The Thirteenth Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ)



The conference will be held on the Yotsuya campus of Sophia University on June 20–21, 2009.


All sessions will be held in Building 11 of the Yotsuya campus. All rooms are equipped with projector, video cassette player, and DVD player. The projector will be connected to a laptop computer installed with presentation software.


Registration: Ground-floor lobby, Building 11.

Book Display: Room 205, Building 11.

After-Session Discussion: Atrium, in front of Building 11.

Keynote Address: Room 410, Building 8.

Reception: 5th floor cafeteria, Building 2.

ASCJ Business meeting: Room 209, Building 11.

Cafeterias (open Saturday only): Basement of Building 11; 5th floor of Building 2


Information correct as of June 18, 2009.

For the latest information about the conference, please check the website:







9:15 –                                      Registration

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 NOON             Sessions 1–8

12:00 NOON – 1:15 P.M.     Lunch break

1:15 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.           Sessions 9–16

3:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.           Sessions 17–24

5:45 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.           Keynote Address:
Korean Buddhism in East Asian Context”
—Robert Buswell, UCLA

7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.          Reception




9:15 –                                      Registration

9:30 A.M. – 9:50 A.M.           ASCJ Business Meeting

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 NOON             Sessions 25–32

12:00 NOON – 1:00 P.M.     Lunch break

1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.           Sessions 33–40

3:15 P.M. – 5:15 P.M.           Sessions 41–47






Session 1: Room 11-221

Discovering Diversity within Filipino Communities in Modern Japan

Organiser/Chair: Mariko Iijima, Sophia University

1) Nicolle Comafay, Doshisha University

A Church-Based Filipino Community in Japan

2) Alec LeMay, Sophia University

Filipina Ambassadors: A Theological Perspective of how Filipina Migrants Exert Agency within the Catholic Church of Japan through their Japanese-Filipino Marriages

3) Mariko Iijima, Sophia University

Return-Migrant in Japan: Examining the Formation of Philippine Nikkeijin Identity since the 1990s

4) Johanna O. Zulueta, Hitotsubashi University

Living as Migrants in a Place That Was Once “Home”: Okinawan-Filipinos in Okinawa

Discussant: Shun Ohno, Kyushu University


Session 2: Room 11-305

City, School, Enterprise, and Government: the Changing Landscape of East Asian Societies in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Organizer/Chair: De-min Tao, Kansai University

1) Thi Ha Thanh Nguyen, Kansai University

The Rise and Fall of Hue, the Citadel City of Vietnam in the 19th Century

2) Wei-wei Shen, Kansai University

Kang Youwei and the Daido School in Yokohama

3) Dong Jin, Hua Zhong Normal University

Shibusawa Ei’ichi’s Efforts for Founding a Central Bank in China

4) Yi-min Chen, Kansai University

Robert Dollar and E. H. Harriman: Two Ambitious American Enterprisers in the Far East in the 1900s

Discussant: Masato Kimura, Shibusawa Ei’ichi Memorial Foundation


Session 3: Room 11-405

Old Responsibilities Never Die; They Just Fade Away? Approaching War Responsibility in Modern and Contemporary East Asia

Organizer: May-yi Shaw, Harvard University

Chair: Katsumi Nakao, J. F. Oberlin University

1) Kirsten Ziomek, University of California, Santa Barbara

Tours to the Metropolis

2) Benjamin Uchiyama, The University of Tokyo/University of Southern California

“Enjoying the Thrills of Modern Warfare”: Japanese Media Coverage of Shanghai Street Fighting, Hundred Man Killing Contests, and the Fall of Nanjing, 1937–1938

3) Yi-Chieh Lin, Harvard University

The Comfort Women in Taiwan and Their War Memories

4) May-yi Shaw, Harvard University

In the Name of Peace: Wartime History Reapproached and Memories Reappropriated in Contemporary Japanese Films and Peace Museums

Discussant: Katsumi Nakao, J. F. Oberlin University


Session 4: Room 11-209

Microhistorical Approaches to Understanding Japanese Modernity 

Organizer/Chair: Atsuko Aoki, Brown University/Rikkyo University 

1) Alexandre Mangin, Rikkyo University/Université Lyon 3 

Miyamoto Tsuneichi: A Renewed Method for Human Sciences in Japan 

2) Atsuko Aoki, Brown University/Rikkyo University 

Jōkō Yonetarō and The Politics of “Modern” Education in Colonial Korea 

3) Lionel Babicz, The University of Sydney 

11 February 1889: the Birth of Modern Japan

Discussant: Mark E. Caprio, Rikkyo University 


Session 5: Room 11-411

An Apology for “Drop Dead Cute”:  The Global Context of Japanese Contemporary Popular Culture and Aesthetics 

