Past IICJ Conferences

The International Conference on Japan & Japan Studies (IICJ) brings together delegates from many different national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds in the Kansai region of Japan to present new research and exchange ideas. This exceptional platform welcomes speakers and delegates working in any area of cultural and area studies for challenging debate and stimulating discussions around the latest concepts and newest approaches.

IAFOR's conferences are encouraging and nurturing environments where ideas can be shared and tested, where research synergies and collaborations can be formed, and where some of the biggest names in the field have the opportunity to interact with up-and-coming faculty members.

IAFOR’s cultural and area studies conferences are organised in partnership with some of the world’s most reputable institutions, including Birkbeck, University of London (UK), University of Sussex (UK), Waseda University (Japan), Moscow State University (Russia), Barcelona University (Spain) and Virginia Tech (USA), and feature programmes developed by leading academics to ensure both timeliness and academic rigour.


Conference Theme: "Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging"

June 1–4, 2017 | Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan


Conference Theme: “Continuity and Change in the Japanese Tradition”

June 2–5, 2016 | Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan


Conference Theme: “Human Rights, Justice, Media and Culture”

May 28–31, 2015 | Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan