Friday 14 October 2011

Deadline for booking 10 October

Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly

Attendees are requested to provide a form of photographic identification when entering the Embassy

The aim of The Japan Conference for Schools is to encourage wider participation, learning and adoption of Japanese into the curriculum. The event is open to primary and secondary schools as well as sixth form colleges, local authorities and SEN’s. The course will be beneficial both to schools with an existing Japan-related programme of study as well as schools looking at introducing a Japan-related study programme into their curriculum.

The day will consist of a mixture of small group discussion sessions and lectures all designed to improve attendees knowledge of Japan related study.

The conference is free of charge and lunch will be provided.

Booking Information

Please submit the online booking form.


The Prospects for Pharmaceuticals seminar on November 9 was a great success. Below are links for the presentations given during the seminar.

Jon Mowles Powerpoint file (800kb)

Jun Arima PDF File(1200kb)

UK RD Opportunities Powerpoint File(1100kb)

Wednesday 9 November
at 12.00 for 12.30

JETRO London
Mid City Place
71 High Holborn

£12 for members of Japan Society & JCCI and clients of JETRO and UKTI
£18 for non members (please send payment with booking)
Deadline for booking: Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The pharmaceutical sector has seen significant investment by Japanese companies in recent years. The industry as a whole has also been affected by more changes and developments than many others. There have been many regulatory, organisational and financial developments in addition to fairly radical shifts within the NHS, all of which have influenced the way things are managed. This talk by, and subsequent discussion with, four people involved at a senior level within UKTI and JETRO will focus on these changes and provide an exchange of views.

The four speakers at this session will be:

  • Anil Vaidya (Chairman) – UKTI Life Science Investment Specialist – Introduction to UKTI and the trade activities in the life science sector
  • Jun Arima – JETRO Director General – JETRO’s Role and Activities
  • Jon Mowles – UKTI Life Science Investment Specialist – An overview of the UK Life Sciences Sector
  • Nigel Whittle – UKTI Research and Development Specialist – Japanese Pharma R &D Activities/Opportunities in the UK

The level of UK-Japan exchange on medical and pharmaceutical matters is high and those with interests in the legal, investment, supply and support areas are likely to find the discussion very useful. It is likely to have wide relevance to many.

To reserve a place please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 7828 6330 or email: . or submit the online booking form.

Support. The series of lectures are being attributed to the following companies which are committed to a five year programme of support for The Japan Society Schools Education and Outreach programmes: Itochu Europe Plc, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co Europe Plc, Sumitomo Corporation Europe Ltd, Astellas Pharma Inc, Canon Europe Ltd, Central Japan Railway Company, Chugai Pharmaceuticals, Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd, Eisai Europe Ltd, Mitsubishi Europe Electric BV, PWC LLP, Swire Charitable Trust, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd and TEPCO.

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Mulberry Tea Rooms
Charlton House
Charlton Road
SE7  8RE

26th – 30th September

Tel: 0208 856 951

Making the dolls withbeautiful, strong Japanese paper has been one of the traditional handicrafts for Japanese women and girls for centuries. These dolls have all been made by the 95 year old mother of Yukari Ota in the latter stages of her life.


Tuesday 11 October, 6.45pm

This Event is now Fully Booked

The London Institute For Contemporary Christianity
St Peter’s
Vere Street

Free – Booking Essential
Drinks will be served after the lecture. Sake kindly provided by International Wine Challenge (IWC) and Sake Samurai Association.

Seven months after The Great East Japan Earthquake, Christopher and Phillida Purvis will report on a recent visit to Tohoku. During this trip they visited towns and villages throughout the region from Soma in the south to Kamaishi in the north. They spoke at length with government officials, staff from charitable and voluntary agencies, people running local businesses and other survivors of the disaster.

In this talk, they will share their impressions of life in the different places visited; report on the state of recovery and the task that still lies ahead; as well as present film footage and photographs taken during the trip. In particular, they will discuss the role of NPOs and local voluntary organizations in the recovery process and the way in which donations to the Japan Society Tohoku Relief Fund are being used to support them.

Christopher Purvis CBE has been chairman of the Japan Society since 2006 and has spent the last 13 years of his career in the not-for-profit sector. His main interests are in the arts, Japan, the social sector and education. He holds a number of positions in this field, including chairman of the Barbican Centre Trust, and founding trustee of IntoUniversity. He also had a close connection with Japan during his business career and spent over 10 years there, having established the Tokyo branch of SG Warburg.

