[Nov/29] Criminal Justice in Japan: Is a 99.8% Conviction Rate Too High?

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 29 Time: 12:30 -13:30 Venue: Allard Hall Room 123 Abstract: Despite heavy criticism, Japan’s criminal conviction rate continues to remain over 99.8%. Some researchers argue that Japanese Judges tend to accept public prosecutors’ allegations without analyzing evidence, but is this true? In this talk Mr. Takai will explain why such views reflect a […]

[Nov/22] Soul Traders: Early 17th Century Trading and Religious Controversies in Japan

Venue: Asian Centre room 604 Date: Nov. 22, 2017 Time: 12:30-13:30 Abstract: In 1603 Tokugawa Ieyasu became the Shogun and ruler of all Japan. His economic and trading policies served well to strengthen his position, however the repercussions that was felt in the trading environments of the time brought to the fore incredible paradoxes that […]

[Nov/30] Taking Synchrony Seriously: The Crises of 1866 in Japanese and Global History

  Date: November 30 Time: 4:00-5:30pm Location: Allard Hall Room 104 (1822 East Mall) By: Professor Mark Metzler (University of Washington)   Abstract: This talk starts from the premise that we should take synchrony seriously—that co-movements in places and social domains we have assumed to be separate may offer clues to unexpected unities. The global contexts […]

[Nov/24] The Emperor and His Poetic Subjects: The Utakai Hajime Ceremony and Meiji Japan

Meiji at 150 Lecture Series “The Emperor and His Poetic Subjects: The Utakai Hajime Ceremony and Meiji Japan” Professor Gideon Fujiwara (Assistant Professor, University of Lethbridge) November 24, 4:00-5:30PM UBC Allard Hall (Peter A. Allard School of Law) Room 122, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver   Each New Year, Japan’s imperial court hosts a ceremony for members […]

[Nov/10] How Green Was My night Soil: Thinking with Excrement About Nineteenth-Century Japan

  Abstract: Excrement was a hot commodity in the cities of nineteenth-century Japan. The widespread use of night soil as an organic fertilizer meant that residents of cities such as Tokyo and Osaka could sell their waste rather than simply dispose of it. Thanks to this trade, pre–twentieth-century cities Japanese cities enjoy a reputation as […]

[Nov/15] Study in Japan Info Session

  Thinking of going to Japan as an exchange student, graduate or research student? Join us for a very good opportunity to learn about the possibility of studying in Japan. You will be able to meet students who actually went to Japan as an exchange student or as a graduate/research student and ask any questions […]

[Nov/8] Trust and Promise: Foundations of Tokugawa Altruism and Cooperation

Abstract: Historical literature often suggests that Japanese people hold harmony and group solidarity in high regard. Tokugawa-period agreements, or what I call Bonds of Trust (tanomi shōmon), shed light on the mechanisms and guiding principles that buttress social cohesion in early modern Japan. The Bonds of Trust were written promises primarily used to elicit and […]

[Oct/27] Disaster and Recovery in Northeastern Japan

  Date:    Friday, October 27, 2017 Time:    12:30-3:30 pm Venue:  Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Dodson Room on 3rd Floor *Light lunch will be served   Abstract: Based on 30 months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted between 2013-2017 in Minami-soma city, this talk examines how residents’ lives in post-nuclear disaster coastal Fukushima have been impacted by […]

[Oct/24] Recent Debates Relating to Hate Speech in Japan

Abstract This presentation explains the past and present status of hate speech regulations in Japan. The issue of whether government should regulate hate speech has become a pressing problem in Japan, where the number of xenophobic groups has been increasing rapidly since the early 2000’s. In response to public opinion, the Diet enacted the Hate […]