The Fourth Tohoku Conference on Global Japanese Studies| 東北大学 日本学国際共同大学院


The International Graduate Program in Japanese Studies at Tohoku University is proud to announce The Fourth Annual Tohoku Conference on Global Japanese Studies. This conference will bring together scholars in Japan and scholarly audiences around the world from a range of ages, nationalities, and disciplines to exchange ideas and build possibilities for future collaboration.This year’s conference is jointly organized with the Consortium for Global Japnaese Studies.CONFERENCE TOPIC AND PRESENTERSPRECARITY IN AN INTER-CONNECTED NORTHEAST ASIA. Despite expectations of more harmonious and friendly relations after decades of ideological confrontation, a sense of precarity pervades Twenty-first Century Northeast Asia. It is ironic that this anxiety is brought about together with the acceleration of globalization and the economic intimacy between the countries of the region. National borders ceased blocking the flow of people and capital, and people are more frequently exposed to opportunities for encountering “others.” However, such a phenomenon is neither unfamiliar nor unprecedented. We know that transformation always destabilizes the familiar milieu of life and causes a surge of anxiety. Northeast Asian countries including Japan, China, Korea, Russia, and Mongolia all experienced multiple paradigm shifts of international and domestic circumstances in their respective Modern history. So precarity is always, to different extents and in different ways, a part of daily life in the region. This conference aims to reveal the murkiness of anxiety through discussing cross boundary experiences in the past and present of Northeast Asia.  CONFERENCE DATES AND VENUEDate: 11-12 December, 2021Venue: Online (Zoom) CONFERENCE LANGUAGEEnglish with Japanese translation (Session 1-3) 日本語通訳付(セッション1-3) REGISTRATIONhttps://forms.gle/cpK39QQPpRLsXKY4APROMGRAMDownloadTime Table

The Fourth Tohoku Conference on Global Japanese Studies Precarity in an Inter-connected Northeast Asia
Dec. 11 (Sat.) Opening
10:00-10:10Opening remarks: TAKII Kazuhiro 瀧井一博 (International Research Center for Japanese Studies)
10:10-10:20Purpose and agenda: OKA Hiroki 岡洋樹, Alyne DELANEY
Session 1 (10:20-12:00)Precarity in Inter-connected Northeast Asia (1) (Chair:A. DELANEY)
10:20-10:45HORIE Norio堀江典生(University of Toyama)COVID-19 and its Impact on the Borderland in the Russian Far East: A Disconnected Northeast Asia.
10:45-11:10Debra Jane OCCHI(Miyazaki International College)The Release and Decay of the Japanese Radiation Mascot Tritium Chan.
11:10-11:35FUKUSHIMA Michi福嶋路(Tohoku University)Globalization and Entrepreneurial Activities: A Case Study of Japanese Born Global Companies (BGCs).
11:35-12:00PODALKO Petr(Aoyama Gakuin University)Mandarin View on Cherry Blossom: Japan and the Japanese seen by Russian Diplomats with “Chinese Experience”.
Session 2 (13:00-15:05)Precarity in Inter-connected Northeast Asia (2) (Chair: OKA Hiroki)
13:00-13:25SAVELIEV Igor(Nagoya University)De/population and Migration in a Precarious Region: the Case of the Russian Far East.
13:25-13:50HABA Kumiko羽場久美子(Kanagawa University)Immigrants, Refugees & Minorities ―The Origin of Populism - How to learn lessons for Japan?
13:50-14:15Kevalin SETTHAKORN(Ramkhamhaeng university)Thailand Migrant Labour Management Policy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-Covid-19 Era.
14:15-14:40LEE PEREZ Fabio(Tohoku University)“People with Foreign Roots” and “Japanese” Living Together in Multicultural Japan – Who is Tolerating Whom?
14:40-15:05VOYTISHEK Elena(Novosibirsk State University)Cultural Transfer into the Future: Time Measurement with Incense in East Asia.
Session 3 (15:05-17:20) Precarity in Inter-connected Northeast Asia (3) (Chair: C. CRAIG)
15:15-15:40SATO Jugo佐藤重吾(Tohoku University)A Fluctuating Boundary of Edibility: Focusing on the Wild Foods in Post Fukushima.
