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Early-Career Scholar Forum

Ryukyuan Embassies to Edo on Parade: Reading Procession as a Ritual Form

Date
Friday, 8 October 2021 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar web site
Zoom access link will be provided after registration.
Language
English
Speakers
Travis Seifman Postdoctoral Researcher, Historiographical Institute (Shiryōhensanjo), the University of Tokyo
Moderator
Yoko Matsui Professor, Historiographical Institute, the University of Tokyo
Early-Career Scholar Forum

Reexamining Ruling Party Leadership Elections in Japan: A Historical Case

Date
Friday, 1 October 2021 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar web site
Zoom access link will be provided after registration.
Language
English
Speakers
Taro Tsuda Assistant Professor, College of Foreign Studies, Kansai Gaidai University
Moderator
Kenneth Mori MCELWAIN Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
Graduate Student Forum

“Katakana is a Commodity”: An Economic History of Japanese Script Reform Movements, 1920–45

Date
Tuesday, 12 October 2021 | 9:00 - 9:45 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar web site
Zoom access link will be provided after registration.
Language
English
Speakers
Toshiki Kawashima PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator
Sawako Shirahase TCJS Director
Graduate Student Forum

Identity and Ambition in the Drafting of Japan’s Deep Sea Geographies

Date
Tuesday, 28 September 2021 | 17:00 - 17:45 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar web site
Zoom access link will be provided after registration.
Language
English
Speakers
Jonas Rüegg PhD Candidate in History and East Asian Languages, Harvard University
Moderator
Rieko Kage Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Early-Career Scholar Forum

Urban Redevelopment Program and Shopping Externality

Date
Friday, 24 September 2021 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar
Language
English
Speakers
Chigusa Okamoto Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chuo University
Moderator
Daiji Kawaguchi Professor, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo

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Friday, 8 October 2021 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
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TCJS Early-Career Scholar Forum | Reexamining Ruling Party Leadership Elections in Japan: A Historical Case

Friday, 1 October 2021 | 12:15 - 13:00 (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

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.