peace/Stability Operations

From: Chiyuki AOI
Date: 2014/03/15

Dear All,

You are cordially invited to SIPEC/Aoyama Gakuin Univ.
Seminar on "Civ-Mil Interaction in Peace/Stability Operations" by William J. Flavin, Assistant Director, US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI). RSVP.

2014年度 国際研究センター研究会のお知らせ


The Currents and Future of Civil-Military Interaction in the Field:
Humanitarian Space and UN Integration


Lecturer: William J. Flavin
Assistant Director
US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
(PKSOI)

Chair and Commentator: Chiyuki Aoi
Professor, SIPEC, Aoyama Gakuin University

* William Flavin assumed the job as the Assistant Director at the US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, located at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in July 2013. Before this assignment he was the head of the Doctrine and Education Division in PKSOI. From 1995 to 1999, he was a Colonel in the US Army serving as the Deputy Director of Special Operations for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe at the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe. He was a senior fellow at CSIS for his Army War College year and taught at the Army War College.
** The nature and complexities of today’s multi-dimensional operations are such that no single organization, department, or agency has all the requisite resources, authority, or expertise to single-handedly provide an effective response. While the military normally focuses on reaching clearly defined and measurable objectives within given timelines under a command structure, civilian organizations are concerned with fulfilling changeable political, economic, social, and humanitarian interests using dialogue, bargaining, risk taking, and consensus building. Harnessing the power of disparate organizations with different priorities and procedures is a daunting task. As such, collaboration among various military, governmental, non-governmental, and civilian agencies with the host nation is needed to achieve a common goal.

Date: 9 April 2014 (Wednesday) 18:30~20:00
Venue: Aoyama Gakuin University (Aoyama Campus) Building 8, 4th Floor, International Studies Seminar Room
Access: http://www.aoyama.ac.jp/en/other/access_aoyama.
html
Campus map:
http://www.aoyama.ac.jp/en/other/map_aoyama.html

*RSVP by 7 April 2014 tel: 03-3409-8045/e-mail:
rsc@sipeb.aoyama.ac.jp


Chiyuki AOI, Ph.D
Professor, Graduate Programme Chair
Department of International Politics
School of International Politics, Economics and
Communication(SIPEC)
Aoyama Gakuin University

Forthcoming publication:
Asia-Pacific Nations in International Peace Support and Stability Missions(Co-editor with Yee-Kuang Heng), Palgrave, Asia Today Series, 2014.
http://us.macmillan.com/asiapacificnationsininternation
alpeacesupportandstabilitymissions/YeeKuangHeng#biograp
hy

Recent publication:
“Eikoku Taihanran Dokutorin [British Counterinsurgency
Doctrine: The Origin and Tenacity of the Classical Principles] (in Japanese),” Gunjisi Gaku [Japanese Journal of Military History], September 2013, pp.4-22.

Address:
Room 8-W411
4-4-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8366 Japan
Tel: 81 3 3409 8537
Fax: 81 3 5485-0782
E-mail: aoi@sipeb.aoyama.ac.jp
Profile:
http://blog.sipec-square.net/research-performance/c-aoi
/index_e.html

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[SSJ: 8478] Seminar: ROK naval strategy

From: Chiyuki AOI
Date: 2014/03/15

Dear All,

You are cordially invited to SIPEC/Aoyama Gakuin Univ.
Seminar on "ROK and its Navy: Perceptions of Seapower and the Rise of China" by Dr. Ian Bowers (Norwegian Institute of Defense Studies). RSVP.

2014年度 国際研究センター研究会のお知らせ


THE ROK and its Navy:
Perceptions of Seapower and the Rise of China

Lecturer: Dr. Ian Bowers
Senior Research Fellow
Norwegian Institute of Defense Studies(Oslo)


Commentator: Grant Newsham
Research Fellow, the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies

Chair : Chiyuki Aoi
Professor, SIPEC, Aoyama Gakuin University

The ROK Navy is an organization torn between deterring North Korea in the littorals of the Korean Peninsula and developing forces capable of operating within the wider East Asian maritime environment. This presentation will analyze how the ROK and by extension its navy views and reacts to the security challenges posed by the rise of China. Importantly, it will shed light on the history procurement and operational doctrine of the ROKN, linking them to the ROK’s regional security policies and will demonstrate that the rise of China is an important element in informing the ROK’s perceptions of security and the utility of seapower.

Dr Ian Bowers is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of Defence Studies based in Oslo.
He specializes in South Korean security and Asian naval affairs, his current projects include a study on the influence of non-traditional naval operations on Asian navies and the future of South Korean - Japanese Security Relations. Dr Bowers received his PhD in War Studies from King’s College London in 2013.

Grant Newsham is a research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo. He served with the US Marines for nearly thirty years, mostly in Asia, and was recently the first Marine Liaison Officer to the Japan Ground Self Defense Force. He is also a former US diplomat, serving at the US Embassy, Tokyo in the 1990’s. His research focuses on Asian defense and his articles have been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Daily Yomiuri, among others.

Date: 4 April 2014 (Friday) 18:30~20:00
Venue: Aoyama Gakuin University (Aoyama Campus) Building 8, 4th Floor, International Studies Seminar Room
Access: http://www.aoyama.ac.jp/en/other/access_aoyama.
html
Campus map:
http://www.aoyama.ac.jp/en/other/map_aoyama.html
*RSVP by 2 April 2014 tel: 03-3409-8045/e-mail:
rsc@sipeb.aoyama.ac.jp

Chiyuki AOI, Ph.D
Professor, Graduate Programme Chair
Department of International Politics
School of International Politics, Economics and
Communication(SIPEC)
Aoyama Gakuin University

Forthcoming publication:
Asia-Pacific Nations in International Peace Support and Stability Missions(Co-editor with Yee-Kuang Heng), Palgrave, Asia Today Series, 2014.
http://us.macmillan.com/asiapacificnationsininternation
alpeacesupportandstabilitymissions/YeeKuangHeng#biograp
hy

Recent publication:
“Eikoku Taihanran Dokutorin [British Counterinsurgency
Doctrine: The Origin and Tenacity of the Classical Principles] (in Japanese),” Gunjisi Gaku [Japanese Journal of Military History], September 2013, pp.4-22.

Address:
Room 8-W411
4-4-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8366 Japan
Tel: 81 3 3409 8537
Fax: 81 3 5485-0782
E-mail: aoi@sipeb.aoyama.ac.jp
Profile:
http://blog.sipec-square.net/research-performance/c-aoi
/index_e.html

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March 14, 2014

[SSJ: 8477] Dujarric in The Japan Times: Why does the LDP prefer the GOP?

From: Eriko Kawaguchi
Date: 2014/03/14

Dear All: FYI, Robert Dujarric's latest article "Why does the LDP prefer the GOP? " in The Japan Times.

Why does the LDP prefer the GOP?
By Robert Dujarric
March 4, 2014
C The Japan Times

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2014/03/03/commenta
ry/why-does-the-ldp-prefer-the-gop/#.UxUiJvSSxws

For some time, Liberal Democratic Party politicians have made no secret of their longing for the "good old days" when Republicans lived in the White House.
Besides the typical nostalgia, it is difficult to comprehend Japanese conservatives' preference for the GOP (Grand Old Party as the U.S. Republican Party is known).

Ideologically there is little in common between both groups. American conservatives, even more than liberals, worship individualism. They seek to restrict the power of the state. American conservatism is centered on the individual, Japanese conservatism is communitarian. Government for Americans exists to serve citizens, for Japanese conservatives, subjects are there to serve the state.

The right to bear (fire)arms, vital to many Republicans (and some Democrats) is partly rooted in the belief that a free people must be able to overthrow tyranny.

To Japanese conservatives, the idea that Japan would be better off if there were more guns than residents totally contradicts their concepts of state-society relations.

Home schooling is another example. For many religious Republicans (and others), it allows families to decide what their offspring should learn without interference from the government. For the LDP, schools must be mobilized to homogenize Japanese children and instill them with state-approved ideas.

There is also a strong streak of Christian fundamentalism in the current GOP with an emphasis on outlawing abortion, questioning evolution and, more broadly, seeing the Bible as a policy guide. Japanese conservatives are attached to Shinto, but refrain from seeking divine guidance when it comes to 21st-century science.

On the economic front, there are also divergences.
American conservative ideology is centered on free markets, whereas the LDP remains wedded to strong government involvement in the economy and paternalism.

So, if ideology does not unite the LDP and the GOP, are there more concrete reasons for preferring Republicans over Democrats? Without going back to the Japanese Constitution (written under the supervision of a Republican, Gen. Douglas MacArthur) or to the Nixon shocks (China, dollar devaluation, unilateral tariffs), it is hard to see how one American party has been better than the other for conservatives in Japan.

Some Japanese fear that the Democrats are "soft on China," but during the EP-3 incident in 2001, when a People's Liberation Army Air Force struck a U.S. Navy plane, President George W. Bush was as accommodating as possible.

The Iraq War, supported by many Democrats but initiated by the Bush-Cheney team with nearly total GOP approval, served the interests of China, which saw U.S. attention and military forces focus on Mesopotamia to the detriment of Asia. The nuclear agreement with North Korea, signed toward the end of the Bush presidency, was widely disparaged in Japan as a "stab in the back."

As for the Obama administration, it did its best to crush the Hatoyama Cabinet. American undermining of the Democratic Party of Japan over Okinawa proved enormously valuable to the LDP. This alone should convince Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to enshrine Obama at Yasukuni.

The proximate cause for anger at Obama is the soft rebuke expressed following Abe's Yasukuni pilgrimage Dec. 26, but it reflected a widely shared opinion in America.

Under Bush, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Yasukuni trips did not generate a formal statement, though reportedly the U.S. informally expressed its concern.

Abe's visits were different from those of Koizumi, who made it clear that he did not agree with the Yasukuni view of history, signed letters of apology to former "comfort women" and was not a revisionist.

Nor did Koizumi appoint to NHK, Japan's national broadcaster, governors who say that America made up the Nanjing Massacre to distract attention from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

One other grievance is the alleged lack of "Japan hands" in the Democratic camp. This also is a strange
accusation:

First, in neither party are there many Japan experts.

Second, in the U.S. system, country specialists very seldom reach top policymaking positions. There were exceptions during the Cold War when familiarity with Soviet affairs was a premium, but Soviet experts were also well versed in broader European and NATO affairs.
Basing the relationship with the U.S. on contacts with "Japan hands" makes no sense for Tokyo.

Third, as mentioned above, what did the "friends of Japan" in the Bush administration deliver to the LDP?
The Iraq War? The doomed deal with North Korea?

Looking at the record since 1945, it is hard to see a correlation between different policies toward Japan and the party in power in Washington.

The axis of U.S. policy has remained constant in that Japan has remained a major ally amid frequent periods of tension, mostly but not solely over trade.

There are numerous cases where Democratic presidents took actions that harmed Japan; however, the same applies to Republicans. America's China policy has been fairly consistent since the end of the Cold War regardless of party affiliation.

What is critical today is for Tokyo to realize that U.S. dissatisfaction with the Abe Cabinet over "history" is not a plot by left-wing "Panda-hugging"
Democrats. Like the major reforms under the Occupation, which emerged from the American consensus and not the biases of New Dealers, American disagreements with Abe over the politics of history are not confined to Democrats.

A Republican president in the form of Mitt Romney would, in most likelihood, have been equally openly hostile to the support of the "Yasukuni" narrative of history displayed by the Japanese premier.

It would be a serious miscalculation for the LDP to hope for an improved relationship with Washington if the GOP, advised by friendly Japan specialists, were in power. Whether American policy is wise or not is an important debate. At this point, though, the fact is that it would not change significantly if Obama and the Democrats were not in charge.

Robert Dujarric is director of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University Japan.
Email:
robertdujarric@gmail.com

********************************************
ICAS publications do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the speakers and participants.

________________________________
Robert Dujarric
Director
Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus

http://www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/

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March 12, 2014

[SSJ: 8476] What is a Disaster?

From: Michael Edward Walsh
Date: 2014/03/12

Earlier today, I published a brief excerpt from my upcoming journal article "Disasters as Institutional Facts." It can be found on the Federation of American Scientists website:
http://blogs.fas.org/blog/2014/03/xycs-disasters/ It outlines an alternative approach to explaining how security issues are socially constructed that differs radically from the Copenhagen School's securitization framework. My ongoing research seeks to apply this theoretical approach to natural disaster response in Japan. I am therefore looking for disaster response experts, particularly in law and politics, who would be willing to engage on these topics. I am also looking for opportunities to present my research at Japanese universities for comment form the faculty and doctoral students. And, I would welcome any comments to this first publication of my conceptualization of disasters.

