Dr. Iokibe Presentation and Podcast

The Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage was delighted to host Professor Kaoru Iokibe for a presentation on modern Japanese history on November 7th, 2018. The Consular Office partnered with the University of Alaska Anchorage’s History Department as well as UAA Campus Bookstore to bring this event to the Anchorage community. Dr. Kaoru Iokibe is a professor with the University of Tokyo’s Graduate Schools for Law and Politics.

Dr. Iokibe’s lecture started with a background on the ending of the Edo period with the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the start of ‘Modern Japan’. He then explained Japanese modern history from the Meiji Restoration to WW2 through four main questions.

1. How did the distance from Europe and US to Japan affect the history of Japan?
2. How did Japan live while its project of modernization was still ongoing?
3. How did Japan succeeded in building up a modern state earlier than its neighbors?
4. How did Japan expand to the wider Asian continent?

To hear the answer to these questions, UAA’s bookstore recorded a free podcast of Dr. Iokibe’s lecture which can be downloaded here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/guest-speakers-and-the-world/id751971888?mt=10