Organizer/Chair: Dong-Yeon Koh, The Korea National University of Arts

1) Shigeru (CJ) Suzuki, University of Colorado, Boulder 

Who Is Responsible for the War?: Nakazawa Keiji’s Barefoot Gen and the Construction of the War Memory 

2) Artur Lozano Mendez, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona 

Holier-than-Cute Techno-Orientalist Discourse 

3) Dong-Yeon Koh, The Korea National University of Arts 

Murakami’s “Little Boy” Syndrome: A Victim or Aggressor in Contemporary Japanese and American Art 

4) Adrian Favell, Aarhus University 

After Murakami: Cosmopolitanism, Creativity and the Changing International Experiences of young Japanese Artists in the post-Bubble Period 

Discussant: Marie Thorsten, Doshisha University, Kyoto 


Session 6: Room 11-419

Individual Papers on Asian Politics and History

Chair: Linda Grove, Sophia University

1) Miwa Hirono, University of Nottingham

“International Contribution” or Competition in Disguise? A Comparative Study of Chinese and Japanese Peacekeeping Operations

2) Kenji Kaneko, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

The Concepts of Marginality in Wartime Japan

3) Ji-Young Kim, University of Delaware

Symbolic Politics, History Problems, and the Japan-South Korea Security Relationship

4) Aleksandra Majstorac Kobiljski, City University of New York/Doshisha University

From Beirut to Kyoto: Transfer of Education Models in the 19th Century

5) José Vergara, University of Kyoto, and Maria Titeyeva, University of Kyoto

Geographical education in a contested territory: “Geography Textbook of Karafuto”

6) Helena Meyer-Knapp, The Evergreen State College

Heritage or History? School studies tours at World War II Sites in Japan, Korea and the United States


Session 7: Room 11-505

Parodic Positions in the Japanese Literary Tradition

Organizer: Marc Yamada, Brigham Young University

Chair: Jack Stoneman, Brigham Young University

1) Marc Yamada, Brigham Young University

John Lennon vs. The Gangsters: The Parodic Metafiction of Takahashi Gen’ichirō

2) Chris Weinberger, University of California, Berkeley

The Stereoscopic Vision of Mori Ōgai

3) Jack Stoneman, Brigham Young University

Saigyō’s Self-Selected Poetry Contests, Parody, and Japanese Poetic Praxis in the Late Heian Period

Discussant: Indra Levy, Stanford University


Session 8: Room 11-311

Individual Papers on Japanese Culture and History

Chair: Michael Watson, Meiji Gakuin University

1) Erin Brightwell, Princeton University

The Phantasm China of “Kara monogatari”

2) Blai Guarne, Stanford University

Narrating Japan: From “la Triomphante” to The Garden of Kanashima

3) Csaba Olah, The University of Tokyo

Diplomatical Documents in Medieval Japan (Fifteenth to Sixteenth Centuries): Form, Content and Writing Process

4) Richard Reitan, Franklin and Marshall College

Regulating the Social Mind: Psychology and the Appropriation of Spirit in Meiji Japan

5) Daniel Schley, Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo

Sacral Kingship in Medieval Japan

6) Jin-Rong Shieh, Fu Jen Catholic University

Gilded Kamakura: Old Japan as the New Frontiers for the American Scions




LUNCH BREAK 12:00 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.





Session 9: Room 11-209

Gender and Migrants of Japanese Ancestry in Japan 

Organizer: Hugo Córdova Quero, Center for Lusophone Studies, Sophia University 

Chair: Alberto Fonseca Sakai, Josai International University 

1) Hugo Córdova Quero, Center for Lusophone Studies, Sophia University 

Gendering Faith in Japan: Religious Experiences among Japanese Brazilian Migrant Women 

2) Pauline Cherrier, University of Lyon (France) 

Gendered Representatiosn of Nikkei-Brazilians

Discussant: Keiko Yamanaka, University of California at Berkeley 


Session 10: Room 11-221

Culture, Tradition and Challenges in Japanese Music Education

Organizer/Chair: Mari Shiobara, Tokyo Gakugei University

1) Yuri Ishii, Yamaguchi University

Musical Tradition and Culture in Policy and Reality: A Case Study in Yamaguchi Prefecture

2) Chieko Mibu, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Art and Music

The Structural Defect of Music Education in Japan from the Perspective of Community Musicians

3) Mari Shiobara, Tokyo Gakugei University

Teaching “Music Culture” in the Japanese Classroom: Teachers’ Perspectives

4) Christian Mau, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Reaching-in: Supplementing Traditional Music Teaching in the Japanese Classroom

