Hosoda Haruko
  • Hosoda Haruko 
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Associate professor at Nihon University. Received a BA in Spanish Studies from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. In 2005, earned a PhD in history from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1992 to 1998, with overseas postings that included the Japanese embassy in Spain. Was an assistant professor at Waseda University from 2007 to 2009. Published works include Sengo supein to kokusai anzen hoshō (Spain in the International Arena of the Twentieth Century) and Kazarusu to kokusai seiji—Katarūnya no daichi kara sekai e (Pablo Casals and International Politics: From Catalonia to the World).
Japanese Soccer Gains from Spain2013.07.23

Recently I have noticed that several Japanese soccer players are thriving in Spain. One example is Kubo Takefusa, an elementary school student from Kanagawa Prefecture who has played for the Barcelona Football Club’s cantera (the club’s youth academy) since the 2011–12 season. Already Kubo has scored over 100 goals. The cantera is principally for local Spanish boys above seven years of age, wit…

One Hundred Bags of Rice: Investing in Japan’s Future2013.03.18

Japan is currently undergoing a period of transformation that ranks alongside the Meiji Restoration and the changes that followed defeat in World War II as a defining moment in its modern history. Despite this, our university system still concentrates almost exclusively on the kind of practical skills that will be of immediate use to students once they enter the working world. As a result, many st…

El Sistema Brings Music to Sōma, Fukushima2012.10.31

El Sistema is a world-famous music education program. It began in 1975, when the economist and conductor José Antonio Abreu put together an orchestra of Venezuelan musicians in the hope of encouraging more people to participate in the arts in that country. El Sistema is well-known for having produced classical music celebrities like conductor Gustavo Dudamel, but the program is about much more t…

“Ukiyo-e” Artwork Is a Window to Life in the Edo Period2012.07.25

In Edo (present-day Tokyo) from around the latter half of the seventeenth century, indulging in the pleasures of the city’s “licensed quarters” was one source of entertainment for men, but the cost of hiring the services of a top-class lady was far too exorbitant for the common man to afford. Female residents of the city, for their part, were interested in the theater, but attending a show—altho…

The Meeting of Spanish and Japanese Tastes2012.02.13

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, lots of people will be shopping for chocolates. The original roots of chocolate lie in the pre-Hispanic civilizations of Mesoamerica. After conquering the Aztec Empire, Cortés took the cocoa bean back to with him Spain, after which it spread to the rest of Europe. In recent years, increasing numbers of women in Japan have been indulging in luxury cho…

Samurai Spirit Still Animates Japan2011.12.06

In October this year, Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Award of Concord was bestowed on the “heroes of Fukushima” who fought to bring the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station under control. In attendance at the award ceremony were representatives of Japan’s Self Defence Forces, fire-fighters, and police officers, all of whom worked to cool down the reactors and evacuate near…

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