Introduction to Japan Studies 21 April 2020

Academic Literacy Class (28 May & 4 June)

This class supplements what we discussed on 21 April. Let’s take an online tour around academic publishing and Japanese Studies:

Publication types: monograph, edited volume, journal special edition, refereed article, unrefereed article, conference proceedings, review article, book reviews. E.g. my publications list. Also, open access vs predatory publishers.

The Academic Publishing Business: impact factor, Scopus, Scopus author profiles, Google Scholar, Google scholar citations profileOrcid Number, JSPS Researcher ID, university rankings (Times Higher Education).

Citation styles: Harvard, Chicago, MLA, APA

Academic Journals and Organizations: BAJS, Japan Forum, Nichibunken.


Introduction to Japanese Studies

These are the materials for my lecture “A History of Japan Studies” given on 21 April 2020 as part of the relay course “Introduction to Japan Studies”.

The lecture materials are here: Intro to J Studies 21 April 2020

The content is based on “Introduction: envisioning new frontiers in Japanese Studies” by Akihiro Ogawa and Philip Seaton in our edited volume New Frontiers in Japanese Studies. Please read this for homework after the lecture. The article is here (open access pdf): Introduction envisioning new frontiers in Japanese Studies

Links to other materials used in the lecture:

Journal of Japanese Studies

JASSO statistics of international students in Japan

Japan Foundation survey of Japanese language learning overseas


Grading Assignment:

Watch the video series “Writing Academic Essays at University”. Then read one of the open access articles in Japan Forum (the link is between videos 4 and 5), paying particular attention to the writing style, citation method and format of the published essay. For your report, write 800 words in English summarizing the most important rules of academic writing.

Active Learning Assignment:

Write a short essay in English (800 words) that clearly explains the difference in format, content and style between these publications:
The Journal of Japanese Studies, Japan Forum (Routledge), Japan Review (Nichibunken), The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, The Japan Times, Monumenta Nipponica, The Japan News.
Find the publications online, read a variety of articles from each, and then explain their positions/roles within our field of “Japan Studies”.

Submission Guidelines:

Send a PDF file of your assignment to Philip Seaton at the email address below. Make sure you include a word count at the end of your report.