Respectfully,
Michael Edward Walsh
PhD Candidate - SOAS, University of London Senior Fellow - Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Visiting Researcher - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

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March 11, 2014

[SSJ: 8475] CJG March 20, 2014 announcement (Mark Ramseyer)

From: Gregory W. NOBLE
Date: 2014/03/11

The Contemporary Japan Group at the Institute of Social Science (ISS, or Shaken), University of Tokyo, welcomes you to a lecture by J. Mark Ramseyer (Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies, Harvard Law School; Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo Faculty of Law)

Social Capital and the Formal Legal System: Evidence from Prefecture-Level Data in Japan

Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

ABSTRACT
Verifiable proxies for social capital potentially provide an empirically tractable way to identify environments where social norms both constrain behavior and substitute for judicial enforcement. Using regression and factor analysis with Japanese prefecture-level data, I test several facets of this proposition. First, people in prefectures with high levels of social capital more readily comply with a range of low-level legal mandates. Second, reflecting the fact that social norms need not point toward government-approved ends, taxpayers in high social-capital prefectures (particularly in the agricultural sector) are more -- not less -- likely to evade taxes. Third, conditional on levels of economic
welfare: (a) firms in prefectures with low levels of social capital are more likely to default on their contracts; (b) residents in low social-capital prefectures are probably (the results are ambiguous) more likely to litigate; (c) distressed debtors in low social-capital prefectures are more likely to file in court for bankruptcy protection; and (d) creditors of distressed debtors in low social-capital prefectures are more likely to apply in court for enforcement orders.

SPEAKER
Mark Ramseyer is the Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies, Harvard Law School and Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law. He spent most of his childhood in provincial towns and cities in southern Japan, attending Japanese schools for K-6. He returned to the U.S. for college. Before attending law school, he studied Japanese history in graduate school. Ramseyer graduated from HLS in 1982.
He clerked for the Hon. Stephen Breyer (then on the First Circuit), worked for two years at Sidley & Austin (in corporate tax), and studied as a Fulbright student at the University of Tokyo. After teaching at UCLA and the University of Chicago, he came to Harvard in 1998.
He has also taught or co-taught courses at several Japanese universities (in Japanese). In his research, Ramseyer primarily studies Japanese law, and primarily from a law & economics perspective. In addition to a variety of Japanese law courses, he teaches the basic Corporations course. With Professors Klein and Bainbridge, he co-edits a Foundation Press casebook in the field.

Contemporary Japan Group
The ISS Contemporary Japan Group provides English-speaking residents of the Tokyo area with an opportunity to hear cutting-edge research in social science and related policy issues, as well as a venue for researchers and professionals in or visiting Tokyo to present and receive knowledgeable feedback on their latest research projects. Admission is free and advance registration is not required. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, please visit our website:
http://web.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cjg/
or contact
Gregory W. NOBLE (noble[at]iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp)

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March 10, 2014

[SSJ: 8474] Reminder: Sophia Univ. ICC Lecture Series (Mar.17)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2014/03/10

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2013

Public Safety, Security and Surveillance in the Global
City: Views from Tokyo
(http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2013-2014/1403
17_Murakami-Woods.pdf)

David Murakami Wood, Queen's University, Ontario

March 17, 2014
18:30-20:00
10-301, Building 10, Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University

For all the concentration on the possibility of large-scale, spectacular terrorist threats to the world's political and economic centres, most of what happens in urban security is more mundane and small-scale. This talk reflects on several years of work on security and public safety in Tokyo, the world's biggest metropolis, and one of the 'big three'
global cities along with London and New York. In common with most major cities, Tokyo has seen an increase in high-tech surveillance and a reorganization of security in the wake of terrorist attacks, but at street-level, there is still a huge variety of different security practices in different parts of the city, from the most digital to others which would not have been out of place in the nineteenth century and which can seem more like exercises in nostalgia. Underlying this, I argue, is not the fear of global terrorist, but a more pervasive anxiety over socio-economic transformation and the opening of Japan to other kinds of global
flows: trade, migrants and culture, even in this most apparently fast-moving and twenty-first century of Asian cities.

David Murakami Wood is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen's University and holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Surveillance Studies. He is also currently a JSPS Invitation Fellow in the Department of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University and a Visiting Professor in the Center for Business Information Ethics, Meiji University. His research examines the globalization of surveillance, and focuses on several different global cities, in particular Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and London. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Surveillance and Society, the international journal of surveillance studies, and a founder of the Surveillance Studies Network.

Lecture in English / No registration required

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[SSJ: 8473] Lecture on Wednesday 19 March, 18.30 h

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2014/03/10

You are cordially invited to the next DIJ Forum Wednesday 19 March, 18.30 h Aya H. Kimura, Professor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa Citizen Radiation Measurement Stations after 3.11: Food Safety Knowledge Gaps and the Problem of “Citizen” in Citizen Science

The primary pathways through which environmentally persistent radioactive substances enter people’s bodies is food. After 3.11 Japanese authorities and scientists were unable to provide clear guidelines on possible effects of internal radiation. They took weeks to set up a monitoring system. In response to this, many citizens took matters into their own hands to monitor food and measure the level of contamination. This talk analyzes citizen radiation measuring stations and their role in filling the critical knowledge gaps on food safety issues after the nuclear accident.

Theoretically, this paper analyzes the citizen radiation measuring stations as an instance of citizen science, and explores its relation to science governance and democracy. It asks who the “citizens”
were in citizen science in post 3.11 Japan. The question of representation in scientific matters is central here. Who was deemed the right kind of person to talk about the issue of food contamination? The notion of “citizen” emerged as a counterpart to experts, but who could actually fulfill the idealized role of a citizen was heavily contested. In this limited space, women found the symbolic power of “mother” as an ideal-type citizen. The talk also explores the complicated terrain of the maternal representation in the history of anti-nuclear movements in Japan.

Aya H. Kimura is Professor of Women’s Studies at University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She is currently a visiting researcher at Doshisha University. She specializes in feminist STS and agrofood studies. She is the author of Hidden Hunger: Gender and Politics of Smarter Food (Cornell University Press, 2013) and several articles on Japanese food politics.

The lecture will be given in English. It will take place on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 18.30 p.m. at the DIJ. Admission is free; please register at:
forum@dijtokyo.org or
Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
Jochi Kioizaka Bld. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-0094
Tel: 03 - 3222 5198, Fax: 03 3222 5420

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[SSJ: 8472] Contemporary Japan 26(1) now online

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2014/03/10

We are happy to announce that the latest issue of Contemporary Japan has just been published online. It is an open issue edited by Tim Tiefenbach and Chris Winkler.

This issue as all previous issues are available OPEN ACCESS at
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj_cj.2014.26.issue-1_2
0140226101600/issue-files/cj.2014.26.issue-1.xml

Contemporary Japan 26(1)

“We must learn from Germany”: gliders and model airplanes as tools for Japan’s mass mobilization Jürgen Melzer
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj_cj.2014.26.issue-1_2
0140226101600/cj-2014-0001/cj-2014-0001.xml?format=INT

Constructed heritage and co-produced meaning: the re-branding of wines from the Koshu grape Aaron Kingsbury
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj_cj.2014.26.issue-1_2
0140226101600/cj-2014-0002/cj-2014-0002.xml?format=INT

“Who will care for me when I am dead?” Ancestors, homeless spirits, and new afterlives in low-fertility Japan Satsuki Kawano
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj_cj.2014.26.issue-1_2
0140226101600/cj-2014-0003/cj-2014-0003.xml?format=INT

Effects of investments in out-of-school education in Germany and Japan Steve R. Entrich
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj_cj.2014.26.issue-1_2
0140226101600/cj-2014-0004/cj-2014-0004.xml?format=INT

The death penalty in a changing society: a survey of recent developments in Japan Silvia Croydon
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj_cj.2014.26.issue-1_2
0140226101600/cj-2014-0005/cj-2014-0005.xml?format=INT

The end of salaryman tax reduction: Japan’s tax policy and its social background Miki Toyofuku
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj_cj.2014.26.issue-1_2
0140226101600/cj-2014-0006/cj-2014-0006.xml?format=INT

Self and salvation: visions of hikikomori in Japanese manga Ulrich Heinze & Penelope Thomas
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj_cj.2014.26.issue-1_2
0140226101600/cj-2014-0007/cj-2014-0007.xml?format=INT

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March 07, 2014

[SSJ: 8471] Announcement: International Workshop on Sino-Japanese Relations @ King's College London 21 March 2014

From: Patalano, Alessio
Date: 2014/03/07

From: Asian Security & Warfare Research Group, Department of War Studies, King's College London

Workshop Title: 'The Sea in the Middle':
Maritime Security and Sino-Japanese Relations in the East China Sea

Date of the Event: 21 March 2014, 9.30-20.00 -
King's College London, Room K6.07, Strand Campus

What is this project about?

The East China Sea (ECS) is a factor of increasingly central importance in Sino-Japanese relations. From a geography perspective, this marginal sea structurally connects the People's Republic of China (PRC, hereafter
China) and Japan. Historically, the ECS has played an important role in Sino-Japanese relations, facilitating commercial and cultural connections, and regulating political and military interactions. Today, its waters have come to play a core role in the national security agendas set by governments in Tokyo and Beijing for three sets of reasons. First, the main sea routes of the ECS offer vital arteries for Chinese and Japanese trade. Second, fish stocks and natural resources in this basin are invaluable to food and energy requirements of both nations. Third, the ECS constitutes a main staging platform for the deployment of capabilities to defend (or claim) national territories as well as for the projection of power (soft and hard) and influence in the region and beyond.
How do Chinese and Japanese academics and practitioners view the evolving role of the ECS in their security calculations? How are these perceptions affecting bilateral relations? Is the maritime nature of the space that connects China and Japan going to affect the ways in which these two countries engaged, engage and are likely to engage with each other? If so, what are these ways and to what degree will they lead to cooperation or conflict?

This workshop engages with the above questions. It aims to draw Japanese and Chinese academics and practitioners together with leading experts from Europe and North America to explore the roles of the ECS in the changing nature of Sino-Japanese relations. The project approaches this topic from three different
perspectives:

a. International Politics; b. International
Maritime Law; c. Strategic Studies.

Consistently, all the experts involved in the project will have expertise in these fields contribute to provide a more comprehensive and thorough analysis.

