As often happened many decades ago in the USA, I drifted into Japanese Studies rather than pursuing a long-held curiosity about Japan or following a coherent, career-minded plan while at university. Had it not been for the Security Treaty demonstrations in Tokyo in 1960, which figured prominently in the American media, and a professor (Thomas C. Smith) running the required historiography seminar for Stanford history majors I attended in my third year, I might have ended up doing something completely different with my life.
Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies
This brochure provides a brief history of Japanese studies at Oxford University, an explanation of the origins of the Nissan Institute and an introduction to the current fellows working here and their research interests.
Since the 1980s the Institute has been responsible for the publication of two series about Japan. The Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series began in 1986 and now has published very nearly 100 volumes making it the largest single series of academic work on Japan anywhere in the world. Many volumes are now available in paperback editions.
I am based at the Oriental Institute in Pusey Lane. I have been at Oxford since 2000 and from 2012-2015 I was Chair of the Faculty of Oriental Studies. My research interests include the history of the Japanese language and general historical linguistics. He is the Director of the University’s Research Centre for Japanese Language and Linguistics and of the Oxford Corpus of Old Japanese.
I am based at the Oriental Institue, Pusey Lane, Oxford. My research interests include Proletarian Literature, Women’s Writing, Gender Theory, Comparative Literature, and Atomic Bomb Literature. My contribution to the masters programme will be a course on Modern Japanese Literature, with a focus on the post war. More information can be found here.
I am a Faculty Tutor at the Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford and one of your language instructors, who closely collaborates with Kaori Nishizawa to help you achieve the required level of Japanese.
I am a senior instructor in Japanese at the Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford. My main responsibility is for the Japanese language courses on the undergraduate’s programmes taught at the Oriental Institute but I also teach on the masters programme. More information can be found here.
I am the Japanese Language co-ordinator for the language course on the masters programme taught within the Nissan Institute. I am also an instructor in Japanese at the Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford.
I am a Research Associate in Japanese Studies and a Research Associate at the Centre for Time Use Research. My research interests lie in the field of family sociology. I am currently working on two projects: The first one analyses the gender balance in the domestic division of labour in several East Asian societies. A pilot study for this project, “Domestic division of labour and fertility preference in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan”, has been published in Demographic Research in 2017. The second project looks at class differences in parenting strategies in Japan.
I am a cultural and intellectual historian in the Faculty of History and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at Oxford. Upon completing Year 10 in secondary school, I had a number of very different professions, including work as a mountain guide in the Fjordlands of New Zealand. Later, I helped start-up businesses in the first years of the new Russian Federation, during which time I also helped establish new continuing education programs, incorporating Japanese studies, for adults.