Job Opening: General Assignment Reporter, Japan

General Assignment Reporter, Japan

Job Description
Reuters is looking for an energetic journalist to join our English-language service in Tokyo. This is an ideal position for ambitious reporter looking to make an impact at the world’s largest multimedia organisation. The successful candidate will initially join the general news team, covering everything from disasters and news conferences to trends and social media. We’re looking for an internet-savvy reporter who can monitor social media, dig for information, pounce on breaking news and explain Japan to the wider world. He or she will be able to generate story ideas, report them out and write quickly on deadline. He or she will also work with TV and photos colleagues to ensure stories have visual elements.

Requirements:

  • Passion for covering breaking news
  • Strong English writing skills and the ability to write quickly on deadline
  • Strong Japanese language skills
  • University graduate
  • Self-starter who will take initiative
  • Team player who is flexible and can work cooperatively with others
  • Knack for spotting news or trends getting attention on websites, social media
  • Flexible and positive attitude
  • Desire to make an impact in journalism

For more information, see: http://jobs.thomsonreuters.com/ShowJob/Id/343302/General-Assignment-Reporter,-Japan/

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Announcement: Boston Career Forum for Japanese-English Bilinguals

Boston Career Forum 2019

Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 3, 2019
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)
415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210

An opportunity for Japanese-English bilinguals to meet industry professionals! See the video below for more information.

Website: http://massconvention.com/, https://careerforum.net/en/event/bos/

Event Qualification

Possesses a minimum of beginner level in both Japanese and English and one of the following:

  • Recent graduates or students currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or higher degree program (Master, MBA, Ph.D., etc.) outside of Japan or with at least one year of study outside of Japan
  • Professionals with study abroad or work experience outside of Japan
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Book Announcement: Social Trauma, Narrative Memory and Recovery in Japanese Literature and Film

Social Trauma, Narrative Memory, and Recovery in Japanese Literature and Film
David C. Stahl

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of major works in Japanese literature and film through the interpretive lens of trauma and PTSD studies. Focusing critical attention on the psychodynamics and enduring psychosocial aftereffects of social trauma, it also evaluates the themes of dissociation, failed mourning, and psychological defense fantasies.

Building on earlier studies, this book emphasizes the role of protagonists in managing to effect partial recovery by composing memoirs in which they transform dissociated traumatic memory into articulate, narrative memory or bring about advanced recovery by pioneering alternative means of orally communicating, working through, and overcoming debilitating personal histories of traumatization and victimization. In so doing, Stahl also demonstrates that what holds true on the individual and microcosmic level, also does so on the collective and macrocosmic level.

This new critical approach sheds important new light on canonical Japanese novels and films and enables recognition and appreciation of integral psychosocial aspects of these traumatic narratives. As such, the book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Japanese film and literature, as well as those of trauma studies.

For more information: https://www.routledge.com/Social-Trauma-Narrative-Memory-and-Recovery-in-Japanese-Literature-and/Stahl/p/book/9781138019362

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Fun Link Friday: Moving Paper Designs

Whether inventive takes on origami and paper art in general, our Fun Link Fridays have seen a lot of cool designs! This week we have another oldie but goodie: the work of Nakamura Haruki, who brings movement to his paper artistry.

Business Insider has highlighted two particular designs by the self-taught Nakamura, the first being paper gears that move and transform. Nakamura designs them first on computers before carefully constructing the final product:

The second type of mobile paper designs are a bit more simple in appearance, though no less complex in design: small animals that can come to life with a single touch!

Nakamura sells his designs on his website, which can be found here. It looks like some parts of the site might be down, but there’s still fascinating designs to catch a glimpse of there. Happy Friday!

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Book Announcement: Law, Transnational Nazism: Ideology and Culture in German-Japanese Relations, 1919–1936

Transnational Nazism: Ideology and Culture in German-Japanese Relations, 1919–1936
Ricky W. Law

Book website: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/transnational-nazism/3A72AC2415A209D3ACF3C934A1740DD5

In 1936, Nazi Germany and militarist Japan built a partnership which culminated in the Tokyo-Berlin Axis. This study of interwar German-Japanese relations is the first to employ sources in both languages. Transnational Nazism was an ideological and cultural outlook that attracted non-Germans to become adherents of Hitler and National Socialism, and convinced German Nazis to identify with certain non-Aryans. Because of the distance between Germany and Japan, mass media was instrumental in shaping mutual perceptions and spreading transnational Nazism. This work surveys the two national media to examine the impact of transnational Nazism. When Hitler and the Nazi movement gained prominence, Japanese newspapers, lectures and pamphlets, nonfiction, and language textbooks transformed to promote the man and his party. Meanwhile, the ascendancy of Hitler and his regime created a niche for Japan in the Nazi worldview and Nazified newspapers, films, nonfiction, and voluntary associations.

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Fun Link Friday: Digital recoloring of premodern statues

There have been a lot of wonderful articles and even exhibits recently on the importance of acknowledging the color shaped premodern societies as much as our interpretations of them. Although we’re accustomed to seeing classical statues of Greek or Roman persons as stark white marble or ancient deities of East Asian cultures in the dark shades of their wooden or clay materials, vivid coloring was an essential part of bringing these figures to life for viewers.

