ICAS Activities | Yokohama Tour

Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 12:00 to 17:00

The TUJ Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) has prepared a nice outing in Yokohama! In this visit, we will walk around the Minatomirai Area and enjoy its breathtaking views and learn more about the history of this city in the Yokohama Historical Archives Museum. We will finish the day in Yokohama Chinatown, where we may be able to enjoy the Chinese New Year celebrations!

Tags: Local Events, Other TUJ Events, Student Activities

ICAS : Japan's defense policy: Paradigm shift or evolution? (Online)

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 16:00

In the past few months, the Japanese government has announced plans to significantly increase its defense budget, develop new military capabilities, and strengthen its ties with security partners.  Some observers see a paradigm shift in Japanese strategy, while others see these developments as more evolutionary than revolutionary. Professor Guibourg Delamote of Inalco and Robert Dujarric of Temple University Japan will discuss these issues and engage in a Q&A session with the audience...

Tags: Guibourg Delamotte, Robert Dujarric

ICAS : After Ukraine: Is Taiwan next? With Valérie Niquet (In-person)

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 17:00 to 18:30

With Vladimir Putin's absence, Chinese President Xi Jinping played his cards successfully at the G20 and APEC summits. World leaders all rushed to meet him, including a three-hour session with President Joe Biden and a better-than-expected session with Japanese premier Fumio Kishida. In the context of the ongoing Ukraine war what does this mean for the strategic balance of power and the future of Taiwan?

Tags: Valérie Niquet, Robert Dujarric

ICAS : The Jingu Gaien redevelopment controversy: A talk with Rochelle Kopp (In-person)

Monday, November 28, 2022 - 19:00 to 20:30

Rochelle Kopp
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has given the go-ahead for a major redevelopment of Jingu Gaien, the cluster of sports facilities and green space adjacent to the National Stadium in Sendagaya. The project has recently become a focus of attention in Tokyo, with many people from across the political spectrum speaking out with concerns about the project. The redevelopment plan is made possible by a loosening of height restrictions in the area that was implemented in conjunction with the Olympics, and former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori was involved in conceptualization of the plan. The redevelopment will eliminate nearly a thousand trees, two historic stadiums and several public sports facilities, and put in three high rise office buildings...

Tags: Rochelle Kopp, Robert Dujarric

ICAS : The Weaponization of Nuclear Energy in the Russia / Ukraine war (Online)

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 - 19:00

From the outset of the ongoing Ukraine war, Russian leaders, including Vladimir Putin, have threatened to use nuclear weapons, dramatically ratcheting up the stakes for the war to escalate exponentially. Russia's occupation of the ZNPP is the first time in history that a nuclear plant has been caught in a hot war, but the threat to the ZNPP is just one of the nuclear threats in the war in Ukraine, making preventing nuclear calamity in Ukraine more challenging. This panel of authorities in diverse areas of nuclear expertise will explore the security, safety, and social implications of Russia's weaponization of the atom in the war in Ukraine and examine what can be done to avert another nuclear disaster. (Photo: Charles Casto, James Platte, Mark Hibbs, Azby Brown)

Tags: Charles A. Casto, James E. Platte, Mark Hibbs, Azby Brown, Kyle Cleveland

ICAS : The surprising endurance of the US dollar's hegemony

Monday, November 21, 2022 - 19:00 to 20:30

Tag Murphy will discuss the origins and the state of the dollar-based order. The Bretton Woods systems collapsed more than half a century ago during the 1971 "Nixon shocks." Since then, there have been countless predictions of the end of the dollar's reign, based on a belief that others (China, Russia, Iran, etc) could establish a "counter-order," the creation of the euro, the declining percentage of world GDP accounted for by the US, and multiple crises since the early 1970s. Yet, 51 years after Richard Nixon's 15 August 1971 speech, the US dollar is still at the center of the world monetary system. Japan, one of the apparent victims of the Nixon Shocks, has played a critical role in this order. As currency markets are facing a stronger dollar and weaker yen, and a host of other challenges, Tag will discuss causes and consequences of dollar hegemony.

