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
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”, …
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! www.cats.hokudai.ac.jp/ijct/
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 …