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Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University

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Publications List

Here is an up-to-date list of all my academic and journalistic publications. 


  1. Philip Seaton, Takayoshi Yamamura, Akiko Sugawa-Shimada and Kyungjae Jang, Contents Tourism in Japan: Pilgrimages to “Sacred Sites” of Popular Culture (Cambria Press, 2017).
  2. Philip A. Seaton and Takayoshi Yamamura (eds) Japanese Popular Culture and Contents Tourism (Routledge, 2016).
  3. Philip A. Seaton (ed) Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido (Routledge 2016).
  4. Svetlana Paichadze and Philip A. Seaton (eds) Voices from the Shifting Russo-Japanese Border: Karafuto/Sakhalin (Routledge 2015).
  5. My Father’s Dying Wish: Legacies of War Guilt in a Japanese Family (Paulownia Press 2009), a translation of the book Kempei datta chichi no nokoshita mono by Kurahashi Ayako. Excerpts are available on The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.
  6. Japan’s Contested War Memories: the ‘memory rifts’ in historical consciousness of World War II (Routledge 2007; paperback 2010).

Double-Blind Refereed Academic Articles

  1. ‘Japanese empire in Hokkaido.’ In The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. Ed. David Ludden. New York: Oxford University Press, (published online, November 2017, DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190277727.013.76).
  2. Philip Seaton and Takayoshi Yamamura, ‘Japanese Popular Culture and Contents Tourism’ in Japan Forum 27.1 (published online, 13 December 2014, open access).
  3. ‘Taiga Dramas and Tourism: Historical Contents as Sustainable Tourist Resources’ in Japan Forum 27.1 (published online, 15 December 2014).
  4. ‘Depopulation and Financial Collapse in Yubari: Market Forces,  Administrative Folly, or a Warning to Others?’ in Social Science Japan Journal 13.2 (2010), pp. 227-40.
  5. ‘Reporting the “Comfort Women” Issue, 1991-1992: Japan’s contested war memories in the national press’ in Japanese Studies 26.1 (2006), pp. 99-112.
  6. ‘Do you really want to know what your uncle did? Coming to terms with relatives’ war actions in Japan’ in Oral History 43.1 (2006), pp. 53-60.
  7. ‘Reporting the 2001 textbook and Yasukuni Shrine controversies: Japanese war memory and commemoration in the British media’ in Japan Forum 17.3 (2005), pp. 287-309. (Winner of the Daiwa Japan Forum Prize 2006).
  8. ‘”Shampoo for extra damage”: making sense of Japanized English’ in Japan Forum 13.2 (2001), pp. 233-247.

Book Chapters

  1. Sue Beeton and Philip Seaton, ‘Creating Places and Transferring Culture: American Theme Parks in Japan’ in Sangkyun Kim and Stijn Reijnders (eds) Film Tourism in Asia: Evolution, Transformation, and Trajectory. Singapore: Springer, 2018, pp. 251-267.
  2. ‘NHK, War-related Television, and the Politics of Fairness’ in Jeff Kingston (ed) Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan. London: Routledge, 2017, pp. 172-185.
  3. ‘Pop(ular) Culture in the Japanese History Classroom’ in Deborah Shamoon and Chris McMorran (eds) Teaching Japanese Popular Culture. Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies, 2016, pp. 231-256.
  4. ‘Japanese War Memories and Commemoration After the Great East Japan Earthquake’ in Anna Lisa Tota and Trever Hagen (eds) International Handbook of Memory Studies. London: Routledge, 2016, pp. 345-356.
  5. Philip Seaton and Svetlana Paichadze, ‘Introduction’, in Svetlana Paichadze and Philip Seaton (eds) Voices from the Shifting Russo-Japanese Border: Karafuto/Sakhalin, London: Routledge, 2015, pp. 1-16.
  6. ‘Memories Beyond Borders: Karafuto sites of memory in Hokkaido’, in Svetlana Paichadze and Philip Seaton (eds) Voices from the Shifting Russo-Japanese Border: Karafuto/Sakhalin, London: Routledge, 2015, pp. 119-140.
  7. Sue Beeton, Takayoshi Yamamura and Philip Seaton, ‘The Mediatisation of Culture: Japanese contents tourism and popular culture’ in Jo-Anne Lester and Caroline Scarles (eds) Mediating the Tourist Experience: From Brochures to Virtual Encounters. Farnham (Surrey, UK), Ashgate, 2013, pp. 139-54. 日本語訳:ビートン・スー、山村高淑、シートン・フィリップ、「メディア化する文化:日本のコンテンツ・ツーリズムとポップカルチャー」はこちら
  8. ‘World War II in Japan’s Regions: Memories, Monuments and Media in Hokkaido’ in Tito Genova Valiente and Hiroko Nagai (eds) War Memories, Monuments and Media: Representations of Conflicts and Creation of Histories of World War II. Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2011, pp. 14-39.
  9. Matanle, P., Rausch, A.S. and the Shrinking Regions Research Group, Japan’s Shrinking Regions: 21st Century Responses to Depopulation and Socioeconomic Decline, Amherst (NY), Cambria Press, 2011, I wrote the sections on Yubari.
  10. ‘Pledge Fulfilled: Prime Minister Koizumi, Yasukuni and the Japanese Media’ in John Breen (ed) Yasukuni, the War Dead and the Struggle for Japan’s Past. Hurst & Co./Columbia University Press, 2007, pp. 163-88.

