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Political Leadership and Policy-Making Processes under the Abe Administration: What has gone wrong?

This seminar will discuss the LDP Abe Administration, which, although a product of several political and administrative reforms since the 1990s, continues to raise new questions: is it really working well and precisely what we expected? Has Japan departed from the traditional model defined by weak government and strong civil servants? This seminar will attempt to answer these questions.

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Archives and secret papers: uncovering hidden truth

We live in a world where we are surrounded by endless information.  However, when information is so readily available, how do we tell fact from fiction?  In this seminar, three journalists, who specialise in uncovering new facts by using National Archives, will discuss how public documents can be used to reveal government secrets, both past and present, and uncover the truth in Japan and the UK.  Although the use of archives is a long-standing journalistic practice, in our information saturated societies, it may take on new importance in the dissemination of knowledge.

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Fintech trends in Japan and the UK

The financial industry is facing a rapid change as new disruptive technologies emerge for the benefit of consumers. In this seminar, the development of payment related services, open banking and cryptocurrency legislation in Japan will be discussed. This will be followed by talks on the recent developments in the UK fintech sector.

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New Approaches to Ainu Contemporary Art

Despite facing discrimination in Japan, the indigenous Ainu people have maintained their own culture and art. The Ainu have developed their art through their everyday life and it has its own unique value and beauty. Surprisingly, Ainu art has been largely ignored in Japan but has received attention in other countries such as the UK. In this seminar the Ainu artist Toru Kaizawa will talk about his passion for Ainu contemporary art; Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere will explain why she values Ainu contemporary art; and Professor Simon Kaner will explore Ainu art from a historical perspective.

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19 July 2018

Bristol Fish Project to celebrate Doyo no Ushi no Hi on 6 August 2018

On Monday, 6 August 2018, Bristol Fish Project is celebrating the Japanese tradition of Doyo no ushi no hithe day of the ox. The day (from 3pm – 8pm) will involve the sharing of a variety of Japanese traditions including eating Unagi – Eel provided by Kansai Kitchen (tickets for the day in general (free) and for the bbq (£10.02) here) and beer on sale from the New Bristol Brewery – ‘Japan’ Brewed with Jasmine and Green Tea! Entry is free though you are encouraged to reserve your free place here as this will help with numbers. 

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10 July 2018

Exhibition : Ohgetsu Fujita presents… Emoji & Jazz on 27th, 28th & 29th July 2018

Up-and-coming Japanese artist Ohgetsu Fujita visits the UK especially to present her unique take on the art of calligraphy. The result is an evolution of tradition which focuses on spatial beauty. Hundred Years Gallery is proud to showcase her collection of Emoji-inspired artwork, fusing both traditional calligraphy (*1), Zenei-Shodou (*2) and her own creative techniques, which Fujita-san has mastered over the course of her career.

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9 July 2018

Opportunity: Events Internships

We are looking to take interns to join the events team at the Foundation to assist in planning, preparing and coordinating our events. Our programme covers a wide range of events related to Japan, including lectures, seminars, book launches, culinary tastings and exhibitions. To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to rosalind.grubin@dajf.org.uk, copied to nana.ota@dajf.org.uk, by Friday 20th July 2018.

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