To All JSAC Members and Interested Parties,


I am so pleased to write with information about the 2019 JSAC Conference to be held at Mount Allison University this October 3-6. We have an exciting lineup of papers and an excellent group of keynote speakers for the conference. Below is some information about the keynotes and I have also attached a draft schedule. This is only the second time in JSAC history that the conference has been held at a Maritime university and we are looking forward to a good turnout to support our colleagues and JSACfs continuation.


Registration is now open at





The Marshlands Inn is a lovely old-style inn and the Savoy Arms and Sackville Bed and Breakfast are comfortable and cozy B&Bs. All are an easy 5-10-minute walk to campus. Rooms can also be had at the Costal Inn and the Tantramar Motel near the highway, a 5-minute drive from campus. For hearty walkers, it about a 15-20-minute stroll.


The Marshlands Inn:     

Savoy Arms:                   

Sackville Bed and Breakfast:

The Coastal Inn:             

The Tantramar Motel:   


**Donft forget to mention JSAC when you make your reservations.




The nearest airport is Moncton, about a 30-minute drive. A taxi is about 75.00, although you may be able to arrange a better price if you also book a return through Sackville Cab at the same time. Where possible, buddy up for the trip to Sackville to reduce costs. We may also have some pick-ups available depending on times so please let us know what time you are arriving.


Sackville Cab: 506-364-8000














JSAC 2019 Keynote Speakers (in order of appearance)


Mikio Moriyasu

Mikio Moriyasu was born in Japan and finished his MSc degree at Tokyo University of Marine Science. He then pursued his doctorate program in aquatic ecology at the eUniversité des Sciences et Techniques du Languedocf, in Montpellier, France on a French government scholarship.   After completion of his doctorate program, he conducted his post-doctoral research at the newly established Gulf Region with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Moncton, NB, Canada. He has 34 years of research experience with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on various marine crustaceans namely snow crab and assumed the head of the snow crab section from 1989 to 2018. His research domain encompasses the entire range of the snow crabfs life cycle, annual snow crab stock assessments, and studies related to environmental changes and anthropogenic activities and their effects on snow crab populations.  The snow crab stock assessment in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence is considered as one of the most accurate stock assessments in the world.


Jeffery Kingston

Jeff Kingston is Director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan. He is author and editor of a dozen books, including Japan (Polity 2019), Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan 2nd ed. (Routledge 2019), Japanfs Foreign Relations with Asia (Routledge 2018) Press Freedom in Japan (Routledge 2017) and the Politics of Religion, Nationalism and Identity in Asia (Rowman & Littlefield 2019).


Jean-Francois Bisson

Jean-François Bisson was born in Montreal, Canada. After receiving his undergraduate and Masterfs degrees in engineering physics from École Polytechnique de Montréal, he set out to undertake a doctorate degree in Physics, which he received from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France, in 1999. After his doctorate, Jean-François came back to Canada to join the National Research Council of Canada, where he contributed to the development of optical sensors for the control of the industrial coating deposition processes. In 2002, he joined a research group at the University of Electro-Communications, Japan, devoted to the development of ultra-transparent optical ceramics, a new class of laser materials used to make high-power lasers. In 2007, he joined Amada Corp., where he focused his attention on the development of a 4-kW fiber laser for metal sheet cutting applications. In 2010, after having spent eight years in Japan, Jean-François came back to Canada to become a faculty member at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Université de Moncton. Aside from teaching a variety of physics courses, he performs research works on lasers and nanostructured materials for laser applications. His most recent achievement includes the realization of a solar-pumped laser without concentrator, a joint research project with the group of Prof. Endo at Tokai University, Japan.







Machiko Osawa

Graduate from Seikei University majoring in Japanese Literature. Received M.A. in Economics, Eastern Illinois University (1977),  Researcher at the Center for Social Sciences, Columbia University (1980-84) and Ph.D in Economics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1984), Hewlett Fellow at the University of Chicago (1984-86), Senior Researcher, at the Japan Institute of Labor (1987-90), Associate Professor of Economics, Asia University (1990-96) and currently professor of economics at Japan Womenfs University@and also director of the Research Institute for Women and Careers (2013~present)

Served on Advisory Boards of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Labor, Prime Ministerfs Gender Equality Bureau, and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Author of various books such as Economic Change and Women Workers: Japan U.S. Comparison  (1993, Nihon-Keizai Hyoronsha, Received Kagami Award), Economics of New Family  (Chuo Koron Shinsya, 1998), Non-Standard Work in Developed Economies(ed. with Susan houseman, Upjohn Institute, 2003), Towards Work-Life Balance Society(Iwanami, 2006)Cand Work-Life Synergy (Iwanami, 2008), Japanfs Working Poor (Iwanami,2010), When Housewives Return to the Labor Market-Towards Second Chance Society  (NTT Shuppan, 2012) Whatfs Holding Back Japanese Women, (Tokyo Keizai  Shinposya, 2015) Women and Work in the 21stcentury, (Sayusya, 2018) Why There are so Few Women Managers in the Japanese Workplace, (Seikyusya, 2019).


Laura Hein

Laura Hein is the Harold H. and Virginia Anderson Professor of History at Northwestern University.  Her most recent book is Post-Fascist Japan: Political Culture in Kamakura after World War II, Bloomsbury Press and a Weatherhead Institute Imprint book, 2018. A Japanese translation is underway for Jinbun Shoin, for 2020.  She is also the General Editor of the 3-volume Cambridge History of Japan and Editor of vol. 3 Modern Japan, under contract with Cambridge University Press, delivery date July 1, 2020.