Other Refereed Articles

  1. ‘The Nationalist Assault on Japan’s Local Peace Museums: The Conversion of Peace Osaka’, (2015) online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.
  2. ‘The Centenary of the Annexation of Korea in the Japanese Media’ (2011) in Japan Space Vol. 9, pp. 275-307. (Currently only available in paper version in South Korea).
  3. ‘Historiography and Japanese War Nationalism: Testimony in Sensoron, Sensoron as Testimony’, (2010) online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.
  4. ‘The G8 Summit as “Local Event” in the Hokkaido Media’, (2008) online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.
  5. Lukasz Zablonski and Philip Seaton, ‘The Hokkaido Toyako Summit as a Springboard for Grassroots Reconciliation Initiatives: The “Peace, Reconciliation and Civil Society” Symposium, (2008) online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.
  6. ‘Vietnam and Iraq in Japan: Japanese and American Grassroots Peace Activism’, (2008) online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.
  7. ‘Family, Friends and Furusato: “Home” in the formation of Japanese war memories’, (2007) online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.

Unrefereed Articles/Conference Proceedings

  1. “Building Heritage Tourism and the Semiotics of Exhibition: Constructing Places and Spaces Related to Historical Dramas in Japan”, Japan and Canada in Comparative Perspective: Economics and Politics; Regions, Places and People, edited by David W. Edgington, Norio Ota, Nobuyuki Sato and Jackie F. Steele (2016), pp. 110-125.
  2. 「歴史コンテンツツーリズム、坂本龍馬と高知市の事例」、山村高淑、シートン・フィルップ、張慶在、平井健文、鑓水孝太(編) 『コンテンツ・ツーリズム研究の射程~国際研究の可能性と課題』、CATS 叢書第 8 号、北海道大学観光学高等研究センター(2016), pp. 65-81.
  3. ‘Contents Tourism and the (Hi)story of “The Last Samurai”‘, Proceedings of the TTRA 2014 International Conference, available online.
  4. ‘Looking Back on 1965: The contemporary meanings in Japan of the Treaty on Basic Relations’, Paper given (in Japanese) at the international symposium “Rethinking Korean-Japanese relations during the Park Chung-hee era”, Kookmin University, Seoul, 19 November 2010 (text published in Korean in the symposium proceedings).
  5. ‘Memories of War Devastation: War Generation Testimony in the Hokkaido Newspaper’, Proceedings of the 15th International Oral History Conference, (23-26 September 2008, Guadalajara, Mexico).
  6. ‘”Caught in the Middle”: American and Japanese Perspectives on Japanese-American Experiences of World War II’ in The Northern Review 33 (2005), pp. 23-42.
  7. 「英語圏における日本人の歴史認識に関する『正統的解釈』:その定義と例と反論」、大学院国際広報メディア研究科、北海道大学言語文化部紀要49(2005年)、pp. 35-58.
  8. 「日本とイギリスの歴史認識:『正義ではない戦争』が生み出す論争」、大学院国際広報メディア研究科、北海道大学言語文化部紀要48(2005年)、 pp. 7-23.

