17th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies


Japan: 

Age in a Time of Precariousness


CALL FOR PAPERS

Asian Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman

International Studies Department, De La Salle University

Japanese Studies Program, Ateneo de Manila University


In Cooperation with the


Gender and Development Program

University of the Philippines, Visayas




DATES: 1-2 February, 2019
VENUE: Casa Real de Iloilo, Iloilo City (Tentative) 

OVERVIEW:


Population ageing  is a phenomenon that has been affected developed countries and started
affecting other parts of the world..  The phenomenon exists through several reasons such as
availability of the efficient food distribution to materialize better nutrient supplies and advance
medical technology.,  It causes the decrease of workforce, a delay in social services, and the
social security burden on the working population, and, therefore, brings about the stagnation
of the national economy and a loss of vitality of culture and society   It is an increasingly
researched topic by scholars around the world.



Japan is a focal point in ageing studies. It is labeled as a “super-ageing society” because of not
only its high ratio of the aged population and low fertility rates but also its fast pace of aging.
Shoshi Koreika ( 少子高齢化) is a term used by most scholars to describe this phenomenon in
Japan.  The studies have been made to investigate the reasons for how this phenomenon occurred
as well as how the related issues could be addressed. Predicting the aging problems, the
Japanese government officially started the implementation of the foreign labor import in the 1970s.
Nonetheless, Japan is now facing the new phase of society with the decreasing national population,
which extensively affects areas of society, economy and polity.



The phenomenon has wide ranging effects not only limited to Japan but also the international relationships. In the Philippines, Japan’s need for healthcare workers has been affected the industry, the politics and society. Triggered by the Japan-Philippines Economic Agreement that included the item of healthcare workers, nursing and care-giving schools with Japanese languages courses mushroomed in the 1990s, and housekeepers and services have recently being launched.  Many workplaces in Japan, however, are not ready to accept, or even neglect, those foreign workers who are supposed to take care of Japanese in a precarious state. Such precarity in Japan, associated with various forms of insecurity, risk, ambivalence and vulnerability on one hand, may also give impetus for introducing significant changes in structures, policies and experiences on the other.  



Furthermore, this conference examines the politics of age as Japan faces economic challenges that have transformed social, political, economic, and cultural dynamics in Japan. Since the collapse of the economy in the 1990s, Japanese, across all ages and genders, adapt to lifestyles that attempt to overcome states of vulnerability. Japan’s decreasing birth rates and growing aging population spark questions surrounding a demographic that can uplift Japan from its precarity. These questions also raise the contributions of indigenous, migrant, and divergent population who is changing the social fabric of Japan as they tackle precariousness in diverse ways. Thus this conference invites scholars to consider age as a critical lens in the analysis of different issues surrounding Japan’s precarious state.



For this conference, we encourage Japanese Studies scholars to consider age and precarity as they address any of the following issues and themes:


  • Gender
  • Media
  • Politics 
  • Health
  • Adolescence 
  • Ageing 
  • Migration
  • Tourism 
  • Labor 
  • Education


Other related topics are also welcome. Please submit the abstracts to this link on or before 30 October 2018. All submissions will be refereed. 

Note: As this conference has no external support, there may not be travel grants for the attendance of this conference

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM


The conference will consist of sessions with 20 min. for each paper 
(+ sufficient Q&A time)

Abstracts and bios should be in English. Please include a title, your name, affiliation, contact details (mailing address, email) and an abstract of your paper (maximum of 500 words). 

Please direct any inquiries (jspadmu@gmail.com),

16th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies

16th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies 
by Ateneo de Manila University, Japanese Studies Program
with the support of the Toshiba International Foundation

DATES: 2-3 February, 2018
VENUE: Ateneo de Manila University, Manila

OVERVIEW:
In 2015, Japan welcomed a record of close to 20 million tourists.  This is partially due to the success of national government’s policies through the campaigns launched by the Japan National Tourism Organization via its international offices.  International visitors were not only attracted to visit Japan through these national government campaigns.  On the one hand, “contents tourism” or film-induced/media-induced tourism has become in vogue as well.  Early on, the target market for “contents tourism” was a domestic market, who consume domestic media, which in turn evolved to domestic tourism via the visitation of the “sites of the contents.”  With the globalization of Japanese media, even foreign visitors now engage in this domestic “contents tourism.”  Furthermore, the sites have expanded to encourage domestic (Japanese) consumers to travel abroad when the sites are purportedly set in foreign countries.  Local governments in Japan have also ventured into their own domestic tourism strategies, with local governments aggressively encouraging foreign movie companies to use their cities as filming sites.  There are other local governments which have launched their own domestic campaigns which have also attracted the attention of international visitors.  Finally, a recent trend in Japan is directed services, particularly to Muslim tourists with special needs like halal food and prayer rooms. 

