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January 2015

Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series 2014-15: Japan's Energy Challenges after Fukushima

Monday January 26, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Kane Hall 220

Taro Kono, Japan National Diet House of Representatives

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Mitsubishi Corporation

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

Taro Kono of the Japan Diet House of Representatives will give a talk about Japan's changing energy dynamics in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Rep. Kono is currently serving his 6th term in office. Kono has championed consumer issues in LDP and successfully established the new labeling rules on Genetically Modified Organisms. He sponsored the Consumer Protection Law of 2004 and enacted the Anti-Skimming Law of 2005, and has played a leading role in the passage of legislation on various environmental issues including leading the debate on global warming issues. His criticism of Japan's nuclear policy and his opposition to the building of new nuclear power plants has been in the spotlight since the 2011 disaster.

Free and open to the public.

Go to UW CALENDAR to register. (registration encouraged for receiving information on event details, changes and reminders.)

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February 2015

The Disappearing Future: Korean Literature during the Asia-Pacific War

Tuesday February 17, 2015
3:30-5:00 pm
Thomson 317

Janet Poole

Center for Korea Studies


 The future seems to disappear from Korean fiction written under late 1930s colonial fascist rule as a stream of protagonists wind their weary way through a repetitive daily life, dreaming of past glories or present escapes. Critics at the time noted the widespread phenomenon of nostalgia and the craze for reading the classics; revolutionaries struggled to imagine a transformed, and postcolonial, society; and all writers had to confront the shrinking space of publication for printed letters and the demand to write in the imperial language, Japanese. Yet what forms of time come to the fore when the future seemingly disappears and what does this suggest about modernism in the Japanese empire and in a global fascist moment?

Janet Poole teaches Korean literature and cultural theory at the University of Toronto. Her exploration of Korean modernist writers’ response to Japanese fascist occupation during the Pacific War recently appeared as When the Future Disappears: The Modernist Imagination of Late Colonial Korea (Columbia University Press, 2014). She has translated the works of many writers from colonial Korea, including a collection of anecdotal essays published during the Pacific War by Yi T'aejun, Eastern Sentiments (Columbia University Press, paperback edition, 2013), and a bilingual edition of Ch’oe Myŏngik’s melancholic elegy to interwar Pyongyang, Walking in the Rain (ASIA Publishers, 2015). 

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The Origins of Property Rights: from Monkeys to Modern Society

Friday February 20, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Room 447 William H. Gates Hall

Professor Masanobu Kato, Nagoya Gakuin University

Sponsored by the Asian Law Center

For more information contact asianlaw@uw.edu

Professor Masanobu Kato is considered to be one of Japan’s leading civil code scholars. His works in Product Liability, Torts, Unjust Enrichment and Financial Leasing Contracts are regarded as definitive treatises in Japan. In addition, he has authored books and articles in commercial law, civil procedure, international transactions, intellectual property, labor, administration, tax, environmental, American, and Chinese law. Professor Kato is also well known for authoring a series of five civil code textbooks entitled: “Contemporary Civil Code System of Japan," and is planning to release the sixth and final volume “Family Law.”


RSVP asianlaw@uw.edu


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The Dream of a Muslim Mikado: India, Japan and the Global Campaign for Islam

Friday February 27, 2015
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Thomson Hall 101 University of Washington, Seattle

UW South Asia Center


In recent years, UCLA Professor Nile Green has focused on positioning Islam and Muslims in global history through such topics as intellectual and technological interchange between Asia and Europe; Muslim global travel writings; the transnational genealogy of Afghan modernism; and the world history of ‘Islamic’ printing. He has also used the networks forged by Sufi brotherhoods to understand pre-modern and early modern mechanisms of Muslim expansion from the Middle East to China and beyond. One hallmark of his writing has been to join together the study of the early modern and modern periods, not least with regard to the question of multiple globalisms and globalizations.

A reception in Thomson Hall 317 will follow Dr. Green’s talk.

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March 2015

Workshop on Japanese Prosody and the Online Japanese Accent Dictionary

Sunday March 8, 2015

Language Learning Center

Noriko Nakamura, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Waseda University, Keio University

The event is organized by the Japanese Program in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature

For more information please contact inishi@u.washington.edu

In this workshop, after reviewing knowledge of prosody (e.g., accent sandhi and accentual phrase) Professor Nakamura will introduce The Online Japanese Accent Dictionary (OJAD), web-based tool that helps teachers and students to teach and learn prosody. It displays predicted accent kernel positions of sentences and generates the sound.

