Beyond Japan Ep. #26: Japanese Diaspora with Professor Wolfram Manzenreiter

Oliver is joined by Professor Wolfram Manzenreiter of the University of Vienna to discuss Japanese Diasporas, taking a look at the connection between these communities and their indigenous roots in Japan.

Friday Food For Thought: What is your heritage?

With this week’s Beyond Japan episode and my presentation at the Japan Foundation-BAJS Postgraduate workshop, a question has been recurring in my head: what is my heritage? Through my research, I have had to define Japanese heritage, using Japan Heritage as a sort of standard for its national heritage image. Have a look at theirContinue reading “Friday Food For Thought: What is your heritage?”

Beyond Japan Ep. #25: Heritage-Making with Professor Aike Rots

Oliver is joined by Aike Rots, Associate Professor of Japan Studies at the University of Oslo, to discuss Heritage-Making in Japan, examining how the process of ‘heritagisation’ can secularise and politicise religious sites, such as Shinto shrines and natural areas of religious significance to Okinawan and Ainu communities, and the role of nationalism within heritage.

Friday Food For Thought: School Hair Policy & the Homogeneity Myth

On Tuesday, the Osaka district court ruled that a woman who was removed from her school roster in 2015 for refusing to dye her naturally brown her black is entitled to $3,100 compensation from the school. However, this is not on the grounds of being bullied by teaching staff for her hair colour, but forContinue reading “Friday Food For Thought: School Hair Policy & the Homogeneity Myth”

Friday Food for Thought: 3/11 10 Years On

Almost 10 years ago, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck off the coast of Tōhoku, the most powerful earthquake recorded in Japan and 4th most powerful in the world. While the earthquake directly caused little damage, the ensuing tsunami devastated the east coast, leading to a meltdown at the Fukushima power plant which prevented evacueesContinue reading “Friday Food for Thought: 3/11 10 Years On”

Beyond Japan Ep. #23: Failed Revolutions – 1960 ANPO Protests & US Capitol Riots with Prof Nick Kapur

Listen on your favourite podcast platform or stream on YouTube This week we are joined by Nick Kapur, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, to discuss failed revolutions, drawing comparisons between the 1960 ANPO riots of Japan over US-Japan relations with the Capitol Hill Riot we saw on 6 January 2021. Although more thanContinue reading “Beyond Japan Ep. #23: Failed Revolutions – 1960 ANPO Protests & US Capitol Riots with Prof Nick Kapur”

Friday Food For Thought: Is teleworking the future and Japan its pioneer?

Before home offices and Zoom calls, there was teleworking, a solution for businesses in countries which frequently saw extreme weather to keep people working when getting to the office was all but impossible. Now, of course, with the advent of increasingly sophisticated technologies and the necessity imposed by COVID-19, teleworking has become the norm forContinue reading “Friday Food For Thought: Is teleworking the future and Japan its pioneer?”

CJS Winter e-Newsletter Winter 2021

Our CJS Winter e-Newsletter is out now! In this issue we will be celebrating our 20th episode of our Beyond Japan podcast series with a look back on our top three episodes to date. JapanInNorwich.org has also seen a makeover with a new MAIJS Student Spot to keep our students enrolled on our MA inContinue reading “CJS Winter e-Newsletter Winter 2021”