Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center and the Japan Foundation Manila will hold the “Japanese Studies in the Philippines: A Forum and Nationwide Research Competition Year 3”  on 6 March 2021, 8 am – 3 pm, Philippine Standard Time, via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public but interested participants are required to register using an authenticated Zoom account.


Hafu, Never Full: Vulnerabilities of Japan’s Mixed-Raced Minority under COVID-19 Pandemic
          Jose Villarin, University of the Philippines 
Towards Gender Diversity: Opportunities for Change in Japan in the COVID-19 Pandemic
           Samantha Chikiamco, Miriam College 
Workplace Diversity in Arubaito among Filipino Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic 
           Paul Serafica, Polytechnic University of the Philippines

PANEL 2 | ECONOMY and GOVERNANCE (9:40 AM – 10:40 AM)

Encouraging the Next Generation of Farmers in Japan: A Results Chain Framework Policy Analysis 
          Katrina Principe, University of the Philippines Diliman
Fisheries in Japan and the Philippines
          Eliza Lim, University of the Philippines Diliman
Strategies of Local Government Units in Managing Revitalization Initiatives: The Case study of Higashikawa town in Hokkaido, Japan
         Christel Sobredo, University of the Philippines Diliman


Philippine Nikkeijin as Agents of Multiculturalism in Japan and the Philippines
          Antonio Miranda, University of the Philippines Diliman
A Phenomenological Study in Language Acquisition through Acculturation: The Case of the Filipino Immigrants in Japan
          Marieneth Malubag, Marinduque State College
Gender Equality in the Japanese Workforce: Revisiting the Equal Employment Opportunity Law
          Angeline de Leon, University of the Philippines

PANEL 4 |  LABOR, STATE, and FOREIGN POLICY (12:00 NN – 1:00 PM)

Navigating Japan’s Foreign Policy from Within: The Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy and its Impact on Japan-ASEAN Relations
          Jonald Bagasina, University of the Philippines Diliman
The Vicious Cycle of Work, Family Life, and Societal Expectations for Japanese Women as Seen Through the Lens of State Policies
          Bernadette Buensuceso, University of the Philippines Diliman
Alienation and Affect in Legal V Moto Bengoshi Shoko Takanashi’s Depiction of Power Harassment 
          Myra Mortega, Ateneo de Manila University


               Four winners will get an iPad (2020 edition).


• When registering for the webinar, use the same email address that you use for your Zoom account.
• If your registration is successful, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the webinar. Please do not share that link. Email reminders will be sent a day and an hour before the start of the webinar.
• Attendance is first-come, first-served. The webinar can only accommodate 500. A live stream will be generated only if attendance exceeds 500. In this case, a link to the livestream will be posted on this page.
Webinar Proper and Q&A Format
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• Only queries from the judges will be asked live; the audience should email the participants directly for their questions; their email addresses will be displayed when they are introduced by the emcees, so the audience is advised to take note accordingly.
• The host(s) reserves the right to remove participants who send rude, inappropriate questions or messages.


The forum and research competition showcases the Japan-related research of Filipino undergraduate and graduate students. The event is organized by the Japan Foundation, Manila and the UP Asian Center.

The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D.  program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.