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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. 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.

Photo: The Modern Japanese Studies Program

Hokkido University's Modern Japanese Studies Program

Latest Blog Posts

Line-up finalised: BAJS Symposium 1-2 Nov.

The line-up of speakers has now been finalised for the British Association for Japanese Studies event on 1-2 November. Please see the event page here. Attendance is free, but do let me know in advance if you want to attend.

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October 14, 2014

The Modern Japanese Studies Program begins

On 1 October the Foundation Course orientation was held for the first ever group of students on the Modern Japanese Studies Program. For the next six months, students will take an intensive course in the Japanese language. The Bachelor’s Degree officially starts in April. For more information on the Modern Japanese Studies Program, visit the …

October 1, 2014

Open Courseware: Writing Academic Essays at University

A new video series I wrote/produced called Writing Academic Essays at University has been published on Hokkaido University’s Open Courseware. This has been produced as part of the Foundation Course for the Modern Japanese Studies Program. The full video series is available here.

September 24, 2014