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Spring 2013

Roundtable Discussion

Jan 23, 12:30-14h
Room 120, CK Choi Bldg

The December 16, 2012 Japanese Election, the New Abe, and It May All Mean for Japan, East Asia, and the World in 2013

 Moderator: Joseph Caron

Discussants: Ben Nyblade (UBC Political Science), Ikuo Kume (Waseda University, Visiting Scholar at Institute of Europen Studies/Political Science, UBC), Go Murakami (UBC Political Science), Yves Tiberghien (UBC IAR and Political Science), Tsuyoshi Kawasaki (SFU Political Science).

See: live-tweet archive | webcast archive


March 4, noon - 14h
Room 120, CK Choi Bldg

"Revitalizing Tohoku, Japan, after the 3.11 Earthquake and Tsunami"

Akio KAMIKO (Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University)

Hiroshi MURAYAMA (Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University)

Kyungmi SON (Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University)

David Edgington (Geography, UBC)

Poster (PDF)

This event is open and free to the public. Please RSVP if you're planning to attend.

Brown Bag Lunch talks

All talks on Wednesdays from 12-13:30h in Choi 129.. Talks are open to the public and please feel free to bring a lunch.

Jan. 16                        David Edgington (Geography, UBC), “Strangers in a strange land: Japanese tourists in Canada, 1960-2010”

Jan. 30                        Akira Yamasaki (Chûô University) "National Land Strategy under Decreasing Population in Japan (人口減少下の日本の国土計画)”

Feb. 13           Ryuko Kubota (Education, UBC), “Communication in the workplace: A case of Japanese expatriates in China”

Feb. 27           Eiji Okawa (Asian Studies, UBC), "Exclusion of women at the Buddhist monastery of Koyasan in the Edo period."

Mar. 13           Lyle de Souza (Birkbeck College, Univ of London), "25 Years After Redress: Negotiating Cultural Identity in Canadian Nikkei Cultural Productions" 

Mar. 27           Otilia Milutin (Asian Studies, UBC), "Textual Representations of Sexual Violence in Heian and Kamakura Monogatari"

April 15          Hanae Tsukada (Education, UBC), “The construction of Chinese international students' identities in the internationalization of Japanese university education” [Note the change of date!]


Fall 2012

Invited Speakers

Sept 20, 17:30
Room 604, Asian Centre

Melissa Anne-Marie Curley
Dept of Religious Studies
University of Iowa

"Fruits, Fossils, Footprints: Body Relics in the Children's Stories of Miyazawa Kenji"



Oct 9, 19h
UBC Robson Square, Room C150/180
(co-hosted with the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver)

Prof. Motoshige ITOH
President, National Institute for Research Advancement
Faculty of Economics
University of Tokyo

 "Japan & Canada | Opportunities & Challenges"

The presentation will be followed by a reception.




Oct 19, noon
Room 120, CK Choi Bldg for the Institute of Asian Research

Prof. Jan Bardsley
Department of Asian Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Democracy’s Poster Girls: Beauty Queens and Fashion Models in Postwar Japan"



Nov 14, noon
Room 120, CK Choi Bldg for the Institute of Asian Research

H.E. Sir David Warren
UK Ambassador to Japan 

"Contemporary Japan and Developments in North-East Asia"


Brown Bag Lunch Talks


More informal talks presenting work in progress.

Time: Every other Wednesday, 12 - 1:30

Place: Choi Building 129 (unless otherwise noted)

Open to all interested parties. Please bring a lunch and join us. 

9/12               Kaori Yoshida, “Women, Abjected: the role of women in constructing Japanese national war narratives”

            Kaori got her PhD from UBC Asian Studies in 2008, and now teaches at Ritsumeikan University APU.


9/26*             Dai Kojima, “Migrant intimacies: Mediated publics and the practices of (un)belonging in queer Asian diasporas”  (Asian Studies 604)

            Dai is a PhD student in Human Development, Learning, and Culture in the Faculty of Education at UBC.


10/10*             David Earhart, "Transnational Dimensions of the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines, 1942-1945"

            Author of Certain Victory, David holds a PhD from Washington University in Saint Louis.

[Note that this session will be meeting in Rm. 604 of the Asian Centre]


10/24             Jessica Main, "The 'Admonishers' (kyōkaishi): Buddhist Prison Chaplains in Modern Japan"

            Jessica is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in IAR and Asian Studies.


11/7               Sharalyn Orbaugh, “Japanese Women as Creators and Targets of Propaganda: Kamishibai in the Fifteen Year War"

            Sharalyn teaches in Asian Studies at UBC.


11/21             Brian Pendleton: The Art of Setting Stones: Contemporary Reflections on reading the late Heian era text Sakuteiki (Records of Garden Making)”

            Brian teaches Japanese studies at Langara College.


 12/5              Eiji Okawa, "Exclusion of women at the Buddhist monastery of Koyasan in the Edo period"

            Eiji is a PhD student in Japanese history in the department of Asian Studies. [***** Cancelled *****]



Past Events


Sept 27
16h, Asian Centre Auditorium

Katsuyuki Yakushiji
Senior Staff Writer, Asahi Shimbun
"Japanese Politics and Economy: What Course Should Japan Take?"

Sept 30 - Oct 3

Annual Meeting, Japan Studies Association of Canada

Program (PDF)

Oct 1
19:30 - 22h, Room 120, CK Choi Bldg for the Institute of Asian Research

Film Screening

"Campaign" by Kazuhiro SODA

The director will be present and available for a discussion following the screening.

Open to the public, suggested donation of $5.

Oct 4 -5

A Canada-Japan-Korea Social Policy Research Collaboration Workshop

"Constructing Successful Societies: Social Changes and Policy Innovations in Canada, Japan, and South Korea"

CJR Lecture Series Spring 2010

January 15, 5-6:30pm

David Edgington, Geography, UBC
"In Between the Global and the Local: Japanese Electronics Firms, Southeast Asia, and Glocalization"


January 28, 11:30a-1p, AnSo 134
(co-hosted with the Department of Anthropology)

Millie Creighton, Anthropology, UBC
"Japan and the Special Olympics and Obama §: Re-Circulating Minorities, Margins, and Mainstages in Modern Japan"


Feb 5, 5-6:30p, Choi 120

Masao Nakamura, Institute of Asian Research and Sauder School of Business, UBC
"Japanese Corporate Governance Reform, Globalization and Selective Adaptation"


Feb 11, 11:30a-1p, AnSo 134
(co-hosted with the Department of Anthropology)

Hiroshi Aoyagi, Kokushikan University
"Some Thoughts on the Impact of Cool Japan in Southeast Asia" 


Recent Conference

"Japanese and Canadian Research into Immigration and Foreign Workers"

(supported by the Japan Foundation)

November 18-21, 2009

Organized by: David Edgington, Geography, UBC

Presenters will include: Atsuko Abe, Oberlin College; Yasushi Iguchi, Kwansei Gakuin University; Atsushi Kondo, Meijo University; Stephen Nagy, Waseda University; Gerry Pratt, UBC; Glenda Roberts, Waseda University; Leonie Sandercock, UBC; Yuko Shibata, UBC; Apichai Shipper, USC; Baldwin Wong, City of Vancouver; Miu Chung Yan, UBC; Henry Yu, UBC.

Keynote Address, Nov 19, 9-10a:
Glenda Roberts, Waseda University: "Fewer Japanese, More Immigrants? Demographic Decline and Migration Policy in Contemporary Japan"

Conference Poster: PDF

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