Nathan Hopson is an associate professor of Japanese language and history in the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen. He is currently completing a manuscript on the social history of nutrition science in modern Japan as a technology of nation building, focusing on school feeding (gakkō kyūshoku) and government-led nutritional activism as its central case studies. Recent publications from this research include
“Nutrition as National Defense: Japan’s Imperial Government Institute for Nutrition, 1920-1940” (Journal of Japanese Studies 2019)
“Ingrained Habits: The ‘Kitchen Cars’ and the Transformation of Postwar Japanese Diet and Identity” (Food, Culture & Society 2020)
“‘Humans Bring Food to Their Mouths, Animals Bring Their Mouths to Food’: The Morality Politics of School-Lunch Sporks in 1970s Japan.” (Food & Foodways 2023)
Nathan Hopson is an associate professor of Japanese language and history in the University of Bergen's Department of Foreign Languages.