• The Buraku Struggle:

    A Uniquely Japanese Civil Rights Issue

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar (via Zoom) -- Thursday, January 12 2023 at 1900 (JST)

    Burakumin (trans: “hamlet people”) are the modern descendants of the lowest class of Edo-period Japanese society. While they look and speak like any other Japanese person, they face discrimination in areas such as employment and marriage due to their ancestry. Our guest speaker, Dr. Ian Neary, will provide historical context to the Buraku struggle, and talk about modern Buraku liberation movements and political reform. His presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.


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    This event is a part of YCAPS' "Getting to Know Japan Series" co-sponsored by The United States-Japan Foundation (USJF).


    Professor Ian Neary is an emeritus fellow at St. Antony's College and the Nissan Institute, Oxford University. After working in Huddersfield and Newcastle universities, he was a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Essex between 1989-2004 before moving to Oxford. His publications include: Political Protest and Social Control in Pre-war Japan: the origins of Buraku liberation (1989), Intervention and Technological Innovation: Government and the Pharmaceutical Industry in the UK and Japan (with J. Howells, 1995), Human Rights in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan (2002), The State and Politics in Japan (2002, second edition 2018), The Buraku Issue and Modern Japan - the career of Matsumoto Jiichiro (2010) and Dowa Policy and Japanese Politics (2022). He is currently working on a history which links a small town in Kyushu (Soeda) to events in national history from the 15th to 20th centuries.



    Format: This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded.

    Registration: Required Link
    Moderators: Lucy Amaral

    Webinar Cost: Free of charge

    Co-sponsors: United States-Japan Foundation

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