Event Guidelines for the FY2022 EES Plenary Meeting

Plenary Session Objectives

Involved in the launch of the East Eurasia Research Project of the Global Area Studies Project of the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), and provided a forum for discussing the project’s overall objectives, plans and results, and the nature of mutual exchange among its members, including those at the four centers.


Saturday, January 21, 2023 10:00-17:00


Arcadia Ichigaya (Shigakukan) 4-2-25 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0073, Japan
7th Floor, Myoko Conference Room (Hybrid format for both on-site and online use)

Participation Targets

All members of EES (including research collaborators) + those who wish to join (with permission of each center director)


(1) Basic Lecture *Zoom delivery will be available.

Hiroki Takakura (Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University) Culture Clash and Wellbeing in East Eurasia

(2) Session 1 “Director’s Panel” *Zoom feed will be available.

Representatives of the four centers of the East Eurasia Research Project will talk about the objectives and plans of their respective centers and discuss the direction of collaboration and exchange among them.

  • Representative, Director of Tohoku Univ. Hiroki Takakura (Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University)
  • Vice President and Director of the Minpaku Center Ippei Shimamura (National Museum of Ethnology)
  • Director of Kobe University Hiroki Okada (Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University)
  • Director of Hokkaido University Akihiro IWASHITA (Slavic Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University)

    (3) Session 2: Wellbeing and Uncertainty in East Eurasia *Zoom feed available

    How is it possible to achieve individual wellbeing and a diverse and inclusive sustainable society in the face of the shifting and increasingly uncertain frameworks of international relations, politics and economics since the 20th century due to global environmental change and economic globalization (most recently the Corona pandemic and the Ukrainian conflict)? In this session, we will examine the characteristics of wellbeing and related factors in East Eurasian societies from four perspectives – gender, minorities, migration and migrant labour, and subcultures – to identify challenges to achieving individual and social wellbeing.

    (1) Presenter
    • Tohoku University Office Yuko Kosakada (Chuo University Law School)/theme
    • Masashi Nara (National Museum of Ethnology) /theme
    • Kobe Univ. base Sayaka Ogawa (Ritsumeikan Univ.)/Theme: transnational commercial mobility and wellbeing
    • Hao Hongfang (Affiliate, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan)/Theme: Border-Crossing and Gender (Global Families and Border-Crossing Intimacies)
    (2) Commentator.
    • Yukihiro Kawaguchi (Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University)
    • Ippei Shimamura (National Museum of Ethnology)
    • Naomi Ike (Hokkaido University School of Public Policy)