Past Invited Speakers

“Revitalizing Tohoku, Japan, after the 3.11 Earthquake and Tsunami”

Akio KAMIKO (Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University)

Hiroshi MURAYAMA (Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University)

Kyungmi SON (Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University)

David Edgington (Geography, UBC)

Poster (PDF)

See: live-tweet archive | webcast archive


“Fruits, Fossils, Footprints: Body Relics in the Children’s Stories of Miyazawa Kenji”

Melissa Anne-Marie Curley

Dept of Religious Studies

University of Iowa


“Japan & Canada | Opportunities & Challenges”

(co-hosted with the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver)

Prof. Motoshige ITOH

President, National Institute for Research Advancement

and Faculty of Economics University of Tokyo


“Democracy’s Poster Girls: Beauty Queens and Fashion Models in Postwar Japan”

Prof. Jan Bardsley

Department of Asian Studies

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


“Contemporary Japan and Developments in North-East Asia”

H.E. Sir David Warren

UK Ambassador to Japan

“In Between the Global and the Local: Japanese Electronics Firms, Southeast Asia, and Glocalization”

David Edgington, Geography, UBC

“Japan and the Special Olympics and Obama §: Re-Circulating Minorities, Margins, and Mainstages in Modern Japan”

Millie Creighton, Anthropology, UBC

“Japanese Corporate Governance Reform, Globalization and Selective Adaptation”

Masao Nakamura, Institute of Asian Research and Sauder School of Business, UBC

“Some Thoughts on the Impact of Cool Japan in Southeast Asia”

Hiroshi Aoyagi, Kokushikan University