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Public Seminar: Economic Policy and the Welfare State in Japan and the UK

Public Seminar: Economic Policy and the Welfare State in Japan and the UK

In this public seminar political scientists Prof Nobuhiro Hiwatari and Prof Junko Kato from the University of Tokyo join us to discuss their latest research into social policy reforms during financial crises, and tax politics and the welfare state. Abstracts Are Neo-Liberal Reforms Undemocratic? Evidence from the OECD and cases from the UK and Japan […]

Public Seminar – NAGADORO: Rural Life after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Public Seminar – NAGADORO: Rural Life after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011, Prof Tom Gill (Meiji Gakuin University) has made some 26 field trips to Nagadoro, a tiny hamlet that has absorbed some of the highest levels of radiation in Fukushima prefecture. During the course of these field trips Prof Gill has got to know the people of Nagadoro […]

Double Bill: Films by Makoto Shinkai

Double Bill: Films by Makoto Shinkai

The Japan Foundation is pleased to present a double bill of films by Makoto Shinkai, one of the most exciting animation filmmakers in Japan today. Often cited as ‘the next Miyazaki’, Shinkai produces animations which are full of stunning scenes and visuals combined with beautiful stories. The programme will included two of Shinkai’s films; his […]

Public Seminar: Tracing colours and characters in the work of HARUKI MURAKAMI

Public Seminar: Tracing colours and characters in the work of HARUKI MURAKAMI

In this special seminar, Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen (Newcastle University) will explore some of the connections and meanings between colours and characters throughout the work of Haruki Murakami. She will begin by analysing Murakami’s latest novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage, before looking at earlier characters from well-known longer novels such as […]

Public Seminar: The Work of the Visual in Mourning the Dead in Post-Tsunami Japan

Public Seminar: The Work of the Visual in Mourning the Dead in Post-Tsunami Japan

3.11 was probably the most minutely documented disaster in history. And yet for all of these images, the impulse to archive representations of loss points to another set of images that have themselves gone missing: hundreds of thousands of family photo albums that were washed away by the tsunami. In this special talk, Dr David […]

Public Seminar – Freeter, the Japanese Precariat: Youth and Labour Disintegration in Japan

Public Seminar – Freeter, the Japanese Precariat: Youth and Labour Disintegration in Japan

In the first of two special talks at the Japan Foundation, David H. Slater (Sophia University), drawing on 25 years of ethnographic research, will explore the tangled relations between patterns of work, representation and politics in Japan. Following the talk Dr Slater will be joined in discussion by Dr Helen Macnaughtan (SOAS, University of London). […]

Japanese Film Screenings at the Japan Foundation

Japanese Film Screenings at the Japan Foundation

This summer the Japan Foundation will be hosting a number of special screenings of contemporary Japanese films, from animations, comedy films through to period dramas. Saturday, 9 August, 2pm After the Flowers (Dir. Kenji Nakanishi, 2010, 107 mins, English subtitles) Saturday, 9 August, 6:30pm Barefoot Gen (Dir. Mori Masaki, 1983, 85mins, English subtitles) Friday, 15 […]

Artist talk: Macoto Murayama on ‘Botech Compositions’ – Where Botanical Art Meets Science

Artist talk: Macoto Murayama on ‘Botech Compositions’ – Where Botanical Art Meets Science

Macoto Murayama is a digital artist who creates intricate computer-generated botanical images. Much like a true botanist, Murayama gathers flowers and dissects them piece by piece, before accurately creating detailed illustrations of the flowers’ form as geometric and mechanical structures using 3D imaging software. Murayama’s unique botanical blueprints lend themselves to the fields of architecture […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club