The Fifteenth Conference of the Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society (NAJS), 23-24 May, 2019, CEAS, Turku, Finland
The Fifteenth Annual NAJS conference will take place at the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku, Finland.
The conference will reflect the occasion of the end of the Heisei period, and the Japanese government selecting a new era name in Spring 2019, summing up the recent history of Japan and/or focusing on trends that have relevance for the future of the country. There will also be a discussion on other topics related to contemporary Japanese society and culture, including politics, economy and business, sociology and anthropology, popular culture, literature, religion, and art.
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NAJS2019 will take place at the University of Turku in the Publicum building (address: Assistentinkatu 7, 20500 Turku).
If you have problems finding us, please call Annamari’s phone: +358 50-330 8327
How to get to Turku
Turku airport is about 7 km away from the city centre of Turku and runs domestic flights as well as a few international connections. To get to the city centre from Turku airport you can take a bus that runs regularly. The price for the bus ticket is 3€ and the ticket is valid for 2 hours in all city buses.
Another way to arrive to Turku from Stockholm is via ferry which takes around 10 hours and can be taken either during the day or overnight. Here are links to the websites of the operating companies Silja lineViking line
How to get to the conference venue
Publicum building is at a walking distance from the city centre (about 20 mins). You can also take a bus (e.g. 50, 51, 53, 54) to Hämeenkatu 2 to arrive at the campus area. You can also ride a Föli bike which can be found at several stations in Turku and there is a station at Publicum as well. For more information about buses and citybikes, see Föli's website.
Campus map (the conference venue is marked with T50).
There are quotas available in a few hotels for the participants in the conference. Participants will need to book their own accommodation and pay directly to the hotel. Please check the locations of the hotels before you book. The organizers have reserved quotas in the following hotels:
Holiday Club Caribia
Holiday Club Caribia is located very close to the conference venue. Hotel guests enjoy modern and cozy rooms and direct indoor access to the spa, restaurants and all available indoor activities. Address: Kongressikuja 1, 20540 Turku. Website of the hotel.
Single room: 108 €/night
Double room: 138 €/night
Please mention the code “NAJS2019Turku” when making the reservation. The quota is valid until 2.5.2019.
Sokos Hotel Wiklund
Sokos Hotel Wiklund is a laid-back and completely renewed urban hotel in the heart of Turku. The building also hosts variety of restaurants, cafes, burgers and bars. Address: Eerikinkatu 11
20100, Turku. Website of the hotel
Single room: 106 €/night/room
Double room: 116 €/night/room
Please mention the code “NAJS2019Turku” when making the reservation. The reserved quota is for 15 rooms. The quota for 10 of the rooms is valid until 24.4.2019 and for the other 5 rooms - until 8.5.2019.
Scandic Turku is a cosy and peaceful hotel in an excellent location where all you need is nearby. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, sauna and swimming pool. Address: Eerikinkatu 28-30, Turku. Website of the hotel
Room prices (22.-25.05.2019):
Single room: 90.25 €/night
Double room: 114.50 €/night
Please mention the code “NAJS2019Turku” when making the reservation. The quota is valid until 8.5.2019 for as many rooms as there are available.
Other accommodation options
Please find a list of a few budget hotels/hostels below and also feel free to explore other options on your own.
Guesthouse Tapuli Address: Kaivokatu 14, 20520 Turku. Website
Omena Hotel Turku Address: Humalistonkatu 7, 20100 Turku. Website
Hotel Helmi Address: Tuureporinkatu 11, 20100 Turku. Website
Inn 22 Address: Vanha Littoistentie 22, 20540 Turku. Website
Forenom A furnished apartments provider. Website: Website
More options with links (The list is in Finnish but it has links to different accommodation options): http://www.visitturku.fi/majoituspalveluja
Please note that the programme is subject to change.
Guidelines for Participation
It is a prerequisite for participants to read all papers presented at the conference beforehand.
The papers are grouped in two types of sessions according to whether the author has labeled them near-finished or work in progress. The finished or near-finished papers are in Sessions, and the works in progress are in Workshops. Since the NAJS prioritizes discussion of and feedback on papers, no time will be given for the presenter to summarize their paper. The presenter is, however, allowed a maximum of five minutes to state what type of publication or audience he/she is aiming at and state special requests about the desired feedback. Thereafter two discussants will be given five minutes each to bring up the points most worthy of discussion in the paper. The presenter is then given five minutes to respond before the floor is opened for everyone to comment. The chair of the session should see to it that focus is on major issues rather than details and that the time limit is kept. In Workshop sessions the format is more flexible.
Sessions and Workshops
The sessions and workshops are only open for registered participants and CEAS Master's students.
