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Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University

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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.

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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

Japanese Empire in Hokkaido published

My article “Japanese Empire in Hokkaido” has been published by the Oxford Research Encyclopedia for Asian History. It is an abridged versions of many of the arguments made in Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido. It also contains an extensive reading list of the materials relating to Hokkaido history available in English.

December 2, 2017

New Book Chapter in Film Tourism in Asia

A chapter that I co-authored with Sue Beeton has been published in Film Tourism in Asia: Evolution, Transformation, and Trajectory, edited by Sangkyun Kim and Stijn Reijnders (Springer 2018). The chapter is called “Creating Places and Transferring Culture: American Theme Parks in Japan” and it is about how Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan have adapted …

November 24, 2017

Keynote Lecture on 28 October in Kyoto

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.

September 21, 2017