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Webinar: Japanese Media on Territorial Disputes and Political Geography of East Asia

January 21, 2021 - 11:00-13:00

with Lukáš Laš (University of Ostrava, Czechia) and Simon Wellisch (University of Münster, Germany)

Abstract: The guest lecture is devoted to Japan’s territorial disputes in East Asia based on an article published in ‘Asian Geographer’ in 2020. We will introduce general issues of political geography in East Asia, then compare all Japanese territorial disputes with neighbouring states and connect the findings to broader international phenomena, meanings and repercussions. In the first part, we will introduce our research design and how we approached deconstructing selected media discourses on Japan’s territorial disputes, namely in The Asahi ShimbunThe Japan News and The Japan Times, covering articles from 2002 to 2018. We conducted a mixture of content and discourse analysis with the lexicostatistical tool AntConc in the general framework of critical geopolitics. The outcomes illustrate that nationalist geopolitical imaginations are popular among all researched newspapers with strong dominance of solely Japanese toponyms. On top of that, we will explore other problems – the continental shelf expansion in Japan’s and South Korea’s naming dispute over the Sea of Japan/East Sea.


Lukáš Laš is a lecturer in political geography of Indo-Pacific Asia with a focus on Japan, China, ASEAN and India at the Department of Human Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava. He was visiting CEAS, University of Turku as internship trainee in 2011/2012, studied shortly in Paris, Fukuoka, Beijing and Qingdao. His research interests are devoted to transition processes in developing Asia in context of China’s rise and the response from major regional democracies, mainly Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India.


Simon Wellisch studied geography in Erlangen, Münster and Ostrava, focusing on political geography and geopo­litics, particularly perceptions and dissemina­tion of geo­political concepts and their underlying po­wer rela­tions. Regional interests include but are not limited to post-So­viet and post-communist countries as well as Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia.



Time: 11:00-13:00 CET/12:00-14:00 EET

If you would like to join the event please contact Kamila Szczepanska (kamila.szczepanska@utu.fi). Zoom invitations will be send out a week before the guest lecture is scheduled to take place. We hope to see you there!

Webinar: Japanese Media on Territorial Disputes and Political Geography of East Asia


January 21, 2021




CEAS: Center for East Asian Studies, University of Turku