Book Reviews and Research Notes

  1. Review of Akiko Hashimoto (2015) The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory and Identity in Japan (Oxford University Press) in Pacific Affairs 90.1 (2017), pp. 147-149.
  2. Review of Tsuyoshi Morioka (2014) 「USJのジェットコースターはなぜ後ろ向きに走ったのか」(Kadokawa) in International Journal of Contents Tourism 1.3 (2016), pp. 1-2.
  3. Review of Takashi Yoshida (2014) From Cultures of War to Cultures of Peace: War and Peace Museums in Japan (MerwinAsia) in Monumenta Nipponica 71:1 (2016), pp. 258-261.
  4. Review of Mikael S. Adolphson and Anne Commons (eds) (2015) Lovable Losers: the Heike in Action and Memory (University of Hawai’i Press) in Japan Forum (online pre-print version).
  5. Review of Akiko Takenaka (2015) Yasukuni Shrine: History, Memory, and Japan’s Unending Postwar (University of Hawai’i Press) on H-Net.
  6. Review of Jason Karlin (2014) Gender and Nation in Meiji Japan: Modernity, Loss, and the Doing of History (University of Hawaii Press) in Social Science Japan Journal, 18.2, pp. 288-291.
  7. ‘Remembering Biowarfare Unit 731 Through Musical Activism: a performance of the choral work The Devil’s Gluttony’, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 28, No. 3, July 14, 2014.
  8. Review of Gerald Figal (2012) Beachheads: War, Peace, and Tourism in postwar Okinawa (Rowman & Littlefield) in Journal of Tourism History (published online, May 2014). Click here for an author eprint.
  9. Review of Takeo Kikkawa & Emiko Shinozaki (2010) Glocalization地域再生あなたが主役だ(日本経済評論社)in Social Science Japan Journal 15.1 (2012), pp. 132-5.
  10. Review of Julian Dierkes (2010) Postwar History Education in Japan and the Germanys: Guilty Lessons (Routledge) in Monumenta Nipponica 66.1 (2011), pp. 195-7.
  11. Review of Hugo Dobson and Kosuge Nobuko (eds, 2009) Japan and Britain at War and Peace (Routledge) in Japan Forum 22.4 (2010), pp. 576-7.
  12. Review of Sven Saaler and Wolfgang Schwentker (eds, 2008) The Power of Memory in Modern Japan (Brill) in Japan Forum 22.1-2 (2010), pp. 257-8.
  13. Review of Mutsumi Hirano (2009) History Education and International Relations: A Case Study of Diplomatic Disputes over Japanese Textbooks (Kent UK: Global Oriental Publishers) in Pacific Affairs 83.3 (2010), pp. 602-4.
  14. Review of Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi (ed, 2007) The Nanking Atrocity 1937-38: Complicating the Picture (New York: Berghahn Books) in Japan Forum 20.2 (2008), pp. 295-297.
  15. Review of Kenneth Pyle (2007) Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose (New York: Public Affairs) in Japan Forum 19.3 (2007), pp. 432-4.
  16. Foreword to Gregory Hadley (2007) Field of Spears (Sheffield: Paulownia Press), plus a review on the electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies.


  1. Kageyama Asako, ‘Marines Go Home: Anti-Base Activism in Okinawa, Japan and Korea’, (2010) online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.
  2. Fuse Yujin, ‘The Complete Withdrawal of the US Military from Ecuador: A Victory for Sovereignty and Peace in Latin America’, (2010) online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.
  3. Ayako Kurahashi, My Father’s Dying Wish (see Books). Excerpts available at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.
  4. Tetsuya Takahashi (2006) ‘The national politics of the Yasukuni Shrine’ in Naoko Shimazu (ed.)Nationalisms in Japan, London: Routledge. This article is available online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.

