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…

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…

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…