Graduation Thesis Seminar


I supervise undergraduate theses in the School of Japan Studies and School of Language and Culture Studies (GC Course). The page for current seminar students is here.

In principle, students’ research topics are connected to my two main research areas: 1) war memories/historical consciousness, 2) tourism studies (especially contents tourism). However, other closely linked topics (e.g. media studies) are also accepted.

Conditions for Joining my Graduation Thesis Seminar

Students in the School of Japan Studies should take two of my classes in the third year out of the following:

1) The History Issue in East Asia (spring, Monday 10:10),

2) Introduction to Contents Tourism (spring, Thursday 14:20),

3) Study of Culture and Representation (autumn, Thursday 12:40),

4) Representations of the Past in Popular Culture (autumn, Thursday 14:20).


If the Seminar is over-subscribed, students will be selected according to their grades in the above classes and their thesis research proposal. If places are still available, students may be accepted with credits in only one of the above classes or on topics other than war memories / tourism.

If students are stuck outside of Japan (they have not been given visas under Covid-19 restrictions) and are unable to take the above courses in person, an exemption from the above can be considered.

In principle, 10 students are accepted per year.

Students may write their thesis in English or Japanese. Non-native Japanese speakers writing in Japanese must make their own arrangements for getting their Japanese proofread. Instruction will be in English and/or Japanese.

Conditions for Graduating from the Seminar

1) Attending a class in which the rules below and research ethics are explained. Submission of a signed pledge that the student will write the thesis entirely on their own and will follow established research ethics.

2) Submission of all required assignments as specified in the syllabus (mid-term presentation materials, end-of-term presentation materials, Active Learning Hours exercises) during the period of enrollment in the Seminar.

3) Attendance at a minimum of six individual supervisions during which thesis drafts are discussed one-on-one. Based on the advice received during individual supervisions, revisions should be incorporated into subsequent drafts and the final thesis.

4) Submission at the end of the seminar of a thesis meeting the following conditions: a) Length: 20,000-25,000 characters in Japanese or 8,000-9,000 words in English; b) Citations: there are citations and bibliography using a recognized style guide (e.g. Harvard, Chicago, or a style guide produced by a reputable academic journal); c) Style: the thesis is written in an appropriate academic style, tone and structure; d) One’s own work: The thesis must clearly be the student’s own work. Any suspicion of plagiarism, excessive copying, or paying someone else to write part of the thesis may result in an automatic fail; e) On time: the thesis must be submitted on time and in the manner/format specified by the university.

Failure to meet any of the above conditions will result in credits being withheld and graduation may be delayed as a result. Any suspicion of research malpractice will be reported to the university and may result in disciplinary action.


Past and Present Students:

Number of current students (in AY2022):  14 (Language and Culture 8; Japan Studies 6).

Students planning to graduate in AY 2022: 10-12

Number of students who have graduated (AY2019 ~ ): 23

See the file for a list of thesis topics by those who have graduated: Graduation Thesis Titles