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New book on Pan-Asianism

New publication on Pan-Asianism just came out. A collection of sources relating to ideas and movements of Asian regionalism and Asian solidarity. Very helpful as a reader, or as a guide for research. Details here:

Prof. Saaler meets parliamentarians Abe Tomoko and Johannes Pflug

Prof. Saaler meets Abe Tomoko (member of the Lower House of Japan, SDPJ) and Johannes Pflug (member of the German Bundestag, SPD) in Tokyo on 3 June 2010.

Prof. Saaler meets Prime Minister Hatoyama

Prof. Saaler has a chat with Prime Minister Hatoyama, April 2010.

New article on statues in Japan


A new article of mine on bronze statuary in modern Japan has been published in the journal “Comparativ.”

Sven Saaler

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Sven Saaler teaches modern Japanese history at the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University in Tokyo.

He has a Ph.D. from Bonn University (1999) and previously worked at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo (1999-2004) and at The University of Tokyo (2004-2008) before coming to Sophia in 2008. During his student days, he spent several years in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture (1991-92 and 1996-99).

He has pubished extensively on issues of historical memory in Japan, Pan-Asianism and regionalism in modern East Asia, as well as Japanese-German relations.
Politics, Memory and Public Opinion” (2005) dealt with the Japanese history textbook controversy, the Yasukuni Shrine issue and historical consciousness in Japan.
Pan-Asianism in Modern Japanese History” (co-edited) was the first book-length publication on Pan-Asianism and historical issues of East Asian regionalism in English.

Sven Saaler has also co-edited/co-authored a volume introducing visual sources from the history of the Russo-Japanese War and another one introducing a wide range of visual sources from early Japanese-German relations, focusing on the second German envoy to Japan, Karl von Eisendecher (1841-1934, in Japan 1875-82). This volume was introduced in the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shinbun.

He has also organized a number of historical exhibitions and academic international conferences. The next large event will be a conference on 150 Years of Japanese-German Relations in December 2010.

Please find more details on ongoing research projects, recent presentations and publications on the following pages.

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