Debriefing Seminar and Special Lecture on Japanese Politics and Society

The UP Asian Center and the Japan Foundation Manila will hold a webinar, “Debriefing Seminar and Special Lecture on Japanese Politics and Society” via Zoom on 22 September 2020, 2–4 pm (Philippine Standard time). The webinar is free and open to the public, but interested participants must register using an authenticated Zoom account.



  • Beyond Pessimism towards Marginalized Communities: Multiple Local Communities in Rural Japan
               Prof. Yoshinori Kasai, PhD, Faculty of Law, Keio University
Existing studies have often described Japan’s local communities as marginalized villages and local extinctions. Japan’s aging population and the increasing number of vacant houses and land, especially in rural areas, are current social realities that have depicted rural life with pessimism. On the other hand, many villages have held on without disappearing, raising questions about the validity of studies based on population-assessments alone. These communities not only include those based on local government boundaries, but also those to which residents belong, leading their day-to-day lives and forming networks with other areas as a way of extending the communities.
This presentation deviates from portraying rural communities as typical depopulated areas, and tries to illustrate the multiple communities through a case study of Ritto City in Shiga Prefecture. It argues that rural communities in Japan are not necessarily in a marginalized situation, partly due to the existence of multilayered communities that have emerged since the Meiji period, as well as the enduring rural folklore that has served as a repertoire of sustainability for these communities.  The study underscores the significance of doing rural research and life history method in capturing community life and people’s voices.
  • A Journey to the Deep North: Reflections on Japan
               Paolo Valdez, Frederik de Jesus, Angela Louise Rosario and Maria Ysabel Tangco
Four graduate students who went on a study tour in Japan early this year will each present their reflections about the trip. They were the winners of the research competition on Japanese Studies that was held on 18 January 2020.


Dr. Yoshinori Kasai is a Senior Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, Keio University. He is also a part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Sociology in Ryukoku University. His research is based on the life history method. His major works include The Idea and Manners of ConvivialityBasic Seminar Sociology, and Local Community from the Viewpoint of a Case Study on Sagicho. He obtained his Master’s and doctorate degree on Media and Governance from Keio University. View full profile.


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  • Registration is first-come, first-served. The webinar can accommodate 500. Those who cannot register via Zoom may watch it live on YouTube. Once the Zoom registration maxes out, a livestream registration form will be put up.
  • For the Q&A, participants may post their questions anonymously. These will only be visible to the host and the panelists. The moderator and/or the main speaker will choose questions and read them out during the Open Forum. No answers will be typed.
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This webinar is organized by the UP Asian Center and the Japan Foundation Manila, which also sponsored the Study Tour. For queries, please email

Posted: September 11, 2020 15:22