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November 4, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Japanese History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

2019 is a highly significant year for Japan, marking the beginning of the Reiwa era, and offering a new definition of the “postwar”. The Heisei Emperor Akihito on April 30 abdicated in favour of his son Crown Prince Naruhito, who formally succeeded as Emperor on May 1. He will be formally enthroned as Emperor in November. This changeover opens the possibility for change in the role of the Emperor, change within Japanese society, and change for Japan’s international relations. It also brings into focus the gendered nature of succession, bypassing the only child of the Emperor, Princess Aiko.


Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University Clayton Campus

J.V. Neustupny Auditorium

Monday, November 4, 2019

10:00 am to 5:00 pm



Professor John Breen, International Research Centre for Japanese Studies

Ritual Interventions: Emperor-making in Meiji, Taisho and Showa Japan

Professor Yohei Mori, Seijo University, Tokyo

Defining the Role of the Imperial Family in Post-War Japanese Society

Professor Ayuu Ishida, Momoyama Gakuin University, Osaka; Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University

The function of women's imperial media coverage in Japan: Why does it attract Japanese national interest?

Dr Emerald King, La Trobe University

Reading the garments worn by the Imperial ladies in the Reiwa accession ceremonies

Commentators: Professors Koichi Iwabuchi, Ross Mouer, and Carolyn S. Stevens, Monash University


Abstracts and further information about the speakers can be found on the  website.

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Participation is free, but registration by email is required for catering purposes


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