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.
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.
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.
Latest Blog Posts
I have published an article on the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus titled “The Nationalist Assault on Japan’s Local Peace Museums: The Conversion of Peace Osaka”. The article is open access and may be read by clicking on the link here.
I was in England from 9-14 July 2015 doing fieldwork into contents tourism in the UK. Some initial thoughts have been published in seven “postcards” at the International Journal of Contents Tourism. Do visit the IJCT website to see these postcards and other fan voices.
In the next few weeks we have three speakers coming to Hokkaido to give talks as part of the MJSP Lecture Series. Nathaniel Smith (10 July) “Rightist Relativity: How Post-3.11 Civil Society, the Rise of Xenophobic Activism, and Abe’s Agenda have differentiated the Right”, John Traphagan (24 July) “Entrepreneurs and Return Migration in Rural Japan”, …