The Logic and Context of Conformity: Japan’s Entry into International Society

okagaki 1Friday, September 11 – Monday, September 14, 2015
On September 11 at U of T’s Jackman Humanities Institute, Professor Tomoko Okagaki, a Professor of International Politics in the Faculty of Law at Dokkyo University in Saitama, Japan, delivered a fascinating lecture on the process of Japan’s nineteenth-century emergence as a player on the international stage, and what implications it had for Japan’s notions of law and government.

Based in part on her book, The Logic of Conformity: Japan’s Entry into International Society, Professor Okagaki’s talk outlined the progressive phases and stages of Japan’s relationship with the then-dominant ‘western’ nations. The lecture was convened by Professor David Welch of the Centre for International Governance Innovation at the University of Waterloo, and Professor Takashi Fujitani of the University of Toronto’s Department of History provided comments and questions related to the lecture. The Professors’ discussion was followed by a lively, informed Q & A session with the standing-room-only crowd.

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Following her stay in Toronto, Professor Okagaki travelled to Vancouver, where she delivered her talk at UBC’s CK Choi Building on September 14th. For those who missed the talks, click here for a link to the UBC lecture.

Thank you to our co-presenters the Japan Studies Association of Canada and the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.