• Modernizing Japan: The Role of Choshu in Japan’s Nation-building Process

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversation (Iwakuni In-Person)

    10 December 2022 – 10:00-12:00 (Japan)

    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the next event in the Community Conversations seminar series in the Iwakuni Community! This event will feature Professor Yuichiro Shimizu who will lead us on a journey through the role of Choshu in the modernization of Japan.


    The Choshu-han has been said to be the core power of the Meiji Revolution. So, what role did Choshu play in the nation-building process? Through discussing not only prominent figures such as Kido Takayoshi, Ito Hirobumi, and Katsura Taro, but also the Meiji-born generation, like Ueyama Mitsunoshin(Hofu), Egi Tasuku(Iwakuni), and Yuasa Kurahei(Shimonoseki), Professor Shimizu will clarify the outsized role that Choshu has had in the development of modern Japan.


    Families/kids are welcome. We will have a side area for the kids with fun activities provided by the kind staff at PLAT ABC. There will also be free food and refreshments provided.


    Registration is not required, but it would help our partner PLAT ABC to prepare activities if you inform us that you will be bringing kids. Please email jeffmazziotta@ycaps.org



    • 10:10-10:30 Coffee and Tea Refreshments - please feel free to show up at anytime during this period.
    • 10:30-11:40 Presentation and Q&A
    • 11:40-12:00 Refreshments & Networking (food & drinks)





    PLAT ABC Eigokoryu Center

    〒740-0012 Yamaguchi, Iwakuni, Motomachi, 1 Chome−1−1 レジデンス岩国駅東 1F





    *IMPORTANT* This event will be an In-Person Seminar. Please note that during the seminar, all attendees, presenters and staff are required to wear a face mask due to health and safety policies. *During the socializing time before/after the lecture, masks may be removed while eating and drinking but we request that when you are not eating and drinking, please keep your face mask on. Additionally please refrain from attending if you have Flu-like symptoms. All attendees will be asked to sign in for the purposes of contact tracing. Thank you for keeping this event safe for everyone.




    Shimizu Yuichiro was born in Nagano Prefecture in 1974. Dr. Shimizu is a political scientist and professor at Keio University, Faculty of Policy Management. He completed the requirements for his Ph. D. at Keio University’s Graduate School of Law in 2005. Professor Shimizu specializes in the histories of Japanese politics and diplomacy. He has written numerous books, including The Origins of Modern Japanese Bureaucracy (Bloomsbury, 2019) and Hara Takashi(Chuokoron-Shinsha, 2021).

    Format: This event will be off-the-record.

    Registration: None required
    Moderator: Jeff Mazziotta

    Co-Sponsor: Sasakawa Peace Foundation
    Seminar Cost: Free of charge

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