Teaching and Supervision in Japanese/Asian studies
Research: I am interested in contemporary social issues in Japan, education and employment systems, and globalisation and internationalisation in various East Asian contexts.
Biography: I began my academic career in 2011; previously I have worked as a Japanese-English translator and an international communications consultant to higher education institutions and private corporations in Japan.
- Breaden, J. 2015. Education and training for the intercultural competence of Japanese university graduates: policy, practice, and markets in nonformal education. In Non-formal Education and Civil Society in Japan ed. K. Okano, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 187-212. This chapter examines the policies and practices of informal education at the interface of university education and employment in contemporary Japan. ... Read more
- Breaden, J. 2015. Global Human Capital: A Japanese Dilemma. In Globalizing Japan: Striving to Engage the World, ed. R. Mouer. Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press. Shrinking domestic markets and intensifying international competition, both features globalisation, have given corporate Japan a new sense of urgency. Among the challenges is the major task of aligning employee competencies with the very ... Read more
- In September I enjoyed a brief sojourn in Japan as a visiting researcher at the Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies. I was there to conduct research for a new project on the One Village One Product Movement, a community development model which evolved in rural Japan in the 1980s and is now practised on ... Read more
- I was recently invited by Hitotsubashi University, Japan to give a keynote presentation at a roundtable on university internationalisation. The roundtable was attended by Hitotsubashi’s President, as well as several Vice Presidents and Deans. The other invited keynote speaker was Professor Norihiko Suzuki, President of Akita International University. The title of my presentation was: ‘University internationalisation as ... Read more
- Latest journal article: Global attributes or local literacy? International students in Japan’s graduate employment systemInternational students graduating from Japanese universities are becoming an important component of graduate recruitment strategy in globalising Japanese firms. They are praised for possessing exactly the kinds of attributes seen as lacking in their Japanese counterparts – such as intercultural communication skills, self-confidence and a competitive spirit. Their value is also emphasised in national policies ... Read more
- New book out now! In the twenty-first century, the concept of internationalisation remains a crucial tool for understanding the dynamics of globalising processes. It draws attention to the dimensions of conscious action in inter- and trans-national phenomena, connecting globalisation with individuals’ experience of everyday life. This book explores how internationalisation is imagined, discussed and operationalised in ... Read more
- I gave the keynote address at the Global 30 Wrap-Up Symposium, Fukuoka, Japan on 14 February 2014. Global 30 is the Japanese government’s flagship programme for university internationalisation. The symposium brought together 500 policymakers, researchers and practitioners to review progress made over the five year term of the programme and to discuss challenges for the future. Symposium website: http://www.uni.international.mext.go.jp/info/2013/11/g30-wrap-up-symposium/ Read More... Read more