Events category: Annual Seminar Series

1 January 2018

New Approaches in the UK and Japan

The world is always changing, and currently, changes in the international environment seem particularly wrenching. This reshaping of the international environment brings new challenges, most obviously on the security and trade front. Our seminar series this year focuses on some of these issues, particularly on those that are rising up the agenda because of the appearance of either new problems, or possible new solutions.

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17 July 2017

History and the Tokyo 2020 Games

In this seminar, speakers discussed the history and the future of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the lead up to Tokyo 2020. We were delighted to invite Japanese Olympian ice skater Fumie Suguri, and British Paralympic long-distance runner Noel Thatcher to share their experiences with us. Alongside them Dr Vassil Girginov discussed how both the Games have developed, and their role in modern global society.

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28 June 2017

Historical Issues and Peace Building: Japan, China and the two Koreas

Japan, China and the two Koreas have struggled to understand each other’s different perspectives on historical issues, and this has been preventing constructive diplomatic dialogue between them. In this seminar, we talked about the difficulties of handling historical issues affecting the region, and discussed what could be done to build peace in North East Asia for future generations.

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25 November 2016

Immigration policy and challenges: Post-Brexit UK and Japan

Immigration was one of the key campaign issues leading up to the UK’s “Brexit” referendum in June. Japan continues to control immigration tightly, but its rapidly ageing society is putting the government under pressure to allow for more importation of foreign labour. This seminar will discuss the immigration issues currently facing both nations and possible future directions for each.

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22 April 2016

Economic Implications of Disaster Reconstruction: 5 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake

The next five-year disaster recovery plan commencing in April 2016 will focus on “Reconstruction and Revitalisation”, spearheaded by local governments in Tohoku and Fukushima. Attention will now be on recovering a radiation-free environment and redeveloping a sustainable local economy, revitalising the disaster area for its future residents. But should more money be spent on regenerating an area that was already in decline before the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011? Or do former residents have the right to return to the place they once knew as home?

In this seminar, we will discuss the economic implications of disaster reconstruction, and how to find a balance between practicality and hope.

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3 March 2016

The transforming effects of social media: journalism, politics and business

The rapid development of digital media is overwhelming to some people, but for younger generations, digital information is an indispensable part of their lives. Japan still has one of the highest subscription rates in the world for printed newspapers, but the shift to online media is accelerating.

The first seminar on the theme of ‘Finding a Balance’ will discuss the new media and transforming effect of social media on journalism, politics and business.

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Finding a Balance: Japan and the UK

Japan, of all places, has long had a clear mainstream consensus on many issues, as reflected in the dominance of just one political party for most of the post-War period. But opinions seem to be becoming increasingly polarised – or is it just that new forms of communication make it easier for different voices to be heard? The UK has more of a tradition of divided camps, but the contrast between the avowedly socialist Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the old Etonian Prime Minister David Cameron certainly suggests that the period of Tony Blair’s “third way” is behind us.

Our seminar series this year considers why polarisation is occurring, and how to find a balance when it does.

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