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…

E-International Relations – Interview with Dr Peter Matanle

Peter Matanle is Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies and Director of Research and Innovation at the University of Sheffield’s School of East Asian Studies. He researches and teaches about Social and Cultural Geography. His current focus is on regional development, population and environment in the Asia-Pacific, particularly Japan and New Zealand. More information uploads of…

America’s New Best Friend: The UK vs Japan

By Dr Peter Matanle, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies and Director of Research and Innovation, School of East Asian Studies. Prime Minister Abe of Japan returned to Tokyo on Sunday 12 February having sealed his country’s position as a principal ally of the United States of America, in the process potentially even ousting the United…