Mobility 2019

NTNU Students in Japan

From 18 July to 15 August 2019, three NTNU MA students: Marte Berg, Silje Svennungsen and Susann Andersen, visited Japan to participate in the student exchange programme. They stayed at the university’s International Students House, studied gender and diversity issues in Japan during the Ochanomizu Summer Program, and gave class presentations at the graduate school. These activities also provided them with opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with students from Ochanomizu University and other countries.


One of the NTNU students posted an article about their experience in Tokyo on NTNU blog (in Norwegian).

Ochanomizu Students in Norway

In August and September 2019, two graduate students of Ochanomizu University visited Norway to participate in the student exchange programme, including research activities and attending classes. They also participated in the Seminar and Workshop 2019.

Kozue Matsuda(PhD Student, Child Studies, Human Developmental Sciences)

Matsuda conducted research in Trondheim (16-20 Sep.) and Oslo (21-23 Sep.) on child education and gender in Norway, visiting kindergartens in Trondheim, Queen Maude University College, Biblo Tøyen library in Oslo, and the University of Oslo.

Yoriko Shimokawa(MA Student, Gender and Social Sciences)

Shimokawa conducted research in Trondheim (24 Aug.-19 Sep.) on domestic violence victim protection and support systems in Norway and attended classes on the “Gender and Norwegian Culture” course. She visited Trondheim Crisis Centre and St. Olavis Hospital for her research and participated in the 3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence, held in Oslo (1-4 Sep.)


NTNU Researchers in Japan and Research Exchange

In October 2019, a PhD candidate at NTNU visited Japan to research transgender issues in Japan. Conducting interviews and being acquainted with a potential research collaborator enabled him to establish a foothold for future research in Japan.

france rose hartline(PhD programme in Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture)

From 7 October to 7 November 2019, france rose hartline, a PhD candidate at NTNU, stayed at IGS and conducted research on transgender issues in Japan. Associate Professor Keiichiro Ishimaru (Developmental and Clinical Psychology Department, Ochanomizu University) supervised hartline’s research in Japan and they developed a collaborative research project plan.

On 24 October, a guest lecture featuring his research presentation entitled ‘Legal Gender Recognition and Messy Trans Experience in Norway’ was held and graduate students and faculty members of Ochanomizu University participated in the lecture.

hartline posted an article about his research in Japan on NTNU blog (in English).


Ochanomizu Researchers in Norway and Research Exchange

In September 2019, during the time the Seminar and Workshop 2019 was held at NTNU, a guest lecture on research conducted by an Ochanomizu researcher was given. Some Ochanomizu researchers also conducted research in Norway.

Guest Lecture: Abolition of Gamete Donor Anonymity (Yukari Semba)

The guest lecture was included in the Seminar and Workshop 2019 programme as Session 2 on 18 September.

The idea of people’s right to know their biological parents has led a worldwide trend to eliminate gamete donor anonymity in third party reproduction. Following a review of the legislative process to eliminate donor anonymity in Australia and New Zealand, a discussion took place about what Japan can learn from these experiences. Dr Semba was not able to come to NTNU unfortunately, so Ishii-Kuntz delivered the prepared paper on her behalf.

Participants included not only NTNU researchers but also a doctor of reproductive medicine and parents who had conceived children with the assistance of reproductive medicine. In the following discussion, the questions from participants were mainly about socio-cultural aspects of reproduction and family life in Japan, including public discussions of reproductive medicine in Japan, and the Japanese perception of human rights reflected in social systems and customs.

Fieldwork Research

Ki-young Shin conducted research on gender and politics and young people’s participation in politics in Norway in Bergen (12-15 Sep.) and Trondheim (21-23 Sep.). She visited the University of Bergen, NTNU and Trondheim City Council.

Ryoko Kodama conducted research on gender and politics and young people’s participation in politics in Norway in Bergen (12-15 Sep.) and Trondheim (21-23 Sep.). She visited the University of Bergen, NTNU and Trondheim City Council.