Tags: Tag Murphy, Robert Dujarric

ICAS : Understanding the 2022 US midterm elections (Online)

Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 09:30 to 10:30

8 November 2022 was the last day of voting for the US midterm elections. These elections reflected the mood of American voters and give us some idea of the future course of American policy and of the political and ideological balance of power in the United States. They will also affect the ability of the Biden Administration to pursue its agenda.

Tags: Paul Sracic, Robert Dujarric

ICAS | New thinking about Japanese security

Monday, October 31, 2022 - 18:30 to 20:00

Since the mid-19th century, Japan has lived in a region where wars or the risk of major conflicts have been the norm. Japan's current security environment is far less critical than it was in many periods in the past 150 years. However, it has evolved. Some external threats to the country's well-being have gotten less salient, while others have grown more worrisome. During this session, we will seek to shed light on the impact of developments in the past decade, such as the evolution of China's policy, the turmoil in the United States, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We will start with a conversation with Hiroyuki Akita, one of Japan's leading commentators and analysts, with Robert Dujarric of TUJ, followed by Q&A from the audience.

Tags: Hiroyuki Akita, Robert Dujarric

ICAS : War Crimes and the Japanese Military, 1941-1945

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 12:00 to 13:30

Japanese soldiers committed many acts of brutality and neglect against Asian and Allied prisoners-of-war and civilians during the Pacific War of 1941-45. Thousands of perpetrators were brought to account for these crimes in Allied tribunals after the conflict and hundreds were sentenced to death. The scholars who comprise this panel focus on the question: why did the Japanese military commit war crimes in the Pacific region on such a scale? Many observers blame the atrocities on supposedly enduring aspects of Japanese culture such as bushido or Shinto-based notions of Japanese superiority. The most compelling explanations for war crimes, however, lie elsewhere: in the circumstances of the war itself and in the culture and pattern of deployment of the Japanese military during the hostilities.

Tags: Sandra Wilson, Robert Cribb, Ōkubo Yūta, Kyle Cleveland

ICAS | Dogs & Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Japan

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 12:00 to 13:30

Alex Kerr is a leading authority on traditional Japanese art, culture and aesthetics.While living in Japan off and on since the 1960s, with interludes at Yale University (Japanese Studies) and as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, he has seen Japan undergo dramatic change as modernization has increasingly displaced traditional modes of life and transformed the landscape. Living nearby Kyoto in the village of Kameoka, he worked for a number of years at the Omoto-Kyo Shinto Sect, teaching Japanese arts (calligraphy, tea ceremony, Noh). Seeking a deeper connection with Japanese tradition, he took over a 400 year old Shinto shrine in Kameoka and converted it to a residence and, in the Iya valley, restored a 300 year old Minka farmhouse. Both have been acclaimed in architectural magazines as archetypes of how tradition and modernity can be integrated in ways that combine contemporary and traditional elements while being authentic to its history.

Tags: Alex Kerr

ICAS | The Current Status of LGBTQ+ Rights in China, Singapore & Taiwan

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 09:30 to 10:30

The last decade has brought dynamic changes in the status, visibility, and rights of LGBTQ+ people in some parts of Asia, but significant challenges lie ahead. In August, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the government would finally repeal the British colonial era law Section 377A that criminalized sexual intimacy between men in a significant victory for Singaporean LGBTQ+ advocates. But Lee simultaneously stated that the government would introduce a constitutional amendment to prevent same-sex couples from bringing constitutional challenges to laws banning same-sex marriage.

Tags: Victoria Hsu, Yanhui Peng, Guangchen Yang, Remy Choo, Suang Wijaya, John Lewis

ICAS | The results of Abenomics and Kishida's New Capitalism

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 17:00 to 18:30

Professor Yashiro, one of Japan's leading economists, will look at the results of Abenomics (a term coined to describe Japan's economic policy while Shinzo Abe was premier) and Prime Minister Kishida's plans for what he calls a "New Capitalism."

Tags: Naohiro Yashiro

ICAS | Surveillance, Race and Resistance

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 13:40

While slavery in the Americas was among the most shameful and horrific periods in history, Africans and their descendants developed innovative and effective means of resisting through ciphers, signals, and even dance. These can be seen as antecedents for modern technological methods of Black resistance, from the phone networks and codes used during the American civil rights era to encrypted messaging and cell phone videos used by the Black Lives Matter movement. In the first part of this presentation, technologist and EFF Director of Engineering Alexis Hancock will discuss the forms of "coded resistance" used by Black communities to fight oppression...

