Midori Ogasawara

A former investigative journalist for the Japanese national newspaper Asahi Shimbun, Midori Ogasawara is now an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria specializing in the social effects of surveillance and technology. Her work has included the historical trajectory of Imperial Japanese identification systems, such as the Koseki registration and the postwar Alien Registration System, as well as ethnographic research on biometrics, conducted in Northeast China with victims of Japanese surveillance and policing methods during the 1931-45 period of occupation. Her publications include:

  • Ogasawara, Midori. “Legalizing Illegal Mass Surveillance: A Transnational Perspective on Canada’s Legislative Response to the Expansion of Security Intelligence”, Canadian Journal of Law and Society 37, No 2 (2022): 317-338.
  • Ogasawara, Midori. “Bodies as Risky Resources: Japan’s Colonial Identification Systems in Northeast China”, in Robert Heynen and Emily van der Meulen (eds.) Making Surveillance States: Transnational Histories. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019.
  • “Mainstreaming Colonial Experiences in Surveillance Studies.” Surveillance and Society 17, No 5 (2019): 726-729.