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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.

Photo: The Modern Japanese Studies Program

Hokkido University's Modern Japanese Studies Program

Latest Blog Posts

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

New Publication: 「コンテンツ・ツーリズム研究の射程」

As part of our contents tourism project, a new book has been published in the Centre for Advanced Tourism Studies series (CATS Sensho No. 8). It is only in Japanese, but presents the complete proceedings of a conference held in Sapporo in March 2015. The file is available as a pdf download. For more details, …

April 8, 2016

New Affiliation: Research Faculty of Media and Communication

From 1 April 2016 my affiliation at Hokkaido University has changed. I am now a professor in the Research Faculty of Media and Communication (not the International Student Centre). There is no change in my day-to-day responsibilities on the Modern Japanese Studies Program or in the Graduate School of Education. It just means that, administratively-speaking, I …

April 1, 2016