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Shinya Sugiyama’s Economic History Lectures

Shiya Sugiyama is an economics professor at Keio University and President of the Socio-Economic History Society of Japan. He teaches a module on Japanese economic history and has placed videos of these lectures online. They are well organised and clearly presented. Moreover, they are based on current research—in his lectures, Sugigama explains some of the recent debates in Japanese economic history, such as the role of the Edo period or World War II in the country’s economic development.

Keio University has placed many videos of lectures and other courseware materials online so that anyone can view them. While many of these lectures are in Japanese, some lectures are also available in English. Keio University is part of the Japan Opencourseware Consortium and one of over 20 Japanese universities to adopt the OpenCourseWare approach pioneered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Back in 2002, MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) was launched with the aim of putting all of the educational materials from its undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online, partly free and openly available to anyone. MIT releases its materials to the public under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike licence.
In any event, Prof. Sugigama’s lectures are a wonderful resource and much recommended to anyone who can understand Japanese and is interested in Japanese economic history.

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LSE Workshop on the History of Consumption in Japan

On 29 and 30 July, a two-day workshop on the history of consumption in Japan was held at the LSE. The workshop, entitled “The Historical Consumer: Consumption and Everyday Life in Japan, 1850-2000,” was organised by Janet Hunter and Penny Francks. Discussions included: the definition of consumption; differences between a traditional vs modern products; consumption history as bottom up history (?); and pathways of consumption. The contributions are to be published in an edited volume by Palgrave Macmillan.

Click here for the Japanese Consumption History Workshop Programme held at LSE

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