What are Korean Totem Poles?

Written by Jinsik Kim Translated by Corliss Luong (4th Year Korean Studies Student) In the pre-modern era when scientific development was limited, Shamanism governed Korean society. Modern science reveals that past methods were not necessarily unscientific, as they had their own benefits. However, it’s clear that the knowledge and awareness of pre-modern people were very…

Exploring the diversity of urban Japan through film

Written by Dr Jamie Coates Japan is not usually seen as a place with a high number of migrants, yet new non-Japanese communities are emerging in urban centres, with some areas of Tokyo showing levels of diversity like those found in so-called immigration countries such as the UK and the USA. My recent research film…

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…