TUFS Student Special Offer for the 6 May Concert

On 6 May there will be a concert given by Irodrio which includes the first performance of my piece Trio Concertante (for details, see this page in my music website). This piece will also be released on Irodrio’s CD “Trio Concertante” on 24 May (Exton label).

There is a student discount ticket costing 1000 yen. I am running a special offer for TUFS students. If a TUFS student buys a student discount ticket, I will provide a free ticket for one other TUFS student to go with them. In other words, go as a pair and it is 500 yen each.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, please email me (address at the bottom of the page). The offer is limited to 50 pairs (100 people in total), providing that there are still tickets available for the concert.




From 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2021 I have been appointed Vice-Dean of the Institute of Japan Studies and Vice-Dean of the School of Japan Studies.

New Job at TUFS

On 2 April I took up my new position as a professor in the Institute of Japan Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. It was a major decision to leave Hokkaido University after 14 years, but for a variety of reasons (both personal and professional) it was time to make a change.

In my new position I will be teaching in the new School of Japan Studies, working on TUFS’ international collaborations, and continuing my research into modern Japan. I am looking forward to a new professional challenge in Japan’s capital, and to working with all past and future colleagues in my new role.

Welcome to my new website

As I am changing jobs and moving to Tokyo in April, I have a new website. The website is in something of a transitional phase for the next few months until I can get all content transferred.