Risk, Society and Politics in Contemporary Japan

Jointly sponsored by:
Shiga University Center for Risk Research

British Association of Japanese Studies (Japan Branch)


Dates: 24th and 25th May, 2014 (The event has finished but you can read a report in Japanese here.)

Location (note the late change of venue): Shiga University Faculty of Economics, Honbu 3rd Floor, Large Meeting Room.


Saturday 24th May

1:30pm: Opening Remarks

1:45pm – 3:45pm

Panel: Positioning Risk and Making Social Policies in Contemporary Japan

1. Social Policies of Accountability in the Era of Neoliberal Risk, William Bradley, Ryukoku University

2. Risky Quest of Internationalizing Japan’s Universities, Mayumi Ishikawa, Osaka University

3. Risks of Reforming Regular Employment in Japan, Scott North, Osaka University

4. Risk, the Fear of Risk, and the Risk of the Fear of Risk: the bureaucratic response to radiation in contemporary Fukushima, Tom Gill, Meiji Gakuin University


4:00pm – 5:30pm

Keynote Speech: A Nation at Risk? Globalization, nationalism, and the future of Japan, Koichi Nakano, Sophia University



Sunday 25th May

10:00am – 12:00pm PhD workshop. Materials are here.

Full Programme:

View the full programme, which contains the abstracts of the talks.


Click here for an access map. There is no school bus at the weekend. From Hikone station the taxi is about 840 yen. If the weather is OK it’s a nice walk past the castle, which would take about half an hour.


Participants are expect to arrange all their own travel and accommodation. The Comfort Hotel Hikone is conveniently located near the station.


Attendance at the symposium on Saturday 24 May is free and open to the public. But, please contact Philip Seaton in advance to let us know that you are planning to attend. The PhD workshop on Sunday 25 May is by invitation only.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us:

Event Organiser
Robert Aspinall, Shiga University

BAJS Japan Branch Coordinator
Philip Seaton, Hokkaido University