On the other hand, the Philippines was able to attract a total of 5.4 million visitors in the same year.  This is partially due to the successes of the Department of Tourism with its campaigns such as “It’s More Fun in the Philippines.”  However, we still lag behind in our domestic tourism campaigns, with the capacities to attract foreign visitors.


Hence, the two-day conference gathers experts in the field of tourism in Japan in the hopes that their research can enrich our own tourism industries, as well as students in the tourism and hospitality degrees.  At the same time, it invites scholars conducting tourism research on the Philippines to enable networking and exchange of information to enrich and discuss new perspectives towards tourism research


PROGRAMME
Day 1 Venue: Leong Auditorium

8:30 Registration and Coffee Break

9:00 Welcome Remarks
Fernando T. Aldaba, Ph.D. Dean, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University

Opening Remarks
The Japan Foundation

Welcome Remarks
Japan National Tourism Organization 

9:30-12:30 Plenary Session 1: Contents Tourism
 "On the Trail of Samurai, and Wizards: Defining 'Success' in Contents Tourism?"
Philip Seaton, Hokkaido University

“Journey from the East: The Geopolitics of Film Motivated Chinese Tourism in Japan, Thailand and the U.S.”
Mary Mostafanezhan, University of Hawaii at Manoa

“Soft Power Pedagogy”: Immersion Strategies Within a “Cool Japan” Fieldwork Class
Craig Norris, University of Tasmania

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:00 Plenary Session 2: Ecotourism
“Ecotourism as Recovery Tool from Natural Disasters in Japan”
Yurie Kaizu, Bunkyo University

15:00 – 16:00 Plenary Session 3: Food Tourism  
“Mapping a Tokyo culinary neighborhood:  artisanal work and the creation of a culinary community”
James Farrer, Sophia University

16:00 – 17:00 Coffee Break

Day 2 Venue: TBA

8:30 Registration and Coffee Break

9:00 – 10:00 Paper Session 1 Environment and Tourism
“Japan’s Green Museums: Lessons for Japan and the World in the 21st Century”
Alona Guevarra, Ateneo de Manila University

“Interactions between Foreign Tourists and Tourist Mediators in Mt. Fuji, and Its Consequences to the Environment”
Patricia Katrina V. Fernandez, Hitotsubashi University

10:00 – 11:00 Paper Session 2 Inbound Tourism
“Local Politics and Its Effect on Tourist Discourses: The Representation of the Cultural Identity of Taiwan in Japanese Tourist Media”
Shinsuke Iwata, Aichi University

“Indonesian Netizen Perception on Halal Tourism and Sharia Tourism”
Ranny Rastati, Indonesian Institute of Sciences

11:00-12:00 Lunch

12:00-13:00 Paper Session 3 Peripheral Promotion
“Promotional Strategies in Japan Tourism Industry: A Case Study in Fukui Prefecture”
Filia, University of Indonesia

“The Role of Japan’s Local Governments in Promoting Tourism in Thailand”
Nirithorn Mesupnikom, Thammasat University

13:00 – 14:00 Paper Session 4 Learning from Tourism
“Application of BIK System in the Sustainable Tourism Goals of the Philippine Tourism Industry”
Ezra Nicole Basto, De La Salle University

“Miraculous Development of Japanese Tourism and Lessons for Vietnamese Tourism”
Pham Hong Long, Vietnam National University,

14:00 – 14:30 Coffee Break

14:30 – 15:30 Paper Session 5

15:30 – 16:30 Paper Session 6

16th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies

“Endless Discovery: 

Re-evaluating Japan’s Travel and Tourism”



CALL FOR PAPERS

16th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies 
by Ateneo de Manila University, Japanese Studies Program
with the support of the Toshiba International Foundation

DATES: 2-3 February, 2018
VENUE: Ateneo de Manila University, Manila

OVERVIEW:
In 2015, Japan welcomed a record of close to 20 million tourists.  This is partially due to the success of national government’s policies through the campaigns launched by the Japan National Tourism Organization via its international offices.  International visitors were not only attracted to visit Japan through these national government campaigns.  On the one hand, “contents tourism” or film-induced/media-induced tourism has become in vogue as well.  Early on, the target market for “contents tourism” was a domestic market, who consume domestic media, which in turn evolved to domestic tourism via the visitation of the “sites of the contents.”  With the globalization of Japanese media, even foreign visitors now engage in this domestic “contents tourism.”  Furthermore, the sites have expanded to encourage domestic (Japanese) consumers to travel abroad when the sites are purportedly set in foreign countries.  Local governments in Japan have also ventured into their own domestic tourism strategies, with local governments aggressively encouraging foreign movie companies to use their cities as filming sites.  There are other local governments which have launched their own domestic campaigns which have also attracted the attention of international visitors.  Finally, a recent trend in Japan is directed services, particularly to Muslim tourists with special needs like halal food and prayer rooms. 

