Events category: Seminar

30 October 2014

Fukushima Daiichi: Coping after a major nuclear accident

It is clear from the accidents at Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima Daiichi (2011) that severe nuclear accidents can occur, even if infrequently, meaning that coping strategies need to be developed in advance. Any mitigation strategy adopted will find itself in the spotlight of national and world opinion, and needs to be capable of rigorous justification, both to experts in the field and also to politicians and the general public, who have a particular fear of nuclear radiation.

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22 September 2014

University Reform in Japan

The Japanese Government is vigorously promoting university reform, and many universities are grappling with their own problems brought on by demographic change in Japan and various other issues.
Nagoya University is opening Asian Satellite Campuses in October 2014 in Vietnam, Cambodia and Mongolia to help train a greater number of graduates in these countries. In this session, President Michinari Hamaguchi of Nagoya University will explain some of the contentions regarding these reforms, and consider the problems Japanese universities will face in the future.

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30 September 2014

Keeping the doors open between China and Japan - the role of personal networks and Track II diplomacy

Track II Diplomacy is a way for private individuals to meet unofficially and find their way to common ground when official negotiators cannot. NGOs, academics, and ex-officials often act as Track II diplomats in having unofficial conferences and conversations about pressing issues, and have sometimes brought them to a successful conclusion. Official government-to-government interactions are not necessarily the most effective methods for resolving differences between nations.

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19 September 2014

Excavating cultural heritage: the archaeological implications of the Great East Japan disaster three years on

As well as the terrible human cost, the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Pacific coast of northern Honshu in March 2011 had a major impact on cultural heritage.

In the first instance a number of museums, stores and other facilities were directly damaged, and great quantities of heritage materials, both public and personal, were lost. This initial impact was to an extent mitigated by a programme of ‘cultural heritage rescue’. A second impact has been on buried archaeological sites and the important remains they contain in advance of the redevelopment of the region.

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3 July 2014

The Nuclear Myth and Japan’s Postwar Nationalism

The victims and survivors of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011 experience prejudice and bullying from Japanese society at large, according to Professor Nobuko Kosuge. The root of this problem may lie in nationalism and the narrative of the atomic bombings in postwar Japan.

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26 June 2014

Disaster Management After the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

The consequences of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami made this event the most expensive natural disaster recorded in the world to date. The Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) outlined key lessons following 2 years of recovery after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, involving topics such as tsunami hazard and risk assessment, the nuclear industry, post-disaster housing, urban planning and disaster mitigation, response and recovery.

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3 June 2014

Preserving Videogames: Gameplay as Cultural Heritage

Since they first blipped and bleeped to life in the 1970s, videogames have become one of the most pervasive global cultural forms. However, while a diverse array of game studies books, journals, courses and conferences abound, they typically share one thing in common: they focus on Europe and the US. A game studies student might easily be forgiven for thinking that Japan played but a supporting role in game history, culture or development, and yet a game fan would likely revere names such as Sega, Capcom and Nintendo.

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6 May 2014

Arita Porcelain and the Chelsea Flower Show: 400 years of History

The town of Arita in Saga prefecture is one of the most famous centres for Japanese porcelain. Dating its production back to 1616, it will celebrate its 400th anniversary in 2016. The first porcelain from Arita that was exported to Europe in the 17th century was welcomed with enormous enthusiasm. The porcelain, having travelled across the sea to Europe, became more highly treasured than gold, and was exported to various countries, having a major influence on European art and culture. Shuko Noda, a garden designer, talked about his concept and objectives in introducing this historical ceramic ware into garden designs as a member of Team SAGA, an entry in the Artisan Division of the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show.

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3 April 2014

The UK-Japan Alliance during World War I

One hundred years after the start of the First World War, this seminar presented two different points of view on a turning point in the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. Japan assisted Britain by defeating Germany in the Far East early on in the war, yet several factors tested the relationship between Britain and Japan. The event was chaired by Professor Ian H. Nish of the London School of Economics.

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