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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

The art lover’s guide to Japanese museums

The art lover’s guide to Japanese museums

We are delighted to announce the London launch of the Japan Society’s latest publication, The art lover’s guide to Japanese museums by Sophie Richard, the first English-language publication to focus on Japanese museums in over 30 years. Japan is a ‘museum kingdom,’ operating some 5600 museums nationwide – a figure that eclipses the 1800 or […]

The UK-Japan Alliance during World War I

The UK-Japan Alliance during World War I

One hundred years after the start of the First World War, this seminar presents two different points of view on a turning point in the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. Dr Ayako Hotta-Lister will talk about the alliance in a more positive light. Being an ally of Britain, Japan was asked to participate in the First World War […]

The Indispensable Nation: Can Japan save the world in the 21st century?

The Indispensable Nation: Can Japan save the world in the 21st century?

It is hard to find anyone in Japan, suggests Roger Pulvers, who is optimistic about the future of the country – other than members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. The swelling national debt, the denial of the country’s past transgressions in Asia, the ominous moves to reverse the course of the country’s peaceful diplomacy […]

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