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Hokkaido University

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Welcome to my website. My name is Philip Seaton. Originally from London, I am a professor in the Office of International Affairs/International Student Center at Hokkaido University, Japan. I have been at Hokkaido University since 2004.

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Photo: Chuo Lawn, Hokkaido University campus.



I have a broad range of research interests in the modern history and society of Japan, but I categorise them into three main areas (although there is much overlap between them): 1) War Memories, 2) Hokkaido History and Society, and 3) Tourism. A main aim of this site is to introduce my research. It also contains a completely up-to-date publications list.

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Photo: Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine in Asahikawa, Hokkaido.


Modern Japanese Studies Program

At Hokkaido University I am a course co-convenor of the Modern Japanese Studies Program. MJSP provides a broad-based education in the social sciences and humanities, alongside rigorous training in the Japanese language, for an intake of 20 international students per year. Do visit the MJSP website to learn more about the program.

Photo: The Modern Japanese Studies Program begins in April 2015!

Hokkido University's Modern Japanese Studies Program

Latest Blog Posts

BAJS Japan Branch Symposium: 1-2 November 2014

Details of the next BAJS Japan Branch event, ‘Symposium on Postdoctoral Career Development in Japanese Studies and Undergraduate Education in English at Japanese Universities’, are now available. Visit the symposium homepage for more details. To learn more about the BAJS Japan Branch and its activities, click here.

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September 2, 2014

Remembering Biowarfare Unit 731 Through Musical Activism: A Performance of the Choral Work The Devil’s Gluttony

I have published a short review article on the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus about a concert I went to on 2 July 2014. It was a remarkable event, in which I learned how accessible music can bring together ordinary people to remember ghastly events in the past, and therefore help prevent them happening again in the …

July 14, 2014

Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido

I have received a book contract from Routledge for an edited volume to be titled Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido. This is a project that has been in the pipeline for many years.  The book should probably come out in 2015.

June 20, 2014