In Tokyo – Professor Ian Neary of University of Oxford to give a taster lecture on Contemporary Japanese Politics

 Professional Development

Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford – lecture and information session

Professor Ian Neary, Director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford will be in Tokyo to give a taster lecture on Contemporary Japanese Politics. This will be followed by a presentation on studying Japanese at Oxford, and Q&A with alumni.

The session is a chance for all those interested in the study of Japan to experience a lecture by a leading specialist in Japanese politics and to find out more about studying Japanese and about Japan at Oxford University.

Date/Time: Thursday 16 May 2013 19.00-20.30

Venue: UF Building (Hall or Seminar Room)
Sanbancho UF Building 1F, 6-3 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Please book your place by e-mail at under the heading “Japanese Studies”. There is no deadline but we would appreciate your early booking.

Lecture: Contemporary Japanese Politics
When the DPJ won the election in 2009 after almost 60 years of the LDP being in power, many thought that this change in government would herald a new era in the political landscape of Japan. Yet three years later the DPJ were soundly defeated in the following election, and the LDP under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been subsequently enjoying very high levels of public support. In this lecture Professor Ian Neary will examine the significance of the 2012 elections and its outcomes. He will also offer an analysis of the performance of Abe so far and focus on the implications of the election on both domestic and foreign policy in Japan. The lecture will be held in English.

Professor Ian Neary
Professor Ian Neary is the Director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies and has been working in Oxford since 2004, before which he was a professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Essex. His research has mainly been focused on Japanese political and social history in the twentieth century, particularly the experience of Buraku communities in the process of industrialisation and modernisation. He has also worked on industrial policy, in particular the pharmaceutical industry, on broader issues relating to human rights in East Asia, and contemporary Japanese politics. He is the author of “The State and Politics in Japan”.

Japanese Studies at Oxford University
Japanese has been taught as a degree subject at Oxford University since 1963, and has grown rapidly in recent years. Today the University is a major national and international centre for the study of Japan offering courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and opportunities for research with some of the world’s leading academics in the field. Courses are taught in both the Oriental Institute which is home to the BA Hons degree course, and the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, which offers both an MSc and an MPhil in Modern Japanese Studies. There are also opportunities for doctoral research in both humanities and social science.

The Nissan Institute was established in 1981 with a generous benefaction from the Nissan Motor Co. Ltd and and since has become one of the major centres in the world for the study of modern Japan. Oxford University is also home to several important Japanese collections in its renowned museums and libraries.

If you have questions, please contact Mayumi Azuma at the University of Oxford Japan Office
Tel 03-3264-0236 –