Guest Lectures

The Modern Japanese Studies Program Lecture Series is a series of guest lectures given by researchers from outside the university, or other people whose professional experience is relevant to Japanese Studies. The lectures aim to broaden students’ interests in the many aspects of Japanese Studies.
Here is a list of past and forthcoming guest lectures:


 Mr. Roland Kelts discussing representations of Anime, Manga, Sushi & Cosplay. (4 December 2015)  

Upcoming Lectures

28) Dr. Kenneth Mori McElwain (University of Tokyo)
“What Do People Mean When They Talk About Constitutional Revision?”
26 May 2017 at 16:30

29) Dr. Eyal Ben-Ari (Kinneret College)
“Bringing Dead Soldiers to Rest in Peace: The Japanese Case in
Theoretical and Comparative Perspective”
14 June 2017 at 18:15

30) Dr. Dan White (Hosei University)
“Ironman Japan: Fieldwork Training Regimes for an Affective Anthropology”
30 June 2017 at 16:30

31) Dr. Tosh Minohara (Kobe University)
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6 July 2017 at 16:30

32) Dr. Hisako Omori (Akita International University)
“Revisiting Japanese Sense of Self: The Case of Roman Catholics in Tokyo”
14 July 2017 at 16:30


Past Lectures

27) Dr. Sven Saaler (Sophia University)
“From the ‘history problem’ to the ‘history war’: Historical Revisionism
in Twenty-First Century Japan”
12 May 2017 at 16:30

26) Dr. Ken Victor Leonard Hijino (Kyoto University) 
“Local Politics and National Policy in Japan”
23 January 2017 at 18:15.  

25) Mrs. Yumiko Manzaki (Former TV broadcaster at HBC)
“Pronunciation and Presentation Skills in Japanese” 
24 November 2016 at 18:15.

24) Mr. Dominic Al-Badri (Delegation of the European Union to Japan)
“EU-Japan Relations: More Than Just Trading Partners”
11 November 2016 at 18:15.

23) Dr. Vivian Blaxell
“Undead Empire: Ruins of Japanese Imperialism”
1 November 2016 at 18:15.

22) Dr. Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni (Tel Aviv University)
“Professional Housewives, Salaryman and Ikumen in Contemporary Japan: Are We Facing a New Gender Contract?”
27 October 2016 at 18:15.

21) MJSP Student Talk Event
Shintotsukawa Revitalization through local/global food making Shintotsukawa Workshop: Students’, Locals’ and Faculty’s Experiences
21 October 2016 at 18:15.  See the event poster here.

20) Mr. Eric Johnston (The Japan Times)
“On the Front Lines: The Realities of Reporting Japan”
17 October 2016 at 18:15.

19) Dr. Philip Seaton (MJSP, Lecture given as part of the Nitobe College Lecture Series)
“What is Internationalization?”
7 October 2016 at 18:15. See the event poster here.

18) Dr. Akiko Takeyama(University of Kansas)
“Staged Seduction: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club”
8 July 2016.

17) Dr. Kathryn Goldfarb (University of Colorado Boulder)
“Beyond Blood Ties: Intimate Kinships in Japanese Foster and Adoptive Care”
7 July 2016.

16) Dr. Keith Jackson (Doshisha Business School, SOAS)
“Developing and Expressing Multi-Cultural Identities: A Conflict Resolution Perspective”,
23 June 2016.

15) Dr. Allison Alexy (University of Michigan) 
“Gender, Fantasy, and the Reasons of Divorce”,  22 June 2016.

14) Dr. John Person (State University of New York, Albany) 
“The Rightwing in Imperial Japan”,  10 June 2016.

13) Dr. Huiyan Fu (Regent’s University) 
“Exclusion and Unequal Inclusion: Interrogating Labour Flexibility Through the Lens of Temporary Agency Work”,
25 May 2016.

12) Dr. Johannes Wilhelm (Vienna University) 
“Doing Fieldwork in a Japanese Fishing Village”,
29 January 2016.

11) Dr. Alexander Bukh (Victoria University of Wellington)
“Imperial Japan and Soviet Soft Power Strategies in Asia: A Comparative Analysis”, 27 January 2016.

10) Mr. Roland Kelts (author of Japanamerica:How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US, contributing writer for The New Yorker and The Japan Times, and visiting scholar at Keio University),
“Anime, Manga, Sushi & Cosplay: How Japan Enchants the West”, 4 December 2015.

9) Prof. Ted Goossen (York University, Toronto, Canada),
“Translating Murakami Haruki, from ‘Hear the Wind Sing’ to ‘Scheherazade’ ”, 13 November 2015. 

8) Prof. Angus Lockyer (SOAS, University of London),
“Japan in the World:Why Studying One Country Isn’t Enough”, 5 November 2015.

7) Mr. Chris Pickering (Executive Director, Hokkaido Tourism Management),
“Inside the Niseko Tourism boom” and Emeritus Prof. Peter Ackermann “Far from home – Migration, tourism and transcultural encounter in Japanese perspective.”, 28 October 2015.

6) Prof. Christoph Wulf (Freie Universitaet Berlin),
“Anthropology in a globalized world. Challenges and New Perspectives”, 20 October 2015.

5) Mr. Eric Johnston (Deputy Editor, The Japan Times, Osaka Office),
“Japanese Journalism: A Foreign Journalist’s View”, 19 October 2015.

4) Dr Garren Mulloy (Daito Bunka University),
“Peaceniks vs Gunji (Military) Otaku in Japan”, 9 October 2015.

3) Dr Michele Mason (University of Maryland),
“Comingling Histories: Ikezawa Natsuki’s Novel Representations of Colonial Hokkaido”, 7 August 2015.

2) Dr John Traphagen (University of Texas),
“Entrepreneurs and Return Migration in Rural Japan”, 24 July 2015.

1) Dr Nathaniel M. Smith (University of Arizona),
“Rightist Relativity: How Post-3.11 Civil Society, the Rise of Xenophobic Activism, and Abe’s Agenda have differentiated the Right”, 10 July 2015.


Inaugural MJSP Lecture Series: “Reconstruction in Tohoku as experimental ground for pioneers? Current projects, challenges and perspectives”

■5 February 2015: H.E. Bruce Miller, Australian Ambassador to Japan: “Australia and Japan – relationships for the future: Tohoku, a case study”

■3 February 2015: Dr. David Slater, Associate Professor, Sophia University: “Service Learning in Tohoku: Oral Narratives of 3.11” Haruka Danzuka, Tokyo University: “Fukushima Mothers: Fear, Evacuation and Mobilization” Robert Mangold, International Disaster Relief Organization Kyoto: “Overcoming obstacles in the aftermath: the IDRO’s missions and challenges”

■27 January 2015: Chiba Takahiro, COO, Ishinomaki Laboratory: “Ishinomaki laboratory: Fun rather than common sense”石巻工房:常識に囚われず、楽しむ」” Matsuzaki Ben, President, Herman Miller Japan: “Ishinomaki laboratory: A “unique” phoenix venture born in the disaster area”

■20 January 2015: Iida Akio, Producer, Art buyer, Dentsu Razorfish: “Work Style 2.0 after 3.11 / 3.11以後に生まれた働き方2.0” Dr Tom Gill, Meiji Gakuin University: “Fukushima and Furusato: Rural Community after Nuclear Disaster”