Phillida Purvis MBE serves on the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund Management Committee liaising with voluntary organizations in Japan on its establishment. She is Founder and Director of Links Japan which was established in 1998 to promote sharing between civil society organizations in the EU and Japan. She has run exchange programmes between NPOs, NGOs and community organizations on a range of social sector issues, such as community regeneration, social inclusion, social enterprise and international development cooperation. As a member of HM Diplomatic Service she undertook Japanese language training and served at the British Embassy in Tokyo during the 1980s.

Booking Information

Please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 7828 6330 or email: or submit the online booking form to book a place for any of our events. When emailing, please include the event title.

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Monday 10th October 7.00pm

5th View
Waterstone’s Piccadilly
203-206 Piccadilly

Free for Japan Society Members

Please email the office if you plan to attend

Enchi’s debut in the western literary world is both enticing in its storyline as well as intriguing in its independent character portraits. Beyond all else it is Enchi’s depiction of the female characters in The Waiting Years which so captures the readers imagination. In the book, Tomo is a man whose lust and greed carries him from one mistress to the next as his wife is left in a more and more imposssible situation bound by an old fashioned code. Each of the central female characters in this novel are similar in that they have had a relationship with Tomo. However, it is their difference that Enchi draws upon to such great effect. Fumiko Enchi is one of Japan’s leading female novelists and was a member of the prestigious Art Academy

The book club is held on the second Monday of the month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

Please email the office if you plan to attend


Following the recent exhibition of postcards to and from Japan, we would like to draw your attention to a new 60 page catalogue entitled “Postcards from Japan – Message from Tohoku artists”. The catalogue is available for £7 and any profit generated from sales will go towards supporting artists in Tohoku working on recovery projects in the regions devastated by the disaster of the 11.03.2011 earthquake.


Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly

Admission free, Open 09.30 – 17.30,  Monday – Friday
(Closed Weekends)

Visitors are requested to provide a form of photographic identification when entering the Embassy

Schools throughout the UK responded quickly and generously to news of The Great East Japan Earthquake, which struck on the 11th March 2011. They delivered thousands of messages of support, organised fundraising events and sought ways to find and share information. While some had no previous connection with Japan, others have been working for many years with Japanese partners to create an educational community which crosses physical and linguistic boundaries.

Beyond Words – Beyond Borders celebrates the activities of school students in response to this disaster. It demonstrates their imagination and creativity as they reach out in many different ways. The exhibition also features some of the ongoing work by schools in creating partnerships and developing friendships on the other side of the world.

The Japan Society’s schools education programme provides educational resources, school visits, grants and workshop based training, as well as school links, partner-finding services and other forms of assistance. It directly supports over 100 British school links with Japan through various means, including translation services for teachers and a bilingual website for students, Japan-UK live! Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, it has forwarded letters from British schools to over 300 schools in Tohoku: all were first translated by Japan Society members and volunteers on the Japan in Your Classrom programme.

The Earthquake Letter Project is an effort by the Japan Society and its membership to educate and involve children in relief effort projects such as the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund, which was formed to provide long-term support to NPO’s and voluntary organisations in the affected areas on locally agreed projects which contribute to the rebuilding of affected communities.

Click here for a link to a NHK news item on the Beyond Words – Beyond Borders Exhibition.


Guest Speaker: Robert Ogden

Wednesday 30th November, 2011, 6.30PM

Lodge Room No.11
Freemasons’ Hall
Great Queen Street


Admission: £15 (£10 for Japan Society members)

This is the Year of the Rabbit, which is at times interchangeable with the cat. This event is for cat lovers, so if you would like to learn about the ideas for this book, discover more about the Maneki Neko and see some of Mr Ogden’s collection of beckoning cats, including one carved inside a crystal ball, then please join us. Copies of Tama the Cat and other delights will be available after the talk.

There is also an optional tour of the Freemasons’ Hall, which has a long and fascinating history. Please assemble at 5.15pm if going on the usual optional tour of the Hall.

For more information about the Japan Room, please click here

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 7828 6330 or email or submit the online booking form.
When booking, please state whether you wish to join the free tour of the hall. No tickets will be issued but you will receive confirmation of your place.




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