Information for the Media about Dr Christopher Hood

I have conducted a number of interviews for media organizations. Most of the topics relate to Japan in some way. Recent interviews have covered the following topics:

  • The 50th anniversary of the opening of the Tokaido Shinkansen ('bullet train')
  • The Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011
  • PM Hatoyama's resignation and the Upper House election in 2010
  • The General Election in Japan in 2009
  • Impact of high speed trains on cities and regions - Japanese lessons for California
  • Chinese railways and the export of Japanese technology
  • My research on the JL123 plane crash in 1985 in Japan
  • The July 2007 Upper House election in Japan
  • Imperial visit to the UK and the lack of media interest and lack of protests compared to 1999
  • Constitutional Reform and the passing of the Referendum Bill
  • The increasing popularity of Japanese at universities in the UK
  • Hostess bars and crime in Japan
  • Japanese deployment of Patriot missiles near Tokyo
  • school uniforms in Japan and its relationship to culture and nationalism
  • Sino-Japan relations and territorial disputes between the two countries
  • How the shinkansen works so well
  • The Imperial succession problems in Japan
  • Japanese government plans to help women in the workplace and deal with Japan’s shrinking population
  • How the LDP has managed to be in power for so long
  • The LDP’s plans to reform the Japanese Constitution
  • President Bush's visit to Japan and East Asia
  • The 2005 General Election in Japan
  • Politics in Japan
  • Nationalism in Japan
  • The safety of Japanese railways (following the Amagasaki crash in April 2005)
  • The atomic bombing of Hiroshima
  • The atomic bombing of Nagasaki
  • The 60th anniversary of the end of the war
  • The atomic bombing of Nagasaki
  • Sino-Japanese relations and the textbook distpute
  • The 40th anniversary of the opening of the first shinkansen line
  • Issues surrounding Japan's desire to start commercial whaling
  • Japan's relations with North Korea
  • Education reform in Japan
  • Earthquake in Niigata and its impact on the shinkansen
  • My research on the shinkansen

Here is a list of some of the organizations that I have recently done interviews for:

  • Aljazeera
  • The Guardian
  • ITV Wales
  • BBC Radio Five Live
  • BBC News Online
  • BBC World Service
  • BBC Radio Wales
  • BBC Radio Four (World at One, PM Programme)
  • BBC Radio Scotland
  • Real Radio (South Wales)
  • Nikkei Shimbun
  • Asahi Shimbun
  • Yomiuri Shimbun
  • Mainichi Shimbun
  • Sankei Shimbun
  • Jiji Press
  • Global Times (China)
  • NHK World News
  • Kyodo News
  • Newsweek
  • Wales on Sunday
  • eFM Radio, Seoul
  • Bay Area News Group, California
  • LBC Radio
  • 983 Live Radio (Singapore)
  • Deutsche Welle
  • Radio Netherlands
  • Newsweek
  • Radio Free Europe
  • Radio Singapore International
  • Russian Business Consulting
  • KRY Yamaguchi Broadcasting
  • Vatican Radio
  • Kommersant Newspaper (Russia)

For interviews, my affiliation should be given as Reader in Japanese Studies, Cardiff University.

For Japanese organizations - my name when written in katakana is クリス・フッド . My affiliation is カーディフ大学

If you would like to contact me to arrange an interview, then please either email me or phone me. Please see my contact details here.




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