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JSAC 2010 Annual Conference

 Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) 


23rd Annual Conference, “Japan in the Pacific Neighbourhood”


The annual conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) is the only national level meeting bringing together a wide range of scholars from Canada and other countries, such as Japan and the United States. The meeting provides a valuable and unique scholarly gathering of Japanese studies in Canada.


The 2010 meeting of the Japan Studies Association of Canada is titled: “Japan in the Pacific Neighbourhood” reflecting the Pacific coast location of the University of British Columbia and the proximity between Vancouver and Japan across the Pacific. The conference will include a wide variety of fields of Japanese studies, including Japan-Canada economic and commercial ties, language, literature and cultural ties, ecology, history, society, economic development, innovation, and political relations. The Conference will bring together an estimated 100 scholars from Canada and other countries, as JSAC meetings have increasingly attracted international audiences. In conjunction with the conference, we will organize a graduate student workshop and a public outreach event focused on current challenges in Japanese and Canadian public policy. Special attractions will include field trips and receptions. Keynote speakers are Carol Gluck (George Sansom Professor of History, Columbia University), Takehiko Kariya (Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, Oxford University) and Masaru Kohno (Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University).

Most sessions will take place on the campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 


Dates of Conference                              


Sept 30 - Oct 3, 2010

  • Thurs Sept 30 (Ph. D. Thesis Workshop; Conference Ice Breaker and Keynote Speaker)
  • Fri, Oct 1 (Academic Panels; Reception; Movie Screening)
  • Sat, Oct 2 (Academic Panels; Banquet)
  • Sun, Oct 3 (Academic Panels; Field Trip)


The preliminary conference program is now available as a PDF.


Some of the conference panels that may be of particular interest to the general public include:

Sat, Oct 2

Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall


Speaker: Former Ambassador Joseph Caron, Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Honorary Professor, Institute of Asian Research, UBC

Moderator: Yuen Pau Woo, President & CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada


Takashi Nishiyama, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan;

Matthew Yoshitake, CEO, Cascadia Ecohomes Ltd.;

Carin Holroyd, University of Waterloo, author of “Innovation Nation; Science and Technology in 21st Century Japan” (Palgrave/McMillan).


Conference sessions are open to the public, but subject to the following registration requirement:

  Conference (including meals and evening events) Single Day (no meals/evening events Single Session
Graduate and Undergraduate Students $50 $10 FREE
General Public and Academics $175 $10 -


To pre-register, you can fill out the registration form and email it to jsac.2010@ubc.ca and then pay your registration fee in person at the conference desk (cash, cheque or money order). Or you can bring or fill out a registration form and pay at the conference desk directly.

While all speakers are required to be members of the Japan Studies Association of Canada, we would encourage all participants to also join JSAC.

Special Event:

Fri, Oc1 

Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall


Movie Screening

"Campaign" by Kazuhiro SODA

 No registration required, suggested donation of $5


Funded by: Japan Foundation


Organized and hosted by: Centre for Japanese Research, UBC


Co-hosted by

Department of Asian Studies, UBC

Institute of Asian Research, UBC, and 

Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC


Supported by: Institute of Asian Research, UBC

Conference SponsorsJapanese Business Association of Vancouver (Konwakai), Langara College, Pacific Western Brewing, Vancouver Mokuyokai Society , 

 Media Sponsors: Vancouver Shimpo, Nikka-Times, Fraser Monthly



Organizing Committee                       

Chair: David Edgington


Members:  Stefania BurkJulian DierkesMasao NakamuraBill WrayMillie Creighton,
and Brian Pendleton (Langara College)





Accommodation Options                                   

 Japanese Business Association of Vancouver (Konwakai)Natureland Organic Lager Pacific Western BrewingPacific Western Brewing Organic Amber Ale

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Call for Papers and Panel Proposals
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