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CJS organises Two-day International Seminar on "Japanese Studies in India and South Asia: towards a New Horizon"

CJS organises Two-day International Seminar on "Japanese Studies in India and South Asia: towards a New Horizon"

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CJS organises Two-day International Seminar on "Japanese Studies in India and South Asia: towards a New Horizon"
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Centre for Japanese Studies
School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University


Two-day International Seminar on “Japanese Studies in India and South Asia: towards a New Horizon” (インド・南アジアにおける日本研究::新たな地平線に向かって)


Dates: 9th-10th December 2019

Venue: Committee Hall, Convention Centre, JNU

Inaugural Session: 10am – 1pm, Monday, 9th December 2019

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9th December 2019 (Monday)

Academic Session-1      Time:  1:45 – 3:45       Chair: Hemant Adlakha


Abul Barkat

Role of Japanese Studies in Strengthening Bilateral and Multilateral Relationships between Japan and SAARC Countries



Contribution of Japanese Companies in Promoting Japanese Business Culture in Bangladesh



Comprehending Primordial Roots of Japanese Nationalism



Tariq Sheikh / Arun Sham

Mysteries from the East Wing: Japan and the Princely State of Hyderabad


T. V. Suryakant

Japanese Studies in South Asia: The Way Ahead











4:00 – 4:15: Tea/Coffee Break        

Academic Session-2         Time:  4:15 – 5:25       Chair: P.A. George


Gita  A. Keeni

Wit of one and Wisdom of many: Unique Cultural Treasure Resources of a Society



Significance of Travel Writing: A Study of Exploring India


Sudipta Das

Lesser Known Footsteps towards Indian Independence in Japan







Round Table-1               Time: 5:25 – 6:25      

Moderator: Dr. Rajaram Panda

Topic: Future of Japanese Studies in South Asia: Problems and Prospects

Members: 1. Prof. Abul Barkat   2. Dr. Dilrukshi Rathnayake  3. Dr. Dinmani  4. Dr. T. V. Suryakant   6. Prof. P. A. George  7. Dr. Gita A. Keeni 8. Ms. Khine Khine Zin 9. Mr. Kaoru Miyamoto 10. Dr. M.V. Lakshmi


10th December 2019 (Tuesday)

Academic Session-3           Time:  9:15 – 11:35       Chair: Neera Kongari


Shigeki Iwai

The Emergence of Smile Photographs in Modern Japan (近代日本における笑顔写真の誕生)


Dilruba Sharmin

The Growing Influence of Japanese Pop Culture on the Young Consumers of Bangladesh


Kaoruko Matsumura

Image Formation and Influence of Japanese Oni on  Children’s Picture Books


Janashruti Chandra

A Cross Cultural Study of Speech Acts Realization Patterns (CCSARP II) in SAARC Countries – Example and a Project Proposal


Manami Fujihira

Distance Learning of Japanese Culture: How to Create a Blended Classroom


P. N. Nimesha Dilshani Dayarathne

Translation Strategies of Cultural Words and Expressions















11:35 – 11:50: Tea/Coffee Break


Academic Session-4      Time:  11:50 – 1:35     Chair: Manjushree Chauhan


Dilrukshi Rathnayake

A Study of problems of Japanese Language Teaching in Secondary Schools in Sri Lanka


Noriko Nasukawa

日本語教育における異文化理解教育の必要性 (Significance of Intercultural Understanding inTeaching Japanese Language)


Atsumi Miyatani

海外の大学における異文化間コミュニケーション能力養成を目的としたビジネス日本語教育の可能性 -ベトナムの大学における「ビジネス日本語コース」の実践を基に-


Khine Khine Zin

The Effect of Peer-learning in first year Non-Kanji students of Yangon University of Foreign Languages


Myint Myint Thein

Enhancing Motivation for Reading through extensive Reading












1:35 – 2:20: Lunch

Academic Session-5           Time:  2:20 – 4:40        Chair: Anita Khanna




Unita Sachidanand



Status of Japanese Literature Studies in India with Special Reference to Translation and Research: A Comprehensive Survey


M. V. Lakshmi

Buddhism as a means of mutual understanding:

A case study of Mishima Yukio’s Houjo no Umi (Sea of Fertility)


Pankaj Kumar

Translation of Japanese Literary Texts and its Significance: An Indian Perspective



Ambika Basu

The Poetic Amalgamation of Concepts kokoro-sugata, (心・姿) jo-kei  (情・景) and kyosho-keisho (興象・形象)in Chikamatsu’s Joruri


Rupa Singh

Understanding Japan through the Eyes of Mirra Alfassa


Anu Kumari

Kanji Compound Terms and Expressions in Literary Texts: Analysis of Akutagawa Ryunosuke’s Rashomon, Hana & Kumono ito
















4:40 – 4:55: Tea/Coffee Break


Round Table-2         Time: 4:55 – 5:55     

Topic: Networking among South Asian Scholars of Japanese Studies: Scope and Necessity

Moderator: Prof. Mito Takamichi

Members: 1. Prof. Manjushree Chauhan, 2. Prof. Ashok Chawla  3. Prof. P. A. George  4. Dr. Unita Sachidanand  5.  Ms. Myint Myint Thein 6. Mr. Tariq Sheikh  7. Mr. Abdullah-Al-Mamun 8. Dr. Dilruba Sharmin 9. Dr.Sudipta Das  10. Ms. Janashruti Chandra 11. Mr. Kaoru Miyamoto


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Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.