Troubling Anniversaries – An Excellent Online Conference

On 21 and 22 October I attended an online conference on the theme of ‘Troubling Anniversaries’. The conference was organised through a partnership between the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) within the School of Advanced Study in the University of London and Centre for Public History,(Opens in new window) The online conference explored the uses of…

Concorde – Too Perfect?

I have been doing a number of posts recently about my favourite shinkansen and designs that defined modern Japan, and these, together with a podcast that I was interviewed on and which will soon be released, have inspired me to do a different, but connected, post. In this post I want to discuss Concorde. I…

The 36th Anniversary of the Flight JL123 Crash

I have been conducting research about the Japan Air Lines flight JL123 (also known as JAL123) since 2007. The research not only covers the crash itself (you can find a summary here), but also the aftermath of the disaster and the way in which it impacted the lives of so many people around the world….

JAL 747s – Special Connections

Over the past few months, I have done a few posts about airlines retiring their Boeing 747s – see my posts on British Airways, China Airlines, ANA, and KLM . I have also done a post about the Nippon Cargo Airlines 747s. This time, I’m turning my attention to JAL. At one point JAL was…

“Truth” in Fiction – Pillars and Cantilevers

In a number of posts (Book Review: “The Retreat” by Mark Edwards, Book Review: “Follow You Home” by Mark Edwards, Conventions in Disaster Movies, “Greenland” – A Very Good Disaster Movie, “Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac” and Remembering Air Florida Flight 90, and “The Day After Tomorrow” – Climate Change Meets Disaster Movie) I…

Reporting and Responding to Disasters

I have previously done some posts (such as Creating Disasters and Disasters by the Book – How Japanese may be Designing Disasters) relating to one of the most significant concepts to have impacted my research – the idea that disasters are ‘designed’ as put forward by Dennis Mileti. This concept has underpinned much of my…

Remembering the Hillsborough Disaster

Today, 15 April, is the anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. For those unfamiliar with what happened, here are the key points taken from Wikipedia: The Hillsborough disaster was a fatal human crush during a football match at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, on 15 April 1989. It occurred during an FA Cup semi-final…

Reflecting on China Airlines’ 747 Passenger Plane Retirement

Last October I did a post about British Airways’ retiring its last passenger 747 plane. This time I am reflecting on the news that this week it was China Airlines’ turn to retire its last passenger 747 planes (it still has some freight ones). That another airline has retired its 747 passenger planes is not…

Remembering the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and Remembering

Today is the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – also known as ‘3/11’. Unsurprisingly, this anniversary has led to many events, news stories and articles about the event – both reflections on what happened on 11 March 2011, the lessons that can be learnt, and also those about what the…

Disasters by the Book – How Japanese may be Designing Disasters

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – often referred to as 3/11 – there are many articles and webinars discussing the events themselves and also the legacy and lessons learnt. I attended two webinars last week on this topic, and may write a separate post about this,…

JET, Jets and Japanese Studies

This post is based on a presentation I gave at the JET Alumni Association Special Interest Group Workshop at the University of East Anglia in December 2017. Let’s just remind ourselves of the aims of the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme: ‘To increase mutual understanding between the people of Japan and the people of…