Workshop Programme

9.00-9.30: Registration and Coffee
9.30-9.45: Welcoming Remarks
9.45-10.30: The East China Sea in Sino-Japanese
Relations: A framework
Dr Alessio Patalano, KCL

Session 1: The Politics of the East China Sea
10.30-12.00 Chair: Dr Miwa Hirono, University of
Nottingham
A perspective from Japan: Prof Yusuke Anami, Tohoku University
A perspective from China: Prof Yu Tiejun, Peking University
Discussant: Prof Reinhard Drifte, Newcastle University

12.00-13.30 Lunch Break

Session 2: The Legal Issues of the East China Sea
13.30-15.00 Chair: Mr Yu Zhan, The Sasakawa China
Japan Friendship Fund
A perspective from Japan: Dr Kentaro Nishimoto, Tohoku University
A perspective from China: Dr Xinjun Zhang, Tsinghua University
Discussant: Prof Peter Dutton, US Naval War College

15.00-15.30 Coffee Break

Session 3: The International Significance of the East China Sea
15.30-17.00 Chair: Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, KCL
A perspective from Europe: Prof Reinhard Drifte
A perspective from the US: Prof Peter Dutton
Discussant: Dr Alessio Patalano

Session 4: Roundtable Discussion - A more stable East China Sea?
17.45-18.45 Moderator: Dr Alessio Patalano
18.45-20.00 Concluding Remarks - Dinner Event

For Registration and further information:
c.dewilde@hotmail.co.uk
also:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/warstudies/events
/eventsrecords/sea.aspx

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[SSJ: 8470] [Temple ICAS Event] 14 MAR 2014 The Taiji Dolphin Drive: Cultural Tradition or Slaughter? An evening with Ric O'Barry and Izumi Ishii

From: ICAS
Date: 2014/03/07

*Please note this event will start at 7:00pm.
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The Taiji Dolphin Drive: Cultural Tradition or Slaughter?
- An evening with Ric O'Barry and Izumi Ishii ==================================
Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Time: Door opens at 6:30pm, Program starts at 7:00pm
Venue:
Temple University Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 2F
(access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Speakers:
Ric O'Barry, Director of the Dolphin Project of the Earth Island Institute Izumi Ishii, Advocator for ocean habitat and organizer of Dolphin & Whale Watching tours
Moderator:
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director of ICAS
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:
icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.
* RSVPなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しくださ
い。

Overview

Ric O’Barry is one of the world’s most recognized experts on protecting dolphins and whales. As Director of the Dolphin Project of the Earth Island Institute, he has become a leading spokesman for animal rights.
Ric's work became internationally known especially through the Academy Award winning documentary "The Cove," which depicted his efforts to rescue dolphins from the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan. His work has also been featured in the Animal Planet series "Blood Dolphins," and he is the author of several books, including "Behind the Dolphin Smile,"; "To Free a Dolphin," and the children’s book "Happyface," which has been translated and released in Japan. For further information, please visit http://www.dolphinproject.org/

For this special event, Ric will be joined by Izumi Ishii, a 6th generation fisherman and 3rd generation dolphin hunter from the town of Futo, Japan. Although Ishii was one of the early figures in Japan who helped develop the dolphin drive killings in Japan in 1969, his experiences provoked him to reconsider this practice and in 1997 he turned against the dolphin hunts and urged Japan to stop dolphin killing and consider dolphins to be the symbol of a living ocean.
He now runs whale and dolphin-watching cruises from his boat in Futo, explaining to passengers about the history of killing dolphins in Futo and why he decided to end his hunts. The town of Futo has not conducted any dolphin captures since 2004 (only 9 dolphins were caught that year, all for sale to marine parks), and has become a major location for recreational SCUBA diving and other tourism opportunities. For further information of his activities, please visit
https://sv361.xserver.jp/~tes-sev/kohkaimaru.com/?l=2

Since the release of "The Cove," the Japanese dolphin drives in Taiji have become a flashpoint for debates on Japan's historical legacies as they relate to international norms. Whereas nostalgic traditionalists (including the Japanese right-wing Uyoku) have defended Japanese dolphin drives as a deeply rooted cultural tradition, critics have claimed that this presumably archaic historical tradition is in fact a recent development among a limited group of fisherman who exploit animals for economic gain and "play the culture card" as a way to defend their practices. Moreover, as the film "The Cove" described, dolphin meat from the hunts, much of which has been contaminated from mercury and PCB toxins, have found their way into the Japanese market place, and been used in public school lunches, a scandal that has raised issues of transparency, public health and consumer choice.

This event will provide a forum to discuss these controversial issues with two of the most influential figures who brought these issues to widespread, international attention.

________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/facebook

ICAS events do not reflect any TUJ opinions but solely those of the speakers and participants.

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March 06, 2014

[SSJ: 8469] Job Announcement

From: Christopher Bondy
Date: 2014/03/06

International Christian University, Department of Society, Culture and Media, is pleased to announce a search for a full-time faculty position in the sociology of gender or sociology of the family. The successful applicant is expected to teach introductory sociology, research methods, a general education course, specialized course and a graduate-school course.

This is a tenure track position at the Associate Professor or above (At ICU, the rank of Associate Professor is an entry-level faculty position). The application must be postmarked by March 31, 2014. The deadline may be extended until the most appropriate candidate is found.

Please see the following website for more details:
http://subsite.icu.ac.jp/gjg/KOBO/gendere140117.html
or email sociology-search[at]icu.ac.jp

__________________________________

Christopher Bondy
Associate Professor of Sociology
International Christian University (ICU)
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka,
TOKYO 181-8585, JAPAN

bondy[at]icu.ac.jp
+81 (0)422-33-3171
__________________________________

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[SSJ: 8468] Sophia University ICC Workshop reminder (Mar. 8)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2014/03/06

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture collaborative research project on the translation and circulation of "Japanese" texts in the early twentieth century presents a workshop on

Trajectories of ‘Japanese’ Texts in the Early Twentieth Century ( http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2013-2014/140308_Japanese_literature.pdf )

March 8, 2014
13:00-17:30
Sophia University

In this project, we wish to examine various aspects of the global flow of texts, people and ideas related to publications in Japanese or about Japan in the early twentieth century, and to investigate their transnational and/or transcultural possibilities. First, we wish to focus on the early translations of Japanese literature into European and Asian languages between the 1900s and the 1940s. The translation affects the reading and writing of the original literary texts, as writers such as Ōgai Mori were highly conscious of the possibility of their works being translated. Also, we wish to examine how texts of Japanese bilingual writers such as Kakuzō Okakura and Yone Noguchi circulated across national borders, contributing to the construction of the images of Japanese culture within and outside Japan.

We are particularly interested in the role of various institutions involved in the circulation of Japanese texts. For example, new translations of Japanese texts (written in European languages or in translation) were linked with the transformation of academic disciplines related to Asian culture and the rise of Japanese studies in the West in the early twentieth century. The international network of publishers, writers, and institutions (private and governmental) was also significant. We hope to illuminate the roles of these institutions and their networks in the early twentieth century.

Venue:
Room 301, 3F, Building 10
Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

Schedule:

Opening Remark: 13:00

Session 1: 13:10-14:30
・Shion Kono (Sophia University)
“The Hokuseidō Press and the English-language Translation Network in the interwar Japan”
・Kazuhiko Sawada (Saitama University)
“Russian Translations of Japanese Literary Works Published by the South Manchuria Railway Company”

Session 2: 14:50-16:10
・Yorimitsu Hashimoto (Osaka University) “The Rise and Fall of Morning Glory: the Contrasting Reception of Chiyo's Haiku in the 20th Century”
・Noriko Murai (Sophia University)
“Culture as Translation: Okakura Kakuzō’s English Writings and their Dissemination”

Roundtable Discussion: 16:30-17:30

Closing Remarks: 17:30

Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 102-8554, JAPAN
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel)
+81-(0)3-3238-4081(Fax)
http ://icc . fla . sophia . ac . jp/index . html

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March 03, 2014

[SSJ: 8467] Departmental Research Seminars in Sheffield

From: Harald Conrad
Date: 2014/03/03

Dear All
Perhaps you are interested in our Departmental Research Seminar Programme this semester:

Thursday, 6 March 2014. Dr. Helen Macnaughton, Lecturer, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London "Japanese Volleyball Team and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics"
4pm-6 pm. Lecture Theatre 10, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield, S3 7RF

Thursday, 13 March 2014. Mr David Pilling, Asia Editor, Financial Times "Bending Adversity, a Portrait of Contemporary Japan"
3.30pm-5.30 pm. Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 1, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN

Tuesday, 18 March 2014. Professor Hyangjin Lee, Rikkyo University, Japan "The Identity Politics of Zainichi Cinema::
Historicity, Inter-ethnicity and the Transnational by Sai Yoichi and Gu Suyeon,"
4pm-6 pm. Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 1, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN

Thursday, 27 March 2014. Dr Andrew Killick, Senior Lecturer, Department of Music, The University of Sheffield "Hwang Byungki: Traditional Music and the Contemporary Composer in the Republic of Korea."
. 4pm-6pm. Hicks Lecture Theatre 10, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield, S3 7RF

Thursday, 3 April 2014. Dr. Thomas McAuley, Lecturer, School of East Asian Studies Title to be confirmed shortly
4-6 pm. Seminar Room A06, School of East Asian Studies,
6/8 Shearwood Road, Sheffield, S10 2TD

Friday 25 April 2014.Professor Vera Mackie, Professor of Asian History, University of Wollongong, Australia Title to be confirmed shortly 5pm-7pm. (drinks reception afterwards). The Council Room, Firth Court, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN

Thursday, 1 May 2014. Dr Michael Shin, Lecturer, Robinson College, Cambridge University "Yi Gwangsu and the Dilemmas of Colonial Nationalism."
4pm-6pm. Hicks Lecture Theatre 10, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield, S3 7RF

Friday, 2 May 2014. Dr Yue Lin, Centre for East Asian Studies, Autonomous University of Madrid "China's Outward Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean"
4-6pm. Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 1, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN

Thursday, 8 May 2014. Dr Tong Lam, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto "The Qing Empire Strikes Back: Frontier Recolonization and State Transformation in Modern China."
4pm-6 pm. Hicks Lecture Theatre 10, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield, S3 7RF

Thursday 15 May 2014. Professor James Grayson, Emeritus Professor, School of East Asian Studies "Urban Legends - Are They Modern? Korean Tales from
the 15th Century,"
4-6 pm. Seminar Room A06, School of East Asian Studies, 6/8 Shearwood Road, Sheffield, S10 2TD

Thursday, 29 May 2014. Professor Ide Yasuhito, Nihon University (Tokyo), Visiting Scholar in the School of East Asian Studies "Territorial Dispute and Public Opinion: Japan's Experience,"
4pm-6 pm. Seminar Room A06, School of East Asian Studies, 6/8 Shearwood Road, Sheffield, S10 2TD

* All welcome! No reservation required.
--
Dr Harald Conrad
UG Admissions Tutor
Sasakawa Lecturer in Japan's Economy and Management School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield Research Cluster Director (Business, Political Economy and Development) White Rose East Asia Centre, National Institute of Japanese Studies
6/8 Shearwood Road
University of Sheffield,
Sheffield S10 2TD
United Kingdom
Tel: (0)114-222-8431
Fax: (0)114 -222-8432
School of East Asian Studies:
http://www.shef.ac.uk/seas/
White Rose East Asia Centre: http://www.wreac.org/

Editor, Japan Forum
http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09555803.asp

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February 28, 2014

[SSJ: 8466] Invitation to the EIJS Academy seminar, March 18th

From: Miki Futagawa
Date: 2014/02/28

European Institute of Japanese Studies
Academy Seminars presents:

”Electric Power System Reform as the Growth Strategy"

Speaker: Dr. Hiroshi Takahashi
Research Fellow, Economic Research Center
Fujitsu Research Institute, Ltd.

About the speaker: Dr. Takahashi specializes in energy policy with focus on market liberalization, grid unbundling, renewable energy and smart grid. He has actively participated in policy formation as Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office as well as a member of advisory panels of Agency of Natural Resources and Energy. He obtained doctoral degree from the University of Tokyo and master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. His former career includes a product planner at Sony Corporation, Deputy Director at IT Policy Office of Cabinet Secretariat, and Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo. He taught classes about public policy at Sophia University and Seijo University. He is the author of “Market Liberalization of Electric Utilities” published by Nihon Keizai Shinbun Shuppan-sha in 2011, and “The Politics of Technological Innovation” published by Keiso Shobo in 2009. He wrote many research papers about energy policy, bureaucracy and policy process for academic journals, major newspapers and commercial magazines.

About the talk: Japanese Government is now trying to reform electric power system which has been closed to competition and divided by region for more than 60 years. Organization for Nationwide Coordination of Transmission Operators will enable variable generators to be integrated into the national power system. Full retail market liberalization will enable consumers to choose competitive suppliers and user-friendly services. Grid Unbundling will not only ensure fair grid access but also expand transmission businesses. Thus, electric power system reform will contribute to the creation of new businesses. In this presentation, updated conditions of the reform will be explained, and possibility of new businesses will be examined.


Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Time: 6.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Drink & Snack (served before lecture)
7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion


Place: Alfred Nobel Auditorium, Embassy of Sweden
10-3-400 Roppongi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 Five-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line Roppongi 1-chome Station Five-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Kamiya-cho Station


Fee: JPY3,000 per person, payable at the door Free for those who are from sponsoring companies (*) Free for students, please bring your student ID


Language: English


(*) EIJS Academy 2013-2014 Sponsoring companies Gadelius Holding Ltd., Sandvik K.K., Höganäs Japan K.K. and in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden

Please sign up by March 14th (Fri.) via e-mail to eijsjap@gmail.com for the attention of Ms. Futagawa (EIJS Tokyo office)

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Miki Futagawa
European Institute of Japanese Studies
Tokyo Office
c/o Embassy of Sweden

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[SSJ: 8465] Robert Dujarric in The Diplomat: China Is Not 1914 Germany

From: ICAS
Date: 2014/02/28

Dear All: FYI, Robert Dujarric's latest article "China Is Not 1914 Germany " in *The Diplomat*.
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*China Is Not 1914 Germany*
Some critical differences render any comparison badly flawed.
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By Robert Dujarric
February 20, 2014
(c) *The Diplomat*

http://thediplomat.com/2014/02/china-is-not-1914-german
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Current events are frequently viewed through the prism of analogies. Words become shorthand for a particular type of situation. “Munich” equals the danger of appeasing bloodthirsty dictators, “Vietnam,” and now “Iraq/Afghanistan” means the folly of getting involved in (or, in the case of Iraq, starting) civil wars in countries whose societies the outsiders neither understand nor can effectively influence. In some cases, acting on these parallels turns out to be wise.
The fear of repeating “Munich” helps explain the forceful and successful American response to Soviet expansionism at the start of the Cold War (Berlin, Korea, etc.). In other cases, they are misguided, as was the case in the Anglo-French invasion of Egypt, where Nasser was no Hitler and giving up the Suez canal would not have equated to throwing Czechoslovakia to the wolves.

The analogy that is currently in vogue in Asia is “1914.” This is a particularly complex one, as there are two distinct narratives of that fateful year. The one that was prevalent in the U.K. and the U.S. for many decades after the conflict that ensued perceived the war through the “Sarajevo” lens as a giant cataclysm in which all the players bore a share of the blame for the destruction of Western civilization.
Another interpretation, which is more dominant today, is best illustrated by the late German historian Fritz Fischer’s Germany’s Aims in the First World War (1961), which assigns most of the responsibility to Berlin.

The “2014 as 1914” discussion covers both theses. Those who dread that a minor maritime collision could escalate into Armageddon subscribe to the “Sarajevo”
theory, where an assassin’s bullet set off a chain reaction which even men and women of good intention could not stop. Others think that Beijing is bent on regional, if not world, domination. They see China’s hypertrophied ambitions as an early 21st century of the German Empire’s quest for power described in Fischer’s works. Many officials and analysts who refer to “1914”
fall in between. They often know little about European history but see an ominous danger of war that reminds them of what they think “1914” was.

The one common threat in the “1914” warnings is that the People’s Republic is perceived as the Asian counterpart of Wilhelmine Germany. A rising continental autocracy with territorial ambitions on land and dreams of overseas expansion confronting a potential coalition of onshore (India, Vietnam, ROK, maybe even Russia) and offshore (Japan, Taiwan, parts of ASEAN, U.S.) powers.
For some, Beijing’s expansionist aims are obvious; others see them as moderate and blame Washington and its allies for not accepting China’s rise, reflecting the same differences of interpretation that existed in Europe before (and after) World War 1 regarding German goals.

The critical error in this comparison is that China today bears little resemblance to Germany a century ago.

First, their domestic situation is vastly different.
The Hohenzollern dynasty did face discontent at home, in particular a powerful Social-Democratic movement.
But the socio-political fabric of Germany was vastly stronger than that of the People’s Republic. In comparative perspective, Prussia-Germany had enjoyed a stable and productive century prior to 1914, something that does not apply to China in 2014. Prussia-Germany was autocratic but had developed a more effective system to partially include citizens in the political process than China has. Frequent violent protests, and the massive export of capital by rich Communist Party members to overseas accounts, illustrate this point about China’s fragility. It is interesting to note German society, as in existed prior to World War I, was so solidly anchored that much of its establishment survived relatively unscathed four years of total war, defeat and revolution.

Second, we know that Germany in 1914 had an outstanding army. Estimating the worth of the PLA is harder since it has not fought a major campaign since Vietnam defeated China 35 years ago. As a military historian noted “A day’s trial by battle often reveals more of the essential nature of an army than a generation of peace.” (in Russell F. Weigley, Eisenhower’s Lieutenants, 1990) so discussions of the abilities of the PLA are hard to validate. But one thing is clear.
In Imperial Germany, especially in its Prussian core, the ruling classes took military service very seriously. Young men of privilege served in the officer corps, one’s rank in the reserves of prestigious units was a source of great pride and social standing. From what we know about the sons (and daughters) of China’s elite, we are more likely to see them studying in Ivy League campuses, eating in Wall Street cafés, and living in Hong Kong flats than leading platoons and companies of soldiers in the frozen hills of Manchuria or the scorching deserts of Xinjiang.

Third, Germany was not the world’s largest economy on the eve of World War I, the United States was. But in many fields, Germany was the most advanced country on the planet. A German doctorate was the gold standard of academia until Adolf Hitler destroyed the universities.
Germans led in countless disciplines, be it physics, archeology, or medicine. Germany was ahead in many industrial technologies as well. China has progressed, but its relative position lags well behind that of Germany a century ago.

Fourth, the geopolitics are different. Germany had two continental associates, the Habsburg and Ottoman empires. It took several years before the United States joined the Allies. Today, China is essentially bereft of allies and is confronting what is a de facto U.S.-Japan-Australia coalition, potentially augmented by several Asian states and under certain circumstances most of NATO Europe and Canada.

Fifth, Germany in 1914 was a demographically dynamic country. China, due to the twin consequences of the one-child policy and economic development, is aging at a rapid rate. This is not unique in Asia, but compared to its major global competitor, the United States, China is in demographic decline.

What are the implications of these facts? For China’s foes, namely the United States, Japan, and others, they mean that the situation is not as dire as it was in
1914 for Germany’s opponents (whom we should remember came close to being dealt a terminal blow in the opening stages of World War I). For the Chinese Communist Party, they imply that it would be even riskier for it to initiate a conflict than it was for the Central Powers in 1914.

Robert Dujarric is Director, Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University Japan

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February 27, 2014

[SSJ: 8463] Symposium on university research administrators (URAs), March 18

From: Research Strategy Office, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
Date: 2014/02/27

On March 18, 2014, the Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo, holds a symposium entitled "The Significance and Diversity of URAs in Promoting Research." The symposium focuses on the role of university research administrators (URAs) in promoting research especially in social science and humanities.

Symposium "The Significance and Diversity of URAs in Promoting Research"

Date and Time: March 18, 2014, 13:00-16:40
Location: Fukutake Learning Theater, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo
Language: Japanese

For more details, please see:
http://jww.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/strategy/sympo.html
(The website is only in Japanese.)

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Research Strategy Office
Institute of Social Science
The University of Tokyo
urasympo@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp

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February 26, 2014

[SSJ: 8462] Reminder: Sophia University ICC Lecture Notice (Mar. 3)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2014/02/26

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2013

Social Fragmentation and Sustainability in Palestinian
Communities:
Resilience and Uncertainty in Everyday Life Dr. Joshua Rickard

18:30-20:00, March 3rd, 2014
Sophia University Yotsuya Campus, Building 10, 3F, Room
301

This talk will focus on social cohesion and community stability in the Palestinian city of Nablus. Nablus was under military siege throughout the period of the second intifada (2000-2006) during which time people were unable to leave their neighbourhoods and in many cases were confined to their homes for extended periods of time. Strict restrictions also inhibited the movement of people, products and information from one area to another. In order to facilitate local stability, communities had to develop social networks either based on political movements or kinship ties, these also became significant factors in the formation of local identities. By looking at examples of how some communities dealing with the adverse conditions of long-term isolation were resilient in coping, and others were not, this will offer insight into the differences in social and logistical situations between various communities that contributed to their organisation in endurance. Finally, this will look at recent changes since the end of the second intifada and the presence of external actors in facilitating development projects, this will raise questions in attempts to explain how Nablus area communities which were recently able to maintain a minimum level of self-sufficiency, are now facing increasing social fragmentation.

Joshua Rickard holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He has carried out fieldwork in Nablus, Palestine since 2007 and is currently a research fellow in the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore where he is working on a book project: Divided Identities:
The Systematic Social Fragmentation of Palestinian Society. Prior to engaging in academic research he worked as a photographer and journalist, and continues to incorporate visual imagery into his work. His main areas of interest are social cohesion, community identity, civil participation and political mobilisation.

Lecture in English / No Prior Registration Necessary

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture: 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, diricc@sophia.ac.jp Web: http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/

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February 25, 2014

[SSJ: 8458] 3/19 Abe Fellowship Colloquium [From Green to Grey: Family Policies and Population Politics in High- versus Low-Fertility Post-WWII Japan]

From: SSRC Tokyo Office
Date: 2014/02/25

ABE FELLOWSHIP COLLOQUIUM

>From Green to Grey: Family Policies and Population Politics
in High- versus Low-Fertility Post-WWII Japan

Speaker Ken Haig
Assistant Professor of Political Studies, Bard College Visiting Scholar, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Public Policy/Abe Fellow (2012)

Discussant Keiko Funabashi
Professor, Faculty of Humanity and Social Sciences, Shizuoka University/ Abe Fellow (2007)

Moderator Linda Grove
Senior Advisor, Social Science Research Council/Professor Emerita, Sophia University

When? Wednesday, March19th 2014, from 6PM to 8PM An informal reception follows

Where? Sakura Hall, 2nd Floor, Japan Foundation, 4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/outline/contact/map.html

Note: Simultaneous interpretation will be available. Admission is free.

RSVP by sending this form by email or fax. Your colleagues and friends are also welcome.


Email: ssrcABE@gol.com Fax: 03-5369-6142 Phone: 03-5369-6085
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Name_______________________________ Affiliation _______________________________

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This event is jointly sponsored by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Tokyo Office and Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).

2014/3/19
ABE FELLOWSHIP COLLOQUIUM
>From Green to Grey: Family Policies and Population Politics
in High- versus Low-Fertility Post-WWII Japan

While most industrialized societies experienced post-industrial revolution demographic transitions spanning a century or more, Japan transformed from a high-fertility to a low-fertility society in just one generation. Part of what explains this is effective family planning. In a remarkable reversal of pre-World War II pro-natalist “umeyofuyaseyo” policies, post-WWII Japan became a worldwide model for family planning with pioneering policies including reproductive health education, the legalization of abortion, and promotion of contraceptive use. While working towards different ideological goals, the policy community advocating family planning (including neo-Malthusians, feminists, and public health officials) was broad enough so as to make lowering fertility a society-wide concern. Fast-forward to today’s Japan, where the reverse problem—an aging society and sub-replacement fertility—has prompted much handwringing and some policy adjustments (e.g. expansion of childcare services and an increased focus on problems in women’s employment), but little public or private consensus on the scale or even the desirability of the social, cultural, or political changes needed to reverse declining fertility trends. Through a comparison of the different actors, ideas, institutions, and contexts in each era, Dr. Haig will discuss what Japan’s past experience in promoting smaller families tells us about current efforts to promote larger ones.


Biographical Information

Ken Haig is an assistant professor of political studies at Bard College in New York. He received his BA in history from Harvard and his MA and PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently affiliated with Hokkaido University's Graduate School of Public Policy as an Abe Fellow, during previous fieldwork in Japan he has been affiliated with Keio University as a Fulbright-Hays and JSPS Fellow, and Otaru University of Commerce as a Fulbright Fellow. Haig's current research concerns Japanese policy responses to demographic change, comparing contemporary responses to an aging society and declining fertility with past approaches to controlling population growth, local versus national responses to population decline, and Japanese versus Korean policies on caregiving and women's employment. The title of his Abe research project is: “Family, State, and Society: Japanese and Korean Family Welfare Policies in Comparative Perspective”.


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安倍フェローシップ・プログラム

Tel: 03-5369-6085
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February 21, 2014

[SSJ: 8456] Feb 22 ICU SSRI Symposium on Political Violence, Human Security and the Civilizing Process

From: Giorgio Shani
Date: 2014/02/21

Dear colleagues,

This is just a reminder that the ICU Social Science Research Institute symposium on "Political Violence, Human Security and the Civilizing Process" with keynote speaker Professor Andrew Linklater, the Woodrow Wilson Chair of International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth (UK), will be held tomorrow at the International Conference Room at Dialogue House.
For more details see: http://subsite.icu.ac.jp/ssri/

Directions to ICU and a campus map can be found here:

http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/access.html
http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/info/facilities.html


Title: "Political Violence, Human Security and the Civilizing Process"
Date and Time: February 22 (Sat), 2014,
13:00–16:00

Location: International Conference Room, 2nd floor, Kiyoshi Togasaki Memorial Dialogue House, ICU.

