Janice Matsumura

Associate Professor
Office: AQ 6008
Telephone: 778-782-5814
Email: jmatsumu@sfu.ca

Areas of Study: ASIA


Future courses may be subject to change.


Ph.D, History, York University, Canada M.A., History, York University M.A., East Asian Studies, University of Toronto B.A., General Honours, University of Toronto.

Research Interests

Japanese psychiatric profession, Japanese thought control/internal security system.



  • "Unfaithful Wives and Dissolute Labourers in Wartime Japan: 'Moral Panic' and the Mobilisation of Women into the Work Force," Gender and History, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2006.
  • "State Propaganda and Mental Disorders: The Issue of Psychiatric Casualties among Japanese Soldiers during the Asia-Pacific War," Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Vol. 78, No. 4 (Winter 2004): 804-35.
  • "Mental Health as Public Peace: Kaneko Junji and the Promotion of Psychiatry in Modern Japan," Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 38, No. 4 (2004): 899-930.
  • "Internal Security in Wartime Japan (1937-1945) and the Creation of Internal Insecurity," Canadian Journal of History, Vol. 31, No. 3, December 1996: 395-411.

Areas of Graduate Supervision:

Japan (1868-1952)

Teaching Interests

Japan (all but especially 20th century)


SSHRCC Standard Research Grant (1999-2003)
Japan Foundation Fellowship (1991-1992)
Japanese Ministry of Education Research Scholarship (1987-1989)