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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

New Research Article: “Taiga Dramas and Tourism”

My latest research article “Taiga dramas and contents tourism: historical contents as sustainable tourist resources” has been published in Japan Forum. It is part of a special edition of Japan Forum Vol. 27.1 co-edited with Takayoshi Yamamura. The article is open access. Please take a look.

December 18, 2014

Japan Forum Special Edition: Contents Tourism

Together with Professor Takayoshi Yamamura, I have guest edited Volume 27.1 of Japan Forum, the official journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies. The introduction to the special edition has been published online and is available here (open access).

December 17, 2014

An article in 開発こうほう

An article about our contents tourism project has been published (Japanese only) in the magazine of the Hokkaido Development Association. Read the article here.

November 25, 2014