Article Series as Coordinator/Editor

  1. 山村高淑、シートン・フィリップ、張慶在、平井健文、鑓水孝太(編) 『コンテンツ・ツーリズム研究の射程~国際研究の可能性と課題』、CATS 叢書第 8 号、北海道大学観光学高等研究センター(2016)。
  2. Katsuyuki Nishikawa, Philip Seaton and Takayoshi Yamamura, The Theory and Practice of Contents Tourism, Hokkaido University Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Research Report March 2015
  3. Philip Seaton and Takayoshi Yamamura, ‘Japanese Popular Culture and Contents Tourism’, Japan Forum Special Edition (as guest editors) (2015).
  4. Testimony and War Memories in Japan, (2010) online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.
  5. Alternative Summits, Alternative Perspectives: Beyond the 2008 Hokkaido G8 Summit, (2008) online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.

Prizes and Awards

  1. Daiwa Japan Forum Prize 2006: Awarded to ‘the best article by a young scholar in volume 17’ of the journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies.

Research Grants

  1. Project Leader (Daihyo): ‘International Comparative Research on the Spreading and Reception of Culture through Contents Tourism’: a five-year research grant (Kiban A, 20-50 million yen category, 2014-9) from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS Project Page, Japanese only).
  2. Project Member (Buntansha): ‘The Role of Returnees from Sakhalin in Multiculturalism in Hokkaido’: a three-year research grant (Kiban B, 5-20 million yen category, 2011-4; Project leader: Dr Svetlana Paichadze) from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS Project Page, Japanese only).
  3. Project Leader (Daihyo): ‘War and Memory in Hokkaido’: a three-year research grant (Kiban C, under 5 million yen category, 2006-2009) from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS Project Page, Japanese only).

Media Articles

  1. 中日新聞(2010年1月29日、夕刊)、和解と平和に向けて、「憲兵だった父の遺したもの」の翻訳。
  2. 北 海道新聞(2008年2月26日、夕刊)、永田町中心の「日本人の歴史認識」報道。

Gyoganzu (Hokkaido Shinbun newspaper column)

These short articles can all be read (Japanese only at present) via the Gyoganzu page. Or, click on the year to access the article you want to read.

2014: 「悪魔の飽食」(22 Jul), コンテンツツーリズム(10 Jun), 河野談話 (1 Apr), 良い物語より良い音楽 (5 Mar)

2013: ソーシャルメディア (16 Aug)

2012: 五輪の成功と課題(20 Aug), 本当の強さとは(31 Jul), 女王即位60周年(3 Jul), 軍隊手帳(8 Feb)

2011:サッカーとケシの花(29 Nov),「3・11の教訓」 (9 Sept), 「学力低下」への違和感 (1 Apr), サムライブルーと国際化 (28 Feb), サンデルとブレア(3 Feb)

2010: 大学生の怒り(22 Dec), 大学ランキング(15 Oct), 英国人の参拝(7 Sep), どれが名字?(4 Aug), サッカーの力(5 July)、 チェンジの是非(1 June), デジャビュー(23 Apr), セレブ学( 29 Mar), 作曲家・辻井伸行(2 Mar), 笑いの文化(2 Feb), メールのコスト(6 Jan).

2009: 坂本龍馬と函館(30 Nov), 英語への翻訳(27 Oct), 速度制度(18 Sept), 国家と賠償(13 Aug), 選挙と騒音(30 July), 学生に学ぶ(2 July), 大型連queue (26 May), クリケットとテロ(13 April), フィリピンの歴史(16 March), 英国の厳冬(20 Feb), ギャップ・イヤー(22 Jan)

2008: クライシス・クリスマス (25 Dec), 追悼のあり方 (21 Nov), 戦渦の記憶 (29 Oct), 人間の表現 (25 Sept), 八月十五日 (26 Aug), サミットと市民 (11 Aug), 日英の犯罪 (22 July), サッカーと格差 (19 June), パブと禁煙 (15 May), 交通事故死 (25 Apr), 「ニホン誤」と「英誤」 (21 Mar).