Events

Upcoming Events

Time:
19:00 (Door open at 18:30)
Panelists:
  • Michael Thomas Cucek (ICAS Adjunct Fellow, Adjunct Professor of politics at Temple University Japan Campus and Adjunct Professor of social science at Waseda University)
  • David McNeill (foreign correspondent for The Irish Times, The Independent, The Economist and The Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • Lawrence Repeta (Professor of Law, Meiji University)
  • Tina Burrett (ICAS adjunct fellow and Associate Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University )
  • Jeff Kingston (editor of Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan (Routledge 2017) and Director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan Campus)

Press freedom in Japan is threatened and curtailed by the Abe government. It’s not an open war on the mainstream media as Trump is waging and journalists are not being killed or incarcerated as they are in many other nations, but there are other means to promote censorship and self-censorship. The ousting of prominent news anchors and pundits, an orchestrated campaign against the Asahi, discrediting of foreign correspondents and liberal commentators are just some examples of media muzzling efforts. None of the contributors argue that anything being done now is unprecedented, but veteran observers believe that under Abe there has been a more aggressive and persistent reliance on hardball tactics….
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Time:
19:30 (Door open at 19:00)
Speaker:
  • David Antoine Malinas (Associate Professor at Paris-Diderot University)

Since the 1990s, homeless people have been a growing social phenomenon and problem in Japan. At first, it triggered repressive policies, such as evictions, from the local authorities. From 2000 however, the local and national authorities moved toward a more inclusive response, constructing shelters and supporting housing projects. Far from being a natural evolution the mobilization of the homeless and their supporters has been at the heart of a political change and ended the so called “frozen age” of social activism in Japan. We analyze the constraints and the process of this mobilization through a major case: the Shinjuku Station Underground struggle which took place from the beginning to the…
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Time:
19:00 (Door open at 18:30)
Speakers:
  • Sarajean Rossito (Nonprofit NGO Consultant)
  • William Andrews (Writer and Translator)
  • John Russell (Professor of Anthropology, Gifu University )
  • David H. Slater (Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Japanese Studies and Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University)

The recent wave of protests around the world reflect this generation’s struggles for economic, social, and political justice. Protests are changing from unstructured acts of civic demonstration to organized movements demanding social and political revolution through outcries of “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” “We Are All Muslim,” and “We Are The 99%,” by way of examples. While these traditional forms of street protests have an enduring place in our societies, the advent of the internet and social media takes these movements from being isolated incidents to uniting the world on human rights issues that affect us all. These burgeoning social movements have some immediate impact; however, systemic transformation takes time and…
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Time:
19:30 (Door open at 19:00)
Panelists:
  • Mariko Nagai (Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Creative Writing at Temple University, Japan Campus)
  • Robert Jacobs (Associate Professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University)

In the field of oral history, weaving of facts and mythologies has played an integral part of individual storyteller’s narrative. Especially when the oral history project revolves around trauma, the personal narratives often play against mainstream narratives, creating a tension and fragmentation within the overall narrative of the event. In this panel discussion, Professor Robert Jacobs of the Hiroshima Peace Institute and Mariko Nagai, Director of Research and Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Creative Writing at Temple University Japan, will talk about memories and mythologies of Hibakusha woven out by multi-generations of radiation exposed communities, both in Japan and abroad, with a special focus on the ongoing narrative of…
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Time:
19:30 (Door open at 19:00)
Speaker:
  • Matthew Gray (Associate professor at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS), Waseda University )

Although the broad contours of the Trump Administration’s foreign policy are only just starting to crystallize, the new Administration will invariably have a substantial and significant impact on the Middle East. The incoming president was already facing complex issues such as the war against the so-called “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria, state collapse in Libya, and shifting regional power centers. But judging from President Trump’s statements on the campaign trail and since assuming office, his attention is also likely to fall on Iran and its nuclear deal, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and other areas. Moreover, his promises to improve relations with Russia, question the defense contributions of allies, and challenge…
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