Main sponsors: Social Science Research Institute (SSRI, ICU).
Language: English
Speakers and Presentations:
Prof. Andrew Linklater (University of Aberystwyth, UK) "Standards of Self-Restraint in World Politics"

This paper is part of a longer work that discusses the relationship between violence and civilization in the Western states-systems. The longer work ad dresses a tension within the writings of Martin Wight and Norbert Elias, spe cifically whether 'civilised' restraints on violence are stronger in the m ost recent phase of the modern states-system than in earlier epochs or wheth er the modern states-system is not substantially different from its predeces sors. The paper discusses some respects in which the relationship between vi olence and civilization is unique in the contemporary period.
It offers a p reliminary explanation of its uniqueness by drawing on the particular streng ths of process sociology and the English School study of international socie ty

Dr. Giorgio Shani (Director, SSRI)
"Civilizing Process or Civilizing Mission? Toward a Post-Western Understanding of Human Security"


This paper seeks to critically interrogate the view that Human Security can be seen as a manifestation of what Norbert Elias aptly termed the civilizing process. Despite its recent adoption by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2012 and its institutionalization through the United Nations s ystem, Human Security may be viewed –not only in its'narrow' but als o its 'broad' guises—as the latest instantiation of the 'civilizing mission'
facilitating the continued intervention of the western-dominated 'international community' in previously colonized areas of the world. Crit ically reworked, however, Human Security has the potential to constitute a p owerful 'global ethic' by distancing itself from its western 'secular' o rigins and recognizing the multiple religio-cultural contexts in which human dignity is embedded.


Biographies:

Professor Andrew LINKLATER is Woodrow Wilson Professor of International Politics, University of Aberystwyth, UK. Professor Linklater has been one of the most innovative thinkers in International Relations, introducing critical and ethical elements into the discipline which has forced it to rethink many of its basic assumptions. Educated at Aberdeen, Oxford and the London School of Economics (LSE), he joined the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth as the 10th Woodrow Wilson Professor in January 2000.
Author of numerous books and journal articles on International Relations, Professor Linklater is probably best known for the following works: Men and Citizens in the Theory of International Relations (Macmillan 1982); Beyond Realism and Marxism: Critical Theory and International Relations (1990); The Transformation of Political
Community: Ethical Foundations of the Post-Westphalian Era, (Polity Press 1998); and Critical Theory and World
Politics: Sovereignty, Citizenship and Humanity (Routledge 2007). In 2006, he also jointly authored, with Hidemi Suganami, The English School of International Relations: A Contemporary Reassessment (Cambridge University Press). He is currently completing a three volume series on the problem of harm in world politics.
The first volume, The Problem of Harm in World
Politics: Theoretical Investigations was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011 and the second Harm in World History will be out soon.

Dr. Giorgio SHANI is Director of the Social Science Research Institute and Senior Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan. He is author of Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age (Routledge 2007) and co-editor of Protecting Human Security in a Post 9/11 World (Palgrave 2007).
Recently, he served as Chair of the Global Development Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) and has just finished a book on Religion, Identity and Human Security (Routledge April 2014) which forms the basis of this presentation.

Best wishes,

Giorgio Shani

Dr. Giorgio Shani
Director, Social Science Research Institute, Associate Director of Rotary Peace Center, International Christian University,
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)422-33-3708, Fax: +81 (0)422-33-3229
E-mail: gshani@icu.ac.jp

http://researchers.icu.ac.jp/Profiles/6/0000527/prof_e.html

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[SSJ: 8454] Next DIJ Social Science Study Group, March 5: A Swallow Does Not Make a Summer, Or Why Japan May Not Quite Be Germany When It Comes to Renewables

From: Phoebe Holdgruen
Date: 2014/02/21

You are cordially invited to the next
DIJ Social Science Study Group, held on Wednesday, March 5, 18.30:

A Swallow Does Not Make a Summer, Or Why Japan May Not Quite Be Germany When It Comes to Renewables

When the Japanese government started implementing a feed-in tariff (FIT) for electricity from renewable energy in July 2012, one might have believed that non-conventional energy sources had finally gained acceptance in Japan. This could not be further from the
truth: Skepticism about the role of renewables in Japan’s energy mix remains as high as ever. This presentation will show how Japan is different from European examples such as Germany or Denmark and why one can probably not expect similar developments.

Japan is part of a set of countries where a policy instrument supporting renewables that had been introduced earlier ended up being replaced entirely at a later stage. Research shows a remarkable difference between countries that have kept a single instrument and ones that traded one instrument for another. While the former have established a virtuous cycle in policy-making, striving pro-actively for a steadily increasing share of renewables, the latter drag their feet, with growth in the share of renewables still restricted – even after the introduction of the new instrument. Japan is no exception.

Presenting part of his PhD research, our speaker will show the exact stages when the policy process froze up, identify the shocks that have led to the replacement of the policy instruments, and analyze what this might mean for the future of renewable energy in Japan. He draws on primary documents and direct interviews with stakeholders involved in the policy process at hand.

Alex Luta is currently finalizing his PhD thesis on comparative renewable energy policy at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. From 2008 to 2010 he conducted research on the topic of Japanese climate policy at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. He also writes as a freelancer about the development of Japanese and European electricity and renewable energy policy.


The DIJ Social Science Study Group is organized by P.
Holdgruen and C. Hommerich.

All are welcome to attend, but registration
(holdgruen@dijtokyo.org) is appreciated.
German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ) Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Phone: 03-3222-5077 For a map please refer to www.dijtokyo.org
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Dr. Phoebe Stella Holdgrün

Senior Research Fellow

German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)/ Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-0094 Japan

Tel: +81-(0)3-3222-5077
+81-(0)3-3222-5943 (direct)
Fax: +81-(0)3-3222-5420
holdgruen@dijtokyo.org
http://www.dijtokyo.org

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[SSJ: 8453] Shaken Workshop Feb 27: local governments and older people's social participation

From: John Campbell
Date: 2014/02/21

Sorry for late notice, but the ISS PhD social science workshop will meet at noon on Thursday, Feb 27.* Presenting is Inger Bachmann, a political scientist working on a PhD at Hamburg University. She is winding up her fieldwork as a fellow at DIJ. Inger is researching what Tokyo wards (ku) are doing to encourage social participation by their older residents. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government's official policy is to create "an environment where senior citizens can participate in the community in many ways," but implementation is left up to municipalities. Does the recent trend toward decentralization mean that programs increasingly reflect the characteristics of the elderly population of each locality? How can evidence from a limited number of case studies shed light on the dynamics of local government policy development and implementation?

All are welcome. If convenient let me know if you will be coming, at jccamp@umich.edu

John Campbell

*Meetings of the Shaken Social Science Dissertation Workshop start at
12 pm on Thursdays and go to 1:30 and sometimes beyond.
The Institute
of Social Science provides coffee and tea and you are welcome to bring lunch. The location is room 533 on the 5th floor in the Akamon General Research (Sougou Kenkyuu) Building. The building is off to the right after you come through Akamon, or you can cut through the grounds of Ito Hall off Hongou Doori. It is Bldg 38 on this map:

http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/documents/Hongo_Campu
sMap_E.pdf

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>From John Creighton Campbell
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
University of Michigan
Visiting Scholar, Institute of Gerontology Tokyo University jccamp at umich.edu

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[SSJ: 8452] Sophia u. ICC Lecture Announcement (March 17)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2014/02/21

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2013

Public Safety, Security and Surveillance in the Global
City: Views from Tokyo

David Murakami Wood, Queen's University, Ontario

March 17, 2014
18:30-20:00
10-301, Building 10, Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University

For all the concentration on the possibility of large-scale, spectacular terrorist threats to the world's political and economic centres, most of what happens in urban security is more mundane and small-scale. This talk reflects on several years of work on security and public safety in Tokyo, the world's biggest metropolis, and one of the 'big three'
global cities along with London and New York. In common with most major cities, Tokyo has seen an increase in high-tech surveillance and a reorganization of security in the wake of terrorist attacks, but at street-level, there is still a huge variety of different security practices in different parts of the city, from the most digital to others which would not have been out of place in the nineteenth century and which can seem more like exercises in nostalgia. Underlying this, I argue, is not the fear of global terrorist, but a more pervasive anxiety over socio-economic transformation and the opening of Japan to other kinds of global
flows: trade, migrants and culture, even in this most apparently fast-moving and twenty-first century of Asian cities.

David Murakami Wood is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen's University and holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Surveillance Studies. He is also currently a JSPS Invitation Fellow in the Department of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University and a Visiting Professor in the Center for Business Information Ethics, Meiji University. His research examines the globalization of surveillance, and focuses on several different global cities, in particular Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and London. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Surveillance and Society, the international journal of surveillance studies, and a founder of the Surveillance Studies Network.

Lecture in English / No registration required

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Other ICC events in March
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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents

Social Fragmentation and Sustainability in Palestinian
Communities:
Resilience and Uncertainty in Everyday Life Dr. Joshua RICKARD
(http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2013-2014/1403
03_Rickard.pdf)


Date: Mar. 3 (Mon), 2014
Time: 18:30-20:00
Venue: Sophia University, Building 10, 3F, Rm 301
Language: English / No registration necessary

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
collaborative research project on the translation and
circulation of "Japanese" texts in the early twentieth
century presents a workshop on

Trajectories of 'Japanese' Texts in the Early Twentieth
Century
(http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2013-2014/1403
08_Japanese_literature.pdf)

March 8, 2014
13:00-17:30
Venue: Sophia University, Building 10, 3F, Rm 301
Language: English / No registration necessary
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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, JAPAN
TEL: +81-(0)3-3238-4082
FAX: +81-(0)3-3238-4081
diricc(at)sophia.ac.jp
Web page: http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/index.html

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February 19, 2014

[SSJ: 8450] Lectureship in Japanese Economy Leiden University

From: Black, L.O.
Date: 2014/02/19

I would like to bring the following Lectureship in Modern Japanese Economy at Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), http://werkenbij.leidenuniv.nl/vacatures/wetenschappeli
jke-functies/13-378-lectureship-in-modern-japanese-posi
tion.html, to the attention of members of the SSJ Forum. As the advertisement states, applicants with a specialization in the International Political Economy of Japan are also welcome to apply.

Best wishes,

Lindsay Black

Dr. L. Black
Departments of Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies Leiden University Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Kammernummer 008
Netherlands
Tel.: +31(0)71 527 2218
Fax: +31(0)71- 527 2526
l.black@hum.leidenuniv.nl

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[SSJ: 8449] Sophia Univ. Institute of Comparative Culture Workshop Announcement (Mar.8)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2014/02/19

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture collaborative research project on the translation and circulation of "Japanese" texts in the early twentieth century presents a workshop on Trajectories of ‘Japanese’ Texts in the Early Twentieth Century

March 8, 2014
13:00-17:30
Sophia University

In this project, we wish to examine various aspects of the global flow of texts, people and ideas related to publications in Japanese or about Japan in the early twentieth century, and to investigate their transnational and/or transcultural possibilities. First, we wish to focus on the early translations of Japanese literature into European and Asian languages between the 1900s and the 1940s. The translation affects the reading and writing of the original literary texts, as writers such as Ōgai Mori were highly conscious of the possibility of their works being translated. Also, we wish to examine how texts of Japanese bilingual writers such as Kakuzō Okakura and Yone Noguchi circulated across national borders, contributing to the construction of the images of Japanese culture within and outside Japan.

We are particularly interested in the role of various institutions involved in the circulation of Japanese texts. For example, new translations of Japanese texts (written in European languages or in translation) were linked with the transformation of academic disciplines related to Asian culture and the rise of Japanese studies in the West in the early twentieth century. The international network of publishers, writers, and institutions (private and governmental) was also significant. We hope to illuminate the roles of these institutions and their networks in the early twentieth century.