Discussant: Hiroki Ichinose, Tokyo Gakugei University


Session 11: Room 11-305

Forgotten Words: Revisiting Colonial Indonesian Literature

Organizer/Chair: Nobuto Yamamoto, Keio University

1) Nobuto Yamamoto, Keio University

Reading Boven Digoel

2) William Bradley Horton, Waseda University

Social Novels: Tamar Djaja and the Publishing Worlds of Bukittinggi (1939–1941)

3) Elizabeth Chandra, Keio University

The Lord of Romance: Njoo Cheong Seng and Chinese-Malay Literature in 1940s

Discussant: Caroline Sy Hau, Kyoto University


Session 12: Room 11-311

Conceptual Change and State Formation in Early Modern and Modern Japan

Organizer/Chair: Doyoung Park, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1) Doyoung Park, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Rise of Intellectual Professionalism in Early Tokugawa Society

2) André Linnepe, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin Humboldt University

The Common-Sphere of the Realm in Early Tokugawa Japan: Its Conceptualization in the Neo-Classical Confucian Teaching of Yamaga Sokō (1622–1685)

3) Michael Burtscher, University of Tokyo

Conceptual Change in the Early Meiji Period: The Genesis of Shinri

Discussant: Yuri Kono, Tokyo Metropolitan University


Session 13: Room 11-411

Individual Papers on Contemporary Japanese Cultural Production

Chair: Roberta Strippoli, Bates College

1) Rossella Ceccarini, Sophia University

The Role of the Food Worker in the Globalization of Food: the Case of Pizza Cooks in Japan

2) Patrick Galbraith, University of Tokyo

Fujoshi: From “Ladies” to “Rotten Girls,” Transgressive Play and Intimacy among young Japanese female Yaoi Fans

3) Michael Furmanovsky, Ryukoku University

Uncovering the Historical Origins of Japan’s Commercial Pop Music Industry: Misa Watanabe and the Japanization of Western Pop, 1959–63

4) Shoko Imai, The University of Tokyo

Cuisine, Cities and Globalization: The Geography of Japanese Food

5) A. J. Jacobs, East Carolina University

Embedded Unevenness in Central Tokyo: A Comparison of Koto and Kita-Ku



Session 14: Room 11-419

Economics, Security, and Leadership: Northeast Asian Integration in the Post-Cold War Era 

Organizer/Chair: Joel R. Campbell, Kansai Gaidai University 

1) Joel R. Campbell, Kansai Gaidai University 

Koizumi to Aso: Continuity and Change in Japanese Political Leadership 

2) Jeong-Pyo Hong, Miyazaki International College 

Is a United States of Northeast Asia Possible? The Korea-Japan Submarine Tunnel Project 

3) Garren Mulloy, Daito Bunka University 

“Softer Power” and Japan’s security in a shifting East Asian political economic environment 

4) Ching-Chang Chen, University of Wales, Aberystwyth 

From Trouble Maker to Peace Builder? Taiwan’s Evolving Security Strategy under the Ma Ying-jeou Administration and Its Implications for East Asia 

Discussant: TBA


Session 15: Room 11-405

Sōseki’s City

Organizer: Dan O’Neill, University of California at Berkeley

Chair: Angela Yiu, Sophia University

1) Dan O’Neill, University of California at Berkeley

Preparing for the Urban Uncanny: Hearing Things and the Anxiety of Influence

2) Alisa Freedman, University of Oregon

Following in Sanshirō’s Footsteps: Reading Truths about Urban Time and Space in Natsume Sōseki’s Fiction

3) Yuko Iida, Kobe College

Love and the City: Sōseki’s Youth Goes to Tokyo

4) Angela Yiu, Sophia University

Pathological Interiority in Sōseki’s Configuration of Space

Discussant: Kyoko Kurita, Pomona College


Session 16: Room 11-505

Intersections of Religion and Literature in Pre-modern Japan

Organizer/Chair: Molly Vallor, Stanford University/Rikkyo University

1) Ignacio Quiros, École Pratique des Hautes Études/Rikkyo University

Sympathetic Magic in Early Japan: the Different Modalities of the So-called “Spirit of the Words”

2) Molly Vallor, Stanford University/Rikkyo University

Between Conversations: Rinzai Zen and the Tradition of Setsuwa in Musō Soseki’s Muchū Mondōshū

3) Sayoko Sakakibara, Stanford University

Localized Motif, Totalized Space: The Shōtoku Cult in Early Modern Japanese Maps

4) David Gundry, Stanford University/Waseda University

When Enlightenment Kills: Ihara Saikaku’s “Heartstrings Plucked on Lake Biwa” as “Chigo monogatari”

Discussant: Haruko Wakabayashi, Historiographical Institute, the University of Tokyo





