A successful BAJS Conference in Sheffield

The School of East Asian Studies welcomed over 200 Japanese culture, politics, economics, business and society experts to Sheffield earlier this month for the triannual British Association for Japanese Studies Conference (BAJS 2018). Titled ‘Crisis, what Crisis? Continuity and Change in Japan’, BAJS 2018 brought scholars from across the globe together for 3 days to…

Japan’s depopulation dividend: searching for an alternative to growth at all costs

By Dr Peter Matanle, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies Japan is experiencing unprecedented demographic change, due to rapid ageing and, since 2008, decreasing population. Conventionally this is considered to be a ‘problem’ to be solved by increasing either fertility or immigration, or both. Neither of these is realistic, however. More children would increase age-related dependency…

A review of “Diplomacy for Korean Neutrality and Buffer Zones: Modern History & Implications”, a SEAS public seminar by Dr. Seung-Young Kim

By Hyeonjun Kim, PhD student, School of East Asian Studies As tension from North Korea’s missile crisis and anxiety among its neighbouring countries emerge, questions on the regional situation surrounding the Korean Peninsula are gaining global attention. The lecture of Dr. Seung-young Kim, held on the 12th of October in the Arts Tower, gave us a chance…

Migrant workers on a Beijing construction site

Resistance through Accommodation: the migrant worker NGOs’ strategy of transforming citizenship in China

Written by Dr Gosia Jakimów, Lecturer in Chinese Politics With the sentencing of some prominent labour NGO activists in September 2016 to suspended prison terms, the precarious position of these organisations in Xi’s China became worldwide news. The arrests were preceded by a nation-wide crackdown on labour NGOs which started in 2012. The crackdown came…