Venue:
Room 301, 3F, Building 10
Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

Schedule:

Opening Remark: 13:00

Session 1: 13:10-14:30
・Shion Kono (Sophia University)
“The Hokuseidō Press and the English-language Translation Network in the interwar Japan”
・Kazuhiko Sawada (Saitama University)
“Russian Translations of Japanese Literary Works Published by the South Manchuria Railway Company”

Session 2: 14:50-16:10
・Yoshimitsu Hashimoto (Osaka University) “The Rise and Fall of Morning Glory: the Contrasting Reception of Chiyo's Haiku in the 20th Century”
・Noriko Murai (Sophia University)
“Culture as Translation: Okakura Kakuzō’s English Writings and their Dissemination”

Roundtable Discussion: 16:30-17:30

Closing Remarks: 17:30

Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 102-8554, JAPAN
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel)
+81-(0)3-3238-4081(Fax)
http ://icc . fla . sophia . ac . jp/index . html

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February 18, 2014

[SSJ: 8448] Great Eastern Japan Earthquake 3rd Year Memorial International Symposium -Risk, Governance, Leadership-

From: Koichi Nakano
Date: 2014/02/18

To commemorate the 3rd anniversary of 3/11, RJIF will co-host an international symposium “Rethink the risk, governance, and leadership” with University of Tokyo and Development Bank of Japan. The event will bring together business executives, experts and officials to discuss challenges in crisis management and ways of turning uncertainty into business opportunity.

*Date | March 11th, 2014 10:00-18:00
*Venue | Ito Memorial Hall, University of Tokyo

This event requires prior registration from the following website.
(http://rebuildjpn.org/en/symposium20140311/)

The guest speakers include:
*Mr Lee Howell (Managing director of World Economic Forum)
*Dr Gregory Jaczko (Former chairman of US Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
*Mr Takeshi Niinami (CEO of Lawson)

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[SSJ: 8447] [Temple ICAS Event] 17 MAR 2014 Grant Newsham: Defending Japan

From: ICAS
Date: 2014/02/18

* Feel free to circulate this invitation to friends or colleagues.

=============
Grant Newsham: Defending Japan
=============
Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Time: Door opens at 7:00pm, Program starts at 7:30pm
Venue:

Temple University Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 2F
(access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Speaker:

Grant Newsham, Senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo
Moderator:

Robert Dujarric, Director of ICAS
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:

icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If
possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome
participants even you do not RSVP.
* RSVPなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しくださ
い。

Overview

East Asia has become a tougher neighborhood in the last several years and friction between Japan and China shows no sign of abating. Japan’s defense policies have consequently shifted towards a more active defense and upgraded Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) capabilities. This talk will evaluate Japan’s new defense strategies in terms of effectiveness and prospects for regional stability and the US-Japan security alliance.

Speaker

Grant Newsham is a senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo. He recently served as the first US Marine Liaison Officer to the Japan Ground Self Defense Force and was instrumental in the development of the JSDF’s amphibious capability.
He is a former US diplomat and served at the US Embassy, Tokyo, in the 1990’s, returning for a stint
as Marine Attaché. His research focuses on Asian
defense and his articles have been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Daily Yomiuri, Sentaku, and USNI Proceedings.
________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/facebook

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[SSJ: 8446] DIJ Business & Economcis Study Group on March 3: "Fighting the imbalance - Policy holder protection in Japanese Insurance Law-, A comparative Study"

From: Kazue Haga
Date: 2014/02/18

Dear Colleague,

We would like to invite you to the next meeting of the DIJ Business & Economics Study Group of the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ).

It will take place on

Monday, March 3rd, 2014, 6.30 PM

at the German Institute for Japanese Studies.
(For a map refer to http://www.dijtokyo.org/access).

Our speaker will be

Köksal Sahin, Fernuniversitaet Hagen; Institute for Japanese Law

He will offer a presentation on: "Fighting the imbalance - Policy holder protection in Japanese Insurance Law-, A comparative Study"

The new Japanese Insurance Law Act (hoken-hô) was enacted 2008 and got into effect in April 2010. After more than a century, it is the first independent regulation which replaces the former part of the Commercial Code. The Commercial Code did not have any special provisions prescribing so-called consumer protection with respect to insurance contracts.
Insurance companies, however, are private, for-profit, commercial enterprises and sometimes this may cause problems in the relationship with their policy holders.
In addition, the conditions of the policies are unilaterally predetermined by the insurance company based on power, information and resources, so the insured, as the weak party, is merely offered a standard form. With regard to this situation, it is the duty of the legislator to fight this imbalance. The new Act implemented required amendments.

This presentation assesses the policy
holders’protection in the new Insurance Law Act. It gives a quick overview about the past reform and points out how insurance law rules and implemented courts decisions ensure policy holders protection from a comparative point of German Law.

This presentation is part of a dissertation project (working title:
"German principles in Japanese Insurance Law – policy holder protection after the Amendment of 2008").


Köksal Sahin is doctoral candidate of Law at Fernuniversitaet Hagen and Member of the Institute of Japanese Law. He finished his Law Exams at University of Bonn and received his Master of Laws at University of Cologne. He worked for the German Financial Supervisory Authority. His main focus is on Insurance and Company Law.

The presentation will be given in English.

Everybody is welcome to attend, but kindly asked to register by February 28th at busi.econ-studygroup@dijtokyo.org

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February 17, 2014

[SSJ: 8445] ILO : Great East Japan Earthquake recovery talk

From: David H. Slater
Date: 2014/02/17

I am passing this on to the list...

I am writing today in connection with the ILO's forthcoming public event on the Great East Japan Earthquake recovery on 18 February. I would be grateful if you could pass on the info through your network. The meeting is open to anybody (registration required).

We are sharing lessons from the Japan's post-disaster recovery, mainly by focussing on the issue of people's jobs and livelihoods. The public event consists of a symposium and talk event. The venue is U Thant Conference Hall at the United Nations University in Shibuya.

We are particularly keen on having audience from the young generation. We will have a minister of Labour from the Philippines who can introduce ongoing post-Haiyan recovery efforts in the Philippines. The talk event will have dynamic Japanese speakers who have been engaged in community development and business recovery in disaster-affected regions in Tohoku. We are hacing a casual reception afterwards where participants can directly speak to the speakers. Finger food and drinks will be offered.

The below is a Japanese description of the event.


==以下記事本文==

◆◇「仕事と復興~自然災害から立ち上がるために、必要な
ことは何か~」ILOシンポジウム&トークイベント(東
京・2014年2月18日)◇◆
 自然災害を生き延びてさらに生き続け、未来を作るために
必要不可欠な「仕事」。ILOは2011年3月に発生した東日
本大震災からの復興過程で得られた雇用・労働分野の好事例
や教訓を世界に発信するプロジェクトを実施していますが、
その一環として、2014年2月18日(火)13時半~17時半に、
東京・渋谷区の国際連合大学3階ウ・タント国際会議場にお
いて、「仕事」の観点から復興の取り組みを見つめるシンポ
ジウム及びトークイベントを開催します。浦元義照ILOア
ジア太平洋総局長をはじめ、ILOアジア太平洋総局の専門
家やILOフィリピン国別事務所所長なども来日して参加す
るこのシンポジウムでは、東日本大震災の復興に向けた様々
な政策、民間企業・団体の取り組み、ILOが取りまとめた
調査レポート『東日本大震災後の復興過程における雇用と生
計手段回復のための取り組み』の報告に加え、2013年11月に
台風30号に襲われたフィリピンから現在も続く雇用創出を中
心とした復興の取り組みが報告されます。続くトークイベン
トでは、東日本大震災を乗り越えて自ら仕事を作り出し、事
業を再開している震災経験者の方々による経験を紹介し、未
来を見つめたこれからの復興について話し合います。参加ご
希望の方は、下記ウェブサイトの登録フォームを用いてお申
し込み下さい。入場無料。

ILOシンポジウム&トークイベント詳細・お申し込み
----->
http://ilo-asia-2014symp.jp
雇用労働教訓発信プロジェクト(英語)----->
http://www.ilo.org/asia/whatwedo/projects/WCMS_209150/l
ang--en/index.htm
台風30号後の生計手段再建に向けたILOの支援活動ポータ
ルサイト(英語)----->
http://www.ilo.org/haiyan

Shukuko Koyama
Crisis Specialist
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific International Labour Organization
Tel: +66 2 288 1788
Email: koyama@ilo.org
Skype: shukuko.koyama

Help make Decent Work for All a reality! Follow the ILO on social media

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[SSJ: 8444] [Temple U. ICAS Event] 7 MAR 2014 Citizen Radiation Monitoring in Japan: Safecast

From: ICAS
Date: 2014/02/17

* Please note that this event will start at 7:00 p.m.,
30 minutes earlier than regular ICAS events.
* Feel free to circulate this invitation to friends or colleagues.
====================
Citizen Radiation Monitoring in Japan: Safecast ====================

Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Time: Door opens at 6:30pm, Program starts at 7:00pm Venue:Temple University Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 2F
http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html(access:
http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Panelists:
Joe Moross,
Tokyo-based radiation and environmental sensor engineer Sean Bonner, an artist, musician, and tech entrepreneur based in Los Angeles Azby Brown, Director of the KIT Future Design Institute in Tokyo
Moderator:
Kyle Cleveland, ICAS Associate Director
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:
icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If
possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome
participants even you do not RSVP.
* RSVPなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しくださ
い。

Overview

SAFECAST, a non-ideological, non-profit, volunteer-based organization created in the days immediately following the events of March 11, 2011, has become one of the most prominent and reliable independent sources for radiation data in Japan and abroad. In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, concerns about radiation exposure continue to fester, with low public confidence in government and industry statements that the nuclear fallout does not pose a significant risk to public health. Despite highly-publicized official medical and scientific findings that suggest that future health risks will be low, the general public remains worried about the impact of long-term exposure, and lacking faith in government reassurances, have increasingly turned to alternative sources of information like SAFECAST.

Until recently, radiation measurement on a large scale has presented high technical, financial, and political barriers to entry. In an attempt to fill the acute information vacuum about the severity of the fallout, SAFECAST quickly began to field mobile detectors of its own design, which leveraged open-source software and hardware and new-generation DIY tools such as laser cutters and custom PCB fabrication to dramatically accelerate development and deployment time. The group simultaneously developed an information management system that allows GPS-tagged radiation data points to be uploaded into a central database and displayed on an interactive web-based map. SAFECAST's radiation information system has seen the rapid deployment no fewer than seven increasingly refined GPS-enabled mobile radiation detector designs, called "bGeigies,"
the web-based "GeoSense" map, a free iOS-based map application, and other devices and software, all developed by volunteers and made freely available through Creative Commons licenses.

The radiation data gathered by SAFECAST volunteers in Japan and abroad currently exceeds 15 million data points, arguably the most extensive public data set of its kind. It was soon hailed as a technically competent, credible, and objective source of radiation information for Japan by specialists on both sides of the nuclear power debate. Though relations between third-party monitoring groups and government and official regulatory bodies is generally characterized by mutual distrust, SAFECAST's input has increasingly been sought by both local governments in Japan and regulatory agencies abroad, a tacit admission of the inadequacy of official efforts. The group was recently invited to share their methodology and their criticisms at the IAEA's International Experts Meeting on Radiation Protection after the Fukushima Daiichi Accident in Vienna.

For this event, a panel of Safecast volunteers will discuss the state of radiation monitoring and communication three years after the start of the Fukushima disaster, describe the challenges they have faced in cultivating and maintaining an active and independent global network of volunteers, and report on the reception their critique received from the IAEA.

http://blog.safecast.org/about/SAFECAST Website:
http://blog.safecast.org/about/

Panelists

Joe Moross is a Tokyo-based radiation and environmental sensor engineer, and was formerly senior engineer in charge of radiation safety for the linear accelerator facility of the National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials in Tsukuba.

Sean Bonner, a founding member of SAFECAST, is an artist, musician, and tech entrepreneur based in Los Angeles.

Azby Brown is an architect, designer, and author, and is Director of the KIT Future Design Institute in Tokyo.

________________________________
Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/facebook

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February 14, 2014

[SSJ: 8443] [CANCELLATION] Temple ICAS Event Feb.14

From: ICAS
Date: 2014/02/14

Dear SSJ Forum,

Thank you for your support for Temple ICAS programs.
Due to the weather condition, we will cancel tonight's event "Yves Henocque: Who governs the sea? Ways toward future forms of governance", and reschedule in the near future.

Thank you again for your interest in the ICAS programs and look forward to having you next time.

Sincerely,

ICAS

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February 13, 2014

[SSJ: 8442] [Temple U. ICAS Event] 10 MAR 2014 Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki: Japan US relations - Now and Future

From: ICAS
Date: 2014/02/13

* Please note that this lecture will be at TUJ Mita Hall.
==================
Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki: Japan US relations - Now and Future ==================

Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: Door opens at 7:00pm, Program starts at 7:30pm
Venue:
Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5F
(access:
http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Speaker:
Ichiro Fujisaki, President, America-Japan Society, Distinguished Professor, Chairman of International Strategies, Sophia University and Distinguished Professor, Keio University
Moderator:
Robert Dujarric, ICAS Director
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:
icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.
* RSVPなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しくださ
い。


Overview
:

As president Obama prepares for his planned April visit to Asia, we are fortunate to host Ambassador Fujisaki, who will discuss the present and future of relations between Japan and the United States.