On the other hand, the Philippines was able to attract a total of 5.4 million visitors in the same year.  This is partially due to the successes of the Department of Tourism with its campaigns such as “It’s More Fun in the Philippines.”  However, we still lag behind in our domestic tourism campaigns, with the capacities to attract foreign visitors.


Hence, the two-day conference gathers experts in the field of tourism in Japan in the hopes that their research can enrich our own tourism industries, as well as students in the tourism and hospitality degrees.  At the same time, it invites scholars conducting tourism research on the Philippines to enable networking and exchange of information to enrich and discuss new perspectives towards tourism research


The conference organizers welcome paper submissions that are aligned with this year’s conference theme. It hopes to generate discussion that aims to enhance knowledge on tourism, and the use of various disciplines in the tourism research.  The conference particularly encourages critical studies in the following areas:

• Contents Tourism 
• Eco-tourism
• Sustainability in Tourism
• Tourism and the Classroom

Other related topics are also welcome. Please submit the abstracts to this link on or before 30 October 2017. All submissions will be refereed. 

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM

The conference will consist of sessions with 20 min. for each paper 
(+ sufficient Q&A time)

Abstracts and bios should be in English. Please include a title, your name, affiliation, contact details (mailing address, email) and a brief description of your paper (maximum of 500 words). 

Please direct any inquiries (jspadmu@gmail.com),
.

5th Biennial International Conference of the Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia


Final Program

Yuki Ashina Abstract
Soo Im Lee Paper

Rooms for 15 December 2016
Plenary Room and Lunch: Sta. Maria 3 (2nd Floor)
Breakout Rooms: San Cristobal (2nd Floor), San Pablo (2nd Floor), San Martin (2nd Floor), Nina 1 (First Floor)
Conference Dinner: Sta. Maria 1 & 2 (2nd Floor)

Rooms for 16 December 2016
Breakout Room and Lunch: Nina 2 (First floor)
Breakout Rooms: San Cristobal, San Pablo, San Martin, (2nd Floor), Nina 1 (First Floor)
There is no dinner for 16 December 2016


The 5th International Conference of the Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia



ASEAN and Japanese Studies: Futures and Critical Approaches

The Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia (JSA-ASEAN) is a network among Japanese Studies scholars from Southeast Asia. It was set up in 2005 to serve as a catalyst in promoting Japanese studies in this region. It is the only organization with the aim of bringing together major Japanese studies specialists from various Southeast Asian countries with their counterparts from Japan and other countries. It is hoped that with the combined resources of Japanese studies specialists in Southeast Asia, JSA-ASEAN would grow to become an important platform for the promotion of region-wide Japanese studies.

In order to stimulate interest and promote networks among scholars in Southeast Asia, JSA-ASEAN organizes a biennial conference as the major platform for a trans-disciplinary international exchange. The inaugural conference was hosted by Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore in October 2006. The second JSA-ASEAN conference was held in Hanoi in October 2009, organized by Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences. The third JSA-ASEAN conference was held in Kuala Lumpur by University of Malaya in 2012. The fourth JSA-ASEAN conference was held in Bangkok by the Institute of East Asian Studies, Thammasat University in 2014.


CALL FOR PAPERS

Graduate Student Workshop
DATES: 13-14 December 2016
VENUE: Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Conference
DATES: 15-16 December 2016
VENUE: Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Organized by
Ateneo de Manila University, Japanese Studies Program
De La Salle University, International Studies Department
University of the Philippines, Third World Studies Center
with the support of the Japan Foundation



OVERVIEW:

The year 2015 saw a series of events that would redirect and transform Japanese society: the apparent failure of Abenomics, the recurrent issue of Japan’s war responsibility at 70th Anniversary of end of World War II, public debates and actions against the Peace and Security Preservation Legislation, controversies about the preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the gradual reinstatement of nuclear power generation, and the forceful implementation of the new Social Security and Tax Number System. The government’s campaign of Cool Japan seems to have lost its lure amidst the competition with the powerful cultural promotion of South Korea and China in the international market of economic as well as cultural commodities. Crucial cuts to humanities and social sciences at universities will possibly engender the expansive and in-depth impact on the future generation of Japan. At this crossroads, the conference invites scholars of Japanese Studies, from the region and beyond, to examine the past and the present of Japan, and explore the possibilities of its future.


