November 2018


Giveaway: Japanese Film Festival!

Fancy some time away from the books? We've got a double pass to the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) to give away. Valid for Adelaide (Nov 9-11), Sydney (Nov 15-25) or Melbourne (Nov 22 - Dec 2).
To enter, email 
 with your name and city of choice.

See the JFF website:


JSAA Conference Call for Papers: Reminder

The 21st Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia will be hosted at Monash University, Caulfield campus during 1 – 4 July 2019, with the theme of "Celebrating Diverse Perspectives". Registration for members is also now open.

For more information see 
Close of call for abstracts 30th November 2018.


Postgraduate workshop: Sydney

The 2018 UNSW-JSAA-The Japan Foundation Postgraduate Workshop of Japanese Language and Japanese Studies will be held at the Japan Foundation, Sydney this year on November 16th.

For more information about the workshop see 

For information on scholarships to attend the workshop see 


Petition to Japanese Government

Dear fellow members of JSAA,
Chihiro Thomson seeks your support for the petition to the Japanese government.

The Japanese government is about to consider 日本語教育推進基本法案 (資料1, p.5, 2-2). It is in general a welcoming initiative, however I feel it is weak in the area of Japanese language education for Japanese heritage children. It states:
This excludes the Japanese heritage children without Japanese citizenship. Thus, a group of concerned people got together and putting in a petition to a group of Japanese MPs. (資料2)We are asking for the specific inclusion of 日本にルーツを持って海外に永住して行く子供たち.

We are collecting signatures from those who agree via the site below (資料3). I attach an Asahi article by Prof Kazuko Nakajima on this issue for your reference (資料4)
Please consider joining me by giving your signature.


Japan Foundation Major Grants

Applications for the Japan Foundation's Major Grants Round close on November 20/December 3. Opportunities for researchers include fellowships, conference grants, Japanese Studies projects grants, Japanese art research fellowships, a language training program for cultural specialists and more.


Call for applications: Lecturer, Japanese Language - RMIT

RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Schools is seeking a lecturer who can specialise in one of the following four areas:

  • Criminology, legal and justice studies 
  • Global studies, languages, translating and interpreting 
  • Social work, youth work, community services and social policy 
  • Sustainability and urban planning 

For more information see 

Applications close on Wednesday 21 November 2018  


JSAA Member Publishing Round-Up!

Yes, we are coming up to it again! If you or a member you know has published a new book or chapter in the last six months please send us the details so that we can gather together and celebrate the publishing achievements of our members. We will be publishing the special newsletter near the end of the year

Please send the details to Laura Clark at 


Do you have content you would like to include in a JSAA newsletter? If so, please send the details to Laura Clark at .








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