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Graduate Student Forum

Disseminating Western Thought and Reexamining Japan: The Role of Chinese Students Who Studied in Modern Japan

Date
Tuesday, 15 March 2022 | 9:00 - 9:45 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Meeting  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Toshihide Takayanagi Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Moderator
Rieko Kage Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Graduate Student Forum

Precarious Work, Gender, and Marriage in Contemporary Japan

Date
Tuesday, 22 February 2022 | 16:00 - 16:45 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Meeting  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
See Pok Loa Department of Sociology, University of Oxford
Moderator
Daiji Kawaguchi Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo
Graduate Student Forum

The Incompatible Incentives of Opposition Coordination in Mixed-Member Majoritarian Systems: Evidence from Japan

Date
Tuesday, 8 February 2022 | 9:00 - 9:45 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Meeting  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Hikaru Yamagishi Department of Political Science, Yale University
Moderator
Kenneth Mori MCELWAIN Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
Early-Career Scholar Forum

The Merits and Demerits of Ambiguous Objectives: Japanese Troops Withdrawal from Iraq and South Sudan

Date
Friday, 11 March 2022 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Meeting  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Nagafumi Nakamura Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Moderator
Rieko Kage Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Early-Career Scholar Forum

Emerging Challenges of Unoccupied Houses in Japan

Date
Friday, 4 March 2022 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Meeting  REGISTER HERE
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Language
English
Speakers
Yuko Nakata Project Research Associate of Transnational Law, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo
Moderator
Masayuki Tamaruya Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo

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Friday, 12 November 2021 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
06/10/2021

TCJS Seminar Series | Social Consequences of the New Educational Assortative Mating in Japan

Thursday, 11 November 2021 | 9:00 - 10:00 (JST)
05/10/2021

TCJS Early-Career Scholar Forum | Oka Yoshisato and Political Science in Post-war Japan

Friday, 5 November 2021 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
04/10/2021

TCJS Seminar Series | The Politics of the Pandemic in Asia

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 | 9:00 - 10:00 (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.

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.