The conference organizers invite individual papers, panels, posters and short films/videos relating to the conference theme. The sub-themes may include:

A. Peace and security
B. Social classes and subcultures
C. Gender
D. International relations
E. Political economy
F. Migration
G. Disaster
H. Community activism and networking
I. Language and literature

New and aspiring proposals in other areas are also welcome.

GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

1) Abstracts should be not more than 500 words in English or Japanese. Possible sub-themes into which the abstract falls may also be indicated.
2) Please include author's name(s), institutional affiliation, and complete contact information (email-address, telephone number and mailing address).
3) The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2016. Please send abstracts by email to jspadmu@gmail.com.
4) Graduate Students who are interested in participating in the Graduate Student Workshop on 13-14 December 2016 must write their intention in the submission.
5) All submissions will be refereed.

Graduate Student travel grants
The JSA-ASEAN offers competitive travel grants to graduate students who are accepted to present their paper to the conference. No additional applications beyond the submission of your abstract is necessary.

Travel Grants for paper presenters

The Japan Foundation will offer travel grants to selected paper presenters from Southeast Asia and the United States based on the recommendation by JSA-ASEAN. No additional applications beyond the submission of your abstract are necessary. Please include you need for travel support with your abstract submission. (Graduate students are prioritized.)

For other inquiries, contact the Conference Secretariat at +63-2-426-6001 loc. 5248/5249 (Karl Ian Cheng Chua or Marian Salvador), or jspadmu@gmail.com .

JSA-ASEAN Steering Committee:

Ateneo de Manila University, Japanese Studies Program
Chulalongkorn University
Doshisha University
National University of Singapore, Department of Japanese Studies
Thammasat University, Institute of East Asian Studies
University of Indonesia
University of Malaya
University of the Philippines, Third World Studies Center
Vietnam National University, Hanoi
Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences

PUBLICATION PLANS:
We are planning to have a special issue of an academic journal based on the conference.

Special Screening of "Illustrated By: Filipino Invasion of U.S. Comics"



There will be a special screening of "Illustrated By" on 23 January 2015
6:00 pm - Onwards

“Illustrated By” Documentary

Synopsis:

Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, The X-Men – characters recognized all over the world. What may not be known is that, since the 1970’s, Filipinos have had a significant contribution in these and other characters’ mythologies. “Illustrated By”: Filipino Invasion of U.S. Comics is a full-length documentary film tracing the phenomenon of Filipino comic artists breaking into the U.S. mainstream. The movie aims to pay tribute to many of these ignored, unacknowledged talents, and showcase their gorgeous artwork.

FEATURED INTERVIEWS
Gerry Alanguilan
Alfredo Alcala, Jr.
C.B. Cebulski
Jiggy Cruz
Max-C Cubacub
Tony DeZuniga
Noel Fernandez
Ernest Jocson
Jun Lofamia
Gilbert Monsanto
Abe Ocampo
Carlo Pagulayan
Stephen Segovia
Budjette Tan
Harvey Tolibao
Wilson Tortosa
Dennis Villegas
Leinil Yu

ILLUSTRATED BY CREDITS LIST

Director
PEPPER MARCELO

Producer
EMILY MARCELO
YSH CABANA

Co-Producer
GERRY ALANGUILAN

Production Managers
KARR COTOMORA
NIKKI ROQUERO

Camera
ALFRED PEREZ

Sound
CARLO DELA TORRE
ANDREW TOPACIO

Editor
VINNIE PACLEB
DARWIN ROSALES

Camera Assistant
VICENTE DIAZ


Manga and the Manga-esque: New Perspectives to a Global Culture
15th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies and the 6th Women’s Manga Conference
22-23 January 2015
Ateneo de Manila University

PROGRAMME
Day 1 Venue: Leong Auditorium

8:30 Registration and Coffee Break

9:30 Welcome Remarks
Filomeno V. Aguilar Jr., Ph.D. Dean, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University

Opening Remarks
Shūji Takatori, Director, The Japan Foundation

10:00-12:00 Plenary Session 1: Manga and the Manga-esque

Considering the ‘Mangaesque’ as a Cultural Condition: Where Japanese Studies and Manga Studies May Meet
Jaqueline Berndt, Kyoto Seika University

