• Christmas in Japan

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar (via Zoom) -- 1000 (JST) 20 December 2022

    Happy Holidays from YCAPS! In our last Getting to Know Japan webinar before the holiday season, we’ll explore Christmas in Japan through a sociological lens. Why is Christmas so popular in Japan, a country that has traditionally kept foreign influence at arms length? Does Christmas’s popularity represent a larger-scale Westernization of Japan? Dr. Junko Kimura, a professor of marketing at Hosei University, will share her research with us and explain how Japanese Christmas differs from American Christmas.


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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).


    Dr. Junko Kimura is Professor of Marketing at the Faculty of Business Administration, Hosei University in Japan. She was a Visiting Professor at University of Ca’Foscari, Venezia from September 2012 to August 2014. She holds a PhD in Commerce from Kobe University, and a M.A. in Communication from State University of New York, College at Brockport. Her research focuses on Rural Development, Agri-food Marketing, SDGs and Geographical Indications (GI). She consults for the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Japan for registration of GI applicants, including designation of European PDO and PGI products for EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) mutual protection. She also consults for the Minister of Finance for Geographical Indication alcohol.


    Her recent work in English is Kimura, Junko. & Rigolot, Cyrille. (2022) “The Potential of Geographical Indications (GI) to Enhance Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Japan: Overviews and insights from Mishima Potato GI Case Study,” Proceedings Worldwide Perspective on Geographical Indications, An International Conference for Researches, Policy Makers and Practitioners, 218-219.



    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