Mr Tets Kimura

Casual Academic

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Sciences South (103)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Journalist and interpreter by profession (and photographer and traveller by hobby), Tets Kimura is currently completing his doctoral thesis on soft power influences of Japanese fashion in Australia.

  • Master of Arts (Journalism, University of South Australia)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Philosophy, Flinders University)
Honours, awards and grants
  • Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (Flinders University, 2017-2018)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (Flinders University, 2013-2016)
  • Paul Varley Award (Japan Studies Association, USA, 2016)
  • Flinders University Overseas Field Trip Grant (2018)
  • Academic Internship Program (Flinders University, 2017)
  • Australian Political Studies Association Conference Postgraduate Travel Award (Monash University, 2017)
  • Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge (Embassy of France, Australian Academy of Science, 2017)
  • Asian Studies Association of Australia Postgraduate Conference Award (Australian National University, 2016)
  • Bursary support for Looking Back, Looking Forward: Japanese Studies in Australia Conference (Monash University, 2016)
  • Japan Foundation Mini Grant (for inviting Prof Keiji Sawada of Waseda University to Flinders History Seminar) (Japan Foundation, 2016)
  • Research Student Conference Travel Grant (Flinders University, 2016)
  • Scholarship for the postwar 70th anniversary conference "Wounds, Scars, and Healing" (University of Sydney, 2015)
  • Asia Pacific Week Delegate (Australian National University, 2015)
  • School of International Studies Postgraduate Conference Funding (Flinders University, 2014)
  • School of International Studies Research Student Project Funding (Flinders University, 2013)
  • Japanese Studies Association of Australia 2013 Conference Scholarship (Australian National University, 2013)
  • Photo Exhibition "People in the Himalayas" (Flinders Asia Centre and School of International Studies, 2012)
  • Travel grant and bursary support for the British Centre for Literary Translation Summer School (University of East Anglia and Nippon Foundation, 2012)
  • Japan Foundation Travel Support Grant (Japan Foundation, 2010)
  • Scholarship for Pukyong Exchange Program (Pukyong National University and University of South Australia, 2009)
Key responsibilities
  • He is currently working on the edited book Exporting Japanese Aesthetics with Dr Jennifer Harris (Adelaide University).

  • He was a board member of Flinders' Faculty of Social and Behaviour Sciences as PhD representative (2012 - 2014).

Research interests
  • Asian Fashion
  • Asian Identity
  • Asian Popular/Everyday Culture
  • Applied Ethics
  • Creative Industries
  • Globalisation and Japanisation
  • Literature and Translation
  • Roles of Media and Journalism
Teaching interests
  • International Relations
  • History
  • Asian Studies
  • Creative Arts (Fashion and Drama) .
Expert for media contact
International relations
Australia-Japan Relations
Fashion Studies
Soft Power
Taiwanese Identity
Available for contact via
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+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Asia
  • Culture
  • International relations
  • Japan
  • Media
  • Australia-Japan Relations
  • Fashion Studies
  • Soft Power
  • Taiwanese Identity
Further information


He will co-chair the 2018 Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) National Conference alongside Joe van Dalen (AUSIT SA), with support from Dr Luciana d’Arcangeli (Flinders).

He represented South Australia in two different sports, ultimate frisbee (2003).and judo (1999, 2000).He was the judo state champion (U60) in 2000.