Asako Takano

Asako Takano
Asako Takano

Visiting Professor, Meiji Pharmaceutical University, Tokyo, Japan


My research theme in Japan is the history of biometrics, especially the use of fingerprinting in Manchuria, China under Japanese colonial rule and in post-World War II Japanese society. I published my book in Japan in 2016, Fingerprints and Modernity, based on my doctoral dissertation. The goal of my research at the SSC is to examine narratives surrounding the identification of individuals and to decipher the historical changes to the management of individual bodies through movement. This will have two parts: the world history of fingerprinting from the late 19th century to the early 20th century and from government by settlement to controlling of mobilities.

Midori Ogasawara

Midori Ogasawara
Midori Ogasawara

PhD Candidate, 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). 

SSC Seminar Series: Kiyoshi Abe

Mac-Corry Room D-411 (Sociology Lounge)
12:30 - 2:00 pm

Kiyoshi Abe (Professor, visiting from the Graduate School of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University)

De/Reconstructing Surveillance Studies? Comparative views of the Sapporo Olympics in 1972

In this presentation I will clarify the significance of comparative research in surveillance studies in three dimensions. Firstly, it is indispensable to engage in international comparative research so that we...

Congrats to David Murakami Wood and Kiyoshi Abe

On being awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship.

Congratulations to NewT members Kiyoshi Abe of Kwansei Gakuin University and David Murakami Wood of the SSC at Queen’s University who have just been awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship for David for his project, 'Surveillance in the...