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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

Two edited books coming out in 2015

I have two books scheduled to be published in 2015. I have produced pages for both. Do visit them to see the chapter line-ups. These pages will be developed more  in the coming months to provide online resources. Voices from the Shifting Russo-Japanese Border: Karafuto/Sakhalin Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido

February 17, 2015

MJSP Intensive Japanese Course (Oct 2014-Feb 2015) has finished

The closing ceremony for the Modern Japanese Studies Program’s Intensive Japanese Course (Foundation) was held on 16 February. The students have completed their intensive language training and are now ready to begin the Bachelor’s Degree in April. Time for a break … but here were the highlights for me of the Foundation Course: 1) A …

February 17, 2015

New Research Article: “Taiga Dramas and Tourism”

My latest research article “Taiga dramas and contents tourism: historical contents as sustainable tourist resources” has been published in Japan Forum. It is part of a special edition of Japan Forum Vol. 27.1 co-edited with Takayoshi Yamamura. The article is open access. Please take a look.

December 18, 2014