Justin Aukema

Rank Associate professor
Degree Ph.D. Japanese Studies, Sophia University
Personal website N/A
Phone +81 6 6605 2266
E-mail aukemajk at osaka-cu.ac.jp (please replace “at” with “@”)


  • B.A. History, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2008)
  • M.A. Japanese Studies, Sophia University (2012)
  • Ph.D. Japanese Studies, Sophia University (2020)


  • 2012-2015: Lecturer, Sophia University, Center for Language Education and Research
  • 2016-2018: Lecturer, Aoyama Gakuin University, School of Global Studies and Collaboration
  • 2018-2021: Assistant Professor, Kyoto Women’s University, Faculty of Contemporary Society
  • 2021-Present: Associate Professor, Osaka City University, Faculty of Economics

Class Taught

Social History of Modern Japan

About Me

I grew up in Minnesota in the U.S. and spent my graduate years at Sophia University in Tokyo. I love to be outdoors whether cycling, camping, or hiking. My main research field is modern Japanese history. I’m particularly interested in war history and memory, as well as political and economic thought in Japan.

Message to Students

Don’t be afraid to try new things. Read, read, read!

Research Field

Modern Japanese History

Research Keywords

History, memory, Asia-Pacific War

Affiliated Academic Organizations

Association of Asian Studies; Memory Studies Association; Society for Sociology of Warfare (戦争社会学研究会)

Selected Publications:

  1. Aukema, Justin. “A Problem for all humanity: Nagasaki Writer Hayashi Kyoko Probes the Dangers of Nuclear Energy.” Asia – Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Vol. 9, Issue 52, No.3. (December 26, 2011).
  2. Aukema, Justin. “The Need to Narrate the Tokyo Air Raids: The Literature of Saotome Katsumoto” in Hutchinson, Rachael and Leith Morton (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese Literature. London: Routledge, 2016, pp.198-210.
  3. Aukema, Justin. “Cultures of (Dis)remembrance and the Effects of Discourse at the Hiyoshidai Tunnels.” Japan Review, No.32 (Feb. 2019): 127-150.