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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

End of Term

I have taught my last class of the spring term 2015. All class home pages have now been archived on the Undergraduate Teaching page.

August 3, 2015

New Article: The Nationalist Assault on Japan’s Local Peace Museums

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.

July 27, 2015

Fieldwork in England: IJCT Postcards

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.

July 20, 2015