Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University Special Lecture・The 11th Hasekura Seminar "Arctic-Asian fisheries trade: the cases of Iceland and Japan"

Date July 1, 2022 4:00pm~5:30pm
Place Main Meeting Room, Center for Northeast Asian Studies(#436) and OnlineMAP
Host Host:Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, ・ArCSII社会文化課題
Co-host:International Graduate Program in Japanese Studies
Title:Arctic-Asian fisheries trade: the cases of Iceland and Japan
Language:English, English and Japanese for Q&A
Speaker: Kristín Ingvarsdóttir (Graduate School of Social Sciences Hitotsubashi University)
Kristín Ingvarsdóttir is currently Assistant Professor of Contemporary Japanese Studies
at the University of Iceland. Her research interests include the history of Icelandic-Japanese
relations, Nordic-Japanese relations, and Japan's policies towards the Arctic, as well as
other aspects of Japan's foreign policy. Kristín completed her Ph.D. in Social Sciences from
Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo in 2006 and a Master's Degree from the same university in 2002.
She completed a Bachelor's Degree in International Business Administration from Copenhagen
Business School (CBS) in 1998. Kristín was visiting scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute
at Columbia University in 2008.
Although being far apart, Iceland and Japan have enjoyed fruitful trade relations for decades.
In many ways, Japan's trade networks reaching Iceland can be seen as an indicator of the
expansion and global reach of Japanese trade from the early post-war period onwards.
Japan's export-driven economy found new markets around the world for manufactured goods,
and raw materials from all corners of the world flowed into Japan. Over the same period,
Iceland developed into a major fisheries nation and Icelandic seafood exports have found a secure
market in Japan since the 1960s. In general, Arctic trade has tended to be heavily focused on
export of natural resources out of the Arctic and this is indeed the traditional pattern that
we see in the trade between Iceland and Japan. The lecture will analyse four cases of
Icelandic-Japanese trade - focused on shishamo, whale meat, tuna and processing
equipment - while paying special attention to the (mutual) benefits of technology transfer
and market development through trade.
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