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Competing Identities: Japan, the Koreas, and Missed Opportunities – John Swenson-Wright

Competing Identities: Japan, the Koreas, and Missed Opportunities – John Swenson-Wright

Since 2011, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have all undergone important leadership transitions. Abe Shinzo, Park Geun-hye and Kim Jong-un each, in their different ways, reflect both important historical continuities and new opportunities for a breakthrough in diplomatic relations in Northeast Asia. Notwithstanding this important change […]

Joint Lunch with the JCCI: The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Joint Lunch with the JCCI: The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

For their second joint lunch of 2014, the Japan Society and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK are delighted to welcome the Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury. The next eighteen months may prove to be a tumultuous period in British politics. The European Parliament elections on […]

Japanese Embroidery Workshop

Japanese Embroidery Workshop

This course is designed for everyone regardless of whether they have done Japanese Embroidery before or not. Each student will be able to work on a suitable design for the course which will introduce several new stitches and methods of stitching using a tekobari. All the designs will be worked with Japanese silks and metals. […]

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

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. Arita is small, with a population of just 20,000, but the first porcelain from Arita that was exported to Europe in the 17th century […]

Invest in Japan: A Regional Roadmap

Invest in Japan: A Regional Roadmap

The Japanese Government intends to double foreign direct investment by 2020. In order to meet this target, the Prime Minister and Cabinet members are enthusiastically promoting inward investment in cooperation with local government. This seminar will highlight and promote different regions of Japan by featuring local prefectural governors and mayors. There will be discussion around […]

Russia and the Power of Diplomacy: What can the International Community do?

Russia and the Power of Diplomacy: What can the International Community do?

This is the third in our 2014 seminar series on “Power”. In the previous seminar, we discussed “soft power”, and the panel concluded that a combination of hard and soft power, namely ‘smart power’, is the most effective way to influence other states in the contemporary world. But what can a weaker state with limited […]

Nissan Institute Seminar Series (Trinity Term 2014)

Nissan Institute Seminar Series (Trinity Term 2014)

From its start in the 1980s the institute has organised a series of Nissan Seminars in Japanese Studies.  We invite scholars based in the UK to present their most recent research.  Members of the general public are welcome to attend. Fridays 5.00pm in the Pavilion Room, Gateway Building, St. Antony’s College, Oxford unless otherwise stated Convenors: […]

The Ceramics of North-East Japan – David Hale

The Ceramics of North-East Japan – David Hale

In this illustrated lecture, collector David Hale will give an overview of the contemporary and historical ceramics of the Tohoku region, a subject on which his book, Ceramics of North-east Japan, remains the sole work. After taking up his wife Anne’s hobby of pottery making at the local Tsutsumi kiln, Hale became fascinated by the […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

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