On the Japan side, we have one example of this kind of work that’s gone public in the last few years: a statue of the Buddhist deity Shukongojin from 733 CE that is a treasure of the temple in Todaiji in Nara. A special figure only shown to the public once a year, the Shukongojin figure was studied by researchers of Tokyo University to find pigment fragments and digitally reconstruct the colors. The result is pretty amazing! Here’s a side-by-side of the original and the digital recreation:

It looks like the original Asahi Shimbun article on this project has since moved or been deleted, but you can find some deeper history on the subject of this object at The History Blog.

Though the colors above might seem more flamboyant than intimidating to our modern sensibilities, even now they’re awe-inspiring! Particularly if you’ve ever seen some of these statues in person– they absolutely loom large over the viewer.

The richness of colors and metal accents also demonstrated the divine nature of the figure (and showcased the wealth and power of patrons).

Of course, I can’t help but look at things like this other Shukongojin statue on the left and think about what a more terrifying image he’d be in full color and gold gilding…!

 

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Major Japanese/Asian Studies Conferences

Most advisors tell graduate students early on that in order to develop a more complete and well-rounded CV they should start thinking about submitting papers to graduate student conferences or major disciplinary conferences. If your advisor is a bit hands off or you’re not terribly familiar with the state of the Asian/Japanese Studies field (and other disciplines related to your work) already, then figuring out how to find conferences and symposia of various sizes and different reputations can be difficult. 

While some conferences are small and spontaneously hosted as one-time events by universities or research institutions, others are annual and sponsored by larger academic organizations. 

Those interested in Japanese Studies may want to think about Japanese Studies conferences, conferences on Asia or East Asia, and those specific to their disciplines (be it history, technology, literature, medicine, etc.). Below I have attempted to list and categorize some of the major annual conferences, some general, some regional, some topical. 

This list should not be considered exhaustive, as I may not be familiar with big annual conferences related to Asia/Japan for specific subdisciplines, but I have done my best to include what I have found. If you have anything you would like added to the list, please leave a comment or contact me as shinpai.deshou@gmail.com

** Please note that many conferences maintain new websites every year for their conferences, so some websites listed below may be subject to change year by year.

** Some conferences may be held in multiple languages, not just English.

General Conferences

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
http://www.asian-studies.org/

AAS in Asia
http://www.aas-in-asia.org/ 

European Association of Japanese Studies
http://www.eajs.eu/ 

European Association of Japanese Studies in Japan
https://www.eajs.eu/index.php?id=630&L=1%252%5C%5C

The New Zealand Asian Studies Society
http://www.nzasia.org.nz/conference.html

Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
http://asaa.asn.au/conference/

Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA)
http://www.jsaa.org.au/

British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS)
http://www.bajs.org.uk/conferences/

Nordic Association of Japanese and Korean Studies (NAJAKS)
www.najaks.org

International Convention of Asia Scholars
https://icas.asia/

Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ)
https://ascjapan.org/

Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia
https://jsaasean.wordpress.com/

Japanese Studies Association (JSA)
http://www.japanstudies.org/

Japan-America Student Conference  
http://www.jasc.org/ 

Cultural Typhoon
http://cultural-typhoon.com/

Regional Conferences (US)

Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC)
https://aspac2.org/

Western Conference Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS)
http://wcaas.org/

Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA)
https://asia.isp.msu.edu/mcaa/

New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS)
http://asianstudies.buffalo.edu/nycas/

Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MARAAS)
http://maraas.org/

Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS)
https://www.swcas.net/

New England Association for Asian Studies (NEAAS)
https://sites.dartmouth.edu/neaas/

Southeast Conference Association for Asian Studies (SECAAS)
https://www.sec-aas.com/

Language, Linguistics, Pedagogy

Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
https://www.nectfl.org/ 

The International Conference on Practical Linguistics of Japanese (ICPLJ)
http://www.ninjal.ac.jp/icplj8/

American Association of Teachers of Japanese
https://www.aatj.org/

The Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference
http://www.mikebarrie.com/JK/jk27.html

The Japan Second Language Association 
http://www.j-sla.org/e/index.html 

The Japanese Society for Language Sciences 21st Annual International Conference
https://jsls.jpn.org/con/jsls2019/

Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE)
http://www.cajle.info/

Literature, Arts, Humanities

Association for Japanese Literary Studies (AJLS)
https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/ajls2020/

Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities
https://acah.iafor.org/

Association for Asian Performance
https://www.asian-performance.org/conference

Mechademia
https://www.mechademia.net/conferences/

Sciences, Anthropology, Religious Studies

International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia (ICHSEA)
http://isheastm.org/

The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA)
http://www.jasca.org/index-e.html

The Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology
https://cala.asia/

International Association of Buddhist Studies
http://iabsinfo.net/

Anthropology of Japan in Japan
http://www.ajj-online.net/

Annual Graduate Student Asian Studies Conferences

Columbia University Gradcon
http://ealac.columbia.edu/program/graduate/

East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference
https://www.eastwestcenter.org/education/student-programs/current-ewc-students/international-graduate-student-conference

Harvard University East Asia Society
https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/heasconference/home

University of Colorado, Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference
https://www.colorado.edu/alc/cubasga

Japan Studies Graduate Conference At UCLA
https://www.international.ucla.edu/japan/event/13898

University of Pennsylvania EALC Graduate Conference
https://web.sas.upenn.edu/ealcgradcon/

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