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The Arrival of Tango in Japan: Allure, Fear, and Morality in Early Twentieth-Century Japan – with Yuiko Asaba

The Arrival of Tango in Japan: Allure, Fear, and Morality in Early Twentieth-Century Japan – with Yuiko Asaba

In the early twentieth-century, Argentine tango arrived in Japan as a critical part of the country’s modernisation. Since that fatal moment, its foreign, provocative allure – a music that ‘originated’ far, far away in Argentina – spiced with a hint of romanticised ‘low-life’ imaginaries, has continued to capture Japanese people’s hearts and curiosity across the […]

The Fukushima Accident and Its Aftermath

The Fukushima Accident and Its Aftermath

The Japan Society is delighted to welcome Mr Naomi Hirose, Executive Vice Chairman, Fukushima Affairs, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, for a special briefing for members. More than seven and a half years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Steady progress has been made towards […]

Imamura Shohei: How to Win Fans and Influence People in the Postwar Japanese Studio System – with Jennifer Coates

Imamura Shohei: How to Win Fans and Influence People in the Postwar Japanese Studio System – with Jennifer Coates

Imamura Shohei’s first four films have received significantly less academic and critical attention than his work from 1960 onwards. Stolen Desire (Nusumareta yokujo, 1958), Ginza Station (aka Lights of Night, Nishi Ginza eki mae, 1958), and Endless Desire (Hateshinaki yokubo, 1958), made at Nikkatsu Studios, have been largely dismissed, with My Second Brother (Nianchan, 1959) […]

Japan Room Lecture: The Curious Case Of Japan Leads To Deep Revelations About Money

Japan Room Lecture: The Curious Case Of Japan Leads To Deep Revelations About Money

How weak is macroeconomic theory? Japan has terrible macroeconomic numbers (by leading nation standards) yet a high quality of life. This contradiction drags macroeconomics, monetary policy, taxation, and politics under a spotlight. In this talk, Professor Michael Mainelli intends to draw on the work of his Long Finance movement, along with the work of Professor […]

Turf Wars: Territories and Textbooks in Sino-Japanese Relations – with Caroline Rose

Turf Wars: Territories and Textbooks in Sino-Japanese Relations – with Caroline Rose

The content of Japanese school textbooks has been a bone of contention between the Chinese and Japanese governments since the 1980s when the first ‘textbook issue’ emerged. The Chinese government has lodged protests at various points since 1982 at what they perceive to be a ‘beautification’ of history and distorted accounts of Japan’s war of […]

Recent Developments in the Global Market with Hiroshi Watanabe

Recent Developments in the Global Market with Hiroshi Watanabe

We are delighted to welcome Mr Hiroshi Watanabe, President of the Institute for International Monetary Affairs (IIMA) to brief Japan Society members on Recent Developments in the Global Market. Mr Watanabe’s wide ranging experience in the public and private sector, has given him a broad overview of the international financial scene. At a time of […]

Images with and without Texts: The Photographic Magazine in 1930s Japan – with Jelena Stojković

Images with and without Texts: The Photographic Magazine in 1930s Japan – with Jelena Stojković

The 1930s are sometimes referred to as the ‘golden age’ of Japanese photography. Following the touring of Film und Foto exhibition around the country in 1931 modernist approaches to the medium flourished on an unprecedented scale, among such prominent photographers as Kiyoshi Koishi, Iwata Nakayama and Nakaji Yasui. However, as a significant proportion of negatives […]

The Meiji Restoration from the British Perspective

The Meiji Restoration from the British Perspective

For its second event marking the sesquicentennial of the Meiji Restoration, the Japan Society is delighted to welcome three scholars and researchers who will focus in this session on contemporary British connections with Japan. In their talks, Lesley Downer, Ian Ruxton and David Warren, will consider the period leading up to and immediately following the […]

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