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Midori Ogasawara

Dr. Midori Ogasawara
Dr. Midori Ogasawara

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Canada

Midori Ogasawara is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology. She received her BA in Law from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, and her MA from Queen’s University. Her MA thesis was entitled “ID TROUBLES: The National Identification Systems in Japan and the (mis) Construction of the Subject”, focusing on the transitions of ID techniques that classified the subjects of modern Japan. Midori’s current PhD project is “National Identification Systems and Techniques of Population Control: The development of surveillance–assisted political economy from colonial to neoliberal times in Japan”, supported by the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in 2014-2017, and the Mitacs Globalink Research Award in 2016. This project attempts to reveal the colonial origins and consequences of ID technologies, such as ID cards and biometrics, in northeastern China under the Japanese occupation from the 1920s.

Midori has a journalist background since having worked as a staff writer for Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s national newspaper, for 10 years, and was engaged in investigative reporting on the surveillance technologies, the sex slavery by Japan’s army during the Second World War, and the US bases in Okinawa. Midori was awarded the Fulbright Journalist Scholarship and John S. Knight Professional Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University in 2004-2005.

In May 2016, Midori interviewed the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden via a video channel, as the first Japanese researcher/journalist, and published the book, Snowden Talks About the Horror of the Surveillance Society: The Complete Record of An Exclusive Interview (2016, Japanese), and a number of articles (English and Japanese). She also translated David Lyon’s book Surveillance Studies into Japanese (published in 2011).