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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…

Archival Research and Covid-19: Advice for Doctoral Researchers


During my dissertation research conducted during the 2016-2017 academic year, I was based at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, some 1,500 kilometres away from my primary research site. My research focuses on the 19th century…

Communication during the Coronavirus Pandemic


In a time of pandemic crisis, language issues are central. We linguists question how to best inform citizens in multilingual societies in order to foster better international cooperation in a global world. To demonstrate…