Coronavirus in Japan: why is the infection rate relatively low?

Hiroaki Richard Watanabe, University of Sheffield The number of deaths and infections from the global coronavirus pandemic is now larger outside China, where the outbreak began, than inside the country. Italy, Iran and South Korea, China’s neighbour, have been among the countries worst hit by the virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Japan…

The Secret World of Fangirls

Article by: Georgia Thomas-Parr PhD Candidate in the School of East Asian Studies The Festival of Social Science is a nationwide event which offers researchers the opportunity to present their research to the public in the format that they wish. Last year’s festival (November 2019) saw the hosting of an exhibition titled, ‘The Secret World…

Book Launch for the Poetry Contest in Six Hundred Rounds

The School of East Asian Studies was pleased to hold a launch on 10 December 2019 to mark the publication of a new book by Dr Thomas McAuley, The Poetry Contest in Six Hundred Rounds: A Translation and Commentary (2 vols) (Brill, 2020). Dating from 1192-93, the contest, known in Japanese as Roppyakuban uta’awase, contains…

Tsunami Disasters and Global Heating in Japan

Incremental or Transformational Adaptation to Sea Level Rise? This blog article is a summary of research recently published by The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.  To view this research online: Matanle, P., Littler, J. & Slay, O. (2019) Imagining Disasters in the Era of Climate Change: Is Japan’s Seawall a New Maginot Line? The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan…

North Korea’s Missing Dead

Dr. Sarah A. Son and Dr. Markus Bell First published in The Diplomat In North Korea, the remains of the executed are not returned to families, leaving no chance for post-death rituals. North Koreans stand together for a portrait next to family member’s grave at a cemetery as they observe Chuseok, the traditional Korean harvest…

Living with a nuclear North Korea: how to move beyond the impasse

      By Markus Bell and Geoffrey Fattig First published in NKnews Demanding complete denuclearization has long been a diplomatic dead-end Three months after the breakdown of the Hanoi Summit, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has tested the waters of acquiescence by conducting two rounds of missile tests. In the past, a new…

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…