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The Asia Pacific War and Its Legacy: A Historical Debate on the 70th Anniversary of the End of the War

The Asia Pacific War and Its Legacy: A Historical Debate on the 70th Anniversary of the End of the War

Even 70 years on the Asia Pacific War continues to pose compelling questions concerning morality, justice, accountability and the writing of history. It also remains a contentious topic in both local and world politics, colouring diplomatic relations between Japan, its East Asian neighbours, and beyond. It took place on a theatre many times the size […]

Global markets for grains, rice and oilseeds: Recent trends and prospects

Global markets for grains, rice and oilseeds: Recent trends and prospects

In the middle of negotiations surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, and the lead-up to the COP21 climate summit in Paris this December, the importance of food security continues to grow. 800 million people go hungry every day around the world, predominantly in developing countries. The UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization projects a required […]

Join the Club! Fandom in Japanese Theatre: Kabuki and Takarazuka

Join the Club! Fandom in Japanese Theatre: Kabuki and Takarazuka

The Takarazuka Revue Company is a theatre company with a 100 year history in Japan and is well-known for its stylised musicals performed by an all-female cast. The lavish stage productions have been enthusiastically appreciated by tens of thousands of devoted fans who dedicate their time, money and energy to the company, and who make […]

Japan’s demographic shift and its implication for the future of Japanese education and social policy

Japan’s demographic shift and its implication for the future of Japanese education and social policy

Japan is currently going through the most dramatic demographic transition that the world has ever seen that cannot be ascribed to either war or plague. Life expectancy is rising, fertility rates are falling, the country is ageing and the population is shrinking – all faster than in any other country in the world. According to […]

Bill Emmott in Conversation

Bill Emmott in Conversation

No sooner had Prime Minister David Cameron outlined his proposed EU reforms at a summit in Brussels then officials confirmed that the UK’s in-out referendum will go ahead before they can be ratified. In the face of this uncertainty, and the ongoing Greek debt crisis, what does the current state of the EU mean for […]

Internationalisation of Higher Education in Japan: current government policy initiative and institutional responses

Internationalisation of Higher Education in Japan: current government policy initiative and institutional responses

Since the 1980s Japanese higher education institutions have undergone a number of reforms in response to government internationalisation initiatives. At the moment, the “Top Global University Project (TGUP)” policy challenges universities to transform themselves in comprehensive and fundamental ways over a 10-year period. The government’s rationale for internationalisation has shifted from capacity building in other […]

The Lie of the Land – Rethinking Landscape Painting

The Lie of the Land – Rethinking Landscape Painting

Considered to be a category of art that is an objective and concrete representation of specific sites, landscape painting might be seen as quite a traditional art practice. The question of the relevance and necessity of the expression of the land and landscape paintings is however of pressing interest to many modern artists and critics. […]

Third Thursday Lecture: Minton for the Meiji Emperor: dining and diplomacy in nineteenth-century Japan

Third Thursday Lecture: Minton for the Meiji Emperor: dining and diplomacy in nineteenth-century Japan

The richness of Japan’s ceramic heritage has long captivated attention, contributing both to the development of European porcelains and art movements such as Japonisme. However, it is rare that we hear about the objects that travelled in the other direction, ceramics that made their way like coals to Newcastle from the factories of Europe to […]

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