Welcome to the ICAS. We provide lectures, seminars and discussions of issues related to Japanese politics, society and economics. Participants include a wide range of individuals from both the foreign and Japanese business, government and academic communities. We also publish articles on Asian and US affairs, host adjunct and visiting fellows, and coordinate undergraduate and graduate student internships. Our events and publications are in English.

Should you have any questions, please contact either Robert Dujarric, ICAS Director, or Eriko Kawaguchi, Coordinator, at icas@tuj.temple.edu.

Latest Event Videos

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Assessing Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula — Contentious History, Summits, Denuclearization, & Prospects for a Paradigm Shift

Mark E. Caprio, College of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University, and David H. Satterwhite, Asian Studies & Political Science, Temple University Japan Campus,

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The EU-Japan Partnership in the Shadow of China: The Crisis of Liberalism

Paul Midford, Professor and Director of the Japan Program, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

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Book Talk – Dynasties and Democracy: The Inherited Incumbency Advantage in Japan

Daniel M. Smith, Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Faculty Associate of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University


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Circles of Compensation Book Talk

Kent E. Calder, Director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.

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Dealing with Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Japan

Shihoko Fujiwara, Founding director of Lighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims (formally Polaris Project Japan), and Yumi Itakura, Senior staff attorney at the Tokyo Public Law Office’s Foreign Nationals and International Section,

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No Nukes for Dinner: Katsumata Susumu’s Anti-Nuclear Manga

Ryan Holmberg, Visiting Associate Professor at University of Tokyo, freelance art historian/critic and editor/translator of manga

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After the Midterm Elections – US Politics/Society and Japan

Miya Shichinohe-Suga, Professor in the Area Studies Department at Tokyo Gakugei University, and Paul Sracic, Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University in Ohio,

Latest Event Slides

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The EU-Japan Partnership in the Shadow of China: The Crisis of Liberalism

Paul Midford, Professor and Director of the Japan Program, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

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Dealing with Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Japan

Shihoko Fujiwara, Founding director of Lighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims (formally Polaris Project Japan), and Yumi Itakura, Senior staff attorney at the Tokyo Public Law Office’s Foreign Nationals and International Section,


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No Nukes for Dinner: Katsumata Susumu’s Anti-Nuclear Manga

Ryan Holmberg, Visiting Associate Professor at University of Tokyo, freelance art historian/critic and editor/translator of manga

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U.S. Midterm Elections: What happened, Why it happened, and What it means

Paul Sracic, Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University in Ohio

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Why is Japan resisting changes?

Hiromi Murakami, Founder and President of Japan Institute for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (JSIE)

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Why is Myanmar Persecuting Rohingyas?: A “Buddhist” Nationalist Perspective

Maung Zarni, UK-exiled Burmese Buddhist human rights campaigner