Speaker
:


Ambassador Fujisaki joined the Japanese Foreign Ministry in 1969, served in numerous countries, was Director General for North American Affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister, ambassador to the UN and WTO in Geneva and retired after serving as Ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2012.

________________________________

Robert Dujarric, Director
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director
Eriko Kawaguchi, Coordinator

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas
www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/facebook

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[SSJ: 8441] Lecture on Wednesday 19 March, 18.30 h

From: Marga Dinkel
Date: 2014/02/13

You are cordially invited to the next DIJ Forum

Wednesday 19 March, 18.30 h
Aya H. Kimura, Professor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa Citizen Radiation Measurement Stations after 3.11: Food Safety Knowledge Gaps and the Problem of “Citizen” in Citizen Science

The primary pathways through which environmentally persistent radioactive substances enter people’s bodies is food. After 3.11 Japanese authorities and scientists were unable to provide clear guidelines on possible effects of internal radiation. They took weeks to set up a monitoring system. In response to this, many citizens took matters into their own hands to monitor food and measure the level of contamination. This talk analyzes citizen radiation measuring stations and their role in filling the critical knowledge gaps on food safety issues after the nuclear accident.

Theoretically, this paper analyzes the citizen radiation measuring stations as an instance of citizen science, and explores its relation to science governance and democracy. It asks who the “citizens”
were in citizen science in post 3.11 Japan. The question of representation in scientific matters is central here. Who was deemed the right kind of person to talk about the issue of food contamination? The notion of “citizen” emerged as a counterpart to experts, but who could actually fulfill the idealized role of a citizen was heavily contested. In this limited space, women found the symbolic power of “mother” as an ideal-type citizen. The talk also explores the complicated terrain of the maternal representation in the history of anti-nuclear movements in Japan.

Aya H. Kimura is Professor of Women’s Studies at University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She is currently a visiting researcher at Doshisha University. She specializes in feminist STS and agrofood studies. She is the author of Hidden Hunger: Gender and Politics of Smarter Food (Cornell University Press, 2013) and several articles on Japanese food politics.

The lecture will be given in English. It will take place on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 18.30 p.m. at the DIJ. Admission is free; please register at:
forum@dijtokyo.org or
Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
Jochi Kioizaka Bld. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-0094
Tel: 03 - 3222 5198, Fax: 03 3222 5420

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February 12, 2014

[SSJ: 8440] Business History Society of Japan's 50th Anniversary Congress

From: Julia Yongue
Date: 2014/02/12

Subject: Conference/Call for Papers Announcement Business History Society of Japan's 50th Anniversary Congress Deadline for proposal submissions: February 28, 2014

Dear Colleagues:
The Business History Society of Japan will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. To commemorate this milestone, the organization will hold a special Congress on the theme of "Competition and Cooperation,"
focusing on the many facets of the three industrial revolutions-why they came about, how they developed, and what distinguishes them from one another-and the new ventures that business history scholars need to undertake in order to grasp the significance of new business systems. The general session on the main theme, titled "New Horizons in Business History," will bring together renowned researchers from Japan, Europe, the United States, and Asia to give keynote lectures on challenges facing the discipline and ideal approaches for future progress. The Congress will take place at Bunkyo Gakuin University, Tokyo, on September 11-13, 2014.

Given the 50th anniversary and the increasingly powerful role that globalization continues to play in the realm of research, the BHSJ has decided to schedule English-language sessions on each of the three days.
With a scope that encompasses the socioeconomic environment of the entire world, these English sessions will look at why and how "competition and cooperation"
within companies, between companies, between companies and government, between companies and other social organizations, and between countries have changed. The BHSJ invites submissions of not only individual, independent papers but also session-specific reports as well. The BHSJ also welcomes any papers that, while not focused specifically on the theme of "competition and cooperation," deal in some capacity with the pursuit of new horizons in business history research.

For paper proposals, please submit a title, an abstract of no more than 400 words along with a one-page CV to a-terada@bgu.ac.jp by February 28, 2014. Session proposals should include a brief abstract of the session along with a one-page abstract and one-page CV for each participant. For more information, please see the BHSJ call for papers website.
http://bhs.ssoj.info/bhsj-e/BHSJ_50th_congress

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[SSJ: 8439] "The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism" - Announcing a new publication

From: Lechevalier Sebastien
Date: 2014/02/12

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the publication of "The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism" (edited by S.
Lechevalier, translated by J. A. A. Stockwin; Routledge, 2014).
Please find below a description of the book.

Sincerely yours,
Sebastien Lechevalier
EHESS
sebastien.lechevalier@ehess.fr
http://ffj.ehess.fr/
http://crj.ehess.fr/index.php?457


****
The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism

Edited by Sébastien Lechevalier

Translated by J. A. A. Stockwin

Series: Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

Routledge webpage:
http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415717663/

Description
In the 1980s the performance of Japan’s economy was an international success story, and led many economists to suggest that the 1990s would be a Japanese decade.
Today, however, the dominant view is that Japan is inescapably on a downward slope. Rather than focusing on the evolution of the performance of Japanese capitalism, this book reflects on the changes that it has experienced over the past 30 years, and presents a comprehensive analysis of the great transformation of Japanese capitalism from the heights of the 1980s, through the lost decades of the 1990s, and well into the 21st century.
This book posits an alternative analysis of the Japanese economic trajectory since the early 1980s, and argues that whereas policies inspired by neo-liberalism have been presented as a solution to the Japanese crisis, these policies have in fact been one of the causes of the problems that Japan has faced over the past 30 years. Crucially, this book seeks to understand the institutional and organisational changes that have characterised Japanese capitalism since the 1980s, and to highlight in comparative perspective, with reference to the ‘neo-liberal moment’, the nature of the transformation of Japanese capitalism. Indeed, the arguments presented in this book go well beyond Japan itself, and examine the diversity of capitalism, notably in continental Europe, which has experienced problems that in many ways are also comparable to those of Japan.
The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism will appeal to students and scholars of both Japanese politics and economics, as well as those interested in comparative political economy.

Contents
Preface, Sébastien Lechevalier
Foreword: From ‘Japanophilia’ to Indifference? Three decades of research on contemporary Japan, Robert Boyer

Introduction: Seven Japanese Lessons on the Diversity of Capitalism and its Future, Sébastien Lechevalier 1. Thirty Years of Neo-Liberal Reforms in Japan, Yves Tiberghien 2. Is this the End of the J-Model of the Firm?, Sébastien Lechevalier 3. Is Japanese capitalism still coordinated?, Sébastien Lechevalier 4. What is the Nature of the Japanese Social Compromise Today?, Sébastien Lechevalier 5. Which education system in a neoliberal world?, Sébastien Lechevalier and Arnaud Nanta 6. Is convergence towards the Silicon Valley model the only way for the Japanese innovation system?, Sébastien Lechevalier 7. Should Japanese capitalism adapt itself to globalization?, Sébastien Lechevalier Conclusion, Sébastien Lechevalier

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February 11, 2014

[SSJ: 8438] ICU SSRI Symposium on Political Violence, Human Security and the Civilizing Process

From: Giorgio Shani
Date: 2014/02/11

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the program of the ICU Social Science Research Institute symposium on "Political Violence, Human Security and the Civilizing Process" with keynote speaker Professor Andrew Linklater, the Woodrow Wilson Chair of International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth (UK).
All are welcome.

For more details see: http://subsite.icu.ac.jp/ssri/

Title: "Political Violence, Human Security and the Civilizing Process"
Date and Time: February 22 (Sat), 2014, 13:00-16:00
Location: International Conference Room, 2nd floor, Kiyoshi Togasaki Memorial Dialogue House, ICU.

Main sponsors: Social Science Research Institute (SSRI, ICU).

Language: English

Speakers and Presentations:
Prof. Andrew Linklater (University of Aberystwyth, UK) "Standards of Self-Restraint in World Politics"

Dr. Giorgio Shani (Director, SSRI)
"Civilizing Process or Civilizing Mission? Toward a Post-Western Understanding of Human Security"

Biographies:

Professor Andrew LINKLATER is Woodrow Wilson Professor of International Politics, University of Aberystwyth, UK. Professor Linklater has been one of the most innovative thinkers in International Relations, introducing critical and ethical elements into the discipline which has forced it to rethink many of its basic assumptions. Educated at Aberdeen, Oxford and the London School of Economics (LSE), he joined the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth as the 10th Woodrow Wilson Professor in January 2000.
Author of numerous books and journal articles on International Relations, Professor Linklater is probably best known for the following works: Men and Citizens in the Theory of International Relations (Macmillan 1982); Beyond Realism and Marxism: Critical Theory and International Relations (1990); The Transformation of Political Community: Ethical Foundations of the Post-Westphalian Era, (Polity Press 1998); and Critical Theory and World Politics:
Sovereignty, Citizenship and Humanity (Routledge 2007).
In 2006, he also jointly authored, with Hidemi Suganami, The English School of International
Relations: A Contemporary Reassessment (Cambridge University Press). He is currently completing a three volume series on the problem of harm in world politics.
The first volume, The Problem of Harm in World
Politics: Theoretical Investigations was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011 and the second Harm in World History will be out soon.

Dr. Giorgio SHANI is Director of the Social Science Research Institute and Senior Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan. He is author of Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age (Routledge 2007) and co-editor of Protecting Human Security in a Post 9/11 World (Palgrave 2007).
Recently, he served as Chair of the Global Development Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) and has just finished a book on Religion, Identity and Human Security (Routledge April 2014) which forms the basis of this presentation.

Directions to ICU and a campus map can be found here:

http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/access.html
http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/info/facilities.html

Best wishes,

Giorgio Shani
--

Dr. Giorgio Shani
Director, Social Science Research Institute, Associate Director of the Rotary Peace Center, International Christian University,
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)422-33-3708, Fax: +81 (0)422-33-3229 http://researchers.icu.ac.jp/Profiles/6/0000527/prof_e.
html
http://icu.academia.edu/GiorgioShani

New Book: Religion, Identity and Human Security (Routledge 2014) http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415509060/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B001HP3QB2
http://www.amazon.co.jp/-/e/B001HP3QB2

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February 10, 2014

[SSJ: 8437] CfP * HRM in Asia * Paris Colloquium 18-19 September 2014

From: Sven Horak
Date: 2014/02/10

Colloquium Secretary: Sandrine Clais, ISC Paris Business School, Paris, France (sclais@iscparis.com)

IJHRM Guest Editors (in alphabetical order):
Professor Sabine Bacouël-Jentjens, ISC Paris Business School, Paris, France Professor Johngseok Bae, Korea University, Business School, Seoul, South Korea Assistant Professor Sven Horak, St. John’s University, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, New York, USA Professor Chris Rowley, Cass Business School, City University, London, UK; HEAD Foundation, Singapore


Since conventional theories and concepts of Human Resource Management (HRM), were mainly developed in Western countries, this colloquium focuses on theoretical and empirical contributions from Asia to the management of human resources. Although the term ‘Asia’ is used in this text, the colloquium focuses on Northeast and Southeast Asia. In more detail the colloquium attempts to explore primarily the distinctive contextual factors of contemporary HRM in Asia, as well as HRM phenomena and approaches applied by Asian firms in Asia and in non-Asian countries, by Western firms in Asia or by Asian-Western firm alliances in Asia. We have observed that within-country company variations and within-Asia country variations in HRM are getting wider. At the same time, many multinational companies operating in Asia have made efforts to globally benchmark best HRM practices.
Hereby the overarching debate on HRM in Asia, whether it will converge, diverge or develop towards a hybrid form shall play a primary role as well as selected themes of contemporary HRM issues such as diversity management, international talent management and performance management. Through this colloquium we also explore Asia-specific HRM principles and practices that can replace, modify, or supplement Western HRM theories. Hence we attempt to enlarge the scope and enrich the interpretation of HRM phenomena.

