Centre for Strategic Studies Roundtable

Professor Akihiro Iwashita will take part in a Roundtable, moderated by Professor Alexander Bukh,  at the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. The Roundtable will focus on “Japan-Russia Relations under Abe and Putin: Implications for the Asia-Pacific Region”, and will take place from 2pm on Thursday 30 March 2017.

Further details on the Roundtable are available HERE.

Policy Forum in Washington DC

Asia and the world as seen by border studies:

Implications for US-Japan Relations

Policy Forum held as part of USJI Week



February 28, 2017


10:00 – 11:30 at the

USJI Office Seminar Room
2000 M Street, Washington DC 20006



With the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, borders are back on the policy table in a big way. Pledging to raise the barriers to entry that exist for flows of both people and products from overseas, the opening weeks of Trump’s time in office have already demonstrated how the desire to reinforce the state’s ability to patrol its putative borders has resulted in broader effects throughout the territory of the United States. In many instances, such effects are felt far from the actual physical borders of the state. All of this is no surprise to border scholars, whose concern with the political effects of broader border processes is now more essential than ever to understanding the course and potential fallout from this newfound concern with shoring up the edges of the nation.

Borders provide both a nexus between national politics and foreign policy and a means of thinking across this artificial divide, allowing us to consider the connections between issues traditionally split between these two spheres.  Our Washington meeting will hear from a number of border policy experts on the outlook for US borders following the elections, and the implications of this for Japan and Asia. Not only are the broader patterns of border politics in the United States equally applicable to Asia, whose states also struggle with the question of how best to maintain and manage national boundaries, but the relations of Japan with its neighbours and the United States are shaped by perceptions of the border. This panel will demonstrate the interrelated nature of global border politics, and seek to highlight the implications for US-Japan relations stemming from border attitudes and policies at play in the US, Japan, and wider region

“Borders of Memory: national commemoration in East Asia” Conference Program

Sponsored by the War Memoryscapes in Asia Project (WARMAP), British Association of Japanese Studies, Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies and Kyushu University Border Studies.

The event poster is HERE.

Nishijin Plaza, Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Click for details)

December 17-18, 2016

Accommodation Update: Please be aware that hotels in Fukuoka are extremely overcrowded at present. Those who have not booked well in advance are advised to ring round hotels, rather than merely looking online, and to make use AirBnB, which has a much greater variety of more reasonable accommodation options.

Saturday 17 December

10:00 – 12:00 PANEL 1: Memory and the State

“The UNESCO World Heritage Convention and Japan’s Pursuit of International Cultural Legitimacy”

Mark Lincicome (Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies)

“The campaign for international recognition for ‘comfort women’ – China’s involvement, and the drive for UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ status”

Edward Vickers (Kyushu University) & Ohashi Fumie (Waseda University)

“Memory and Identity: National Commemoration of the Nanjing Massacre in China”

Jing Cheng (University of Nottingham)

“Remembering to Forget Kor Pram: Politics and National Identity in Post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia”

Will Brehm (University of Tokyo)

Moderated by Christopher Gerteis (SOAS, University of London)

12:00 – 13:30 LUNCH


13:30 – 14:30 KEYNOTE

“The Sino-Japanese War in Chinese historical museums”

Kirk Denton (Ohio State University)

Moderated by Edward Vickers (Kyushu University)

14:30 – 14:45 COFFEE BREAK


14:45 – 16:45 PANEL 2: Local Memory

“Politics of Dark Heritage in Contemporary Japan”

Jung-Sun N. Han (Korea University)

“Photography, Death, and Identity: the Construction of War Memory at Yushukan Museum”

Fei Chen (University of Tokyo)

“Modelling memoryscapes in Japan’s prefectural capitals: Investigating commemoration of the Asia-Pacific War in Tokushima”

Austin Smith (University of St. Andrews)

“With or without heritage – Memories of Miike coal mine”

Yusuke Matsuura (Kumamoto University)

Moderated by Philip Seaton (Hokkaido University)

16:45 – 17:00 COFFEE BREAK


17:00 – 18:30 FILM PANEL: This Island is Ours

This Island is Ours: Defending Dokdo/Retrieving Takeshima

Film screening and Q&A with the director, Alexander Bukh (University of Wellington)

Moderated by Ted Boyle (Kyushu University)


FROM 19:30 – KONSHINKAI (conference dinner)


Sunday 18 December

10:00 – 12:30 PANEL 3: Bordering Memory

“UNESCO Memory of the World Register and Dark(ening) Tourism to the Maizuru Repatriation Museum”

Jonathan Bull (Hokkaido University)

“Buried Memory, Excavated Honor: Commemorating Chinese Expeditionary Soldiers of the Burma Campaign in the ROC and the PRC”

Linh Vu (University of California, Berkeley)

