Asian Forum (2008)

Wednesday,December 31,2008

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Toshihiro Minohara (簑原俊洋)
Professor, Graduate School of Law and Politics, Kobe UniversityTuesday, December 9, 2008
Room 252, Diffendorfer Memorial Hall West Wing, ICU
“Diplomacy on the Brink:
The Final Stage of the 1941 US-Japan Negotiations and the Role of Intelligence”
(「瀬戸際外交:1941年日米交渉の最終局面とインテリジェンスの役割」)In light of the recently uncovered documents on prewar Japanese SIGINT from the National Archives II in College Park, the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, the Japanese Diplomatic Records Office (DRO) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo, and the British National Archives (formerly, PRO) in Kew Gardens, the purpose of this presentation will be two-fold: first, to briefly overview the completely obscure history of the Japanese Black Chamber, and second, to examine/evaluate the role that intelligence played in the formulation of Japanese policy decisions, particularly at the critical juncture of November 1941. Specifically, a rational explanation for the motive behind the hitherto unexplained Togo hensetsu (東郷変節)will be provided which will support the contingency theory in the road to Pearl Harbor.
Lecture in Japanese


Sumire Yamashita (山下須美礼)
University of TsukubaTuesday, November 4, 2008
Room 252, Diffendorfer Memorial Hall West Wing, ICU

Ariko Ota (太田有子)
Research Fellow/ Lecturer
Social Science Research Institute, ICUTuesday, October 7, 2008
Room 252, Diffendorfer Memorial Hall West Wing, ICU
“Capital, Power, and Porcelains:
Regional Comparison of Industrialization in Modern Japan”This presentation will give a report of comparative analysis of several sites of porcelain
manufacturing in the early Meiji Japan. While porcelain manufacturing developed in many regions under the Tokugawa regime, it experienced a series of changes along with political and social dynamics in the mid 19th-century. Variant relations with political authorities and access to the markets shaped different contexts of manufacturing porcelains. Regional comparison illuminates multiple paths of industrialization in modern Japan.

Tania Hossain (ホサイン タニア)
Temple University Japan and Waseda UniversityTuesday, September 16, 2008
Room 252, Diffendorfer Memorial Hall West Wing, ICU
“Inequalities in English Language Education in Bangladesh:
Observations and Policy Options from Rural and Urban Schools”This presentation will examine the ways in which unequal educational opportunities engender discrimination against Bangladeshi learners. In Bangladesh, poor students have fewer opportunities to complete any education cycle than affluent students. The data in this study indicated that institutional and teaching practices keep English out of the reach of poor students. The presentation shows how pedagogical practices differ according to the instructional medium used in the classroom. In highlighting differences between pedagogical practices, this presentation will provide an in-depth examination of two institutions: one, a rural Bengali-medium school; the other, an urban Bengali-medium school. It will also present differences in socio-educational practices between both schools.

Jeffrey Paul Bayliss
Assistant Professor of History, Trinity CollegeTuesday, June 10, 2008
East Room, ICU Cafeteria
“Managing Minorities in Prewar and Wartime Japan:
Approaches to Assimilating and Incorporating Koreans and Burakumin Compared”From the 1920s through the Pacific War, Japanese government, in cooperation with various philanthropic organizations, devised a variety of policies for dealing with the problems of Japan’s two most widespread minority groups: labor migrants from the Korean colony and the modern descendants of early modern outcaste groups known as the Burakumin. In regard to both, the state acted on very similar concerns in pursuing a means of assimilation and incorporation. At the same time, the state had very different views of what constituted the “problem” posed by each minority and what needed to be done to address these. Despite the similar socio-economic situations faced by Koreans and Burakumin, these differences reveal the state’s focus on cultural proximity as a means of determining the loyalty of minorities and the degree to which they had a legitimate claim to membership in the nation.Lecture in English

Sally Ann Hastings
Assistant Professor of History, Purdue UniversityJune 3, 2008
East Room, ICU Cafeteria“Invitations to the Party: Women and Japanese Politics, 1945-1947″

Yoshiko Yamamoto (山本慈子)
San Francisco State University
May 26, 2008
East Room, ICU Cafeteria「ニアス文化を支えたもの ーニアス建築と巨大石彫刻の背景ー」

Maria Lai-Ling Lam
Associate Professor, School of Business, Malone CollegeApril 28, 2008
East Room, ICU Cafeteria“How might NGOS enable Japanese MNEs to be more responsive to local
and global initiatives in China”

Emi Kishimoto (岸本恵実)
Associate Professor of Japanese, ICUFeb 18, 2008
East Room, ICU Cafeteria“Dictionaries Compiled by Christians in Japan in the 16th and 17th Centuries”

Akinaka Senzaki (先崎彰容)
Tohoku University (東北大学)Jan 21, 2008
East Room, ICU Cafeteria“Some Aspects of the Globalization with Special Reference to Its Influence on
Modern Japan : A Re-examination of Yukichi Fukuzawa’s Criticism on Russia”

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