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Japan Studies Association of Canada / Association canadienne d'études sur le Japon

カナダ日本研究学会   Virtual Home for the Japan Studies Association of Canada

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The purpose of the Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) is to promote Japan Studies in Canada and to contribute towards increase in knowledge about Japan and Canada-Japan relations by:
  • Encouraging Canadian scholars and other interested persons to conduct research on Japan in all academic fields;
  • Sponsoring conferences and publishing proceedings of the conferences and other papers;
  • Encouraging Japanese scholars and any person interested in Japan studies to share their knowledge with the members of the Association.

Message from the JSAC President: text
Carin Holroyd                                                                    
Dr. Carin Holroyd
Associate Professor
Department of Political Studies
University of Saskatchewan





Our heart-felt condolences to the death of Professor John Forman Howes: link Globe&Mail

JSAC Conference 2017: October 12-15, 2017  Congratulations on a very successful conference! Many thanks to Professor David Welch and Ms. Eileen Lam and her excellent team!

For an important conference on 'Future Uncertain: Economic, Environmental, Social and Political Challenges facing Japan' organized by the Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) and hosted at the Munk School of Global Affairs:
  • Conference web site
  • Welcome message from the organizers
  • Airfare refund request form (York University): Link   Please send me the request form and the original airfare receipt. York University does not require boarding passes, only original receipts. When two institutions are paying for the same receipt, the finance office will stamp it indicating the portion of the receipt that York University paid for and the date. (revised)

          Please mail them to: c/o Norio Ota, JSAC, DLLL, York University
                                            4700 Keele St., Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

The 2017 JSAC membership fee is now payable (period of January 1 - December 31, 2017): Link

JSAC2018 is most likely to be held at University of Alberta. We thank Professor Aya Fujiwara (University of Alberta) and Professor X.Jie Yang (University of Calgary) for their willingness to host the conference.


Honours: Congratulations!
  • Professor Fumiko Ikawa-Smith was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette in 2003: Link
  • Norio Ota was honoured with the title of 'Profesor Invitado' by Universidad de La Habana, Cuba in 2013: Link
  • Professor Ken Coates and Professor Jacob Kovalio received 2014 Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation: Link (Coates)  Link (Kovalio)
  • Professor Michael W. Donnelly was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun in 2014: Link
  • Norio Ota receives 2015 Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation:  Link1  Link2  Link3  Link4
  • Professor Ken Coates elected to be fellow of the Royal Society of Canada: Link
  • Norio Ota commended by York University as a 2016 York U Research Leader: Link
  • Professor X. Jie Yang, University of Calgary, received Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in the Imperial Decorations, spring 2016: Link1  Link2  Link3  Link4
  • Professor Carin Holroyd received the University of Saskatchewan J.W. George Ivany Internationalization Award.
  • Ambassador Joseph Caron received 2017 Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star: Link 
  • Professor Fumiko Ikawa-Smith, McGill University receives the Award for Lifetime Service to the Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) in 2017: This award is made to honour an outstanding contribution to the mission of the Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC): Initiated in 2017, the award recognizes exceptional service and commitment to JSAC and to the study of Japan in Canada.  The award acknowledges and publicly celebrates these outstanding contributions and the integrity and dedication the recipient has brought to the association.
  • Ms. Natasha Fox and Mr. Evan Koike (runner-up) received the 2017 Pringsheim Award for excellent papers among graduate students.

JSAC Publication:
  • JSAC2012-13 Proceedings publication: Link
  • JSAC2014 Proceedings: Link
  • JSAC2015 Japan and Canada in Comparative Perspective: Economics: Link
  • JSAC/JACS/JCERN2015 Culture, Identity and Citizenship in Japan and Canada: Link
  • JSAC2016 Globalizing Japan: Issues in Language, Linguistics and Japanese Society: Link

JSAC-Japan Foundation Lecture Series
  • 'Brewed in Japan'. Special JSAC/Japan Foundation Toronto Lecture by Jeffrey Alexander, February 12, 2015 at Saint Mary's UniversityLink
  • 'Japan’s Entry into International Society' by Professor Tomoko Okagaki, Dokkyo University:  Link
  • 'Planning For Smart Cities in Japan' by Professor Hidefumi Imura (March 1st, 2016, UBC): Link
  • "Japan’s 'Quality Service': Can Omotenashi be a Source of Japan’s Soft Power?" by Professor Takamichi (Tam) Mito, Kwansei Gakuin University (November 8, 2016, UBC) : Link
  • "How Much Difference is There Between Japan and China in Terms of Aesthetics?" by Professor Masahiro Hamashita, at Centre for Japanese Research, UBC, February 7, 2017: Link

Books, journals, articles, talks, etc. by members of JSAC:
  • Article: 'The dangerous false fear of Japanese militarism' by David Welch: EN Link JP Link
  • Interview: 'PM Abe's electoral strategy and Abenomics' by Stephen Robert Nagy: Video Link
  • Interview: ジョーゼフ・キャ ロン氏 「変化を方向づける年」 2015朝日 新聞 鏡の中の日 本戦後70年 世界からのメッセージ: Link (pdf.)   Link (htm)
  • Article: 'Japan's most significant year' by Joseph Caron: Link
  • Article: 「日中韓和解のカギは、互いの「自己評価」を認め合うこと」 by Stephen R. Nagy: Link
  • Article: 'Is Japan really tilting to the right?' by Stephen R. Nagy: Link
  • Article: 'A persistent problem' by Stephen R. Nagy: Link
  • Article: 「日 中韓は不毛な「歴史修正競争」に歯止めを」 by Stephen Nagy: Link
  • Article: 'What Canadians Need to Know about Today’s Japan: Because it's 2016' by Joseph Caron: Link
  • Article: There's still time to save the TPP by Joseph Caron: Link
  • Article: Japan, Canada and the TPP: Link
  • Journal: Journal Of International and Advanced Japanese Studies, Volume 9 (2016-17), University of Tsukuba: Link
  • Article: 'Canada in the U.S.-China crossfire' by Joseph Caron: Link

Japan-related news, articles, talks, lectures, etc.:
  • University of British Columbia appoints Santa J. Ono as its first president of Japanese descent: Link
  • Lynne Kutsukake, writer, won Canada-Japan Literary Award ($10,000) for her work 'The Translation of Love': Link
  • Bill 79, Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day Act, 2016: Link
  • Morimoto Gakuen scandal, The Japan Times: Link
  • A scandal over schools, land and nationalism in Japan, BBC : Link
  • Globe & Mail Article on John F. Howse: Link 

Photos - Please send photosOlder photos can be found in the Database.
  • JSAC2014_photos (Google Drive):  Link
  • JSAC2015_photos (Google Drive):  Link
  • JSAC2016_photos (Google Drive)Link
  • JSAC2017_photos (Google Drive):  Link
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