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Seminar Series

An Enlightened Society Full of Stereotypes: A Case of Early Modern England, c. 1550-1750

Date
Thursday, 24 November 2022 | 9:00 - 10:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Koji Yamamoto Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, the University of Tokyo
Moderator
Sawako Shirahase TCJS Director
Early-Career Scholar Forum

The development and future of functional foods in Japan: what we eat defines our lifespan

Date
Friday, 18 November 2022 | 12:15 - 13:00
Venue
Zoom Meeting  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Peng Lu Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Moderator
Sawako Shirahase Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo
Seminar Series

Japan: The Harbinger State

Date
Thursday, 17 November 2022 | 9:00 - 10:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Phillip Lipscy Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo and Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Moderator
Kenneth Mori McElwain Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
Seminar Series

A study of the regulation of individual behavior during a pandemic crisis in Japan

Date
Thursday, 27 October 2022 | 9:00 - 10:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Naomi Aoki Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo
Moderator
Daiji Kawaguchi Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo
Early-Career Scholar Forum

Patient Cost Sharing and Prescription Drug Trends: Evidence from Japan

Date
Friday, 21 October 2022 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Meeting  REGISTER HERE
Zoom access link will be provided after registration.
Language
English
Speakers
Tatyana Avilova Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo
Moderator
Kenneth Mori McElwain Professor, Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo

News

03/10/2022

TCJS Seminar Series | Japan: The Harbinger State

Thursday, 17 November 2022 | 9:00 - 10:00 (JST)
30/09/2022

TCJS Seminar Series | A study of the regulation of individual behavior during a pandemic crisis in Japan

Thursday, 27 October 2022 | 9:00 - 10:00 (JST)
22/09/2022

TSCJ Early-Career Scholar Forum | Patient Cost Sharing and Prescription Drug Trends: Evidence from Japan

Friday, 21 October 2022 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
20/09/2022

Collaboration with the United Nations University|Big IDEAS: SDGs Dialogue Series “Interconnected Disaster Risks and Solutions: Crafting Hope for Actions”, a BIG IDEAS Dialogue with Prof. Dr Shen Xiaomeng

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 | 18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

About

The UTokyo Center for Contemporary Japanese Studies (TCJS) is a new organization, founded in July 2020. Using “Contemporary Japan” as a touchstone concept, the Center promotes interdisciplinary and globally comparative research that unpacks the mechanisms underlying various contemporary social issues. In addition, TCJS offers a platform for broadly disseminating the findings of such research with the rest of the world – not only for the sake of furthering research and education at the University of Tokyo, but also in the name of realizing a more sustainable global society, and expanding vital collaborative research across borders.

In this way, TCJS welcomes approaches to studying Japan from a wide variety of disciplines (beyond the humanities/sciences binary); supports cutting-edge research; encourages active collaborations across all generations and countries; and nurtures next-generation scholars.

Our Mission

  • Challenging pre-existing norms and assessment standards through a focus on studying Japanese society
  • Promoting the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary research
  • Incorporating and strengthening global perspectives in the study of contemporary Japan
Our Mission

Research Projects

Japanese Economy and Politics

The socioeconomic and geopolitical environment of the world is shifting rapidly. Trust in international institutions and traditional domestic elites is declining, but alternative foundations to promote peace and prosperity remain elusive. We examine how Japan’s economic, social, and political systems have adapted--and should adapt--to ongoing global and domestic challenges.

Demography and Inequality

Japan is at the frontier of demographic transformations that have beset many advanced-industrialized societies, including an aging population, declining fertility rates, and growing socioeconomic inequalities. These pose serious challenges to status quo systems, such as social insurance policies, immigration regulations, and family and gender relations. Through collaborative research and data sharing, we examine cross-national responses to these transformations and contribute to evidence-based policy making (EBPM).

Gender in Japan

Japan is a country with a high degree of gender inequality. Despite being a country which achieved so-called “miraculous” economic growth in the 1950s and 60s, the wage gap between men and women remains high relative to other countries, and the percentage of female leaders in positions of executive decision making is quite low. There has been no change to fundamental structures that set forth drastically different expectations and burdens for household roles based on gender. As such, TCJS seeks to convene discussions with researchers and stakeholders from various fields, as well as to promote research in regard to these issues.

Collaboration with Humanities

TCJS together with the Humanities Center of the University of Tokyo (HMC) works to internationally disseminate their research results by holding seminar series in the field of humanities of Japan.