BAJS Conference

The last BAJS Conference was held in September 2018 at the University of Sheffield on the theme of 'Crisis? What Crisis? Continuity, and Change in Japan'.

We do not organise a BAJS Conference in the years in which an EAJS or a JEAS Conference is organised. When there is no BAJS Conference, the BAJS AGM is held during the JEAS Conference or at a research workshop in the EAJS year.


This year (2020) the BAJS AGM will be held at the University of East Anglia:

The University of East Anglia’s School of Politics, Philosophy, Languages and Communication Studies (PPL), in collaboration with The International Graduate Program in Japanese Studies at Tohoku University, is pleased to announce a call for papers for the two-day International Interdisciplinary Workshop on Ageing in Japan and the UK, to be held at UEA from September 10 th -11 th , 2020. The event will incorporate the British Association of Japanese Studies (BAJS) annual workshop and AGM, and aims to provide scholars and graduate students from across a range of nationalities and disciplines with an opportunity to exchange ideas, with the goal of fostering innovative research collaborations and the publication of high-quality collaborative outputs.
This workshop builds on The Second Conference on Global Japanese Studies, hosted at Tohoku in December 2019 and, as such, celebrates the continuation of the partnership
agreement established between the University of East Anglia and Tohoku University in 2018.

[Workshop Dates and Venue]
Sept. 10 (Thurs) -11 (Fri), 2020,
University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, UK
[Time Table] (tentative)
Thurs, Sept 10 09:00-10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:00-12:00 Plenary Session
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Working Groups
15:00-17:00 Working Groups / BAJS AGM
19:00-20:00 Dinner
Fri, Sept 11
10:00-12:00 Working Groups
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Round table
14:00-14:15 Closing remarks
15:00-18:00 BAJS AGM (BAJS Council members only)
[Keynote Speakers] (tentative)

Prof. Hiroshi Kabashima (Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University)
Prof. Takayuki Doi (School of Pharmacy, Tohoku University
Prof. Naoko Kishita (School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia)

Prof. Arasu Ganesan (School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia)
Hosting of the workshop will only be confirmed once the level of funding has be determined. All those who submit papers will be notified of this during the Spring and
should not make travel arrangements until confirmation is received. All participants are asked to budget for their own travel, accommodation and sustenance
expenses. Limited funding has been applied for in order to host the conference without registration fees, which, if successfully secured, will underwrite basic venue-hire, running
costs and refreshments.
[Workshop Topic and Content]
The workshop will be held in conjunction with the British Association of Japanese Studies (BAJS) one-day workshop and annual AGM. It will therein offer an ideal platform from which
to examine how in particular Japan and the UK might learn from other advanced economies and beyong in terms of contributing to successes and avoiding failures, in order to improve
engagement with, and develop better integrated responses to, the challenges presented by ageing. Our aspirational agenda is to develop research networks that adopt
methodologically credible interdisciplinary approaches and responses to practical problems arising from ageing society in Japan and the UK, with a view to wider application across
advanced economies. The workshop, therefore, seeks to advance this agenda on the grounds that this will likely be most effectively achieved by engaging with these challenges
from an integrated, interdisciplinary perspective.



1980, Tapton, Sheffield, 'Japan and Britain, images and reality'.

1981, University Hall, Cardiff, 'Japan and Asia'.

1982, Langwith College, University of York, 'Individualism in Modern Japan'.

1983, Connaught Hall, Univestity of London, 'The role of factions in Japan'.

1985, Pollock Hall, Edinburgh.

1986, Handsworth Hall, University of Aston, Birmingham, 'Imperialism'.

1988, Tetley Hall, University of Leeds, 'The Future of the Japanese Economy'.

1989, Keble College, Oxford, 'The Origins of the Japanese in Anthropological Perspective'.

1990, Henderson Hall, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 'Education in Japan'.

1991, Sorby Hall of Residence, University of Sheffield, 'Japanese Language Teaching'.

1992, Newton Park, Bath College of Higher Education, 'Japan and Europe'.

1993, Hulme Hall, University of Manchester, 'Changing Social Values'.

1995, University of Sussex at Brighton, 'Reflecting on Japan: 50 years since 1945'.


2010, SOAS, University of London.

2012, University of East Anglia, Norwich.

2015, SOAS, University of London.