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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

New Book Chapter Published

My article “Japanese War Memories and Commemoration After the Great East Japan Earthquake” has just been published in the Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies. The book is a little pricy (!) but I hope this article about the effects of the 3/11 tragedy on Japanese war memories will be of interest to many.

October 1, 2015

BAJS Japan Branch Symposium, 31 October

The next symposium of the British Association for Japanese Studies (Japan Branch) will be held on 31 October at the Nagakute Campus of Aichi Prefectural University. The topic is Health and Well-Being in Contemporary Japan. For details, see the event webpage. Attendance is free, but if you want to attend, please email me to let …

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September 29, 2015

Conference in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Sakhalin Regional Museum, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk   I was in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Sakhalin, Russia) 29 August – 5 September for fieldwork and an international conference titled “The Lessons of World War II and Nowadays” hosted by the Archival Agency of Sakhalin Region. It was a good chance to continue the research started in my co-edited book Voices from …

September 8, 2015