11th Kyushu University Border Studies Seminar

The 11th in our series of Border Studies Seminars will be held on Saturday, May 19 at Kyushu University’s Hakozaki Campus. The keynote speech will be given by Dr. Satoshi Ishida, Lecturer at the Department of Public Policy, University of Nagasaki, and will be followed by a roundtable on border tourism. The seminar will be held in Japanese. 

For more details see HERE.

Hokkaido Workshop on Immigration Policy and Border Security in Japan

As part of the Jean Monnet Network grant “Comparing and Contrasting EU Border and Migration Policy – Are They Exemplary?”, and in collaboration with the Borders in Globalization network, the Hokkaido University Public Policy School, and the Association for Borderlands Studies Japan Chapter, Kyushu University Border Studies is part of a Workshop focusing on Immigration Policy and Border Security in Japan. This is part of a series of events, with previous meetings in Strasbourg (May 2017) and Brussels (November 2017).

The program for the Workshop is available HERE

2018 HOPS & SRC Border Studies Summer School

2018 Border Studies Summer School

Application period: February 1 to 28, 2018


The Graduate School of Public Policy (HOPS) and the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (SRC) at Hokkaido University are delighted to announce the commencement of the Border Studies Summer School (within the framework of the Hokkaido University Summer Institute) which they will host in Sapporo from July 2-5, 2018.

The SRC hosted a summer school on border studies from 2010 to 2014 as part of the Global COE project “Reshaping Japan’s Border Studies.” Starting in 2016, the Border Studies Summer School has been hosted as part of the Hokkaido Summer Institute, which is a program that brings together distinguished scholars and our faculty members to provide an enriching educational experience to students from across Japan and around the world. The Border Studies Summer School will allow participants to expand their knowledge on courses previously open only to students at Hokkaido University.

This year’s summer school will be a two-part program. The focus of the first half of the lectures will be on Northeast Asia while the second half will be on North America and East Asia. There will also be an excursion to a local museum to learn about Hokkaido. We ask that participants attend all of the above as part of the Border Studies Summer School. We will issue a certificate of completion on the last day of the summer school to those who finish the program.

For more details, see the poster HERE.

We will also be awarding scholarships to students who meet the criteria. Please click and download the following PDF file regarding the details of the application procedures as well as how to apply for the scholarship.

(Application procedures.pdf)

Border Studies Summer School Online Registration ⇒ http://src-h.slav.hokudai.ac.jp/Registration/SummerSchool/

DC Policy Forum on Russia in the US-Japan Alliance

“Russia in the US-Japan Alliance? Beyond Chinese and North Korean Challenges”

 US relations with Russia have become a major focus in Washington following the election of President Trump. US-Russian relations had been on ice since the crisis in Ukraine, and while it was widely believed that the election of Trump would offer the possibility for a reset, this has not been forthcoming. Suspicions over Russia’s interference in the election have further undermined an already fragile relationship.

By contrast, Japan under PM Abe has consistently sought better relations with Russia. Although officially signed up to the international sanctions over Ukraine, Japan ignored the advice of the Obama administration and seductively dangled prospects of economic cooperation in front of President Putin. However, this made no impression on the latter, who demolished Japan’s hopes of a Northern Territories resolution (with the return of two islands) in the December 2016 Leaders’ Summit, while also succeeding in dividing Japan from the rest of the G7. Despite the presence of the US-Japan Security Alliance, therefore, the two countries are out of step when it comes to relations with Russia. This workshop will focus on how we should think about US-Japan relations with the Russian bear in the room.

Additionally, the session will consider how this affects relations with an increasingly prominent China and the possible response to the threat of North Korea, which with its nuclear development and missiles appears the principle threat looming over the region. Understandings regarding these challenges also have an influence on the place of Russia within the US-Japan Security Alliance.

Drawing upon the panelists combined expertise in US-Russia, Russia-Korea, Russia China and Russia-Japan relations, this session will demonstrate the value of triangulating these issues when thinking about the role of Russia in US-Japan relations, and look to how these various challenges are potentially able to be overcome through the Alliance.

