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Seminar Series

Learn from ‘experts’ ? Covid-19 and Policy learning, a case from Japan (preliminary )

Date
Thursday, 2 March 2023 | 9:00 - 10:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Chiaki Ishigaki Associate Professor, Department of Human Welfare, Yamanashi Prefectural University
Moderator
Rieko Kage Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Graduate Student Forum

How do Firms Learn the Impact of Trade Liberalization?

Date
Tuesday, 21 February 2023 | 10:45 - 11:30 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Meeting  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Sayumi Miyano Department of Politics, Princeton University
Moderator
Kenneth Mori McElwain Professor, Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo
Seminar Series

Gender Politics in Japan

Date
Thursday, 16 February 2023 | 9:00 - 10:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Kiyoteru Tsutsui Professor, Sociology/Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Moderator
Kenneth Mori McElwain Professor, Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo
Early-Career Scholar Forum

Routes Going Back to Roots: Transnational Experiences among Shin-Nisei Raised in Guam on Returning to Japan

Date
Friday, 10 February 2023 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Meeting  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Junichi Shibano School of Contemporary Sociology, Chukyo University
Moderator
Misako Nukaga Professor, Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo
Graduate Student Forum

Will History Survive in the Digital Age?: The Challenges of Long-term Digital Preservation

Date
Tuesday, 07 February 2023 | 9:00 - 9:45 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Meeting  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Kim Boyoung Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo
Moderator
Sawako Shirahase TCJS Director
Seminar Series

Resilience of Agroecosystems and Continuity in Landscape Practice: A Perspective from Historical Ecology

Date
Thursday, 2 February 2023 | 9:00 - 10:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Junko Habu Professor, Department of Anthropology, Chair, Center for Japanese Studies, and Tomoye Takahashi Endowed Chair in Japanese Studies, University of California, Berkeley & Affiliate Professor, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Moderator
Sawako Shirahase TCJS Director

News

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TCJS Graduate Student Forum | Will History Survive in the Digital Age?: The Challenges of Long-term Digital Preservation

Tuesday, 7 February 2023 | 9:00 - 9:45 (JST)
24/01/2023

TCJS Graduate Student Forum | Will History Survive in the Digital Age?: The Challenges of Long-term Digital Preservation

Tuesday, 7 February 2023 | 9:00 - 9:45 (JST)
18/01/2023

TCJS Seminar Series | Resilience of Agroecosystems and Continuity in Landscape Practice: A Perspective from Historical Ecology

Thursday, 2 February 2023 | 9:00 - 10:00 (JST)
01/17/2023

Collaboration with the United Nations University|Big IDEAS: SDGs Dialogue Series “The Crucial Value of Approaching SDG Targets through a Nexus Lens”, a BIG IDEAS Dialogue with Professor Edeltraud Guenther

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 | 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.