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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.

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Hokkido University's Modern Japanese Studies Program

Latest Blog Posts

MJSP Summer Lecture Series

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”, …

June 29, 2015

International Journal of Contents Tourism launched

We have launched the International Journal of Contents Tourism as part of our JSPS grant project researching contents tourism. This open access scholarly journal publishes articles in various formats from refereed research papers to short blog pieces called Postcards. Do visit the journal and contribute your writings!

April 28, 2015

BAJS Japan Branch Symposium, 30 May 2015

The lineup for the first BAJS Japan Chapter event of 2015 has been finalised. There are two sessions on the subject of the seventieth anniversary of World War II: a public panel discussion “British Media Images of Japan Seventy Years After World War II” given by three journalists (David McNeill, Justin McCurry and Eric Johnston), and …

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April 13, 2015