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.
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 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 academia.edu. See the link here.
Voices from the Shifting Russo-Japanese Border: Karafuto/Sakhalin has been published by Routledge.
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.