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Videos of Past Events

Throughout U-M's academic year, the Center for Japanese Studies hosts numerous Japan scholars and specialists who provide educational presentations under CJS Thursday Lecture Series and Special Lecture programs. Additionally, guest and faculty speakers often generously extend accessibility to their work by granting CJS permission to video-record and provide free public access to their lectures.

See all of our videos on the CJS YouTube Channel.

2023 Event Videos

Fall Term

Listening to the “Explosive Sound” of U.S. Military Aircraft in Wartime Japan
PLAY | Keisuke Yamada (2023–24 Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan), November 3, 2023

The Power of the Pad: Menstrual Products and Embodied Femininity in Japan
PLAY | Maura Stephens-Chu (2023–24 Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan), October 26, 2023

The Themepark of Nuclear: An Exhaustive Survey on Nuclear Power Plant Visitor Centers in Post-Fukushima Japan
PLAY | Hajime Hasegawa, Professor of Media Studies, Meiji Gakuin University; Visiting Scholar, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan

Significance of Positive Human Factors Contributing to Safety
PLAY | Makoto Takahashi (Professor of Social System Design, Department of Management Science and Technology, School of Engineering, Tohoku University), September 28, 2023

Winter Term

CJS Alumni Panel | Melissa Van Wyk, Bradly Hammond, and Dyron Dabney
PLAY | April 24, 2023

From Malthus to Miracle: Rethinking the Economic Development of Japan
PLAY | David Weinstein (Carl S. Shoup Professor, Department of Economics, Columbia University; Director, Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School), April 13, 2023

Yaoi/BL Novels as Feminism in Contemporary Japan
PLAY |  Kazuko Suzuki (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University), April 6, 2023

Fields of Memory: Movement and Stasis in the Noh Play Ohara gokō
PLAY | Elizabeth Oyler (Associate Professor of Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh), March 30, 2023

Betting on the Farm: Institutional Change in Japanese Agriculture
PLAY | Patti Maclachlan (Professor of Government, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Texas at Austin), March 23, 2023

Designing Wartime Economic Controls: Productivity and Firm Dynamics in the Japanese Cotton-Spinning Industry, 1937–1939
PLAY | Tetsuji Okazaki (Professor of Economic History, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo), March 9, 2023

Border Crossings: Transnational and Exophonic Voices in Contemporary Japanese Literature
PLAY | Gregory Khezrnejat (Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature, Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies, Hosei University), February 23, 2023

Technically Well: Machine Models for Emotional Health Beyond the Human
PLAY | Daniel White, Affiliated Researcher Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge), February 16, 2023

Queer Legacies: Whither the “LGBT Boom” in Japan?
PLAY | Claire Maree (Professor in Japanese, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne), February 9, 2023

Applying Japanese Garden Principles to Create Healing Spaces
PLAY | Hoichi Kurisu (President, Principal Designer, and Founder, Kurisu LLC & Michiko Kurisu, Project Coordinator and Public Relations, Kurisu LLC), February 2, 2023

Naomi Fukuda, Backseat Player for Japanese Studies
PLAY | Izumi Koide (former Director of the Resource Center for the History of Entrepreneurship, Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation), January 26, 2023

Reading the Air and Creating Trouble: Food Allergy Disclosures in Japan
PLAY | Emma Cook (2022–23 Toyota Visiting Professor, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan), January 19, 2023

Producing People Who Have No One: Child Welfare and Well-Being in Japan
PLAY | Kate Goldfarb (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder), January 12, 2023