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TCJS Seminar Series

Moving Towards Vaccine Confidence for HPV Vaccine in Japan Analysis and Proposals

Date
Wednesday, 14 April 2021 | 9:00 - 10:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar
Language
English
Speakers
Keiko Kunitoki, MD, MPH, Masafumi Funato, MD, MPH, Makiko Mitsunami, MD, Takahiro Kinoshita, MD, MPH, Michael R. Reich, PhD
Moderator
Sawako Shirahase TCJS Director
Early-Career Scholar Forum

Apology in Foreign Policy Why an Apology is made by a State

Date
Friday, 9 April 2021 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar
Language
English
Speakers
Asako Takashima Project Researcher, Institute for Advanced Global Studies, The University of Tokyo
Moderator
Sawako Shirahase TCJS Director
Early-Career Scholar Forum

Ageing and Population Decline Implications for Sustainability in the Urban Century in Japan & Globally

Date
Friday, 2 April 2021 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
Venue
Zoom Webinar
Language
English
Speakers
Marcin Pawel Jarzebski Project Assistant Professor, Tokyo College, The University of Tokyo
Moderator
Takeo Hoshi Professor, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo
Conferences

Married Japanese Salarywomen’s Strategies for Maintaining Careers and Well-Being in the 2000s

Date
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am
Venue
Zoom Webinar
Language
English
Speakers
Glenda Roberts Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
Moderator
Sawako Shirahase TCJS Director
Early-Career Scholar Forum

How Elastic is Capacity Choice in Welfare Facilities?
Evidence from Notches in Japan's Childcare Subsidy Scheme

Date
Friday, 19 March 2021 | 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Venue
Zoom Webinar
Language
English
Speakers
Fukai Taiyo Economic and Social Research Institute & UTokyo Graduate School of Economics
Moderator
Daiji Kawaguchi Professor, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo

News

16/04/2021

Message from UTokyo President FUJII Teruo

 
 
05/03/2021

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About

The UTokyo Center for Contemporary Japanese Studies (TCJS) serves as a common space to explore Japan and its place in the world. Japan is at the frontier of major societal and environmental challenges, including an aging population, declining fertility rates, and susceptibility to large-scale natural disasters. It also faces problems that are common to many nations, such as growing socioeconomic inequality and its implications for democratic representation.

In particular, TCJS aims to play a key role in:

  • Challenging prevailing norms and assessment standards by examining Japanese society from cross-national perspectives
  • Promoting the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies by welcoming researchers from around the world
  • Incorporating and strengthening global perspectives in the study of contemporary Japan

Research Areas

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 norms. Through collaborative research and data sharing, we examine cross-national responses to these transformations and contribute to evidence-based policy making (EBPM).

Humanities and Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies

The field of Japanese Studies has diversified greatly. Research on traditional arts, such as tea ceremonies or flower arrangements, now encompasses contemporary phenomena, including manga/anime, games, and “otaku” culture. There is also growing interdisciplinary interest in questions relating to regional inequalities and environmental challenges, such as the development of “smart cities”. TCJS serves as a hub for the development and communication of research that attracts scholars from diverse research fields and approaches.

Message from UTokyo President FUJII Teruo

The University of Tokyo Center for Contemporary Japanese Studies (TCJS) has taken on an exceedingly important task: the dissemination of research findings abroad through strategic use of the label "Japanese Studies." This center holds great significance as an initiative which transcends the traditional definitions of Japanese Studies, encouraging newly emerging interdisciplinary work on Japan to be a "developed" country facing many serious challenges. It is highly expected that not only interdisciplinary research within the areas of humanities and social sciences but also the one across arts and sciences are carried out at TCJS. This is the firm confirmation that TCJS has corresponded to a great deal of needs to have such an active platform where quite a large number of events like Early-Career Scholar Forum and Graduate Student Forum were held in the center’s first six months. I am very much impressed of TCJS’s high degree of activities with not only members with different disciplines at the University of Tokyo, but also prominent researchers with high potentials across nations. I look forward to even more exciting developments at TCJS.

FUJII Teruo
President, The University of Tokyo