Inagaki Seminar on Japan

The Japanese Studies Program at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, inaugurates a new seminar series on Japan, which is named after Mr Moshi Inagaki, the pioneer of Japanese language instruction at this University.

The Japanese Studies Program launched the Japanese language centenary on 31 March 2017 to commemorate 100 years of Japanese language teaching at Melbourne. Over the next three years, from 2017 to 2019, we will celebrate this historic moment with our colleagues and students as well as the general public. It is a timely occasion to establish this new seminar series on Japan as a way to honour and carry forth Inagaki-sensei’s legacy.

Currently Japanese is the most popular LOTE subject at this university, and the Inagaki Seminar provides updated knowledge on Japan to Japan-interested audiences in Melbourne broadly.

The Inagaki Seminar features current topics on Japan within the areas of society, politics, language, and culture, as well as on the Australia-Japan relationship. It also envisions covering transnational regional issues in East Asia; in particular, such topics as Japan’s relations with neighboring countries including China and Korea.

The Inagaki Seminar is housed within the Asia Institute Public Lecture series, and Akihiro Ogawa, Professor of Japanese Studies, is Lead Organizer.


Seminar 1:
Day and time:
Tuesday 1 August 2017
Title: Collective Memory, Multidisciplinarity, Public Sociology: Japan and China’s Islands of Contention
Professor Tim Liao, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Facilitated by Professor Akihiro Ogawa

Seminar 2:
Day and time: Tuesday 13 March 2018
Title: Fukushima Fallout: The Proponents and Opponents of the Japan-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
Speaker: Dr Caitlin Stronell, Citizens' Nuclear Information Center, Tokyo

Seminar 3:
Day and time: Tuesday 17 April 2018
Title: The Japanese nature of describing the colour of things
Speaker: Dr Olivia Meehan, Ian Potter Museum of Art

Seminar 4:
Day and time: Thursday 24 May 2018
Title: Not-In-My-Backyard (NIMBY) attitudes toward refugee resettlement: Evidence from Randomized Experiments in the US and Japan
Speaker: Professor Yusaku Horiuchi, Dartmouth College

Seminar 5:
Day and time: Wednesday 29 August 2018
Title: Multicultural Japan: Diversity and inclusion in a newly-emerging immigration country
Speakers: Professor Keizo Yamawaki, Meiji University; Professor Koichi Iwabuchi, Monash University; Dr Jeremy Breaden, Monash University; Associate Professor Nana Oishi, The University of Melbourne

Seminar 6:
Day and time: Monday 17 September 2018
Title: Japan Studies in the 21st Century
Speaker: Professor Philip Seaton, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Mr Moshi Inagaki

Mr Moshi Inagaki