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NAJS Conference Program 2023

The 17th Annual Conference of the Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society (NAJS) at the European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics on 15-16 June 2023

NAJS Conference Program 2023

June 15, Thursday

09:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:15 Opening of the conference
10:15 – 11:30 Keynote Lecture I
Chair: Patrik Ström
Venue: Room Ragnar
Axel Berkofsky, University of Pavia
"The US-Japan Security Alliance - Ready and Equipped to Deal with China"
11:30 – 13:00 Lunch at Atrium
13:00 – 14:00 Parallel Session 1 & 2 
Session 1: Business and Economics
Chair: Patrik Ström
Venue: Room Ragnar
Åsa Malmström Rognes,
"The somewhat illusory independence of the Bank of Japan"
Discussants: Eva Liias & Erja Kettunen-Matilainen
Eva Liias, Niina Nummela & Urmas Varblane,
"Building trust in cross-cultural business negotiations - an analysis of trust-building process in Estonian-Japanese collaboration"
Discussants: H. Richard Nakamura & Klara Melin
Session 2: Japanese Society I
Chair: Christopher Bondy
Venue: Room Torsten
Yuki Nagae,
"Bottom-up proposals on the Multicultural coexistence of Japan: Intercultural dialogue among culturally diverse families at preschool"
Discussants: Kristín Ingvarsdóttir & Dick Stegewerns

14:00 – 14:30 Coffee Break
14:30 – 15:30 Parallel Session 3 & 4 
Session 3: Business and Economics
Chair: Patrik Ström
Venue: Room Ragnar
H. Richard Nakamura, Patrik Ström & Peter Nandor Popovics,
"Digitalization and Green Economy Transition: Smart cities and Society 5.0"
Discussants: Kristín Ingvarsdóttir & Eiko Saeki
Erja Kettunen-Matilainen & Shiho Futagami,
"The triple and quadruple helix models of social innovation: Employment support for disabled people in Japan and Finland"
Discussants: Erik Isaksson & Taka Oshikiri
Session 4: Japanese Society I
Chair: Yutaka Yoshida
Venue: Room Torsten
Christopher Bondy,
"Old Records and New Connections: Tokyo Independent Record Stores and the creation of symbolic community"
Discussants: Kie Sanada & Klara Melin
Kate Sylvester,
"Between the sport club and the workplance: The non-transferability of women student-athletes' leadership attributes"
Discussants: Dick Stegewerns & Yuki Nagae
16:30 - Museum Tour (Invited guests)
18:30 – Dinner (Invited guests) 

June 16, Friday

09:00 – 10:00 Parallel Session 5 & 6
Session 5: Security Policy
Chair: Marie Söderberg
Venue: Room Ragnar
Wrenn Yennie Lindgren & Matthew Brummer
"Bridge Over the New Geography of Danger: China's Rise, Russia's Fall and the Evolution of NATO-Japan Relations"
Discussants: Linus Hagström & Christopher Bondy
Nanae Baldauff & Yee Kuang Heng,
"Evaluating Japan's Defense Cooperation Agreements and Their Transformative Potential: Upgrading Strategic Partnership with Australia and the United Kingdom"
Discussants: Erik Isaksson & Axel Berkofsky
Session 6: Intercultural Relations
Chair: Ewa Machotka
Venue: Room Torsten
Kristín Ingvarsdóttir,
"Japanese Cuisine in Iceland: A Story of Multiple Mobilities"
Discussants: Eiko Saeki Yutaka Yoshida
Dick Stegewerns,
"Tozai bunmeiron"
Discussants: Kie Sanada & Eva Liias
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:15 Parallel Session 7 & 8
Session 7: Security Policy
Chair: Bart Gaens
Venue: Room Ragnar
Klara Melin,
"Everyday approaches to International Relations - a conceptual discussion and thoughts on Japanese case studies"
Discussants: Wrenn Yennie Lindgren & Bart Gaens
Linus Hagström,
"When Do Humiliating Events Trigger Great Power Aggression? Meiji Japan vs. Post-War Japan"
Discussants: Åsa Malmström Rognes & Nanae Baldauff
Session 8: Japanese Society II 
Chair: Eva Liias
Venue: Room Torsten
Eiko Saeki,
"Donor Conception in Japan: From Silence to Embracement"  
Discussants: Yutaka Yoshida & Diego Cosa Fernandez
Taka Oshikiri,
"Crafting Role Models for Women in Modern Japan"
Discussants: Kate Sylvester & Ewa Machotka
11:15 – 12:00 Art Tour, Stockholm School of Economics
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:15 Keynote Lecture II
Chair: Patrik Ström
Venue: Room Ragnar
Ewa Machotka, Stockholm University
"Visual Culture of Disaster in Early Modern Japan"
14:15 – 14:30 Information Session
Venue: Room Ragnar
Inga-Lill M. Blomqvist, Library, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
“The future of e-resources on the AsiaPortal”
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:00 Parallel Session 9 & 10
Session 9: Japanese Society II
Chair: Dick Stegewerns
Venue: Room Ragnar
Kie Sanada & Kentaro Kuwatsuka,
"Negotiation of strategic distance between donor and host countries: Smart city project with ODA in Bang Sue, Thailand"
Discussants: Erja Kettunen-Matilainen & Marie Söderberg
Yutaka Yoshida,
"Seduction of Far-Right Actions: A Pathway to an Authentic Self?"
Discussants: Linus Hagström & Christopher Bondy
Session 10: Intercultural Relations
Chair: Åsa Malmström Rognes
Venue: Room Torsten
Erik Isaksson,
"Achieving Recognition? 'Universal Values' in Japanese Foreign Policy 2006-2020"
Discussants: Bart Gaens & Richard Nakamura
Diego Cosa Feranadez,
"Regional revitalization in Japan through heritage re-evaluation: towards the case of Ozu (Ehime Prefecture)"
Discussants: Nanae Baldauff & Taka Oshikiri
16:00 – 16:15 Concluding Remarks
Venue: Room Ragnar