BAJS Council


Dr Christopher Hood
Cardiff University

My research revolves around a number of issues. The one thing that connects them all, to date, is Japan. The second aspect that features in much of my research is memorialisation, symbolism and identity. This was a part of my research on the education reforms embarked on by Prime Minister Nakasone. After that, it has been a feature of my research on the shinkansen and also about the flight JL123 crash. Consequently, the third feature of much of my research has been about public transportation in Japan. For further details please see the following page Christopher P. Hood (

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Honorary Treasurer

Dr Ian Rapley
University of Sheffield

Ian is an ex-bartender, ex-accountant, and ex-banker, turned historian of Japan. His work focuses on the late nineteenth/early twentieth century and explores various themes in cultural and intellectual history including transnationality, language, travel, and science. He is also the editor of Asian Literature & Translation ( which welcomes your submissions of translations and other conventional or unconventional research formats. In his spare time he is a part time shepherd and a very part time potter.

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Honorary Secretary

Dr Jennifer Coates
University of Sheffield

My research and teaching is situated at the intersection of Japanese Studies, Film Studies, History, History of Art, and Anthropology, and can best be characterized as Japanese Cultural Studies. My wider research interests include Japanese and East Asian cinema, photography, gender studies, filmmaking, and ethnographic methods. I have published on these topics and others in Cultural Studies, Participations, Japanese Studies, Japan Forum, the U. S.-Japan Women’s Journal and The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema. My first book, Making Icons: Repetition and the Female Image in Japanese Cinema, 1945-1964  was published by Hong Kong University Press in 2016.

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Senior Editor of Japan Forum

Dr Hannah Osborne
University of East Anglia

I am a Lecturer in Japanese Literature at the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing and the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia. I completed my doctoral thesis, Gender, Love and Text in the Early Writings of Kanai Mieko at the University of Leeds in 2015. Before taking up my current post, I taught courses in modern Japanese literature at SOAS, University of London, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. My research interests include: intersections between text, illustration and the avant-garde arts; gender and the body; and women's writing and translation in modern Japanese literature. I am currently working on her book manuscript The Intermedial Text: Kanai Mieko and the Japanese Avant Garde

Chair of the Japan Research Centre at SOAS

Dr Helen Macnaughtan
SOAS, University of London

I joined SOAS in 2002 and lecture on economic, business, labour and HRM issues in contemporary Japan (and within a broader East Asian context). My research interests focus on a broad range of topics relating to gender issues and employment in Japan.

Council Members

Dr Victoria Young
University of Cambridge

I completed an MA in Japanese Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, before spending three and a half years at Waseda University in Tokyo as a research student in the then Institute for Ryukyuan and Okinawan Studies. I was awarded my Ph.D by the University of Leeds in 2016. My thesis focused on works of literature by three writers: Sakiyama Tami, Yi Yang-ji, and Tawada Yōko. Most often associated with the categories of Okinawan, resident Korean (zainichi), and ‘transborder’ literature respectively, my research traced the multiple and intriguing ways in which these works of fiction reinscribe, transcend, and challenge the margins and borders of Japanese literature.While carrying out my Ph.D research, I taught classes on modern and contemporary Japanese literature at the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield. In February 2017, I became a Teaching Fellow at Newcastle University where I also co-taught a course on contemporary Japanese popular culture. I returned to the Faculty in Cambridge in September 2017.

Dr Robert Aspinall, Director of the BAJS Japan Chapter
Doshisha University

Robert W. Aspinall received his doctorate from St. Antony's College, Oxford. He carries out research into the educational and political systems of Japan and the UK. He is the author of Teachers Unions and the Politics of Education in Japan (SUNY, 2001) and International Education Policy in Japan in an Age of Globalisation and Risk (Brill, 2013).