International Symposium on Japanese Studies in Global Contexts

Open Japan Closed Japan: Towards Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Mobility


Human mobility is one of the most talked about issues in our contemporary society, and it has been observed throughout human history. Taking as examples, refugees from wars and natural disasters, immigration due to economic reasons, movement of domestic population due to changes in industrial structure, study abroad, cross-border marriages, pilgrimage, and leisure travels, people have constantly moved across borders. This phenomenon has been studied in a wide range of disciplines with their own perspectives. It is imperative for contemporary Japanese society, which faces waves of globalization, to aggregate this academic knowledge and draw lessons from it. The Graduate School of Letters, in collaboration with other schools in the human and social sciences within Osaka University and partner universities abroad, is organizing an international symposium with a theme of human mobility as an opportunity to explore possibilities of interdisciplinary research collaboration.

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Wednesday 23 to Thursday 24 March 2016


Σ Hall, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University (27 on map)


* Please note that there is a change in schedule for the afternoon of the 24th.

Wednesday 23 March

09:00 - 09:30 - Registration -
09:30 - 09:40 An opening remark Akio Wada, Dean, Graduate School of Letters
09:40 - 10:20 Movement in Ihara Saikaku’s Novels: Works Reflecting a Moving Society Daniel Struve
10:20 - 11:00 Writing in the Other’s Language: The Case of Jang Hyeok-ju Mayumi Shimosakai
11:00 - 11:20 - Break -
11:20 - 12:00 A Study of Sekibetsu by Osamu Dazai: Lu Xun and Studying Abroad Masao Saito
12:00 - 12:40 The Experiences of Japanese Monks: Studying in China During the Song-Yuan Period Tsubasa Nakamura
12:40 - 14:00 - Lunch -
14:00 - 14:40 Population Outflow and Regional Attributes of Peripheral Regions in Japan: Two Cases of Mountain Village and Former Coal Mining Regions Kenji Tsutsumi
14:40 - 15:20 Silk, Cotton, and Female Factory Workers: Tuberculosis Risks in Modern Japan Makoto Hanashima & Ken’ichi Tomobe
15:20 - 15:40 - Break -
15:40 - 16:20 Women Who Went to Manchuria: A Historical Background of an International “Save the Women” Campaign After the Russo-Japanese War Yoko Hayashi

Thursday 24 March

09:00 - 09:30 Relation Between Language and Identity of Children with Korean Roots in Japan Soye Kim *
09:30 - 10:00 International Child Support: An Overview of the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance Xi Feng *
10:00 - 10:30 The Pattern of Occupation and Population Movement in Rural Japan During the Latter Half of the 19th Century Masanobu Higasino *
10:30 - 11:00 The Influence of Baekje Refugees Seen in Buddhist Statues of Ikaruga Region in the Late 7th Century Satoko Kagamiyama *
11:00 - 11:10 - Break -
11:10 - 11:50 International Marriages and Divorces Mari Nagata
11:50 - 12:30 International Divorce in Japan: The Experiences of Women from the Former Soviet Union Married to Japanese Men ​Viktoriya Kim
12:30 - 14:00 - Lunch -
14:00 - 14:40 Rethinking Co-Existence: Migrants and Refugees Seen from the Perspective of Movement of People Yukari Ando
14:40 - 15:20 Japan’s New Immigration: The Gap Between Immigration Policy and the Reality on the Ground Revealed by International Comparison David Chiavacci
15:20 - 15:40 - Break -
15:40 - 16:20
Responses of Germany and Japan to the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Comparative Analysis of Policies and Practices Jude Lal Fernando
16:20 - 17:00
15:40 - 16:20
Criminalizing the movement of people: A deconstruction of the governance of trafficking and smuggling Alexandria J. Innes
17:00 - 17:30
16:20 - 16:50
Panel Discussion Daniel Struve, Mari Nagata, and David Chiavacci, moderated by Kenji Tsutsumi
17:30 - 17:35
16:50 - 16:55
A closing remark ​Satoshi Kinsui, vice-dean, Graduate School of Letters

*: Graduate Students’ Presentations

In collaboration with Osaka University’s Graduate School of Human Sciences, Graduate School of Law, Graduate School of Economics, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Graduate School of International Public Policy, and Doctral Program for Multicultural Innovation, and Institute national des langues et civilizations orientales, Université de Paris Diderot, Universität Heidelberg, University of East Anglia, and Trinity College Dublin