Upcoming events

24 May 2018

Refugee Policy in Japan and the UK

The recent changes in refugee migration patterns have caused many debates among policy makers. Refugee policies in both Japan and the UK are heavily controlled, with many claims rejected every year. Critics argue that more should be done to help refugees. This seminar will explore the current refugee protection policies and related issues in Japan and the UK. It will also explore how the governments of both countries are dealing with Syrian refugees.

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31 May 2018

Ageing and mental health: Pictures of being old in the UK and Japan

We are living in an era of ageing populations. Making connections with other people is said to promote the mental health and longevity of older people. In this seminar, Dr Shankar will address loneliness in older people living in England, some of the factors affecting loneliness in later life, and how loneliness is related to health and well-being. Dr Cable will address possible factors contributing to the trend to increasingly poor mental health among older people in Japan, and its relevance to the UK.

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5 June 2018

The State of the Japanese State: Contested Identity, Direction and Role

In Gavan McCormack’s latest book, he argues that whilst Shinzo Abe’s efforts to re-engineer the Japanese state may fail, his radicalism and various attempts to shake up the country will have consequences which are difficult to predict. The author will discuss his previous formulations of the Japanese state and will address his latest concerns about what he refers to as the ‘Rampant State’. He will conclude with a critical analysis of the Abe agenda for constitutional revision.

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13 June 2018

Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice

In her book, Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice, Dr Kristin Surak explores the role of tea in Japan, including how its preparation and drinking became a strong symbol of Japan. In this event, Dr Surak will be in conversation with Hayato Hosoya, Academy Fellow at Chatham House, discussing the relationship between culture and nation and the position of the tea ceremony within an ever-changing Japan.

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15 June 2018

“24 Seasons Calendar”: An ancient Japanese way of harmonising with seasonal changes

The “24 Seasons Calendar” is based on the ancient East-Asian Lunisolar calendar, which describes the transition of seasons in 24 steps.  Within Japanese society, people have learned to appreciate and harmonise with nature by adopting this calendar.  In this talk Rikako Kimino will discuss how people’s lives are affected by the calendar and how the changes in seasons are appreciated through different mediums, as well as introducing some popular objects.

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4 July 2018

Corporate Governance and Value Creation in Japan

This is the first book to furnish a root cause of the low valuation of Japanese listed companies by using, as qualitative evidence, unique global investor surveys, which are rarely available for Japanese companies.
Illustrated with relevant statistics, evidence of shareholders’ voices, case studies, and empirical research, the book is highly recommended for readers who seek qualitative and quantitative evidence of Japan’s problems and potential prescriptions in connection with value creation.

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17 July 2018

Kokeshi from Tohoku with Love

Kokeshi are traditional wooden dolls that are produced in the Tohoku region of Japan. They are considered to be an icon of Japan, reflecting Japanese aesthetic sensibilities with their simple, elegant and minimalist designs. At this event Manami Okazaki will talk about these quirky dolls. A range of Kokeshi will also be on display, providing a rare opportunity to see new styles alongside traditional designs.

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