Session 17: Room 11-209

Education and the New Second Generation of Immigrants in Japan: The Case of Japanese Brazilian Migrants

Organizer/Chair: Hirohisa Takenoshita, Shizuoka University

1) Hirohisa Takenoshita, Shizuoka University

Transition into the Secondary Education among Children of Immigrants: The Case of Japanese Brazilian Migrants

2) Eunice Akemi Ishikawa, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture

The Ethnic Schools in Immigrant Communities: The Case of Brazilian Schools in Japan

3) Roberto Pires Jr., Shizuoka University

Discussing Ethnic Identity Formation among the Second Generation of Brazilian Migrants in Japan

Discussant: Yoshikazu Shiobara, Keio University


Session 18: Room 11-221

Contested Identity: Gender, Nation and “Chineseness” in Late Imperial and Early Republican Fiction

Organizer/Chair: Fumiko Jōo, University of Chicago/University of Tokyo 

1) Fumiko Jōo, University of Chicago/University of Tokyo 

Gender Performance and the Salvation of Women in Ye Xiaowan’s Dream of the Mandarin Ducks 

2) William C. Hedberg, Harvard University 

Allusion and Precedent in Li Boyuan’s “Gengzi guobian tanci” 

3) Hui Luo, Victoria University of Wellington

Genre, Canon, Censorship: the Cultural Ascension of Liaozhai zhiyi (Strange Tales from the Make-do Studio)

4) Hailin Zhou, Villanova University

On Sato Koryoku: Zhang Ziping’s Argument for Popular Literature

Discussant: Yasushi Ōki, University of Tokyo 


Session 19: Room 11-311

Individual Papers on Asian Cultural History

Chair: Alexander Vesey, Meiji Gakuin University

1) Hongwei Lu, University of Redlands

New Urban Cinema: Transformation of Urban Space and Familial Intimacy in Contemporary China

2) Masumi Kagaya, Tsukuba University

Social Hierarchy and Class in Meiji period: Spectacles of Slum described in Documentaries by Gennosuke Yokoyama

3) Shiho Maeshima, Kanagawa University/University of British Columbia/The University of Tokyo

Rethinking Women’s Magazines: Mass-Market Women’s Magazines and Reading Culture in 1920s–30s Japan

4) Yusuke Tanaka, International Christian University

Freedom from the Press: Intellectuals and Their Response to the Tokyo Newspaper Strike in 1919

5) Lisa Yinghong Li, J.F. Oberlin University

Reinventions of the Female Self: Recent Additions to China Fictions in Foreign Languages


Session 20: Room 11-305

Changing Conceptions of the Enduring in Edo Japan 

Organizer: Yulia Frumer, Princeton University 

Chair: William Fleming, Harvard University 

1) Niels van Steenpaal, Kyoto University 

Governing through Virtue and Virtuosity: an Examination of the “Official Records of Filial Piety and Righteousness” (1801)

2) William Fleming, Harvard University 

Fictional Visions of Rural Japan by an Edo Scholar of Dutch Studies 

3) Yulia Frumer, Princeton University 

A Matter of Time: Mechanical Clocks and Their Conceptual Implications for Edo Period Scientific Thought

Discussant: Kate Wildman Nakai, Sophia University 


Session 21: Room 11-411

Meaning Behind Eating in Contemporary Japan

Organizer/Chair: Chrissie Tate Reilly, Monmouth University

1) Chrissie Tate Reilly, Monmouth University

Food Fight: Patriotic Eating in World War II Japan

2) Hiroko Shimbo, Japanese Cooking Authority, Chef, Cookbook Author

The Happiest Black Pig: Sustainable Farming and Okinawa-style Pork Diet

3) Stephanie Assmann, Tohoku University

Slow Food Japan: Reviving Local Foodways in a Global Food Paradise

4) Joshua Evan Schlachet, Kagoshima University

We Are What They Ate: Lived Imagination in Contemporary Satsuma

Discussants: Elizabeth Andoh, independent scholar


Session 22: Room 11-419

Postwar Social Movements across Japan and the United States: Connections and Conflicts 

Organizer: Yuko Kawaguchi, University of Tokyo 

Chair: Yosuke Nirei, Indiana University South Bend 

1) Yuko Kawaguchi, University of Tokyo 

Between “World Peace Day” and “No More Hiroshima Day”: Trans-Pacific Alliance by Christians in the Early Postwar Years 

2) Maho Toyoda, Kansai University 

American Intervention in Postwar Japanese Birth Control Movement 

3) Kazuyo Tsuchiya, University of California, San Diego; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science 

Transnational Antiracist Alliances: Black Church Leaders and Zainichi Koreans in Japan’s Struggles over Citizenship, 1969-1974 

