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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

AAS Conference, Chicago 2015

I am attending the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference, 26-29 March 2015, in Chicago. My panel presentation is part of my ongoing contents tourism project. The presentations have been uploaded to See the link here.

March 27, 2015

New Book: Voices from the Shifting Russo-Japanese Border

Voices from the Shifting Russo-Japanese Border: Karafuto/Sakhalin has been published by Routledge.

March 16, 2015

New Publication: The Theory and Practice of Contents Tourism

The Theory and Practice of Contents Tourism, a research report published by the Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University, has just been published. It is open access. Please view the file via the Contents Tourism Publications page.

March 16, 2015