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Call for Applications: 2017 Young Scholars Programme, November 2017

Nomination deadline: noon, Monday June 26 (soon!)
Nominations are welcomed for the 2017 Young Scholars’ Programme. This programme was initiated in 2006 with the support of the Society’s Honorary Patron, to give researchers at doctoral level the opportunity to present their research on Japan and/or Asia, and answer questions on it in English.

Four young scholars will be selected to give a presentation for 15 minutes each to the Society. The closing date for nominations this year is noon on Monday, June 26th. All nominated candidates (to be first selected by a university Professor or other nominator) should submit the following:
  1. A provisional title for their presentation
  2. Details of their field of research
  3. A CV or brief biography
  4. A formal letter of recommendation on headed note-paper from his/her academic supervisor supporting the application. This can be submitted later if needed as the time to apply is soon.*
* Candidates are welcome to submit their materials directly to the Asiatic Society of Japan, via e-mail, to . However, the formal letter of recommendation should be submitted directly to by the academic supervisor (not the candidate). It may be sent by email or by post.

Candidates will be notified of the selection results in early July 2017.
For further details please e-mail the ASJ Office at, titling your e-mail ‘2017 Young Scholars’ Programme.’

July Meeting

Monday, July 24th at 6:30 p.m..
Speaker: Mr. Matt Burney (Director, British Council Japan)
Subject: (tbc)
Venue: Shibuya Kyōiku Gakuen
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002

Forthcoming ASJ Meeting

Date: 25 September at 6:30 p.m. (date tbc)
Speaker: Mr. Chuk Besher, Director, External Affairs, Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Limited
Subject: (tbc) (relating to the topic of diversity and business)
Venue: Price Waterhouse Cooper (Tokyo headquarters), Otemachi
Address: (tbc)

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ASJ member lecture: Dr. Judit Hidasi at DIJ

Date: Monday, 26 June
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Judit Hidasi (Budapest Business School)
Subject: “Womenomics - Remedy or Illusion?”
Lecture Sponsor: Budapesti Gazdasági Egyetem, Társadalmi Kommunikáció és Médiatudományok tanszék
Venue Sponsor: German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) DIJ History and Humanities Study Group
Venue: DIJ, Jōchi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F, 7-1 Kioichō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō 102-0094, Phone: 03-3222-5077
Access: For directions to the institute please see:
“Womenomics”, one of the policies by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo introduced in 2014 to reinvigorate Japan’s economy has come as a surprise not only to his government and politicians but also to the Japanese society. Gender and gender issues have long been a seemingly untouchable topic in Japan’s political discourse in spite of the significant changes that the society has undergone in recent decades: family crisis, changing values, growing number of singles, decreasing child-birth rates, aging society, increasing number of career women. Womenomics is a top-down government policy in Japan to increase female participation in the labour-market, to raise the number of women in management positions, to activate the female potential in order to push up economy by better utilizing hidden human resources. This policy seems to contradict to traditional gender values and expectations – and hence whether it succeeds or not is still to be seen.

This talk presents the main characteristics of this concept, its aims and goals. It looks at the motivations and expectations on the side of policy-makers, of employers and of those most concerned: women and their families. Based on research data – from government and NGO statistics, and from interviews in the field – the talk gives an overview of ”womenomics” focussing on the critical factors that play a role in the realization of this ambitious project.

Judit Hidasi (PhD in Applied Linguistics) is professor of communication and Japanology at Budapest Business School, visiting professor at Josai University (Japan) and at Sapientia University (Romania). She has been lecturing on intercultural business, communication and international relations at various universities around the world. From 1998 to 2001 she worked as Deputy Head of Bilateral relations at the Hungarian Ministry of Education and from 2001 to 2006 she was professor of communications at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan. She served on the Council of EAJS (European Association for Japanese Studies) from 1966 until 2003. In November 2005 she was decorated with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for advancing Japanese language education and developing civil ties between Japan and Hungary. From 2006 to 2012 she has been dean and between 2012-2015 international director of the Budapest Business School.

Dr. Judit Hidasi has written two articles for the Transactions of the ASJ: S4 Vol. 20 and Supplement (2006): “Dangerous Terrain: Negotiating the Minefield of Intercultural Communication” and in the accompanying Supplement, “Hommage à Japon”.

New publication by our president

Dr. Charles De Wolf recent and slender paperback book with an appropriately evocative cover of his latest translations, “Of Birds and Beasts, Fish and Fowl: Japanese Tales of Times Now Past” (Excerpts from Konjaku-Monogatari今昔物語集) has recently been published. It is available on


Could you help us contact the the Transactions authors below to grant the ASJ copyright consent?

Please e-mail any clues, ideas, e-mail, etc. to Ms. Yarrow at:

173 Consent forms have been confirmed as of June 11, 2017.

104 authors remain to be contacted and confirmed with three not on this public list.

