[Blueboard] Invitation for a talk tomorrow, February 27

Japanese Studies Program [LS] japanese.soss at ateneo.edu
Fri Feb 26 13:34:38 PHT 2016

*Please post. Thank you.*

The Japanese Studies Program’s JSP 174: Japanese Food Culture Class with
the support of the Loyola Schools Internationalization Programs and

invites students and faculty to a talk


*Akamine Jun, Ph.D*

*Institute for the Study of Global Issues*

*Hitotsubashi University *

*Mono-kenkyu** and a Multi-sited Approach:*

*Toward a Wise and Sustainable Use of Shark Resources at Kesennuma,
Northern Japan*

*February 27, 2016, Saturday | 9:30 – 11:00am | Venue: CTC 118*

This study concerns sharks, and it constitutes a case study (*mono-kenkyu* or
commodity study) that the late Professor Murai Yoshinori drew attention to.
Japan is one of the major shark-fishing countries in the world, and about
80 to 90 percent of the total sharks caught by Japanese fishing vessels
land at the Kesennuma Fishing Port in northeastern Japan, an area that was
struck by the devastating tsunami of March 11, 2011. Prior to the tsunami
tragedy however, the shark fin business was Kesennuma city’s leading
industry. Aside from shark fin exports, local food industry associations
developed a variety of other shark fin dishes, such as shark fin *ramen *(soup
noodles), shark fin *sushi*, and shark fin confectioneries to name a few,
which attracted gourmet tourists to Kesennuma city. Since the mid-1980s
however, Kesennuma formulated its city plan for food and matters related to
food. In 2003 it gained recognition as the first municipality in Japan to
be officially declared a Slow Food City. Due to the efforts of relevant
parties making good use of land and sea products in and around Kesennuma,
food tourism has developed into one of its most crucial industries.
However, Kesennuma currently confronts two obstacles, namely the effects of
the tsunami, and a global campaign against shark fin consumption. During
its reconstruction process, Kesennuma developed a new identity as a “shark
town.” Stakeholders in fisheries aimed at transparent and “sustainable”
shark fisheries, and they applied for an eco-label at the MSC (Marine
Stewardship Council) in April 2014. Tourists to Kesennuma can enjoy a
variety of shark dishes, ranging from French, Italian, and Chinese, to
Japanese. Most of them have been newly conceived via communication with
urban consumers. Visitors can learn about the latest ecology concerning
sharks at the city’s Rias Shark Museum, which was renovated in July 2014.
This study aims to review the issue of shark fishing around the world, in
line with the current global campaign against it. It aims to describe its
development in Kesennuma in relation to the modernization of fisheries in
the late 19th century, and probes the issue as to how people in Kesennuma
deal with the effects of the tsunami and the global campaign against the
expansion and consumption of sharks. It analyzes the collaborative rapport
between urban and local citizens towards Kesennuma’s reconstruction.

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For more inquiries, please contact Ms. Marian: 426-6001 loc. 5248/5249 or
japanese.soss at ateneo.edu

Japanese Studies Program
Ateneo de Manila University
LH209 Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Philippines 1108
Phone:  +632 426-6001 local 5248/5249
Telefax: +632 376-0966
Email: japanese.soss at ateneo.edu
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