Welcome to my website. My name is Philip Seaton. Originally from London, I am a professor in the Research Faculty of Media and Communication, 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 will be giving the keynote lecture at “A Symposium on Courses Taught in English at Japanese Universities” held at Doshisha University (Kyoto) on 28 October 2017. I will be speaking about “Japanese Studies in Japan: Past Challenges, Future Prospects”. For more information, please see the event webpage.
I am honoured to have been asked to join the editorial board of the Journal of Tourism History. My responsibilities include advising the editor and associate editor, refereeing submissions to the journal, and encouraging appropriate submissions relating particularly to tourism in Asia.
On 3 April 2017 I returned to full duties at the university after the end of my sabbatical.