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Why Tokyo Turned Against the Olympics

Below is an excerpt from an article I wrote for The Nation. See the full text here. "My neighbor and others I’ve chatted with in Tokyo...

On Teaching a Difficult History

Below is an excerpt from an article I wrote for The Nation. See the full text here. "I have thought a lot about the meaning of history...

Visualizing Coed Revolution

I've started giving book talks, entirely over Zoom, which can be rather lonely. But I'm also learning a lot about what I wrote about...

On Getting Harassed Online

On February 25, Jeannie Suk Gersen published an article in The New Yorker entitled "Seeking The True Story of the Comfort Women" (later...

On Being a Guest Expert

Over the past couple years, I've fielded calls from journalists to give comments on topics related to my research on gender and Japanese...

The Red Years

It's very exciting to know that very VERY soon this collection of essays on Japan's "1968" will come out on Verso (November 2021)! I...

Book book book book...

Book forthcoming in February 2021!!!! For more, see: https://www.dukeupress.edu/coed-revolution

Violence in Postwar, Postcolonial Japan

Léopold Lambert of The Funambulist invited me to contribute something on the theme of "self-defense," in the context of leftist activism....

The Upper House is No Place for a Woman

A historically high number of women won election to the Japanese Diet's Upper House in the August 2019 elections. This may seem like a...

Gender Studies... in Japan and Beyond

In June 8th, International Christian University (ICU)'s Prof. Ikoma Natsumi and I organized an "Emergency Symposium" on Academic Freedom...

From Housewife to Historical Actor

What makes an "ordinary" person into a historical figure? What process transforms the materials we all accumulate and create in our daily...

Mining Archives

Based on our various experiences researching coal mining, Thomann Bernard (INALCO), Takashi Miyamoto (University of Tokyo), Naoko...

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