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Jacob Kovalio

Associate Professor - Modern Japan, diplomatic and political; Japanese and Asian nationalism / racism/anti-Semitism; Japan, East Asia and Islam in modern times

Degrees:B.A. (Tel-Aviv), M.A. (Pittsburgh), Ph.D. (Pittsburgh)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2839
Office:411 Paterson Hall

Research Interests

  • Japanese diplomatic history, foreign policy, political culture, nationalism and antisemitism, Chinese  hegemonism,  international relations in the Indo-Pacific  area in the 21st century.
  • Pan-Asianism and Asian international relations
  • Hugh Keenleyside, Kenneth P. Kirkwood, Herbert Norman and Japan

Honours and Awards

2014, September: recipient of a Foreign Minister of Japan’s Commendation for contributions to the study of Japan in Canada and to Canadian-Japanese friendship.
2013, 2007: Finalist for the National Capital Region Excellence in Teaching Award.
2004 (May): Korea Foundation Short-Term Visiting Fellow
2002: Japan Foundation Research Fellowship
2001 [April]: Head of Canadian Asia specialists’ delegation to the Republic of China [Taiwan].
2000, 1998, 1991: Excellence in Teaching Awards
2000 [April]: Invited lecturer at the Center for  Strategic and International Studies [CSIS]  of the People’s Liberation Army [PLA] , Beijing.
1996 [to 2002]: Japan Foundation Research Fellowships.
1992-93: President of the Japan Studies Association of Canada [JSAC].

Conferences/Symposia Organizer

Organizer of the 25th Annual Conference of the Japan Studies Association of Canada [JSAC], October 2012, Carleton University.

International Conference on Canada-Japan relations, 2002, Carleton University.

Organizer of the 5th Annual Conference of the Japan Studies Organization of Canada [JSAC], October 1992, Carleton University.

Select Publications

“Four decades since the publication of E.W. Said’s Orientalism: brief comments on its ideological roots and impact on Japan and Japan-related scholarship,” in 2019, Japan’s World and the World’s Japan: Conference Proceedings of the 2018, 31st Annual Conference of the Japan Studies Association of Canada [JSAC] University of Alberta, Edmonton, Aya Fujiwara and James White eds., pp. 109-125, JSAC website, 2018 publication link.

“A Liberal China policy for Canada’s  majority Conservative administration?” at, July 2011.

“Understanding Chinese Confucommunism,” at, 2010.

The Russian Protocols of Zion in Japan : YUDAYAKA/Jewish Peril Propaganda and Debates in the 1920s .New York: Peter Lang, 2009.

“The tumultuous Kanreki of the Koizumi administration,” CANCAPS Bulletin, November 2005.

“Abusing History for Political Ends,” GLOCOM.COM, Japan, April 2005.

”Security issues in US-China relations at the dawn of the 21st century,“ in Jahrbuch für internationale Sicherheitspolitik ,2000.

“Gendai Nihonron” [Modern Japanese Studies] in Katō Hiroaki ed. Eriyastadey nyūmon chiiki kenkyū [Area Studies-Introduction to Regional Studies] (Kyōto: Shōwadō, May 2000).

Japan in Focus , ed. Captus Press, York University Publications, 1994.


“A Transformational Leader: Prime Minister Abe Shinzo of Japan,” podcast forthcoming

“The Beijing Regime at 70: from Maoism to Corporatism,” podcast forthcoming