06
May
2014

Tomoko Akami on the League of Nations Health Organisation, the Far Eastern Association of Tropical Medicine, and Japanese public health experts, 1910-1925

Tomoko Akami looks at the crucial role played by Japanese public health experts in the expansion of the League of Nations Health Organisation into Asia.

30
Apr
2014

Japanese history through cinema series: Nobi (Fires on the Plain)

Nobi follows a company of Japanese soldiers virtually abandoned without supplies on the island of Leyte during the final stages of WWII.

16
Apr
2014

Japanese history through cinema series: Eejanaika

The title of this rarely seen film refers to a millenarian movement of singing, dancing and riotous behaviour that swept the central regions of Japan just before the collapse of the Tokugawa government.

02
Apr
2014

Japanese history through cinema series: Seppuku (Harakiri)

A samurai warrior (played by the great Tatsuya Nakadai) fallen on desperate times asks permission to commit hara-kiri (also known as seppuku) at the house of a great lord.

21
Mar
2014

Korea Institute - AKB48 and girls' generation: Divergent cultural trajectories in Japan and South Korea

What do AKB48 and Girls' Generation suggest about the contemporary cultural situation in these two Northeast Asian nation-states?

19
Mar
2014

Japanese history through cinema series: The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail

This rarely seen Kurosawa film was made just before the end of WWII, and managed to be banned by both the Imperial Japanese government and Gen. MacArthur’s postwar occupation government!

18
Mar
2014

John Tang on A tale of two SICs: industrial development in Japan and the United States in the late nineteenth century

Late developing countries are able to adopt best practice technologies pioneered abroad, allowing more rapid convergence toward leading economies.

18
Mar
2014

Asia today – 1914 redux?

It is almost 100 years since the first shots of the First World War rang out. While the events of July and August 1914 have appeared puzzling, they have echoed through the following century as a cautionary tale of how things can go wrong, and do so with alarming rapidity.

17
Mar
2014

Change and Continuity in Post-Cold War Pacific Alliances: Case Studies on Japan's and Australia's Alliance Relations with the US

The United States’ alliances with Japan and Australia are the most important bilateral security alliances in the Asia-Pacific. Given the uncertain strategic conditions in the wider region, the relative weight of these relations is bound to increase.

12
Mar
2014

Masakazu Toyoda on energy policy and security at the Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies Conference 2014

Masakazu Toyoda from the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan has been confirmed as a speaker at the 2014 APPS conference.

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