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Compact and Adaptive – Towards Sustainable Design

Compact and Adaptive – Towards Sustainable Design

Architecture is responsible for about 45% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, but how can this be changed? This event highlights the new trends of “compact” and “adaptive” design in the UK and contrasts their novelty here with their history in Japan, where they are more firmly embedded into the culture and design […]

Japan and China: Through Journalists’ Eyes

Japan and China: Through Journalists’ Eyes

An exchange between the Ambassadors of Japan and China in a British newspaper at the start of this year then led to BBC television interviews with the two.  Prime Minister Abe’s comparison between the present state of Japan-China relations and UK-German relations before World War I (with or without mistranslation) attracted the attention of journalists […]

Report From Fukushima: Medical assistance to local residents

Report From Fukushima: Medical assistance to local residents

On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan and led to meltdowns in the reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The release of radioactive material into the air, water, and soil raised public concerns about radiation exposure and the long-term risk of cancer among nearby residents. According to Mr. Shuhei […]

The Power of Information and Knowledge

The Power of Information and Knowledge

This first seminar of our 2014 series on the theme of “Power” will focus on the relationship between information and society, and how the understanding and use of information have been the primary factors in the development and character of the modern age. The Japanese government has recently passed a new Secrecy Law in the […]

Artist talk: Tokyo Portraits by Carl Randall

Artist talk: Tokyo Portraits by Carl Randall

Tokyo Portraits is a series of figurative paintings inspired by the people and places of Tokyo – responses to everyday life in Japan’s capital, as seen through the eyes of a visiting UK artist. Inspired by the city’s crowded streets, large canvases depict masses of densely packed faces. These works have been made in collaboration […]

The Future of Abenomics – A Political Perspective

The Future of Abenomics – A Political Perspective

Since becoming Prime Minister for the second time in December 2012, Shinzo Abe has been rigorously pursuing a set of policies aimed at fostering economic growth in Japan. So far, “Abenomics” has been successful. A wide range of indicators show that the Japanese economy has been recovering, while the Nikkei Stock Average rose 60% last […]

Looking Back at Britain, Japan and Pearl Harbor: Avoiding War 1936-41

Looking Back at Britain, Japan and Pearl Harbor: Avoiding War 1936-41

It is relatively rare for a historian to get the chance to engage in critical reflection of his own work. In this short talk, Dr Antony Best will address the most significant issues that he discussed in his first book on Britain and the origins of the Pacific War, including the role of intelligence and […]

Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces

Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces

Kintsugi is the craft in which chipped, cracked or broken ceramic pieces are repaired using a combination of urushi (lacquer) and rice glue. This process inadvertently results in a decoration, the form of which is dictated by the breakage the piece has suffered. Powdered gold is usually applied to the repaired patch or seam before […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club