Tentative Founding of the Japan Chapter of Border Studies
The prepatory meeting of the Japan Chapter of Border Studies took place on Nov. 23, 2015 at the Center of Asia-Pacific Future Studies (CAFS) at Kyushu University and the Chapter was founded by the 16 full members of the Chapter.
The Chapter will seek to become officially affiliated with the Association for Borderland Studies (ABS) on the occasion of ABS's next annual meeting, to be in Reno, U.S.A. on April 13, 2016.
The Chapter Assembly decided on the chairperson and three officers which are as follows:
Chairperson - Naomi Chi (Hokkaido Univ.)
Three Officers - Fuminori Kawakubo (Chuo Gakuin Univ.), Yasunori Hanamatsu (Kyushu Univ.), Ted Boyle (Kyushu Univ.)
The secretariat will be located at the Center for Asia-Pacific studies at Kyushu University and a website for the Japan Chapter will be set up early next year. The Japan Chapter will play an active role in fostering border studies in Japan and the rest of Asia and hopes to serve as the center to bridge networks and build a cooperative border studies community in Asia as well as the rest of the world.