Noriko Nakamura teaches Japanese pronunciation at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Waseda University, Keio University. She is also one of the developers of The Online Japanese Accent Dictionary. Her publications include Japanese Pronunciation Activities you can do with Elementary Sentence Patterns (初級文型でできるにほんご発音アクティビティ) and The Japanese Pronunciation Practice Book for More Advanced Speech Presentations (さらに進んだスピーチプレゼンのための日本語発音練習帳).

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Politics and Religion in Japan

Wednesday March 11, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 PM

Steven Reed, Chuo University

Co-sponsored by Japan Studies & Comparative Religion with cooperation from the University of California, Berkeley

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

Japan’s religious party, Komeito has been an important player in Japanese politics since 1967. It has been at the center of every major political event since the 1990s and has participated in several coalition governments. Yet, there is very little research on the party in either Japanese or English. In his presentation, Steven Reed will explain why this is the case, elaborating on the roles of religious groups in Japanese elections since the end of the war and on how Komeito is not actually an anomaly if seen within a broader comparative perspective. Furthermore, he will suggest that scholars in political science and religious studies could benefit from more dialogue.

Steven R. Reed is professor of modern government at Chuo University in Japan. His major areas of research are elections and electoral systems. He has recently co-edited Komeito: Politics and Religion in Japan and is currently working on the second volume in the Japan Decides elections series.

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April 2015

Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series 2014-15: Change in Japanese Entrepreneurship: the Case of ORIX

Monday April 27, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Kane Hall 220

Yoshihiko Miyauchi, Senior Chairman of ORIX Corporation

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Mitsubishi Corporation

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

A look at the changing Japanese corporation and entrepreneurship from WWII to present day. Japanese business icon and ORIX corporation senior chairman Yoshihiko Miyauchi demonstrates the changes in entrepreneurship through a close examination of ORIX's experience from the post-war high economic growth period to the bubble burst of the early 1990s, and as shaped by current 'Abenomic' policies and global economics.Yoshihiko Miyauchi is the Senior Chairman of the Orix Foundation, and until recently was CEO of the Orix Corporation – one of Japan's largest leasing and leading diversified financial services conglomerate in 24 countries worldwide.

Miyauchi received a BA from Kwansei Gakuin University in 1958, followed by an MBA in 1960 from the University of Washington. In addition to being one of Japan's top corporate leaders, Miyauchi is a strong advocate of regulatory reform and serves as president of the Council for Promoting Regulatory Reform, an advisory board to the prime minister of Japan.

Free and open to the public

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May 2015

Trans-Pacific Networks of Japanese Immigrant Settler Colonialism, 1919 -1940

Friday May 1, 2015
3:30-5:00 PM
Communications Room 120

Eiichiro Azuma, University of Pennsylvania

Co-sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest with support from the Departments of American Ethnic Studies and History

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

Professor Azuma sheds light on how deeply the history of prewar Japanese America was intertwined with that of Japanese imperialism. Inspired by the success of British colonialism in its settler colonies, many Japanese migrant ideologues and practitioners of national expansion embraced a popular notion of frontier conquest with the American West as a key prototype. This talk will highlight one example of such an intersection between Japan’s state endeavors to colonize new territories and the experiences of migrant resettlers from the American West.

Eiichiro Azuma is Alan Charles Kors Term Chair Associate Professor of History and Director of Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America (Oxford, 2005), which received four book prizes. Azuma also coedited, with Gordon Chang of Stanford University, Yuji Ichioka, Before Internment: Essays in Prewar Japanese American History (Stanford, 2006). Currently, he is working on two book projects while co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Asian American History with David Yoo (UCLA). 

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Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series 2014-15: Rising China and Japanís Future: Seeking a Way to Co-Exist

Thursday May 28, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Kane Hall 220

Ryosei Kokubun, President of the National Defense Academy of Japan

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Mitsubishi Corporation

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

Japan and China have been facing a variety of difficult challenges since the second half of 1990s, particularly in the past ten years. In contrast to most analyses that focus on power shift theory, Professor Kokubun will discuss the domestic factors of politics in the two countries.

Ryosei Kokubun is president of the National Defense Academy of Japan and Executive Vice President of the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA). He taught law and politics at Keio University until 2012, where he was dean and faculty of the Graduate School of Law and Politics. His research topics focus on international relations in East Asia with a particular focus on China-Japan relations. Check back for more information closer to the event date.

Free and open to the public


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