I am teaching Japanese history and particularly interested in the dramatic modern development of the country, from "the first Japanese miracle" after 1850 up to the disaster in World War II. One of my books is about Swedish relations with Japan during the 1930s. At the moment I am studying the treaty port press (Western-language newspapers appearing in 19th- [and early 20th-]century East Asia). I speak and read Japanese.
Not only Japan but also China belongs to my area of interest. During the last decade I have been guest professor at several Chinese universites and at Ningbo University I was appointed Honorary Professor.