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    MA thesis student in Asian Studies with a Japan major at Boğaziçi University and researcher of Japan’s (post-war) cultural diplomacy and foreign policy. Fluent in Turkish, English, French and obtained Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)-N3 in August 2021. Currently pursuing JLPT-N2 and also learning German while practicing other known languages. Interested in Japan’s identity (re)construction, cultural persuasion, soft power, intercultural communication and dialogue, UNESCO World Heritage Conservation policies, Cool Japan Initiative, and the role of memory, culture, and identity in Japan’s international relations and foreign policy.

    Authored the article “Railroads of the Glorious Empires in the late 19th Century: From the Great Game to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05” published in the yearly academic journal Global Perspectives on Japan. Participated in the translation project for the anthology “Traditional Japanese Literature: An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600” edited by Haruo Shirane. Graduated with the bachelor’s thesis “Interpreting in Japan: History, Profession, Current Trends, and Developments.”

    Performed academic stint as the Assistant Coordinator at the Asian Studies Center of Boğaziçi University by serving as the assistant of Emeritus Professor Selçuk Esenbel and Project Coordinator at the Japanese Studies Association (JAD) in Istanbul. Currently volunteering as the Supervisory Board Member at the Japanese Studies Association (JAD), working as a guest researcher at the Institute for International Strategy and Information Analysis, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan), contributing to Asia Power Watch (Paris, France) and hosting Global Podcast: Japan Series, a weekly podcast on Japanese politics in Turkish.

    Other authored publications include:
    “Power Struggle in the Rising Continent of Africa: The Role of Turkey in the Chinese-Japanese Competition in African Investments” | IISIA Monthly Report (IISIAマンスリー・レポート)
    “‘Pax Japonica’ through Culture and Economy: Başakşehir Çam and Sakura City Hospital as a Restorative Investment” | IISIA Monthly Report (IISIAマンスリー・レポート)
    “The future of Abenomics in a post-Shinzo Abe Japan” | Asia Power Watch
    “The South China Sea dispute and its challenges to Japan’s economic interests” | Asia Power Watch
    “Istanbul’s Başakşehir Çam and Sakura City Hospital: an opportunity for Japan to reaffirm its economic power strategy” | Asia Power Watch

    Interviewed in “Yükselen Asya (Rising Asia)” on Ekotürk TV and “Sonsuz Asya: Semiha Karaoğlu ile Japonya Çalışmaları (Endless Asia: Japanese Studies with Semiha Karaoğlu)” in Project Arché.


    Boğaziçi University 

    MA, Asian Studies/International Relations

    Specialization in Japan/Japanese Studies

    GPA: 4,00

    University of East Anglia

    Online Summer Programme, Japanese Cultural Studies

    GPA: 4,00

    Shanghai University

    Summer Programme, Chinese Language and Culture

    GPA: 4,00

    Saint Louis University – Brussels

    Erasmus+ Programme, Translation and Interpreting Studies

    Boğaziçi University

    BA, Translations and Interpreting Studies

    Specialization in Conference Interpreting

    Dissertation: “Interpreting in Japan: History, Profession, Current Trends and Developments”

    GPA: 3,74 (Second Place, Dean’s High Honor Degree)

    Other Publications

    Sonsuz Asya: Semiha Karaoğlu ile Japonya Çalışmaları (Arché Projesi)

    Sonsuz Asya, Türkiye’de Asya Çalışmaları konusunda çalışan akademisyenleri, uzmanları ve profesyonelleri bir araya getirmeyi amaçlayan bir oluşumdur.
    İlk programımızda, Semiha’nın Japonya Çalışmalarına nasıl yöneldiğini, Japonya ve Doğu algısının nasıl geliştiğini, Çin-Tayvan-Kore-Japonya dörtgeninin jeopolitik önemi ve geleceğini, Türkiye’de Asya Çalışmaları’nın durumunu konuştuk.
    Semiha Karaoğlu Boğaziçi Üniversitesi’nde Asya Araştırmaları Merkezi’nde yüksek lisans yapmakta, çalışma alanı da Japonya’dır.
    Erkin Ergüney, Şanghay Jiao Tong Üniversitesi China Studies alanında yüksek lisans yaptıktan sonra akademik çalışmalarına kalkınma alanında devam etmiştir.

