Jeremy Breaden

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Jeremy Breaden is Associate Professor of Japanese Studies and Deputy Head of the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts. He is interested in higher education and employment systems in Japan, including international/transnational education in East Asia. Jeremy previously worked as an international communications consultant to higher education institutions and private corporations in Japan.

Jeremy is currently pursuing an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on meritocracy and education reform in postwar Japan and West Germany (with Associate Professor Michael Hau) and is part of a multi-national team of researchers in a Toyota Foundation funded project on provision of support for migrant entrepreneurs in Japan.

Recent publications include:

(with R. Goodman) Family-Run Universities in Japan: Sources of Inbuilt Resilience in the Face of Demographic Pressure, 1992-2030, Oxford University Press, 2020 (also in Japanese translation: 日本の私立大学はなぜ生き残るのか-人口減少社会と同族経営:1992-2030, trans. A. Ishikawa, Chuokoron-shinsha, 2021)

(with T. Do, N. Normand-Marconnet, & L. Santos) Student empowerment for internationalisation at a distance: enacting the students as partners approach in virtual mobility, Higher Education Research & Development, 2023.

(with Y. Yonezawa) 大学教育における多文化をめぐる揺らぎ:オーストラリア, in 学士課程教育のグローバル・スタディーズ: 国際的視野への転換を展望する [Global Studies of Undergraduate Education: Exploring the Shift to International Perspectives], ed. A. Yonezawa, S. Shimauchi, & A. Yoshida, Akashi Shoten, 2022

Supervision interests

Jeremy welcomes postgraduate and Honours students interested in contemporary Japanese society, East Asian education and employment systems, issues relating to the globalisation and internationalisation of social institutions in East Asia, and sociolegal issues in Japan.

Current/recent PhD supervisions include:

  • Script reform and internationalisation in postwar Japan
  • Japan-Thailand collaboration on responses to population ageing
  • International legal discourse and territorial disputes in East Asia
  • Experiences of Japanese language learners in the workplace 
  • Creative non-fiction writing on recovery from the 3/11 Tohoku tsunami
  • Perceptions of Australia-China university engagement and academic freedom
  • Translation of controversial texts in Japan-Korea relations
  • Intercultural communication in science and technology cooperation in Japan, China and Australia
  • International law and child abduction to Japan
  • Art museum translation in Japan
  • Cultural and sensory approaches to contemporary Japanese textile design

Current/recent Honours supervisions include:

  • Japan-Australia security cooperation
  • Japanese news media coverage of the whaling debate
  • Japanese high school wind bands
  • meat-eating and culinary identity in Japan
  • policy discourse on masculinity in contemporary Japan
  • virtual dating games in Japan

Monash teaching commitment

Jeremy teaches in the Japanese Studies and Global Asia majors in the Faculty of Arts. He was convenor of the Japanese Studies program from 2017 to 2021. He also convened the Honours program in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics from 2015 to 2017.

Units taught in 2021-2023 include:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Research area keywords

  • Anthropology
  • Asia
  • Asian Languages/Literature
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Education and globalisation
  • Education and the global workplace
  • Education, Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Educational Planning/Policy
  • Educational Reform
  • International Education/Training
  • International students
  • Internationalisation
  • Japan

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