15:40-16:05KUZOVKOV Maksim(Novosibirsk State University)“The New Sakoku Period”: The Coronavirus Restrictions Policy Regarding Foreign Residents in Japan.
16:05-16:30Elias BOUCKAERT(Ghent University)Kuruma Samezō’s View on the Hegelian Marx: A Re assessment of 20th Century Understandings of Marx in Japan.
16:30-16:55Arthur WATTJES(Leiden University)Unveiling Voices and Images of War Widows.
16:55-17:20Martina SORGE(Sapienza University of Rome)The Break with Nature: The Train as a Symbol of Monstrous Westernization in Natsume Sōseki’s Kusamakura.
General Discussion (17:30-18:30)
17:30-17:45Discussant 1: Edward BOYLE (International Research Center for Japanese Studies)
17:45-18:00Discussant 2: TAKAKURA Hiroki高倉浩樹 (Tohoku University)
18:20-18:30Comment by ARAKI Hiroshi荒木浩 (Consortium for Global Japanese Studies)
Dec. 12 (Sun.)
Session 4 (9:00-12:00) Various topics of Japanese Studies (Chair:TANIKAWA Mirai谷川みらい)
9:00-9:25Hoizumi Sora保泉空(Tohoku University)Convert to Catholicism: in the Case of Early Twentieth Century Japan.
9:25-9:50AI Yu艾煜(Tohoku University)Identities and Agency of Religious Immigrant Women in Japan: A Study of Muslim Women’s Experiences in the Tohoku Region.
9:50-10:15Masuda Tomoya増田友哉(Tohoku University)The Influence of Western Science on Kokugakusya’s Theologies About the Creation of the World.
10:15-10:40Elena Fabbretti(Tohoku University)Rethinking ukiyo-e through the Eyes of Others
10:40-11:05Smolkina Elizaveta(Novosibersk State Universtiy)Influence of Korean Potters on the Development of Japanese Porcelain
11:05-11:30Zinchenko Alina V.(Novosibirsk State University)The Meaning of Zen-Buddhist Concepts Lying behind the Ceremonies of the “Seven Rituals” Tea Complex
Session 5:   Japanese Studies Progress Reports (Chair: ONO Naoyuki) (9:00-12:00)
9:00-9:25WATANABE Yota 渡邊陽太(Graduate School of Arts and Letters)A Way to Visualize “Invisible Child-Poverty” in Japan: An Analysis of Low Income and Other Factors
9:25-9:50CHEN Zibo 陳梓博(Graduate School of Economics and Management)Modernization of Egypt and Japan under the British Free Trade Regime in the 19th Century-From the Beginning of Free Trade to Account Imbalances- 
9:50-10:15ZHAO Xuehan 趙雪含(Graduate School of Arts and Letters)The effects of orthography and individual differences in the processing of native Japanese words by Chinese learners of Japanese
10:15-10:40MATSUI Miki 松井美樹(Graduate School of Arts and Letters)A Study of Zao Gongen statue owned by Nyoirin-ji temple, made in 1226 by Genkei
10:40-11:05GUAN Jian関健 (Graduate School of Arts and Letters)The Power Structure of Provincial Level Judicial Systems in the Qing Dynasty
11:05-11:30HAN Sang-yun 韓相允(Graduate School of International Cultural Studies)The Reception and Development of “Occult” Discourses in Postwar Japan: On Hirai Tatsumi’s Theory of Esoteric Buddhism
11:30-11:55HOSOI Takuma 細井拓真(Graduate School of Economics and Management)Developmental processes and institutional change in the petrochemical industry during the Japanese high growth era:   A comparative institutional analysis of public-private cooperation
Students Session: (13:30-15:30)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEEHiroki Oka (CNEAS)Alyne Delaney (CNEAS)Hiroaki Adachi (Grad. Sch. of Arts and Letters)Christopher Craig (Grad. Sch. of Arts and Letters)Hiroshi Yokomizo (Grad. Sch. of Arts and Letters)Takenobu Yuki (Grad. Sch. of Economics and Management)Naoyuki Ono (Grad. Sch. of International Cultural Studies)Hiroshi Kabashima (Grad. Sch. of Law)Yoshihiro Imoto (Grad. Sch. of Education)Sachiko Kiyama (Grad. Sch. of Arts and Letters)Hiroki Takakura (CNEAS) CONTACTFor inquiries and information please contact