JSAC 2023 will be held at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon from September 28th to October 1st, 2023. 


The 2023 Japan Studies Association of Canada meeting in Saskatoon will focus on the theme of "Japan in Perilous Times." JSAC, as a truly multidisciplinary organization, always looks for cross-cutting topics that encourage the participation of individuals studying the past and the present, culture and economics, social issues and environmental considerations.  "Perilous Times" is, sadly, an apt description of the current global reality. The world is reeling from the combined influences of the rise of China, rapid climate change, the unravelling of global trade, the fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the political crises affecting the Western democracies, the global energy crisis, the unrealized promise of ecological sustainability, and a mounting international refugee movement that threatens widespread instability.


The conference will begin in the late afternoon of Thursday September 28th with a keynote address. The conference will run all day Friday September 29th and Saturday September 30th and for the morning of Sunday October 1st. The conference banquet is currently planned for the evening of Friday September 29th at Wanuskewin Heritage Park - https://wanuskewin.com/


Saskatoon and Saskatchewan are lovely in the fall and JSAC meetings are exceptionally collegial and truly multidisciplinary. Members come from a range of disciplines united in a shared interest and love for Japan. We hope you will join us and will share this with other academics and graduate students who might be interested.  Thanks to the Japan Foundation, travel funding for graduate students is available.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Masayuki Tadokoro, formerly of Keio University now at International University of Japan, on Japan’s place in the world with the provocative title “Is Japan still relevant today?”; Dr. Mokottunas Kitahara of the Centre for Ainu and Indigenous Studies at Hokkaido University will speak (via Zoom) on the beliefs and myths of the Ainu people; and Dr. Seung Hyok Lee of Tohoku Gakuin University will discuss Japan’s relations with North Korea.


Papers and panels are welcome.  Please send your name, the title of your paper or panel and an abstract (max 250 words) to political.studies@usask.ca by July 15.  Please include the words JSAC Panel or JSAC Paper in the subject line.   


More details on conference registration will be sent in June.


Book swap

As we did last year, we will host a Japan studies book swap.  Bring Japan-related books you no longer have room for but are reluctant to throw out. 



Rooms have been reserved at two hotels near the University of Saskatchewan campus.


1838 College Drive; Saskatoon; Bldg #2, SK; S1N 2Z8

Attendees can book guestrooms by calling the following phone numbers:
Toll-free 1-800-HOLIDAY ( 1-800-465-4329
Hotel direct 

A user-friendly URL is ready for booking guestrooms within the block dates by simply copy and pasting the Booking Link (URL) below and it will take you directly to the special group rate provided to the group.

Group Name: Japan Studies Association of CAN

           Dates: Sept.28-Oct.1st, 2023

           Room Type(s) available:
           Two queens at $139.00/night

           King bed at     $149.00/night

           Cut-off date: August, 31st 2023

           Group Code: JSA

           Group Booking Link:


2.     Park Town Hotel

           924 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3H5

           Toll Free: 1 (800) 667-3999
           Phone: (306) 244-5564
           Fax: (306) 665-8698

           U of S rate is $124 plus tax for one standard queen bed room.

           Group Name: Japan Studies of Canada

           Block Code: 2309JASC

         Group Id: 196002