“Border Tourism and Dark Tourism: the case of Tsushima-Busan Border Tour”

Yasunori Hanamatsu (Kyushu University)

“Grassroots expiation: The Takashima tours to Southeast Asia, 1983-1996”

Mark Frost (University of Essex) & Yosuke Watanabe (Independent Scholar)

“In search of fathers: place, pilgrimage and the children of Far East Prisoners of War”

Terry Smyth (Independent Scholar)

Moderated by Ted Boyle (Kyushu University)

12:30 – 13:00 CONFERENCE WRAP-UP


For any further information, please contact: tedkboyle_AT_gmail.com

ABSj November Seminar in Tokyo

The Japan Chapter of the Association for Borderlands Studies will host its 2016 Seminar on November 27. It will be held at the Tokyo Office of Hokkaido University, a short walk from Tokyo station. 

For more details, please see HERE.

Borders as a Gateway to Asia

On May 11, 2016, the Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies hosted an event with Hokkaido’s Slavic-Eurasia Research Center on Border Tourism at ACROS Fukuoka.



Here are some photos of the event:



CAFS Spring Workshop – A Fresh Glance at Asian Borders

CAFS Spring Workshop – A Fresh Glance at Asian Borders


Nishijin Plaza March 17, 2016 1500-1800 [1500 – 1620] Session 1: – Processing mobile populations Paper 1: “For Whom the Bell Tolls? Migration and Ethnic Minorities in East Asia” Naomi Chi, Assistant Professor, Public Policy School, Hokkaido University Paper 2: “Political Borders in an International Airport” Aizawa Nobuhiro, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University Coffee Break 1620-1640 [1640-1800] Session 2: Fencing flows Paper 1 “Border walls and the global war on terror” Kawakubo Fuminori, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Chuo Gakuin University Paper 2 “Fencing the Indian Northeast” Edward Boyle, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law and Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies, Kyushu University.

Redesigning Asia Pacific Future Studies at Kyushu University

Redesigning Asia Pacific Future Studies at Kyushu University


Principle Organizer : Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies (CAFS) In cooperation with: Kyushu Economic Research Association, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Human-Environment Studies, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Economics, Kyushu University Supervised by: Takatoshi Matsubara (CAFS, Kyushu University) Transnational Perspectives on the Asia, the Pacific and Beyond: Gender, Conflicts, and Social Transformations Date : February 21, 2016 9:30-17:00 Place : ACROS Fukuoka Language : English and Japanese, with simultaneous translation 9:30- 9:35 Opening Ceremony Opening Remark : Reiko Aoki (Executive Vice President, Kyushu University) 9:35-10:30 Keynote Speeches Speaker : Karen Eggleston (Stanford University) Title: Economic Challenges from the “New” Demographic Transition Speaker : Akihiko Takagi (Faculty of Humanities, Kyushu University) Title: Border Studies: Old and New Theme in Political Geography 10:30-12:00 Session 1 :Re-bordering Northeast Asia: Security, Energy and Communications Coordinator: Chisako T. Masuo (Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University) Moderator: Akihiro Iwashita (CAFS, Kyushu University) Chisako T. Masuo Paper: Changing Dynamism in East Asian International Relations : Can Communication Save us from crisis? Christopher Len (National University of Singapore) Paper: China’s Regional Peripheral Diplomacy Alexander Bukh (Victoria University of Wellington) Paper: Territorial Disputes in Northeast Asia: Identity and Ontological Security Commentators: David Wolff (Hokkaido University) Yoo mi Kim (Seoul National University) 13:30-15:10 Session 2 :Migration and Gender in East Asia Coordinator: Reiko Ogawa (Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University) Moderator: Reiko Ogawa Yeun hee Kim (Daegu University) Paper: North Korean Migrants in Perpetual Motion Akwi Seo (Fukuoka Women’s University) Paper: Migrant Women and Transnational Feminism in East Asia Lih-Rong Wang (National Taiwan University) Paper: Migrant Care Workers’ Wellbeing from Social Inclusion Perspectives Commentator: Naomi Chi (Hokkaido University) 15:30-17:00 Session 3 :Space, Territoriality and International Relations Coordinator: Akihiko Takagi Moderator: Takafumi Yamasaki (Osaka City University) Byung yeon Kim (Seoul National University) Paper: Do Institutions Affect Social Preferences?: Evidence from Divided Korea Reece Jones (University of Hawaii) Paper: The Violence of Borders Colin Flint (Utah State University) Paper: Something New, Something Old: The Emerging Territoriality of China’s One Belt One Road Project 17:00- Closing Speeches Closing Remarks: Myung koo Kang (Seoul National University) Naoki Kumano (Faculty of Law, Kyushu University) Closing Address: Akihiro Iwashita