Discussant: Yosuke Nirei, Indiana University South Bend


Session 23: Room 11-405

Un-(dis-)covering Bodily and Linguistic Spaces in Oba Minako and Tawada Yoko’s Oeuvre 

Organizer/Chair: Danuta Lacka, University of Tokyo 

1) Emanuela Costa, Osaka University 

Transnational Identities, Metamorphic Bodies: Displacement and the Female Body in Oba Minako and Tawada Yoko 

2) Danuta Lacka, University of Tokyo 

Visiting Body, “Self” in Residence: Exploring Tawada Yoko’s Literary Project 

3) Daniela Tan, Zurich University 

Narrative strategies: a Comparison of Older and Newer Texts of Oba Minako 

4) Dennitza Gabrakova, City University of Hong Kong 

Islands of Translation: between Oba Minako and Tawada Yoko 

Discussant: Yoichi Komori, University of Tokyo

Session 24: Room 11-505

Performing Texts: Interaction and Interpretation in Medieval Ritual Practices

Organizers: Benedetta Lomi, SOAS, Fumi Ouchi, Miyagi Gakuin University

Chair: Iyanaga Nobumi, Tokyo Centre of EFEO

1) Kigensan Licha, SOAS

How to Do Things with Kōan

2) Benedetta Lomi, SOAS

The Horse-head in the Lotus: Developments of Batō Kannon in Medieval Japan

3) Fumi Ouchi, Miyagi Gakuin

Vocalising the Pure Land: Somatic Nature of Genshin’s Soteriology

4) Carmen Tamas, Osaka University

The Magic beyond the Words: Origins and Development of Prayer-Related Rituals within the Nichiren Sect

Discussant: Fabio Rambelli, Sapporo University






“Korean Buddhism in East Asian Context”


Robert Buswell

President of the Association for Asian Studies (2008–09)

Center for Buddhist Studies, UCLA


5:45 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.


Building - Room 410, Building 8





RECEPTION: 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

5th floor cafeteria, Building 2


3,000 yen (2,000 yen for graduate students)

You can purchase your reception ticket online when you register.

Online registration ends June 10. See the website for details.

A limited number of tickets will be sold on the day.






Room 209, Building 11

Everyone registered for ASCJ 2009 is welcome to attend the Business Meeting.

The agenda includes:
elections for positions on the Executive Committee,

report on ASCJ finances,

report on future ASCJ venues.




Session 25: Room 11-419

Dangerous Eating in Asia

Organizer: Gavin Hamilton Whitelaw, International Christian University

Chair: Shaun Kingsley Malarney, International Christian University

1) Shaun Kingsley Malarney, International Christian University

Dangerous Meat in Colonial Hanoi

2) Ryan Sayre, Yale University/Waseda University

The Taste of Disaster: The Politics of Survival Foods in Japan

3) Tomiko Yamaguchi, International Christian University

Food Safety Controversies in Japan

4) Gavin Hamilton Whitelaw, International Christian University

Shelf Lives: The Uneasy Social Digestion of Konbini Cuisine in Japan

Discussant: Tom Gill, Meiji Gakuin University


Session 26: Room 11-311

Pan-Asianism: A Documentary History of an Ideology

Organizer: Dick Stegewerns, Oslo University

Chair: Sven Saaler, Sophia University

1) Matsuda Koichiro, Rikkyo University

The Conceptualization of “Asia” by the Mito School and the Kokugaku School

2) Kim Bongjin, University of Kitakyushu

Sŏ Ch’aepil and Other Korean Intellectuals’ Responses to Pan-Asianism, 1898–1910

3) Dick Stegewerns, Oslo University

Taisho Democracy and Asia: The Asianism of Ukita Kazutami and Murobuse Kōshin

Discussant: Christopher W.A. Szpilman, Kyushu Sangyo University


Session 27: Room 11-209

Redrawing the Map: Displacement and Geography in Song-Yuan Literary and Visual Discourses

Organizer: Shuen-fu Lin, University of Michigan

Chair: Benjamin Ridgway, Valparaiso University

1) Benjamin Ridgway, Valparaiso University

From River By-way to River Border: Reconfiguring Jiankang in the Wartime Writings of Ye Mengde

2) Gang Liu, University of Michigan

From Fengshui to Shanshui: Shifting Perspectives on Dynastic Change in a Song Loyalist Text

3) Roslyn Hammers, University of Hong Kong

The Book of Agriculture: Re-locating the Appearances of Proper Governance

Discussant: Lara Blanchard, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Session 28: Room 11-411    

All for the Empire: Our Learning, Our Body, Our Labor, and All!

