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Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro – an international conference

Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro – an international conference

The early twenty-first-century presents us with a host of pressing contexts and challenges, from concerns about climate change and technological innovation to diversity issues and shifts in geopolitical power. To what extent does Ishiguro’s writing anticipate and comment on the early twenty-first century Zeitgeist? Surely, The Remains of the Day anticipates Brexit, Never Let Me […]

The University as a Platform for Social Change – Prof. Makoto Gonokami, President, University of Tokyo

The University as a Platform for Social Change – Prof. Makoto Gonokami, President, University of Tokyo

We are delighted to welcome Professor Gonokami, President of the University of Tokyo to speak to the Japan Society during a brief visit to London.  This is an important and rare opportunity to hear from one of the world’s leading scientists and head of Japan’s foremost university. Under his leadership, the University of Tokyo is […]

Nature Symposium: Neutrino Physics, Past, Present, and Future

Nature Symposium: Neutrino Physics, Past, Present, and Future

Five leading scientists share their excitement about neutrino physics and discuss the challenges they are faced with. Neutrinos may be key to tackling deep questions about the Universe, such as the existence of new physics beyond the predictions of the accepted model of particle physics. There are many things we don’t yet fully understand about […]

Colin Alexander McVean, a Scottish engineer in early Meiji Japan – with Colin Houston

Colin Alexander McVean, a Scottish engineer in early Meiji Japan – with Colin Houston

Colin Alexander McVean (1838-1912) was the son of a Free Church minister on the island of Iona, on the western coast of Scotland. He trained as a civil engineer and following some time with the Admiralty survey and the building of railways in Bulgaria and parts of the Ottoman Empire, he headed to Japan as […]

How Japan sees China

How Japan sees China

What does China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) mean for Japan? On the one hand, China’s infrastructure investments in Asia, Africa, and Europe pose challenges to Japan’s political and economic influence. On the other hand, despite the reservations and scepticism, the Japanese government seems to recognise that BRI is now the “only game in town”— […]

Why does Japan still use ‘orphanages’ rather than family-based foster care and adoption?

Why does Japan still use ‘orphanages’ rather than family-based foster care and adoption?

In contemporary Japan, approximately 85 per cent of children in alternative care are placed in large institutions. This contrasts with global discourse, encapsulated in the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, and with practice in most OECD countries, which use family-based foster care more extensively. Explanations for Japan’s outlier status often focus on […]

National Memories and Norms in International Politics in East Asia

National Memories and Norms in International Politics in East Asia

Since World War 2, East Asia has experienced dramatic and complex political and economic transformations. Problems associated with emotions, memories, and narratives of the past – particularly those relating to the War and to Japanese colonisation of other countries in the region – are underlying factors that shape the ups and downs of political and […]

An Introduction to Gagaku: Workshop with Tenri University Gagaku Music Society

An Introduction to Gagaku: Workshop with Tenri University Gagaku Music Society

Following concert-lectures on 24 and 25 October, these workshops by Tenri University Gagaku Music Society present a rare opportunity for Japan House guests to gain a first-hand experience of the distinguished courtly music tradition of Gagaku. During the workshop guests can try the various instruments that make up the gagaku orchestra. These include the wind […]

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