We seek in particular contributions that challenge conventional theories and knowledge on HRM and reveal distinctive features of HRM in Asia or particular forms of Asian HRM. Contributions should fit but are not limited to the following themes of HRM:

• HRM in Asia: Converge, Diverge, Hybrid?
• Rewards
• Employee Relations
• Recruitment & Selection
• Diversity Management
• Expatriation & Repatriation
• Team Management
• Global Talent Management
• Performance Management and HR Development
• Community-based and Market-based HRM Approaches
• Asian Values and HRM

Submission Guidelines

Contributions may be comparative or apply single country analysis. Studies that draw on approaches of indigenous management research are welcome in particular. A range of empirical methods will be considered. Contributions should be based on sound empirical analysis using quantitative, qualitative, experimental, meta analysis or case studies.
Ethnographical studies as well as conceptual works are also welcome.

Papers should be a maximum of 8000 words in length (inclusive of all material, such as tables, figures, attachments and reference list, etc.). Extended abstracts (ca. 800 words) may be submitted for empirical research currently in process. Preference will be given to the most polished papers.

Outstanding contributions will be selected for publication in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Human Resource Management. The SI editors will select papers based on fit with the conference theme which will be the title of the SI. Selected studies will undergo a double blind peer review process.

Style Guide
Submissions to the Paris Colloquium should follow the style guide applicable for submission to the International Journal of Human Resource Management.
Details can be downloaded from the Journal website at Taylor & Fancis Online.
(http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?jou
rnalCode=rijh20&page=instructions)

All contributions should be submitted to the Colloquium
Secretary:
Sandrine Clais, ISC Paris Business School, Paris, France, Email: sclais@iscparis.com

Important Dates

Paris Colloquium: 18-19 September 2014

Paper submission deadline/ Paris Colloquium: April 30,
2014
Acceptance notification: June 16, 2014

Contact

Colloquium Secretary: Sandrine Clais, ISC Paris Business School, Paris, France (sclais@iscparis.com)

References

Bae, J. (2012). Self-fulfilling processes at a global
level: The evolution of HRM practices in Korea, 1987-2007. Management Learning, 43(5): 579–607.
Bae, J., Chen, S.-J., & Rowley, C. (2011). From a paternalistic model towards what? HRM trends in Korea and Taiwan. Personnel Review, 40(6), 700–722.
Bae, J., & Yu, G.-C. (2005). HRM configurations in Korean venture firms: resource availability, institutional force and strategic choice perspectives.
The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 16(9), 1759-1782.
Budhwar, P., & Debrah, Y. A. (2008). Future research on human resource management systems in Asia. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 26(2), 197–218.
Froese, F. J., & Peltokorpi, V. (2012). The impact of expatriate personality traits on cross-cultural
adjustment: A study with expatriates in Japan.
International Business Review, 21(4), 734–746.
Froese, F. J., & Xiao, S. (2012). Work values, job satisfaction and organizational commitment in China.
The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(10), 2144–2162.
Galang, M. C. (2008). Best Practices in HRM:
Convergence in Beliefs across Nine Countries?
International Journal of Organisational Behaviour, 13(1), 1–15.
Huo, Y. P., Huang, H. J., & Napier, N. K. (2002).
Divergence or convergence: a cross-national comparison of personnel selection practices. Human Resource Management, 41(1), 31–44.
Poon, I. H. F., & Rowley, C. (2010). Change in Asia: a review of management theory and research related to human resources. Asia Pacific Business Review, 16(4), 591–607.
Pudelko, M. (2005). Cross-national learning from best practice and the convergence-divergence debate in HRM.
The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 16(11), 2045-2074.
Rowley, C, & Benson, J. (2002). Convergence and divergence in Asian human resource management.
California Management Review, 44(2), 90–109.
Rowley, C., & Bae, J. (2002). Globalisation and Transformation of HRM in South Korea. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 13(3), 522–549.
Rowley, C., & Bae, J. (2003). Changes and continuities in South Korean HRM. Asia Pacific Business Review, 9(4), 76-105.
Rowley, C., Benson, J., & Warner, M. (2004). Towards an Asian model of human resource management? A comparative analysis of China, Japan and South Korea. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 15(4-5), 917–933.
Uysal, G. (2009). Human Resource Management in the US, Europe and Asia: Differences and Characteristics.
Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, 14(2), 112–117.
Zhang, M., Shen, J., & Zhu, C. J. (2012). Paternalistic and transactional HRM: the nature and transformation of HRM in contemporary China. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(19), 3964-3982.
Zhu, Y., Rowley, C., & Warner, M. (2007). Human resource management with “Asian” characteristics: a hybrid people-management system in East Asia. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 18(5), 745-768.

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February 09, 2014

[SSJ: 8436] REMINDER: CFP for NAJS conference on contemporary Japan in Helsinki, March 2014

From: Dick Stegewerns
Date: 2014/02/09

Dear colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention once more to the call for papers for the annual conference of the Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society, which will convene in Helsinki in March this year. The format of this conference is very beneficial for those who look for feedback on their research from Japan specialists in various disciplines. The accepted papers are read beforehand by all participants and most of the conference is dedicated to discussion of the papers, both by selected discussants and by the other participants.

Best regards,

Dick Stegewerns
University of Oslo

REMINDER: CALL FOR PAPERS

NAJS 2014 - The Tenth NAJS Conference on the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society, March 20-21, 2014, Helsinki, Finland.

You are most welcome to the Tenth Annual NAJS Conference. The conference will take place at the University of Helsinki.

We invite paper proposals on a broad set of topics related to Japanese society and culture, past and present, including politics and international relations, economy and business, sociology and anthropology, popular culture, literature, religion, and art.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended to February 15, 2014 (Sat)

Registration forms and more information about the conference can be found on the NAJS website:
http://nordicjapan.wordpress.com

Please carefully read the guidelines for participation (also on the
website) before registering and sending your abstract.

Deadline for full papers: March 10, 2014 (Mon)

Please submit abstracts and papers to:
bart.gaens@helsinki.fi
You will be notified if your abstract has been accepted by February 20, 2014.


The Steering Committee of NAJS
(Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society)

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February 07, 2014

[SSJ: 8435] Sophia University ICC Lecture Notice (Mar. 3)

From: Sophia Univ., Institute of Comparative Culture
Date: 2014/02/07

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2013

Social Fragmentation and Sustainability in Palestinian
Communities:

Resilience and Uncertainty in Everyday Life

Dr. Joshua Rickard

18:30-20:00, March 3rd, 2014
Sophia University Yotsuya Campus, Building 10, 3F, Room
301

This talk will focus on social cohesion and community stability in the Palestinian city of Nablus. Nablus was under military siege throughout the period of the second intifada (2000-2006) during which time people were unable to leave their neighbourhoods and in many cases were confined to their homes for extended periods of time. Strict restrictions also inhibited the movement of people, products and information from one area to another. In order to facilitate local stability, communities had to develop social networks either based on political movements or kinship ties, these also became significant factors in the formation of local identities. By looking at examples of how some communities dealing with the adverse conditions of long-term isolation were resilient in coping, and others were not, this will offer insight into the differences in social and logistical situations between various communities that contributed to their organisation in endurance. Finally, this will look at recent changes since the end of the second intifada and the presence of external actors in facilitating development projects, this will raise questions in attempts to explain how Nablus area communities which were recently able to maintain a minimum level of self-sufficiency, are now facing increasing social fragmentation.

Joshua Rickard holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He has carried out fieldwork in Nablus, Palestine since 2007 and is currently a research fellow in the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore where he is working on a book project: Divided Identities:
The Systematic Social Fragmentation of Palestinian Society. Prior to engaging in academic research he worked as a photographer and journalist, and continues to incorporate visual imagery into his work. His main areas of interest are social cohesion, community identity, civil participation and political mobilisation.

Lecture in English / No Prior Registration Necessary

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture: 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, diricc@sophia.ac.jp Web: http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/

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[SSJ: 8434] Invitation to the EIJS Academy seminar, February 26

From: Miki Futagawa
Date: 2014/02/07

European Institute of Japanese Studies
Academy Seminars presents:

"Challenges for Japanese Corporate Governance in the Age of Globalization"

Speaker: Professor Bruce Aronson
Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy Hitotsubashi University

About the speaker: Professor Aronson is a professor of law at Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1977. Professor Aronson was a corporate partner at the law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York (1989-2000) and a professor of law at Creighton University (2004-2013).
He has also engaged in research and teaching at a number of U.S. law schools including Columbia (2002-2004), Michigan (2004), Boston University, and Georgetown. His experience in Japan includes research as a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Tokyo (2000-2002) and at Waseda University (2011-2013), the first holder of the Chair on International Capital Markets Law at the University of Tokyo (2004), and a Visiting Scholar at the Bank of Japan (2010). His main area of research is comparative corporate governance with a focus on Japan. He also acts as an advisor to the law firm of Nagashima Ohno &
Tsunematsu.

About the talk: Globalization of financial markets has led to increasingly stronger calls from global institutional investors for Japanese companies to expand the use of independent directors and strengthen the board’s monitoring function. At the same time, the growth and internationalization of the business operations of Japanese companies is testing the limits of the traditional Japanese management and governance structure. How can Japanese companies adapt their corporate governance system to these demands?
Professor Aronson will discuss the responses of Japanese companies to these challenges, and will highlight ongoing experimentation at a number of leading Japanese companies to develop a “mixed” or “hybrid” system that seeks to incorporate more effective monitoring of management into the traditional
Japanese corporate structure.

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Time: 6.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Drink & Snack (served before lecture)
7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion

Place: Alfred Nobel Auditorium, Embassy of Sweden
10-3-400 Roppongi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 Five-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line Roppongi 1-chome Station Five-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Kamiya-cho Station

Fee: JPY3,000 per person, payable at the door Free for those who are from sponsoring companies (*) Free for students, please bring your student ID

Language: English

(*) EIJS Academy 2013-2014 Sponsoring companies Gadelius Holding Ltd., Sandvik K.K., Höganäs Japan K.K.
and in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden

Please sign up by February 21 (Fri.) via e-mail to eijsjap@gmail.com for the attention of Ms. Futagawa (EIJS Tokyo office)

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Miki Futagawa
European Institute of Japanese Studies
Tokyo Office
c/o Embassy of Sweden
1-10-3-400, Roppongi
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Tel: +81(0)3 5562 5032
Fax: +81(0)3 5562 9090
Email: eijsjap@gmail.com

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February 06, 2014

[SSJ: 8433] Joint DIJ Social Science and Business & Economics Study Group, Wed., 19 February 2014, 18:30-20:00h

From: Phoebe Holdgruen (holdgruen@dijtokyo.org)
Date: 2014/02/06

You are cordially invited to our Joint DIJ Social Science and Business & Economics Study Group at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo.

New approaches to elderly care and senior citizens engagement Findings from fieldwork in Japans metropolitan area

It will take place on

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014, 6.30 PM

at the German Institute for Japanese Studies.


This study group is based on the following two separate talks which will be held consecutively:

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Workers Collectives as Care providers - The case of Kanagawa

Sebastian Hofstetter (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

Sociologist Ueno Chizuko has pointed out an ongoing development of a “socia lization of care” (kea no shakaika). According to this theory “careservice”
in all its varieties is increasingly offered by “workers collectives” on a community level (chiiki).
“Workers Collectives” seem to draw on differen t resources in the area of elderly care. Unlike regular forms of care servic es Workers Collectives are located somewhere between the market and third se ctor, as well as between public and private sphere. According to Evers
(2013
) this mix of usually clearly disconnected spheres is called “hybridization”, which enables Workers Collectives to establish a new way of caring for and about elderly Japanese. By highlighting the specifics of this so called welf are-mix, I show how Workers Collectives shape new ideas and concepts of elde rly care. Drawing on extensive fieldwork conducted in Kanagawa Prefecture, t hese talk shows which role Workers Collectives take on in offering an innova tive care concept.

Sebastian Hofstetter is a doctoral candidate of Japanese studies at the MLU of Halle-Wittenberg. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Japanese studies at Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main.

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Promoting senior citizens engagement: Tokyo’s urban model for an aging soci ety


Inger Maleen Bachmann (Hamburg University)

The Tokyo Metropolitan Governments “Tokyo 2020 Vision”
declares to “build and show the world an urban model for a society with a low birthrate and ag ing population”, with the ambition to create “an environment where senior citizens can participate in the community in many ways […]” (TMG, 2012). T he 23 special wards (ku) that represent central Tokyo differ significantly i n size, population and demog