Organizer/Chair: Helen Lee, Yonsei University

1) Puja Kim, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Making of Imperial Women in Korean Girls: The Elementary School Curriculum under Kōminka

2) Taeyoon Ahn, Ewha Womans University

Playing “Imperial Sisters”

3) Helen Lee, Yonsei University

Birthing Imperial Children: The Womb Improvement Project in Colonial Korea

4) Reiko Hirose, Hokkaido Information University

Warriors on the Home Front

Discussant: Leslie Winston, Waseda University


Session 29: Room 11-221

Early Twentieth-Century Japanese Women’s Schools as Sites of International Exchange 

Organizer: Sally A. Hastings, Purdue University 

Chair: Anne Walthall, University of California Irvine 

1) Noriko Kawamura Ishii, Otsuma Women’s University 

Kobe College Graduates as Students in the United States 

2) Patricia G. Sippel, Toyo Eiwa University 

Toyo Eiwa Girls’ School As a Site of International Exchange: The Experiences of Canadian Methodist Women

3) Sally A. Hastings, Purdue University 

Learning from Travel: Tsuda Graduates in the United States, 1900­–1941 

Discussant:  Anne Walthall, University of California Irvine


Session 30: Room 11-505

Japan and the Soviet Specter: Reconsidering the Image of the Soviet Union in Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy

Organizer: Akira Watanabe, Keio University

Chair: Shingo Yoshida, Keio University

1) Makiko Ueda, Keio University / JSPS Research Fellow

Hitoshi Ashida’s Changing Views on the Soviet Union

2) Akira Watanabe, Keio University

The Japan-US Alliance Formation and the Gaps of the Soviet Image

3) Miho Kimoto, Keio University

Gorbachev’s Public Relations for Japan

Discussant: Mizuki Chuman, Keio University


Session 31: Room 11-305

Conceptions, Modes and Structures of Noh in Films, Objects, Poetry and Music

Organizer: Pia Schmitt, Waseda University

Chair: Judy Halebsky, Hosei University

1) Pia Schmitt, Waseda University

The Magic of “Objects”: On the Role of Gowns Functioning as “Katami” in Plays by Zeami Motokiyo

2) Titanilla Mátrai, Waseda University

Intercultural Elements in Film: The Use of Noh in Kurosawa Akira’s Throne of Blood

3) Mariko Anno, Tokyo University of the Arts

Continuity of Tradition Today: The Nohkan Part in Adaptations of Yeats’ At the Hawk’s Well

4) Judy Halebsky, Hosei University

The Poetics of Noh in Transformation: Noh in the Poetry of Leslie Scalapino and Daphne Marlatt

Discussants: Susan Blakeley Klein, University of California

Reiko Yamanaka, Institute of Nogaku Studies, Hosei University


Session 32: Room 11-405

Competitive Collaboration in Haute Finance: Japan and the West in the Interwar Period 

Organizer/Chair: Katalin Ferber, Waseda University 

1) Simon James Bytheway, Nihon University 

From Lombard Street to Wall Street: Financial and Monetary Cooperation between the US and Japan 1918-1941 

2) Dong Zhaohua, Waseda University/Beijing University

Restoration or Stabilization? Japan and her Return to the Gold Standard 

3) Katalin Ferber, Waseda University 

The Conceptual Background of the “Savings Nation” in Japan

Discussant: Kobayashi Hideo, Waseda University



LUNCH BREAK 12:00 NOON – 1:00 P.M.




Session 33: Room 11-411

Individual Papers on Gender in Asia

Chair: Keiko Aiba, Meiji Gakuin University

1) Zerina Shabnaz Akkas, University of Tsukuba

Literacy, Women Participation and Empowerment in Rural Bangladesh: A Case Study from Monsurabad Island

2) Thomas Barker, National University of Singapore

The Indonesian Film Industry and the East Asian Connection

3) Daraka Chhay, University of Tsukuba

Coping with Challenges:  the Quest for Autonomy, Gender Equity and Roles Transformation amongst Women in Rural Cambodia

4) Micheline Lessard, University of Ottawa

Trafficking in Women and Children between Vietnam and China during the French Colonial Period (1885–1945)

Session 34: Room 11-209

Over One Thousand Years of Kōshiki: Points of View on the History and Performance of a Buddhist Ritual Genre

Organizer/Chair: Michaela Mross, Komazawa University

1) Steven G. Nelson, Hosei University

The History of the Musical Realization of Kōshiki Texts: From Planned Improvisation to Standardized Sectarian Versions

2) David Quinter, University of Alberta

Who Drives the Buddha-Vehicle? A Study and Translation of Eison’s Monju Kōshiki

3) Lori Meeks, University of Southern California

Ritual and Identity at the Medieval Convent Hokkeji: An Examination of the Ānanda and Rahula Kōshiki

