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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

Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido: now in paperback

The paperback version of my 2016 book Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido has been released.

December 20, 2017

FCCJ Book Break

On 20 February 2018 I will be giving a talk at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on our book Contents Tourism in Japan: Pilgrimages to “Sacred Sites” of Popular Culture (Cambria Press). Please see this link for details. Booking in advance is required.

December 20, 2017

Japanese Empire in Hokkaido published

My article “Japanese Empire in Hokkaido” has been published by the Oxford Research Encyclopedia for Asian History. It is an abridged versions of many of the arguments made in Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido. It also contains an extensive reading list of the materials relating to Hokkaido history available in English.

December 2, 2017