SESSION 1: HEISEI POLITICS
23 May, 11-12.20, Pub 4
Chair: Annamari Konttinen
Locating the Lost Decades: Popular Fiction and the Historical Trauma of Heisei Japan
Discussants: Pilvi Posio, Karol Zakowski
Multiculturalism in a “homogeneous” society: struggling the way to an imagined “new international Japan
Discussants: Marco Zappa, Youngtae Shin
How do states legitimize climatic targets in the Paris Agreement? Analysing the NDC discourse in broader political, climatic and economic context
Discussants: Takeshi Hamano, Karol Zakowski
SESSION 2: JAPAN IN THE WORLD
23 May, 15-16.20, Pub 4
Chair: Jens Sejrup
Becoming ‘global’ in Heisei Japan: institutional reforms and changing employee perceptions
Discussants: Scott North, Maria Malashevskaya
Passing of the Idea of Japan as a Bridge between the East and the West
Discussants: Naoko Hosokawa, Yijiang Zhong
Eurasianism in Japan at the turn of the 21st century: the Eurasian discourse in the novel by Kuroki Ryo “A runway on the Great Silk Road'
Discussants: Pekka Korhonen, Garcia Chambers
SESSION 3: CONTROVERSIES
23 May, 15-16.20, Pub 5
Chair: Yoko Demelius
Manufacturing Scandal in Japan
Discussants: Marco Zappa, Hajime Hasegawa
The Evolution of Japanese Women’s Political Activism and Future Trends
Discussants: Donna Weeks, Yoko Demelius
On shaking the mountain: Advances and retreats in the experiences of Japan's female parliamentarians
Discussants: Youngtae Shin, Silja Keva
SESSION 4: CULTURE
24 May, 13.10-14.30, Pub 4
Chair: Bart Gaens
Claiming universal space: Japanese efforts to secure world-heritage inscription of Le Corbusier’s building for the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo
Discussants: Takeshi Hamano, Pekka Korhonen
“Japan, the Washlet country” - Exegesis of Japanese high-tech toilets
Discussants: Jens Sejrup, Hui Wang
SESSION 5: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS
24 May, 13.10-14.30, Pub 5
Chair: Dick Stegewerns
The influence of the ICT on relationships in the family of modern Japanese (based on the Japanese students survey)
Discussants: Marianne Tarcov, Ksenia Kurochkina
Considering Labor in Heisei through a Karōshi Lens: The Trajectory of a Social Problem in Japan
Discussants: Lenka Vyletalova Marianne Tarcov
The Lost Decades and Globalizing Japan’s Higher Education
Discussants: Anastasia Borisova, Dick Stegewerns
WORKSHOP 1: POLITICS, NUCLEAR ENERGY AND SOCIETY
23 May, 13.10-14.40, Pub 4
Chair: Silja Keva
From peace time to post-disaster and back (to the future)
Discussants: Marc Yamada, Olena Kalashnikova
The end of the Nuclear Energy Era?
Discussants: Igor Prusa, Annamari Konttinen
The Theme Park of Nuclear: An Exhaustive Survey on Nuclear Power Plant Visitor Centers in Post-Fukushima Japan
Discussants: Marc Yamada, Olena Kalashnikova
WORKSHOP 2: THE ABE ERA
24 May, 9.00-10.30, Pub 4
Chair: Pilvi Posio
The socialization of Japanese politics: Harnessing the power of social media in the Abe era
Discussants: Igor Prusa, Michal Kolmaš
New peasantry in the post-growth Japan: self-sufficiency, gift-giving and bodily engagements.
Discussants: Yoko Demelius, Hajime Hasegawa
Decision-making Process on Abenomics in Japan
Discussants: Michal Kolmaš, Eija Niskanen
WORKSHOP 3: IR AND POLITICS
24 May, 9.00-10.30, Pub 5
Chair: Bart Gaens
Embracing International Convention in State Legislation: An Analysis of Discourse on Japan’s Implementation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
Discussants: Silja Keva, Jens Sejrup
Linguistic Identity of the ‘East’: Perception of Sino-Japanese Style Loan Translation in Contemporary Japan
Discussants: Yijiang Zhong, Maria Malashevskaya
Diet Members and Japan’s Normative Power
Discussants: Donna Weeks, Olena Kalashnikova
WORKSHOP 4: CONTEMPORARY CULTURE
24 May, 14.50-16.20, Pub 4
Chair: Jens Sejrup
Art and Culture Industry in Late Capitalism - Decoding Japanese Anime-Pop
Discussants: Eija Niskanen, Lenka Vyletalova
The Break-up of SMAP and the End of the Heisei Era: Renouncing Life as a Virtual Body
Discussants: Scott North, Anastasia Borisova
Everyday Aesthetics in Japan: a Descriptive Analysis of Conversational and Interactive Encounters
Discussants: Naoko Hosokawa, Marta Szczygiel
Seisaku-i-inkai – The Heisei era film production system
Discussants: Marta Szczygiel, Hui Wang
Lunches and dinners are provided only for registered participants.
Thursday 23 May
Lunch: Sushi selection and miso soup at Publicum lobby
Dinner: Buffet at Tiirikkala, Linnankatu 3
Tomato with avocado and basil
Cheese with nuts and honey
Smoked salmon mousse with archipelago bread
Roasted spring carrot with balsamico and parmesan
Focaccia with hummus
Fried chicken with mint couscous and yoghurt
Grilled asparagus with halloumi and quinoa
Lemon marengue cake
Friday 24 May
Lunch at Bruukki, Helsinginkatu 15
Carrot soup with goat cheese
Hawaiian schnitzel with potato wedges and chili mayonnaise
Spinach and Feta omelette