4) Michaela Mross, Komazawa University

The Development of Hōon Kōshiki in the Sōtō School: Hagiography in a Ritual Context

Discussant: Niels Guelberg, Waseda University


Session 35: Room 11-405

How Japan Works: Patterns of Diversification in the Labor Market

Organizer: Volker Elis, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

Chair: Yukiko Yamazaki, Tokyo University

1) Carola Hommerich, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

Freeter and Beyond: Are Work Attitudes Changing? Development of Work Values of Entrants to the Labor Market in Japan

2) Gracia Liu-Farrer, Waseda University

Making Careers in the Occupational Niche: Chinese Migrants in Corporate Japan’s Transnational Business

3) Volker Elis, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

High Labor Force Participation of the Elderly in Japan: Just for Fun or Bitter Necessity?

Discussant:  Yukiko Yamazaki, Tokyo University


Session 36: Room 11-419

Border Crossing, Social History, and Japan’s Foreign Relations during the Early 20th Century 

Organizer/Chair: Evan Dawley, U.S. Department of State

1) Yuehtsen Juliette Chung, National Tsing-hua University

Sovereignty and Imperial Hygiene: Japan and the 1919 Cholera Epidemic in East Asia 

2) Martin Dusinberre, University of Newcastle

Unread Relics of a Transnational Furusato: Rethinking “Internationalization” in 1910s Japan 

3) Chika Shinohara, National University of Singapore

Border Crossing and the New Institutionalization of Women’s Education in 1910s Japan 

4) Evan Dawley, U.S. Department of State

Women on the Move: Shifting Patterns in Japan’s Settlement of Taiwan 

Discussant: William Steele, International Christian University 


Session 37: Room 11-305

Producing Japanese Visual Modernity, 1920s-1930s

Organizer: Kari Shepherdson-Scott, Duke University

Chair: Chinghsin Wu, University of California, Los Angeles

1) Kari Shepherdson-Scott, Duke University

Modernity in Manchoukuo: Shifting Representations of a 1930s Japanese Urban Ideal

2) Younjung Oh, University of Southern California

Dream of Mass Utopia: Avant-garde Art and Department Stores in 1920s Japan

3) Chinghsin Wu, University of California, Los Angeles

Machine and the Arts: Rationality as an Ideal Modernity

Discussants:  Nancy Lin, University of Chicago

 Olivier Krischer, University of Tsukuba


Session 38: Room 11-311

Individual Papers on Shōwa Culture

Chair: Janine Beichman, Daito Bunka University

1) James Dorsey, Dartmouth College

Censored Songs of Showa Japan: Silence Speaking Volumes

2) Atsuko Sakaki, University of Toronto

The Face in the Shadow of the Camera: Corporeality of the Photographer in Kanai Mieko’s Narratives

3) Wibke Voss, Free University Berlin

Postmodern Parody and Mitate: Transcontextuality in Yokoo Tadanori’s Posters for Angura Engeki

4) Kendall Heitzman, Yale University

Two Palimpsests: Tokyo and Yasuoka Shōtarō’s Autobiographical Fiction


Session 39: Room 11-221

Representations of Travel and Cultural Otherness in Japanese Arts and Literature

Organizer/ Chair: Robert Tierney, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

1) John Tran, University of Tsukuba

2) Yukari Yoshihara, University of Tsukuba

3) Peichen Wu, National Chengchi University

4) Satoshi Okada, University of Tsukuba

5) Harksoon Kim, University of Tsukuba

6) Melek Kato, University of Tsukuba


Session 40: Room 11-505

Buddhism and Local Modernization 

This panel was cancelled after the program was printed. The remaining participants will join Session 41.






Session 41: Room 11-505

Reorienting Transcendence: Religion in Modern Japan

Organizer/Chair: Viren Murthy, University of Ottawa

1) Mariko Naito, University of Tokyo

Conflicting Religious Topoi: Izumi Kyōka’s Hakusan Worship

2) Jeremy Hurdis, University of Ottawa

The Role of Religion and Morality in Japanese Philosophers in the Prewar Period: The Cases of Watsuji Tetsuro and Nishida Kitaro

3) Viren Murthy, University of Ottawa

The Antinomies of Religion in Meiji Japan and late Qing China

4) Daiana Di Massimo, Ca’Foscari University of Venice/University of Lyon 3 (IETT) 

A Sōshiki Shūkyō: Investigating contemporary Higashi Honganji (Ōtani-ha) Social Engagement 

Discussants: Nakajima Takahiro, the University of Tokyo
Yoshihide Sakurai, Hokkaido University 


Session 42: Room 11-311

Individual Papers on Migration and Gender

Chair: James Farrer, Sophia University

1) Gitte Marianne Hansen - Copenhagen University/Waseda University

Balancing Femininity: Eating disorders, Self-harm, and Female Subjectivity in Japanese Cultural Expressions

2) Kumiko Nemoto, Western Kentucky University

Long Work Hours and the Corporate Gender Divide: How Does Overwork Shape the Gender Division in the Japanese Workplace?

