Keynote Speaker

Yosuke Hayashi

Managing Director of Koei Tecmo Games.

The Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies is proud to announce that Yosuke Hayashi, managing director at Koei Tecmo Games and head of the Team Ninja brand, is invited as a keynote speaker for Replaying Japan 2019 – The Seventh International Conference on Japan Game Research.

At Team Ninja, Yosuke Hayashi developed games such as the Dead or Alive series and Nioh that incorporated Japanese historical motifs while simultaneously targeting the international market. During his keynote address, Mr. Hayashi will share valuable insights on the circumstance of the production of these titles.

Furthermore, this keynote address will be hosted in collaboration with the DiGRA 2019 conference. Attendees from both DiGRA 2019 and Replaying Japan 2019 are invited to join this event.

Yosuke Hayashi, Managing director, Koei Tecmo Games.

Mr. Hayashi joined Tecmo (now Koei Tecmo Games) in 2001. He was involved as a game designer in the development of various Team Ninja titles including the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden series. When Tecmo and Koei merged in 2010, forming what is now Koei Tecmo Games, Mr. Hayashi served as producer for Team Ninja titles. In 2015, when he became head of Team Ninja, he co-directed the production of Nioh.

Call for Papers 2019 – Kyoto


Please register to the conference prior arrival at Ritsumeikan.
A conference dinner is organized on the evening of August 10th, please indicate if you plan to attend.


Replaying Japan deadline extended!    Replaying Japan will be at Ritsumeikan University, Kinugasa Campus, Kyoto, from August 9th-11th.   The new deadline for paper proposals is March 15th, 2019. ______________________________________  

Replaying Japan 2019: The 7th International Japan Game Studies Conference


Conference theme — Japanese Games: Past, Present and Future

Since 2012, the Replaying Japan conference series hosted researchers from various fields conducting research on “Japanese Game”. However, for the upcoming edition of the conference, we would like to address a foundamental question.

What are “Japanese games”?

For example, when we talk about our first play experience of “Super
Mario Bros.” or “Pokémon” with researchers all over the world, what we mention is a mysterious “shared experience” rather than the “Japaneseness” of these games.

In other words, these games have surpassed domestic circumstances and
cultural differences to deliver common surprises and
excitement to players all over the world. This universal nature
can be said to be the specificity of games as media.

In this conference held in Kyoto this summer, let us again re-think the past and present of “Japanese Game” and examine “Japanese games” and the future of research on the subject.

Replaying Japan (International Japan Game Studies Conference) is the conference organized by Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies in collaboration with Leipzig University, the University of Alberta, Bath Spa University, Seijoh University and DiGRA Japan. This conference, the seventh collaboratively organized event, focuses broadly on Japanese game culture, education, and industry. It aims to bring together a wide range of  researchers and creators from many different countries to present and exchange their work. We invite researchers and students to submit paper proposals relating to Japanese game cultures games, videogames and education, and the Japanese game industry from the perspectives of humanities, social sciences, business, or education.

Conference location: Ritsumeikan University, Kinugasa Campus, Kyoto, JAPAN
Date: 2019 August 9th-11th.

Submission Guidelines
All papers must be original. The following paper categories are welcome:
Full papers or Panel : Please send anonymized abstracts (pdf) of no more than 500 words in English or Japanese. Figures, tables and references, which do not count towards the 500 words, may be included on a second page.
Proposals in Japanese are most welcome!

Abstract registration deadline: March 15th, 2019
Notification of Acceptance: April 2019
Organizers: Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies, Ritsumeikan University
Co-Organizer: University of Alberta, Leipzig University, Bath Spa University, Seijoh University and DiGRA Japan

Please go to <> to submit your abstract.


Replaying Japan 2019国内公募の開始について2019年8月9日-11日(JST)に開催予定の『第7回国際日本ゲーム研究カンファレンス-Replaying Japan 2019』について、日本語での研究発表の募集を開始いたします。締め切りは、2019年3月15日です。詳しくは下記案内をご確認ください。皆様のご参加を心よりお待ちしております。

2019 年8月9日(金)-11日(日)
The Institute of East Asian Studies at Leipzig University, The University of Alberta, Bath Spa University, 星城大学, 日本デジタルゲーム学会(DiGRA JAPAN)

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