日本アジア協会は、紀要The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japanを電子化しデジタルアーカイブをインターネットで公開するにあたり、連絡先が判明しない著作権者についての情報提供を求めています。 別紙に掲載いたしました著作者について、著作権者、もしくは著作権継承者、またはこれらの方々の連絡先に関する情報をお持ちの方は、上記連絡先までご連絡ください。

In preparation for the launch of the digitized archives online of the journal “The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan”, the Asiatic Society of Japan is seeking information regarding copyright holders.

Ackroyd, Joyce
Anderson, Prof. Stephen John
Ayrton, W. E.

Barrett, M. T. (d. 1997)
Beasley, William G. -2 articles
Beauchamp, Edward
Beretta, Lia
Berton, Peter (d. 2014)
Borton, Hugh (d. 1995)
Boxer, C. R. (d. 1995) -3 articles
Buchanan, Rev. Daniel Crump (d. 1982)
Burdick, Charles Burton (d. 1998)

Coville, Cabot R. (d. 1987)
Crawcour, Edwin Sydney -2 articles
Cullen, Prof. Louis

Dan, Ikuma
Daniels, F. J.
de Becker, E. V. A.
Dolce, Dr. Lucia
Dooman, Eugene H. (d. 1969)

Elisonas, J. S. A.

Figgess, Sir John (d. 1997)
Finch, Roger
Furness, George A.

Groot, Father Gerard (d. 1970)
Gundert, Wilhelm (d. 1971)

Hammond, Jeff M.
Harich-Schneider, Eta (d. 1986)
Horiguchi, Mihoko (past ASJ Librarian)
Horton, H.M.
Howes, John F.
Hrdlickova, Ms. Vena
Huffman, James L.
Huq, Mr. Mir Monzurul

Ike, Nobutaka (d. 2005)
Imazeki, Dr. Rokuya (d. 1991)
Immoos, Thomas
Iosifidou, Maria
Ishii, Yoneo (d. 2010)
Itani, Zenichi
Iwao, Prof. Seiichi (d. 1988)

Johnson, Linda
Joly, Jacques

Kades, C. L.
Kersten, Mr. Carool
Kishibe, Shigeo (d. 2005)
Kroker, Edward
Kuiper, J. Feenstra (d. 1970)
Kuno, Keitaro

Lerski, Jerzy Jan (d. 1992)
Levy Jr., Marion J. (d. 2002)

Malm, William P.
Mayer, Fanny Hagin (d. 1990)
McDowell, Kevin
McKeen Di Crocco, V.
McNelly, Prof. Theodore
Monnet, Livia

Nakamura, Naokatsu
Nayuki, Izumi

Odaira, Takeshi
Ohe, Seizō

Parish, H. Carroll
Pierson, Jr. Dr. Jan Lodewijk (d. 1979) -3 articles
Plummer, Katherine (d. 2013)
Prickett, Stephen

Querido, A.

Rabbitt, James A. (d. 1969)
Redman, Sir Vere (d. 1995)
Robert, Marcel
Romieux, J.
Roussos, Jason E. S.

Sadler, Arthur Lindsay (d. 1970)
Sakamaki, Shunzo(d. 1973)
Schipper, William
Schlichtmann, Klaus
Seat, Keith
Shimatsu, Yoichi C.
Shimizu, Isamu
Shionozaki, Hiroshi
Sissons, D.C.S. (d. 2006)
Smith, Neil Skene (d. 1972)
Smith, R. J.
Sorrells, Virginia
Spinks, Charles Nelson
Statler, Oliver (d. 2002)
Stramigioli, Giuliana (d. 1988)

Tao, Zhikun
Teow, Dr. See Heng
Tominaga, Prof. Michio (d. 2004)
Totman, Conrad
Trotter, Ms. Ann
Tsuchiya, Takao (d. 1988)

van Briessen, Fritz (d. 1987)
van Gulik, Robert H. (d. 1967) -3 articles

Wasson, Robert Gordon (d. 1986)
Wildes, H. E. (d. 1982)
Willcock, Hiroko
Williams, Harold Stannett (d. 1987)
Wright, Sir David

Ye, Kyaw Thu (YSP)
Yoshida, Toyoko

Zahl, Karl F.
Zolbrod, Leon (d. 1991)

Copyright Heroes 2017

Signed copyright Consent forms have been received from the following authors in this year and their article(s) will be available online once the Forum is operational.
Cohen, Aaron M.
Farrington, Anthony (d. 2008)
Harris, Mr. Tim
Kusonoki, Dr. Ayako (YSP)
Nish, Ian H.

In Process
Ayrton, W. E.
Beauchamp, Edward (d. 2001)
Boxer, C. R. (d. 1995) -3 articles
Gundert, Wilhelm (d. 1971)
Huffman, James L.
Huq, Mr. Mir Monzurul
Immoos, Thomas
Malm, William P.
Pierson, Jr. Dr. Jan Lodewijk (d. 1979) -3 articles
Plummer, Katherine (d. 2013)
Sorrells, Virginia
Sadler, Arthur Lindsay (d. 1970)
Spinks, Charles Nelson
Statler, Oliver (d. 2002)
Zahl, Karl F. (d. 2013?)