3) Djamila Schans, Ochanomizu University/Maastricht University

Immigrants of African Origin in Japan: Pathways of Incorporation

4) Michael Sharpe, York College/University of New York

What does Blood Membership mean in Political Terms? The Case of Latin American Nikkeijin (Japanese Descendants) in Japan

5) David Roh, University of California, Santa Barbara

Importing Korean America: Literary Constructions of Zainichi Identity


Session 43: Room 11-419

The Diplomacy of the Gaimudaijin: Socio-Political Changes in Japanese Foreign Policy from the Manchurian Incident to Pearl Harbor

Organizer/Chair: Tosh Minohara, Kobe University

1) Rustin Gates, Bradley University

Pan-Asianism and Prewar Japanese Foreign Policy: The Case of Uchida Yasuya and his Asianism

2) Yoshie Takamitsu,  Chiba University

Interwar Sino-Japanese Relations and American Foreign Policy toward the Soviet Union: With Emphasis on the Role of Foreign Minister Hirota Kōki

3) Peter Mauch, Ritsumeikan University

The Imperial Japanese Navy and the Foreign Policymaking Process: Foreign Ministers Nomura Kichisaburō and Toyoda Teijirō

4) Tosh Minohara, Kobe University

Crossing the Rubicon: Foreign Minister Togō Shigenori and Japan’s Decision for War

Discussant: Haruo Iguchi, Nagoya University


Session 44: Room 11-209

Reflection of Modern China in Foreign Eyes: A Study of Journals, Novels, Critics from the Perspective of Cultural Interaction and Cross-Culture Understanding

Organizer/Chair: Chen Yu, Yokohama National University                                                      

1) Chi Sung Chen, Kansai University

Images of the Taiping Rebellion in the Illustrated London News

2) Xiao Chun Xu,  Kansai University

The Image of Modern Shanghai in the Eyes of Japanese Literary Men

3) Shuang Shuang Zou, Kansai University

What does a Failing General’s Suicide mean? Comparing the Interpretations of Ding Ruchang’s Suicide

Discussant: Jian Zhao, Tokiwakai Gakuen University


Session 45: Room 11-221

Wishes and Choices in Life and Living: Family, Home and Work in Changing Japan 

Organizer/Chair: Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, German Institute for Japanese Studies, DIJ 

1) Barbara Holthus, German Institute for Japanese Studies, DIJ 

Marital Happiness: A Wish for All? Discourses on Marriage in Japanese Women’s Magazines  

2) Hiromi Tanaka-Naji, German Institute for Japanese Studies, DIJ 

Single Working Women in Tokyo: Their Negotiations of Marriage and Work

3) Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, German Institute for Japanese Studies, DIJ 

Can’t Have It All? Conflicting Ideals of Work, Marriage, and Childbearing in the Popular TV Drama “Around 40”

4) Maren Godzik, German Institute for Japanese Studies, DIJ 

Living Arrangements of Elderly People: New Choices in a Changing Society 

Discussant: Glenda Roberts, Waseda University


Session 46: Room 11-411

The War of Another: Natsume Sōseki, Shiga Naoya, Shimazaki Tōson 

Organizer: Chien-Hui Chuang, Osaka University 

Chair: Irina Holca, Osaka University 

1) Chien-Hui Chuang, Osaka University 

Weariness of War in Natsume Sōseki’s Novels 

2) Md Moinuddin, Osaka University 

Scattered Soldiers, Smoke and Gunpowder in Shiga Naoya’s Novellas 

3) Irina Holca, Osaka University 

The Rhetoric of Love, Lust and War in Shimazaki Tōson’s “Shinsei” 

Discussant: George Sipos, University of Chicago/Ritsumeikan University


Session 47: Room 11-305

Explored, Exploited, and Exposed: Mapping Histories and Traditions of Mountaineering in Japan 

Organizer: David Fedman, Hokkaido University of Education 

Chair: Takehiro Watanabe, Sophia University 

1) Takehiro Watanabe, Sophia University 

Trails of History: Corporate Mountaineering and the Ecological Imagination in Postindustrial Japan

2) Scott Schnell, University of Iowa 

Reverence or Recreation: Differing Perspectives on the Japanese Alps 

3) David Fedman, Hokkaido University of Education 

Sights to the Summit: The Hokkaido University Mountaineering Club and Alpinism in Pre-war Japan 

Discussant: Kären Wigen, Stanford University