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Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University

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Welcome to my website. My name is Philip Seaton. Originally from London, I am a professor in the Research Faculty of Media and Communication, 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. The basic focus of my research is modern Japanese history from 1853 to the present day. But, I am not a historian. Instead, my research analyses the meanings of history and representations of historical events in contemporary Japan. 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 the 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.

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Hokkido University's Modern Japanese Studies Program

Latest Blog Posts

BAJS Japan Branch: Mini Conference 29-31 July

The next BAJS Japan Branch event will be on 29-31 July 2016. It is co-hosted by the Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University. For full details, see the official BAJS website.

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July 21, 2016

Hyper Japan Talk: 15 July 2016

Here are links to the places and works referred to during my talk “A Pop Culture Tour of Hokkaido” given at Hyper Japan on 15 July 2016. Official Hokkaido tourism page Francesca (Undead Idol!) New Chitose Airport Crypton Future Media (Hatsune Miku) Sapporo Snow Festival Hakodate tourism page (Hijikata Toshizo) Obihiro tourism page (Silver Spoon) Toyako Manga Anime …

July 12, 2016

Contents Tourism Project Update

The report for our activities in Financial Year 2015 on the contents tourism research project has been submitted to JSPS. An abridged version is available on this website, too. Please see them in English here or in Japanese here.

April 27, 2016