[S1E28] 🎌 Nihonjinron: the Future of “Japanese-ness” with Prof David Rear

Oliver is joined by Professor David Rear of Chuō University to discuss the once-dominant discourse of nihonjinron, or “Japanese-ness”, which has shaped many aspects of Japanese society over the last century through its ideas of Japanese uniqueness and group-consciousness.

[S1E27] ⚒️ 福島の古墳:東日本大震災以降の発掘調査 菊地芳朗教授(福島大学)

This week we present a special Japanese-language episode of Beyond Japan with Professor Kikuchi Yoshio on the Kofun of Fukushima to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

[S1E26] 🌎 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.

[S1E25] ⛰️ 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.

[S1E23] 🪧 Failed Revolutions – 1960 ANPO Protests & US Capitol Riots with Prof Nick Kapur

Listen on your favourite podcast platform or stream on YouTube Oliver is 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 than 60 yearsContinue reading “[S1E23] 🪧 Failed Revolutions – 1960 ANPO Protests & US Capitol Riots with Prof Nick Kapur”

[S1E22] 💹 Sanpō Yoshi & Stakeholder Capitalism

Listen on your favourite podcast platform or stream on YouTube Oliver is joined by Daisuke Tsuchiya, Partner at the Brunswick Group and head of Global Japan Practice, to discuss the Japanese business philosophy of ‘Sanpō Yoshi’, or the ‘good for three parties’. Daisuke argues that this notion of stakeholder capitalism, where a successful business mustContinue reading “[S1E22] 💹 Sanpō Yoshi & Stakeholder Capitalism”

[S1E21] 🤝 Global Summitry – The G7 and World Politics in 2020 with Professor Hugo Dobson

Listen on your favourite podcast platform or stream on YouTube Oliver is joined by Professor Hugo Dobson, Professor of Japan’s International Relations at the University of Sheffield, to discuss the cancelled 46th G7 summit. We will explore the summit’s controversies and changes, reflecting the seismic political changes seen within G7 nations over 2020. We willContinue reading “[S1E21] 🤝 Global Summitry – The G7 and World Politics in 2020 with Professor Hugo Dobson”

[S1E20] ☸️ Buddhism as Lived Religion in Rural Japan with Dr Paulina Kolata

Listen on your favourite podcast platform or stream on YouTube Oliver is joined by Dr Paulina Kolata to discuss lived religion in rural Japan, exploring the active role Buddhism and its institutions play in day-to-day life in such issues as rural depopulation. Paulina Kolata obtained her PhD in 2019 from The University of Manchester. SheContinue reading “[S1E20] ☸️ Buddhism as Lived Religion in Rural Japan with Dr Paulina Kolata”

[S1E19] 🗼 Migrant Communities of Tokyo with Dr Jamie Coates

Listen on your favourite podcast platform or stream on YouTube 明けましておめでとうございますand welcome back to Beyond Japan! This week, for our first episode of 2021, Oliver is joined by Dr Jamie Coates, anthropologist and lecturer in East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield, to look at migrant communities in Tokyo and Japan at large, exploringContinue reading “[S1E19] 🗼 Migrant Communities of Tokyo with Dr Jamie Coates”