    The future of Abenomics in a post-Shinzo Abe Japan (Asia Power Watch)

    I was interviewed on September 3, 2020, by Dr. Altay Atlı on Ekotürk TV’s “Yükselen Asya” (“Rising Asia”) programme to discuss PM Shinzo Abe’s resignation, Abenomics, and the future of the Japanese economy within the framework of possible post-Abe candidates.

    Yükselen Asya | Dr. Altay Atlı | Semiha Karaoğlu (Ekotürk TV)

    EKOTÜRK TV’de yayınlanan “Yükselen Asya” adlı programda Atlı Global Direktörü Dr. Altay Atlı’nın sorularını yanıtladım.

    The South China Sea dispute and its challenges to Japan’s economic interests (Asia Power Watch)

    In this article, I summarize how the deteriorating dispute between China and its neighbors over the South China Sea poses a direct challenge to Japan’s economic interests. As the race for PM Shinzo Abe’s succession is open, it appears paramount that his geopolitical legacy of Indo-Pacific alliances to counter China continues.

    Istanbul’s Başakşehir Çam and Sakura City Hospital: an opportunity for Japan to reaffirm its economic power strategy (Asia Power Watch)

    In this article, I explain how, with the financing and building of Istanbul’s Başakşehir Çam and Sakura City Hospital at the height of the Covid-19 crisis, Japan is increasing its soft power in Turkey and reaffirming its economic influence in the region.


    日本トルコ学生会議(Japan-Turkey Student Conference)

    Japan-Turkey Student Conference is an organization established for the purpose of deepening mutual understanding and friendship between the youth of Japan and Turkey by establishing more resolute cultural bonds.

    Traditional Japanese Literature: An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600 – Haruo Shirane

    Translation project for the anthology ‘Traditional Japanese Literature: An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600’ edited by Haruo Shirane.

    Interpreting in Japan: History, Profession, Current Trends and Developments

    The present research project aims to investigate the profession of conference interpreting in Japan. The first section furnishes a summary of the Japanese language and also studies how the geography of Japan reshapes Japan’s monolingual and monocultural landscape. The research project also reveals the history of interpreting, educational institutions related to conference interpreter training, and current trends in the interpreting profession, along with associations and organizations of conference interpreters in Japan. Moreover, the research conducted for this project unveils the current situation of interpreting in Japan and reviews whether it is a fully established profession as it is in the European Union—whose institutions have one of the most comprehensive interpreting services in the world (Introduction to Interpretation 2019). Ultimately, the research project examines universities, prevailing trends, and advancements associated with conference interpreting and both their positive and negative impacts on the profession itself.

    Turkish Workshops

    Workshops with Dr. Bülent Aksoy within the body of Boğaziçi University Translation Club to draw attention to the importance of the Turkish language to become more qualified and competitive translators and interpreters. We especially worked on idioms, fixed expressions, false friends, and words-phrases derived from the French language.


    Japanese Studies Association – Active Member

    BUPaws – Boğaziçi University Animal Shelter & Dog Sanctuary – Animal Care Volunteer & Contributor

    Boğaziçi Korean Society – Active Member

    Bringing Europeans Together Association (BETA) France – Former Conference Interpreter, Active Member

    Boğaziçi University Chinese Language and Culture Society (BU中) – Active Member

    ESN Nitto Boğaziçi Community – Active Member

    Boğaziçi University Translation Club – Former Vice-President, Former Treasurer, Active Member

    Semiha Karaoğlu

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