Book Launch program for "Indian Migrants in Tokyo - A Study of Socio-Cultural, Religious, and Working Worlds" by Dr. Megha Wadhwa will be held on January 9th.


Indians in general love Japan, particularly the Japanese values of punctuality, patience and civic and social responsibility. These are qualities most Indians wish to incorporate in their every day social and professional lives. According to official statistics, the number of Indians in Japan has risen from 7,478 in 1997 to 40,202 in December 2019. While this increase might appear substantial, it is small compared to the presence of Indians in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Singapore and Malaysia. The number of Indians in Japan relative to other nationalities such as Chinese, Koreans, and Brazilians are is also small. So why the big difference?

Dr. Megha Wadhwa in discussion with Prof. Anthony D'Costa and Prof. Sali Augustine will be talking about Wadhwa's recently published book, Indian Migrants in Tokyo: A Study of Socio-Cultural, Religious and Working Worlds (Routledge 2021) and will be reflecting on the opportunities and challenges for Indian migrants in Japan and the efforts they make in making 'home away from home' in Japan.

organizerInstitute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Sophia University
date and timeJanuary 9th,2021(Saturday)
Time: 13:00-14:30 (JST), 20:00-21:30 (Pacific Standard Time, USA)
titleA Love Story Beset with Challenges Indian Migrants in Japan
speakersProf. Anthony P. D'Costa is the Eminent Scholar in Global Studies and Professor of Economics at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. He has taught at the University of Washington, National University of Singapore, Copenhagen Business School, and the University of Melbourne.One of his most recent book is International Mobility, Global Capitalism, and Changing Structures of Accumulation: Transforming the Japan-India IT Relationship, (Routledge, 2016)
Prof. Sali Augustine is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Global Studies, Sophia University and Trustee for General Affairs of Sophia School Corporation. His research discipline is in ethnic politics now specializes on communal violence between Hindu and Muslim communities of India, issues regarding Human Rights, and Cultural Nationalism.
Dr. Megha Wadhwa is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University. Her research since 2013 has focused on the Indian Diaspora in Japan. She has written several articles on the Indian Community for The Japan Times.
venueZoom Webinar
(Registration deadline : 12pm, 8 January 2021 JST/ 7pm, 7January PST )
*Webinar URL will be sent to you by 8 January 2021(JST)/ 7 January 2021 (PST).