Tags: Alexis Hancock, Dave Maass

ICAS | What is 'Japanese' About Japan's Response to Covid?

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 12:00

State-level response to the Covid pandemic have varied significantly, ranging from differences in assessment (testing, diagnostic evaluation), quarantine protocols, vaccination rates, off-label treatment, and public compliance with government directives (mask-wearing, social distancing, isolation). Japan, like many Asian countries, has imposed strict policies with corresponding relatively low infection rates and less mortality than in many other countries. And yet despite general public acceptance of government recommendations, Japan was the slowest among the G-7 countries to implement vaccines, has never done comprehensive testing and is reluctant to fully open immigration to allow for general tourism, continuing to impose strict border control that is out of synch with international trends...

Tags: Rochelle Kopp

ICAS | Britain’s new prime minister: how did we get here, what should we expect?

Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 19:30

On 5 September, Britain will announce its new prime minister. After a bitter Conservative leadership battle, and with the UK facing rampant inflation, rising poverty, clamours for Scottish independence and increasing acrimonious relations with the EU, what can we expect from the new PM? Do they have the mettle to tackle the UK’s myriad of problems? What will be the impact of Boris Johnson’s legacy of populism and mendacity for his successor? This talk will analyse where Britain’s broken politics goes from here.

Tags: Tina Burrett

ICAS | Concepts of "Freedom" in an Age of Digital Surveillance

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 - 12:00

The public, at least in the West, has held fairly static understandings of the concepts of "Freedoms" and "Civil Liberties" for the last few decades, if not centuries. Whether we're talking about the United States' Bill of Rights or the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, there has been somewhat tacit agreement on the values of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, as well as newer ideas like freedom of information and freedom of movement...

Tags: Dave Maass

ICAS | Safety and security of nuclear power plants: Challenges for Ukraine and the world

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 22:00 to 23:00

We are facing various crises: the global pandemic, Russia's war, geopolitical changes, economic crises, and regional security threats. Preconditions have changed drastically, and we are at a critical juncture to fundamentally reconsider policies and frameworks to deal with such crises. We need to allocate appropriate resources and policies, through building resilient global communities and knowledge-based resource hubs. GHIPP is strengthening global partnerships by building discussion platforms and sharing knowledge, lessons learned, and visions by creating new regional communities for resilience. For this purpose, GHIPP is conducting a series of online sessions.

Tags: Dr. Sergiy Korsunsky

ICAS | The Ukraine War's Impacts on the Extended Deterrence: Implications for USFJ

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 19:00

YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the next event in the Community Conversations seminar series in Yokota! This event will feature Dr. Tomonori Yoshizaki. Dr. Yoshizaki will discuss how the war in Ukraine may impact US-Japan bilateral coordination including extended deterrence not only in Europe but also USFJ and the Indo-Pacific.

Tags: Tomonori Yoshizaki

ICAS | The JMSDF Iwakuni Air Base: An Introductory Overview

Monday, July 11, 2022 - 19:00

YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the next event in the Community Conversations seminar series in Iwakuni. This event will feature CDR Mariyo Murakami. CDR Murakami (Leader of Flight Division 811,Air Electronic Warfare Squadron 8) will discuss the history and significance of JMSDF Iwakuni Air Base and give an overview of the contemporary role of the Air Base as part of the US-Japan Alliance.

Tags: Mariyo Murakami

ICAS | History of Japanese Mine Warfare and "Kizuna" of Japan-U.S. Mine Warfare Forces

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 19:00

YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the return of the Community Conversations seminar series in Sasebo. The inaugural event will feature Mr. Yasuhiro Kawakami. Mr. Kawakami (Rear Admiral Ret.) has served 32 years in the JMSDF, primarily in the Mine Warfare and Amphibious Warfare fields. He has also served five times as a commander and four times in Sasebo. He will discuss the history of Japanese Mine Warfare and the close cooperation between the Japan and U.S. Mine Warfare Forces after W.W.Ⅱ.

Tags: Yasuhiro Kawakami