2019 JSAC Conference  

The 2019 JSAC Conference will be held at Mount Allison University in Sackville New Brunswick October 3-6, 2019. 

Our theme this year will be "Japan and the Environment: Lessons for the World." With the ominous warnings coming from the IPCC, Northern Canada's accelerated warming, and ongoing debates over the new carbon tax, an environmental theme for the conference seems most fitting. Japan is no stranger to cataclysmic environmental disasters, both natural and human-made. Its experience with the externalities of rapid industrial development at two points in its modern history may offer valuable insights into understanding how we have arrived at this point in world history and may also offer suggestions as to how we can address the challenges that lie before us. Japan also has deep aesthetic and spiritual connections to the natural world that are reflected in its literary, philosophical, and artistic traditions. Japan's diverse engagements with the natural world may also provide thoughtful reminders of our interconnectedness with the environment as we move further into the 21 st  century.

JSAC 2019 Keynote Speakers (in order of appearance)  

Mikio Moriyasu:"Snow Crab Fisheries in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and Its Relationship with Japan"  

Mikio Moriyasu was born in Japan and finished his MSc degree at Tokyo University of Marine Science. He then pursued his doctorate program in aquatic ecology at the 'Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc', in Montpellier, France on a French government scholarship.   After completion of his doctorate program, he conducted his post-doctoral research at the newly established Gulf Region with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Moncton, NB, Canada. He has 34 years of research experience with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on various marine crustaceans namely snow crab and assumed the head of the snow crab section from 1989 to 2018. His research domain encompasses the entire range of the snow crab's life cycle, annual snow crab stock assessments, and studies related to environmental changes and anthropogenic activities and their effects on snow crab populations.  The snow crab stock assessment in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence is considered as one of the most accurate stock assessments in the world. 

Jeffery Kingston:"The Developmental State and Nuclear Power in Japan"  

Jeff Kingston is Director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan. He is author and editor of a dozen books, including  Japan  (Polity 2019),  Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan  2 nd  ed. (Routledge 2019),  Japan's Foreign Relations with Asia  (Routledge 2018)  Press Freedom in Japan  (Routledge 2017) and the  Politics of Religion, Nationalism and Identity in Asia  (Rowman & Littlefield 2019). 

Jean-Francois Bisson:"The Greenhouse Effect: What it is, how it works, and how it can be exploited to solve our environmental crisis"  

Jean-François Bisson was born in Montreal, Canada. After receiving his undergraduate and Master's degrees in engineering physics from École Polytechnique de Montréal , he set out to undertake a doctorate degree in Physics, which he received from Université Pierre et Marie Curie , France, in 1999. After his doctorate, Jean-François came back to Canada to join the National Research Council of Canada, where he contributed to the development of optical sensors for the control of the industrial coating deposition processes. In 2002, he joined a research group at the University of Electro-Communications, Japan, devoted to the development of ultra-transparent optical ceramics, a new class of laser materials used to make high-power lasers. In 2007, he joined Amada Corp., where he focused his attention on the development of a 4-kW fiber laser for metal sheet cutting applications. In 2010, after having spent eight years in Japan, Jean-François came back to Canada to become a faculty member at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Université de Moncton . Aside from teaching a variety of physics courses, he performs research works on lasers and nanostructured materials for laser applications. His most recent achievement includes the realization of a solar-pumped laser without concentrator, a joint research project with the group of Prof. Endo at Tokai University, Japan.

Machiko Osawa:"Womenomics in Japan: Why It Is Not Working"  

Machiko Osawa graduated from Seikei University majoring in Japanese Literature. She received her M.A. in Economics from Eastern Illinois University (1977) and her Ph.D. in Economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1984). She has been a researcher at the Center for Social Sciences, Columbia University (1980-84), Hewlett Fellow at the University of Chicago (1984-86), Senior Researcher, at the Japan Institute of Labor (1987-90), Associate Professor of Economics, Asia University (1990-96). She is currently Professor of Economics at Japan Women's University and the director of the Research Institute for Women and Careers.

She is the author of various books such as  Economic Change and Women Workers: Japan U.S. Comparison   (1993, Nihon-Keizai Hyoronsha, Received Kagami Award),  Economics of New Family   (Chuo Koron Shinsha, 1998),  Non-Standard Work in Developed Economies (ed. with Susan houseman, Upjohn Institute, 2003),  Towards Work-Life Balance Society (Iwanami, 2006),and  Work-Life Synergy  (Iwanami, 2008), Japan's Working Poor  (Iwanami, 2010),  When Housewives Return  to  the Labor Market-Towards Second Chance Society   (NTT Shuppan, 2012)  What's Holding Back Japanese Women, (Tokyo Keizai   Shinposya 2015)  Women and Work in the 21 st century , (Sayusha, 2018)  Why There are so Few Women Managers in the Japanese Workplace, (Seikyusha, 2019).  

Laura Hein:"Big Trends in Japanese Scholarship"  

Laura Hein is the Harold H. and Virginia Anderson Professor of History at Northwestern University.  She has published numerous important books and articles related to Japan's history, politics, and culture. Her most recent book is  Post-Fascist Japan: Political Culture in Kamakura after World War II , Bloomsbury Press and a Weatherhead Institute Imprint book, 2018. A Japanese translation is underway for Jinbun Shoin, for 2020.  She is also the General Editor of the 3-volume  Cambridge History of Japan  and Editor of vol. 3  Modern Japan , under contract with Cambridge University Press, delivery date July 1, 2020.