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Future Earth – addressing Planetary Boundaries from Japan

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Authors: Dr. KASUGA Fumiko and TANI Junya
For the sustainable development of human society, it is essential to maintain the stability and resilience of the entire global system that supports the biosphere, and for that purpose, a major transformation of the entire social and economic system is required.

Love, coffee and word associations


When you smell coffee, what picture appears in your mind? What do you feel? What time of the day do you imagine? Distinctive smells like the smell of coffee tend to trigger strong associations. In the same way as the sme…

Future Tasks for Japanese Studies. A Personal Reflection – Part III

FACIUS Michael

Part III: The Classroom as a Site of Renewal. In the previous parts I stressed a desire for more conversation: between area studies and the disciplines, between Japanese and non-Japanese scholars of Japan, between academics and the wider public. Crucially, we also need to listen to our students. In…

Future Tasks for Japanese Studies. A Personal Reflection – Part II

FACIUS Michael

PART II: Japan as Method. What I found exciting as a German studying Japanese history was the change of perspective it entailed. For good reason, schooling in German history and public debates centered on National Socialism, the Second World War and the Holocaust. The purpose of national history after 1945…

Future Tasks for Japanese Studies. A Personal Reflection – Part I

FACIUS Michael

This three-part blog series is a slightly revised version of an essay I wrote for the 30th anniversary essay contest of the Toshiba Foundation. PART I: The Global Entanglements of Japanese Culture. Fifteen years onwards, I cannot say for sure what first piqued my interest in Japanese studies. I know…

Our Fifth Research Theme

HANEDA Masashi

Since its establishment in February of last year, Tokyo College has undertaken a diverse range of activity on the basis of its adoption of four interdisciplinary research themes of importance to the contemporary world un…