Events by year: 2006

5 December 2006

Perspectives on Work, Employment and Society in Japan

Since the bursting of the ‘Bubble Economy’, and the decade and a half of stagnation which followed, work and employment in Japan have been said on many occasions to have undergone some profound changes. This has been matched with a renewed interest among scholars in the structures, processes and cultures of work in Japan.

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16 November 2006

2006 Daiwa Japan Forum Prize Lecture

In recent years, controversies over the content of Japanese history textbooks and visits to Yasukuni Shrine by Prime Minister Koizumi and other senior government officials have placed the international spotlight on the ways that Japanese people remember World War II. The lecture, based on Dr Seaton’s 2005 article in Japan Forum, will provide a critique

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9 November 2006

THE BEATLES IN JAPAN -1966: Photographs by Robert Whittaker

This was a chance to meet photographer Robert Whitaker, the only person allowed to take photographs of the Beatles on their flights and in their hotel room during their 3 intense days performing in Tokyo. His photographs provided a unique record of their three intense days on tour in Tokyo (June 1966).

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7 November 2006

A Japanese Menagerie: animal pictures by Kawanabe Kyōsai

Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831–89) was a highly individualistic painter of the late Edo and early Meiji eras in Japan, his career spanning from the end of the feudal system to the beginnings of rapid modernisation. His first name meant ‘crazy studio’ and in the 1860s he developed a new genre of ‘crazy pictures’ (kyōga).

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26 September 2006

BAJS Research Project:Representing the Other in Modern Japanese Literature

In May 2001, under the aegis of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), a special collaborative research programme was initiated to enhance intellectual exchanges, fill gaps in the existing literature, and develop new academic networks between scholars in the United Kingdom and Japan. Professor Glenn Hook, Professor Mark Williams, and Dr Naoko Shimazu, took

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5 July 2006

Atomic Sushi

When Simon May took up a year-long post as Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tokyo, he was the first Briton to do so since 1882.

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28 June 2006

An Audience with Seijun Suzuki

Born in Tokyo in 1923, Seijun Suzuki has had a long and productive career (including over 40 films), and has inspired countless filmmakers across the globe such as Quentin Tarantino (who paid tribute to Suzuki’s’s film Tokyo Drifter in his 2003 film Kill Bill Vol. 1). Jim Jarmusch also paid homage to Suzuki in his 1999 film, Ghost Dog, which employs elements from Suzuki’s Branded to Kill. John Woo has named Suzuki one of the top 10 filmmakers in the world.

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