Founding of the ABS Japan Chapter!
The Japan Chapter for Border Studies, which was established in Kyushu University in November 2015, was officially recognized by the Board of the Association of Borderlands Studies during the ABS annual conference which took place in Reno, Nevada on April 13-16, 2016.
The ABS Japan Chapter will consist of ABS members residing in Japan which will be a forum for border studies in Japan by supporting conferences, workshops and publications. The Chair and Executive Secretary of the Chapter is Naomi Chi (UBRJ member, Hokkaido University), and its officers are Fuminori Kawakubo (Chuo Gakuin University), Yasunori Hanamatsu and Edward Boyle (both Kyushu University). The secretariat of the ABS Japan Chapter will be located at the Center for Asia Pacific Future Studies (CAFS) at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan.
The ABS Japan Chapter is planning three events for this year, which include the Border Studies Summer School jointly held by the Graduate School of Public Policy and the Slavic Eurasian Research Center at Hokkaido University from July 25-29, 2016, border studies conference in the beginning of November which will take place in Tokyo, and the Border Studies Spring School which will be held by CAFS at Kyushu University in February 2017.