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Japan Studies Association of Canada / Association canadienne d'études sur le Japon

カナダ日本研究学会   Virtual Home for the Japan Studies Association of Canada

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The purpose of the Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) is to promote Japan Studies in Canada and to contribute towards increase in knowledge about Japan and Canada-Japan relations by:
  • Encouraging Canadian scholars and other interested persons to conduct research on Japan in all academic fields;
  • Sponsoring conferences and publishing proceedings of the conferences and other papers;
  • Encouraging Japanese scholars and any person interested in Japan studies to share their knowledge with the members of the Association.
Message from the JSAC President: text
Carin Holroyd                                                                    
Dr. Carin Holroyd
Associate Professor
Department of Political Studies
University of Saskatchewan




JSAC2020 Annual Conference to be held at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, B.C., has been postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19.

The ad hoc JSAC conference will be held on line via ZOOM on October 17 (Sat) and 18 (Sun), 2020 If you wish to attend the conference, please register by October 10, 2020.


Norio Ota

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Honours: Congratulations!
  • Professor Fumiko Ikawa-Smith was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette in 2003: Link
  • Norio Ota was honoured with the title of 'Profesor Invitado' by Universidad de La Habana, Cuba in 2013: Link
  • Professor Ken Coates and Professor Jacob Kovalio received 2014 Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation: Link (Coates)  Link (Kovalio)
  • Professor Michael W. Donnelly was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun in 2014: Link
  • Norio Ota receives 2015 Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation:  Link1  Link2  Link3  Link4
  • Professor Ken Coates elected to be fellow of the Royal Society of Canada: Link
  • Norio Ota commended by York University as a 2016 York U Research Leader: Link
  • Professor X. Jie Yang, University of Calgary, received Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in the Imperial Decorations, spring 2016: Link1  Link2  Link3  Link4
  • Professor Carin Holroyd received the University of Saskatchewan J.W. George Ivany Internationalization Award.
  • Ambassador Joseph Caron received 2017 Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star: Link 
  • Professor Fumiko Ikawa-Smith, McGill University receives the Award for Lifetime Service to the Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) in 2017: This award is made to honour an outstanding contribution to the mission of the Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC): Initiated in 2017, the award recognizes exceptional service and commitment to JSAC and to the study of Japan in Canada.  The award acknowledges and publicly celebrates these outstanding contributions and the integrity and dedication the recipient has brought to the association.
  • Ms. Natasha Fox and Mr. Evan Koike (runner-up) received the 2017 Pringsheim Award for excellent papers among graduate students.
  • Professor Fumiko Ikawa-Smith celebrated her beiju 米寿 this year. Photo  Article: 「カナダで米寿をむ かえました」

JSAC Publication:
  • JSAC2012-13 Proceedings publication: Link
  • JSAC2014 Proceedings: Link
  • JSAC2015 Japan and Canada in Comparative Perspective: Economics: Link
  • JSAC/JACS/JCERN2015 Culture, Identity and Citizenship in Japan and Canada: Link
  • JSAC2016 Globalizing Japan: Issues in Language, Linguistics and Japanese Society: Link
  • JSAC2017 Future Uncertain: Economic, Environmental, Social and Political Challenges Facing Japan: Link
  • JSAC2018 Proceedings: Link

Membership activities: (you can find previous items in the Archive)

X.Jie Yang

Kindle publication:

Tale of Revenge: A Real Heroine, a translation of Edo's graphic novel in Japanese

Stephen r. NAGY

Publicized links:

1)Hong Kong and geopolitical Jenga
Military intervention would unleash a cascade of transformative changes

2)Japan's Indo-Pacific dream or nightmare?

4) Radio Interview on North Korean Missile tests

5) Podcast on China's Rise as a Rule Maker and Tech Empire

6)What does Japan and South Korea's tech trade dispute mean for the cost of your smartphone?

7)If Japan-South Korea Spat Prolonged, Supply Chains Could Shorten: Bloomberg TV

8)Voter disillusion tempered by realism

-July 4th International Studies Association, Singapore "Global Security in the Geotechnological Century: Sino-US relations and the reconceptualizing conflict and conflict management in the era of AI"
-July 4th International Studies Association, Singapore "Middle Power Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific"
-July 15th Asia Pacific Foundation, Vancouver,  "Canada: Middle Power Diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific"
-July16th Canadian International Council's Vancouver Branch on "Converging and Diverging Interest in the Indo-Pacific: Balancing National Interests in an Era of Great Power Rivalry"
-July 17th Japan Society of British Colombia in Vancouver "Japan's political situation post election"
- July 23rd Round table at the Macdonald Laurier Institute, Ottawa "Converging interets of Middle Powers in the Indo-Pacific"
-July 25th Talk at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Calgary "Chinese Foreign Policy in an Era of Geo-technology Rivalry: Beyond the Trade War and Hua Wei"
-AUGUST 8th Canada West Foundation, " Japan-based perspective, on Canada's opportunities in the world's third largest economy"

- Please send photosOlder photos can be found in the Database.
  • JSAC2014_photos (Google Drive):  Link
  • JSAC2015_photos (Google Drive):  Link
  • JSAC2016_photos (Google Drive)Link
  • JSAC2017_photos (Google Drive):  Link
  • JSAC2018_photos (Google Drive):  Link

Events & Opportunities:

  • The 15th Hakuho Japanese Research Fellowship (2020-21):  Link
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