The Role of National Mediators in the Construction of the Global Meaning of Manga
Zoltan Kacsuk, Kyoto Seika University

Manga-esque in a Single Frame: An Exploration of the Bounds of Japanese Irasuto and Cartoons
Ronald Stewart, Prefectural University of Hiroshima

12:00 – 12:30 Artist Session 1: Philippine
Moderated by Elbert Or
Elbert Or, Robert Magnuson, Ace Vitangcol

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:00 Artist Session 2: Women’s Manga in Singapore
Moderated by Fusami Ogi and Jaqueline Berndt
FSc

2:00 – 3:30 Paper Session 1: Manga-esque in Southeast Asia

The Domestication of Japanese Manga Representation in Malaysia : The Universality of Visual Language and Cultural Characteristics
Suraya Md Nasir, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Manga in the Philippines: from niche market to an (invisible) market
Ma. Victoria Cayton, University of Asia and the Pacific

“OTAKU NO RIKO”: Gratifications Derived from Filipino Anime Engagements
Thea Pamela Pauline A. Javier, M.C., San Sebastian College Recolectos - Manila

3:30 – 4:00 Artist Session 3: Vietnam
Moderated by Fusami Ogi and Jaqueline Berndt
Nguyen Thanh Phong

4:00-4:15 Coffee Break

4:15-4:45 Artist Session 4: Women Comics in the Philippines
Moderated by: Kristine Michelle Santos
Tin Tin Pantoja, Black Ink Comics

4:45 – 5:30 Paper Session 2: Frameworks in Popular Culture Studies

Performing 2.5 dimensional characters: Cosplay as a Practice in Hybrid Reality
Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, Yokohama National University

Glocalizing Appearance: Filipino Cosplayers and the Mukokuseki Aesthetic
Tiffany Lim, University of Tokyo

Quantitative research in manga/anime studies: Methodological considerations and three Europe-based surveys
Marco Pellitteri, Kobe University




Day 2 Venue: Leong Hall

9:00 Registration

9:30-11:00 Plenary Session 2: Women’s Manga in Japan

Manga-esque Hybridity Coming out of Women’s Manga
Fusami Ogi, Chikushi Jogakuen University

On Sexual Issues of Aging Women: Shungiku Uchida and Challenges in Women’s Manga
Kotaro Nakagaki. Daito Bunka University

“What Female Manga Artists are doing with Shakespeare”
Yukari Yoshihara, University of Tsukuba

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-11:45 Artist Session 4: Women’s Manga in Indonesia

Moderated by Febriani Shihombing
Jhosephine Tanuwidjaya and Stephani Soejono

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:15 Artist’s Session 5: Malaysia
Moderated by Gan Sheuo Hui
Shieko

1:15-2:15 Plenary Session 4: Manga and the Manga-esque in Southeast Asia

Analysis of the Terminology “Komik Indonesia” in Indonesian Comics: A Discussion Case Study of Three Indonesia Comics Exhibition after 2000
Febriani Sihombing, Tohoku University

Locally Made! – The Gag Comics in Malaysia
Gan Sheuo Hui, National University of Singapore

2:15 – 3:15 Paper Session 3:Women and Manga Beyond Japan

Girls' Dōjinshi in the Philippines: Challenges and Transformations in Local Girls’ Culture
Kristine Michelle Santos, Wollongong University

Kartoon-y: Boys' Love Manga Flourishes in Conservative Thailand
Poowin Bunyavejchewin and Ormwajee Pibool, Thammasat University

3:15 – 3:30 Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:30 Paper Session 4: Women and Japanese Manga

Defining Yuri Fandom in Japan: Women and Men Reading and Writing About Girl–Girl Romance Media
James Welker, Kanagawa University

On the role of characterization and engagement in shōjo-manga as a genre
Giancarla Unser-Schutz, Rissho University

4:30 - 5:00 Artist Session 5: China’s Artist Panel

Moderated by Jaqueline Berndt
Luo Rongrong

5:00 - 6:00 Paper Session 5: Gender and Japanese Manga

Winry, Hinata, Mikasa: Feminine Imagery in Shōnen Manga and Japan’s Masculinist Cultural Nationalism
Hansley A. Juliano, Ateneo de Manila University

Sex Tourism, Filipina Brides, and Japanese Comics
Ryan Holmberg, The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

6:00 - 6:10 Ending Remarks
Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua, Director, Japaese Studies Program

6:10 – 7:30 Special Screening of “Illustrated By: Filipino Invasion of US Comics”


REGISTRATION FORM

Illustration in Conference poster by Kiko Dans
Conference poster layout by Elbert Or