Japan’s mass media industries, visual communication, visual semiotics.
BA(Hons) Japanese: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 1991 MA Media Studies: Sheffield Hallam University, 2006 PhD: School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, 2009
School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield (Part-time teaching fellow)
2012 - present:
College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University (Associate Professor)
At the digital watershed: Terrestrial television broadcasting in Japan. Japanese Studies, 32(3):445–468.
Social distance portrayed: Television news in Japan and the UK. Visual Communication, 12(1):71–96.
Camera angles in television news: Designed to communicate? In Piazza, R., Haarman, L., and Caborn, A., editors, Values and Choices in Television Discourse: A View from Both Sides of the Screen. Palgrave Macmillan, London.
Q1What are your current teaching areas and current research themes?
I regularly teach undergraduate courses on ‘mass media and politics’, and ‘cross-cultural communication’. At graduate level I teach a course on media and globalisation.
I am currently writing about Kyoto’s pre-war public radio towers, and working on completing a book tentatively titled “Television in Japan: An Introduction”. Away from the mass media, I am also lead researcher on a project with Ritsumeikan’s Art Research Centre aimed at documenting and preserving the Shinozuka School of kyō-mai (Kyōto-style dance).
Q2What do you think the biggest appeal of the JDP is for students?
The chance to live and study in two very contrasting yet international cities and to experience and compare student life at two culturally different institutions.
Q3What do you expect future JDP students to learn and experience during their studies in the JDP?
As well as the material and ideas you will engage with in class you will also have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and to begin to see the world from a variety of fresh international perspectives. You will have ample opportunities to develop your communication and language skills and to learn how to go about acquiring cultural competence in two different settings, both, in their own ways, equally challenging. The social and communicational skills you learn will be an asset to you as you enter the ever more internationalised world of work, or decide to go on to further academic work. Outside of the campus, both Kyoto and Washington DC offer you a freedom to encounter new experiences only limited by your imagination and energy.