Four Pembrokians Contribute to New Book on the ‘Opening of Japan’


We’re excited to share that four Pembrokians from across the College community have contributed to a recently published book on “Transnational Approaches to Modern Japan and the Wider World”, titled Reopening the Opening of Japan.

The volume features pieces from Dr Chinami Oka, Tanaka Junior Research Fellow in Japanese Studies, alongside final-year History DPhil candidate Joel Littler, and alumni Dr Warren Stanislaus (2017, DPhil History) and Dr Yu Sakai (2009, MSC Modern Japanese Studies).

“I am really delighted and honoured to have been part of this groundbreaking project, together with a team of cutting-edge scholars in the field,” Dr Oka shared in conversation with Pembroke.”

With the aim to reconsider the historical moment of the ‘Opening of Japan’, Dr Oka reflects that the book “offers a new approach to challenge some of the most established narratives, sources, and methods in the studies of modern history, which are pertinent beyond the geographical boundary of Japan.”

Many congratulations to our four Pembrokians for their recent publication!

The book cover of Reopening the Opening of Japan, featuring a photo of a white shell on a plain light blue background, alongside the title and editors' names.