International Symposium: Cultural Policy and Creative Industries in Japan and Scotland

In a shifting political and economic environment, both Japan and Scotland are grappling to redefine their position in the world. Culture and creativity play a decisive role in this process. On the one hand, culture and culture transfer serve as a medium to forge international ties and to create “soft power” that would support the national interest. On the other hand, the production of cultural goods forms a sizable portion of the post-industrial economy and is an asset of its own that has become increasingly the focus of government promotion. The historical relations between Japan and Scotland are founded on culture, and both of their economies increasingly rely on the success of their creative industries. This symposium therefore addresses best practices and problems of cultural policy and creative industries in Japan and Scotland with a view to further strengthen cultural and economic ties between the two nations in the face of common global challenges.


Welcome and Introduction
Japan’s Soft Power and Japan-Scottish Relations
His Excellency the Japanese Ambassador, Mr Keiichi Hayashi
Culture in the Development of Japanese-Scottish Relations
Lord Charles Bruce, Honorary Patron of the Japan Society of Scotland

Panel 1: Cultural Policy
Chair: Professor Urs Matthias Zachmann, Edinburgh University
Cultural Policy and the Idea of the Creative Economy
Professor Philip Schlesinger, University of Glasgow, School of Culture and Creative Arts
Creative Industries and Nation Branding in Japan
Dr Shinji Oyama, Birkbeck, Department of Media and Cultural Studies

Panel 2: Creative Industries
Chair: Ms Wendy Wilkinson, Culture, the Scottish Government
Pop Culture and the Future of the Contents Industry
Mr Hiroyuki Itoh, CEO Crypton Future Media, Sapporo (Creator of globally popular ‘vocaloid’, Hatsune Miku)
Promoting Culture and Creativity in Scotland/Promoting Music and IP Development in Scotland
Mr Ian Smith, Creative Scotland (Portfolio Music and IP Development)

Closing Remarks
The Principal of Edinburgh University, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea

Date: 11 October 2012 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue: Playfair Library, Old College, Edinburgh University
Tel: 020 7486 4348
Organiser: The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

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