Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

 The UP Asian Center and the Japan Foundation Manila will hold the Japanese Studies in the Philippines: The Fifth Japanese Studies Research Competition, via Zoom, on 18 March 2023, 8:30 AM – 2 PM, Philippine Standard Time (GMT+8). The event is free and open to the public. Participation requires signing into a (free) Zoom account.

Panel 1: Disaster Resilience and Recovery in Japan and the Philippines

Tribe’s Influence: Building Back Japanese and Filipino Disaster Resilience through the Social Influence Theory
   Justine Marielle R. Jaen
   BS Accountancy, University of San Carlos
Research and development, adapting technology, and improving government response: How the Philippines can learn from Japan’s disaster recovery system
   EJ Viviene A. Cabataña
   BS Business Administration, University of San Carlos

Panel 2: History, Society, and Culture in Japan

Seniors Living the Thug Life: Exploring the Reasons Behind the Rise in Senior Offenders in Japan, 2012-2021
   Kristel Wiener Benitez
   MA International Affairs, UP Diliman
Communicating the Past with the Present: A Comparison of Japanese and German Response on Postwar History Education
   Ruth T. Cuvin
   M Asian Studies, Northeast Asia-Japan, UP Asian Center
Challenging “Cool Japan”: Hibakusha Activism as an Alternative Representation of Post-War Japan
   Marie Beatriz D. Gulinao
   MA Asian Studies, Northeast Asia-Japan, UP Asian Center

Panel 3: Japanese Diplomacy and International Relations

The Hazards of Westernization: A Textual Analysis on Junichiro Tanizaki’s Naomi
   Marie Francine L. Ciasico
   MA Asian Studies, Northeast Asia-Japan, UP Asian Center
The Article IX Revision Controversy: A Security-Based Analysis and Prospects for the Future
   Tyrone Kit B. Agres
   MA Asian Studies, Northeast Asia-Japan, UP Asian Center
Gunpla, Friendship, Japan, Public Diplomacy, and Moving Forward: An Autoethnography
   Jesus C. Deytiquez
   MA Media and Communications, Hallym University



The research competition aims to encourage Japan-related research among Filipino students, to disseminate knowledge, and exchange perspectives on Japanese Studies. It is organized by the UP Asian Center and the Japan Foundation, Manila.

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The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.