Japanese Studies Radio Hour
By Center for Japanese Studies
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The Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan (CJS) promotes and disseminates research on Japan, fosters communication among diverse disciplines, and encourages new approaches in the understanding of Japan and its place in the world.
||CleanInterview with Sato Michiyoshi and Joshua Solomon||Japan Twang! 300 Years of Tsugaru-jamisen||3/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPerformance by Sato Michiyoshi and Joshua Solomon||Japan Twang! 300 Years of Tsugaru-jamisen||3/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAbe's New Security Laws - David Leheny and Kenneth McElwain||This is the first episode of the Japanese Studies Radio Hour (JSRH), featuring a discussion between Prof. David Leheny (Princeton University) and Prof. Kenneth McElwain (University of Tokyo) about the controversial security laws passed under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which authorize Japan’s military to take part in overseas combat missions for the first time since 1945.||3/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReflecting on the 3/11 Disasters - Mieko Yoshihama & Satsuki Takahashi||This episode features a discussion with Prof. Mieko Yoshihama (University of Michigan School of Social Work) and Prof. Satsuki Takahashi (U-M CJS Toyota Visiting Professor / George Mason University Dept of Sociology and Anthropology) about their on-going research projects in northeastern Japan, which was devastated by a massive earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster five years ago this month. To check out the PhotoVoice Japan book from the U-M library, please see this link: mirlyn.lib.umich.edu/Record/013660947 For more on the PhotoVoice Project, please see this link (JPN only): photovoice.jp/||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYamakiya Taiko - Interview with Genki Endo, Keisuku Suzuki, Erik Santos, Toko Shiiki||Fukushima's Yamakiya Taiko Ensemble is one of Japan's leading taiko performance groups, having played such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. The leaders of Yamakiya Taiko (Genki Endo and Keisuke Suzuki) sat down with JSRH ahead of two Ann Arbor performances organized by local filmmaker Toko Shiiki and Prof. Erik Santos (U-M SMTD). We discuss the history of their troupe, their connection to Michigan, and what taiko drumming signifies for them as they negotiate the difficulties of life in Fukushima after the post-nuclear disaster.||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSustaining and Diversifying Japanese Studies - Dyron Dabney, Patricia Maclachlan, and Leonard Schoppa||A discussion at the 2016 Association for Asian Studies conference with Prof. Dyron Dabney (Albion College), Prof. Patricia Maclachlan (University of Texas, Austin), and Prof. Leonard Schoppa (University of Virginia) about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the field of Japanese Studies. Thanks to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission for organizing the panel that inspired this podcast!||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Staged Seduction: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club - Akiko Takeyama & Allison Alexy||Brad and Prof. Allison Alexy (University of Michigan) sit down with Prof. Akiko Takeyama (University of Kansas) to talk about her new book Staged Seduction: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club. Stay tuned after the ending theme for a podcast extra!||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Hazuki Kikuchi Talk “Happy Hour”||CJS sits down with director Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Happy Hour) and actress Hazuki Kikuchi (Happy Hour) to talk about their award-winning film Happy Hour. A special thank you to Rich Phillipson and Nicole Howeson for their dubbing work on this episode!||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Beate Sirota Gordon and the Making of Japan's Postwar Constitution||2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Throughout the year, the Japanese Studies Radio Hour will share special recordings from the CJS archives, starting with this special address by Beate Sirota Gordon, given on the occasion of CJS’s 50th anniversary in 1997. Complement this recording with Sirota Gordon’s The Only Woman in the Room: A Memoir of Japan, Human Rights, and the Arts.||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|