Asia-Japan Today: Researchers' Essays

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New Series has started! Asia-Japan Today: Researchers' Essays

The pandemic caused by the Coronavirus is spreading to all parts of the world, and the people of many countries are experiencing a state of crisis. This crisis is also influencing our field of research and education in Japan.

In this context, the Asia-Japan Research Institute of Ritsumeikan University has decided to publish "researchers' essays" on how researchers of Asian and Japan studies are living and working under these conditions, and communicating with counterparts in their fields as well as colleagues in other countries. We would like to share our ideas with those who share the same concerns on a global scale.

Our hope is that we can convey real voices from the field of research on Asia and Japan and connect with our fellow researchers.

Essay1 Asia-Japan Research at this Juncture of History:
Facing the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Crisis in a Research Institution
Yasushi Kosugi:
(Director, Asia-Japan
Research Institute,
Ritsumeikan University)
May 13, 2020 Read
Essay2 Even Globalized, the World is Uneven:
The Pandemic and Area Studies
Kota Suechika:
(Professor, College of
International Relations,
Ritsumeikan University)
May 20, 2020 Read
Essay3 Field Science in the Corona Era:
Through Intimate Ties with Farmers in Indonesia
Fitrio Ashardiono:
(Assistant Professor,
College of Policy Science,
Ritsumeikan University)
May 27, 2020 Read
Essay4 In Order to Stay Connected to the World:
As a Korean Diaspora Researcher
Lee Jinhye:
(Special Foreign Researcher, J
apan Society for the Promotion of Science /
Project Researcher, Asia-Japan Research
organization, Ritsumeikan University)
June 3, 2020 Read
Essay5 Living between Pakistan and Japan:
The Struggles of an Area Studies
Researcher and a Working Mother
Emiko Sunaga:
Research Fellow of Japan Society
for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
June 10, 2020 Read
Essay6 A New Mode of Jihad and Martyrdom in Iran:
The Battle against Covid-19
Kenji Kuroda:
(Project Assistant Professor,
National Museum of Ethnology)
June 17, 2020 Read
Essay7 What can COVID19 Imply for Nuclear-Armed North Korea? Jung Hoon CHOI:
(Senior Researcher,
Ritsumeikan Asia-Japan Research Organization)
June 24, 2020 Read
Essay8 The Joy of Reading Personal Histories from the Primary Sources:
Encounters during My Research on Islamic Thinkers in Egypt.
(Associate Professor,
Ritsumeikan Asia-Japan Research Organization)
July 9, 2020 Read
Essay9 Reformulating Religious Tourism after COVI-19:
Reflections on Area Studies from the Perspective of Mobility
(Associate Professor,
Department of Tourism Policy,
Faculty of Regional Policy,
Takasaki City University of Economics)
July 15, 2020 Read
Essay10 Contemporary Middle East Studies under the COVID-19 Crisis:
Countermeasures to the “Field Survey”
(Visiting Researcher at Oxford
School of Global and Area Studies,
University of Oxford (Sasakawa Peace Foundation fellow) /
Visiting Researcher at Ritsumeikan Asia-Japan Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University)
July 15, 2020 Read
Essay11 Life between Searching for the Classic in the Cyber Space and Going to the Field:
My Studies on Islamic Economics in the Middle East and Southeast Asia
(Senior Researcher,
Asia-Japan Research Organization,
Ritsumeikan University)
November 20, 2020 Read