26 February 2018 (10:30-12:00)
USJI Office Seminar Room, 2000 M Street, Washington DC 20006

Hosted by:

Guadalupe Correa Cabrera (George Mason University)

Roundtable Participants:

Yong-Chool Ha (University of Washington)

Matthew Rojansky (Woodrow Wilson Center)

Paul J. Saunders (Center for the National Interest)

Akihiro Iwashita (Kyushu University / Hokkaido University)


Serghei Golunov (Kyushu University)

Moderated by:

Edward Boyle (Kyushu University)

See the flyer HERE.

Crisis in Northeast Asia Conference

On 27 January, at Nishijin Plaza, the Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies, together with National Institutes for the Humanities, will host a conference on the “Crisis in Northeast Asia”.

There will be a Special Symposium on the North Korean Issue, conducted in Japanese, and then two sessions on Security in Northeast Asia held in English. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided for the English sessions.

The conference will run from 12:30 to 18:30 in the afternoon, and will be the last large-scale event held by the Center before it closes its doors in March.

More details can be found in the poster HERE

Between Asias: inter-regional spaces

On 16 December 2017, Kyushu University Border Studies will host a conference on “Between Asias”, which will seek to examine the spaces falling between the cracks of Asian regions, and how a liminal identity, or sense of ‘between-ness’, comes to be articulated in such spaces. It will also examine how the presence of such spaces affects notions of Asia’s regions, as well as their interactions with one another.

For more details, please see HERE

“All Hands on Deck?” Border Studies Seminar

We will host our 10th Border Studies Seminar on November 29, 2017. This will comprise three great talks focusing on the South China Sea and maritime boundary issues in Asia.

For more details, please see the poster HERE.


All hands on deck? Navigating Asia’s new security seascape

“Debating ASEAN’s Role in Regional Security: A Discursive Approach to the South China Sea Disputes”

Stéphanie Martel (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia/McGill University)


“China’s Maritime Administration and its Impact on Asian Waters”

Chisako T. Masuo (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University)


“Emerging China and Southeast Asia: ASEAN at a turning point?”

Keiko Tsuji Tamura (Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Kitakyushu)


November 29     17:00 – 19:30


Denki Building 3F

Watanabedōri 2-1-82, Chūō-ku,

Fukuoka-shi, 810-0004



Organized by:    Kyushu University Border Studies (KUBS)

                          Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies (CAFS)

                           Kyushu University Inter-disciplinary Colloquiums

                           Association for Borderlands Studies Japan Chapter

Summer Border Seminar on (Trans) Border Security

Kyushu University Border Studies will host the 8th Asia-Pacific Border Studies Seminar on “(Trans) Border Security” in Northeast Asia in the middle of August. We are delighted to be welcoming to Fukuoka three distinguished speakers, who will share their thoughts on security architecture, Russia’s security vision, and the North Korean question in Japan. The event will be held at Kyushu University’s Nishijin Plaza from 15:30 – 18:00 on 14 August 2017. 

Further details are available HERE.

The 7th Asia-Pacific Border Studies Seminar on “China’s New Agenda as a Global Power”

Our 7th Asia-Pacific Border Studies Seminar will be held as a Kyushu University Inter-Disciplinary Colloquium into “China’s New Agenda as a Global Power”. It will feature three talks seeking to capture different aspects and geographies of China’s rise. 

Our guest speaker, Professor Paul Evans of the University of British Columbia, will talk on “The Changing Pattern of Chinese Presence and Influence in Asia Pacific: Lessons from Canada and Singapore” and share his insights into the intellectual and policy issues posed by the multi-dimensional activities of Chinese networks, both governmental and private, in the two countries in question. 

Our second speaker, Professor Nobuhiro Aizawa of Kyushu University, will introduce us to an exciting new project he is undertaking into the pattern of Chinese overseas investment into Indonesia, under the title of “Contemporary Politics of Chinese Workers Abroad: an Indonesian fiasco”.

Finally, KUBS’s very own Professor Serghei Golunov, will speak about the role of Chinese workers in Russia’s pivot to Asia, examining both official and popular perceptions. The session promises to offer a useful insight into China’s efforts to expand her influence overseas and the varied responses it provokes, and provide some necessary nuance to developments associated with its One Belt One Road policy.