Monday 10 September 2012 7.00pm
London W1J 9LE
Free for Japan Society Members
A tale of two brothers, The Silent Cry is the novel that established Ōe’s reputation at the forefront of post-war Japanese writers. The book was awarded the Tanizaki Prize on publication in 1967.
The plot follows the lives of Mitsusaburo and Takashi, siblings whose entwined fates are littered with the tragic, the comic and the bizarre. After years apart, Takashi persuades an unhappy Mitsu and his wife, Natsumi, to return to their childhood village in rural Japan. The group travel through the depths of a Japanese winter to a place where family history, local rivalries and ingrained prejudice all come together.
Filled with dark humour, the novel portrays a lost rural Japan in fascinating detail, delving into the pyschology of place and individual and the narrator’s struggle to come to terms with his future.
Ōe Kenzaburō is a major figure in contemporary Japanese literature. His works, strongly influenced by French and American literature and literary theory, deal with political, social and philosophical issues including nuclear weapons, nuclear power, social non-conformism and existentialism. Ōe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994 for creating ‘an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today.’ Ōe was the second Japanese writer after Kawabata Yasunari to win the award and, in a direct parody of Kawabata’s 1968 acceptance speech ‘Japan, The Beautiful and Myself,’ he presented his own acceptance as ‘Japan, The Ambiguous and Myself.’
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.
Monday 10 September 2012 2.00pm
71 High Holborn
London WC1V 6AL
Free to members of the Japan Society and those introduced by JETRO and the JCCI
Booking essential (places are limited)
Booking deadline – Thursday 6 September
This seminar, arranged by JETRO and the Japan Society, will look at the energy and climate policies of Japan and UK and discuss their implications for investment and industry for both countries. In his keynote presentation, Professor Morihiro Kurushima, of Toyo University, will spell out the technical and international issues involved. Following this, senior specialists will talk about the two national strategies and their implications: Jun Arima, Director General of JETRO and a specialist in this sector, and Ben Golding, Deputy Director of Strategy in the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. They will be then be joined in a panel discussion by representatives of companies which are directly affected by these policies and who can discuss the challenges facing modern investors. There will be ample time for discussion, questions and answers.
Whether you are an investor, an academic or a user of energy, the issues to be discussed are of fundamental importance. National governments are putting into practice the necessary actions at varying speeds but all are affected.
The seminar will conclude at 4.00 pm when tea will be provided.
Professor Morihiro Kurushima – Toyo University Prof Morihiro Kurishima was the MITI Representative for Metal and Mining Affairs in London from 1988-1991. He held a variety of appointments in MITI until he became Director General of the Policy Planning Department of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) from 2001-2003. He is now the Professor in the Department of Regional Studies at Toyo University.
Professor Kurushima has attended the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since November 1997. He also has been the chair to the steering committee of the CTI/Industry Joint Seminar Series (IEA/OECD) since February 1998. He is a member of National Committee on Energy and Resources Engineering, Science Council of Japan.
Ben Golding – Deputy Director of Strategy at DECCBen Golding is Deputy Director of Strategy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. He is responsible for delivery of the UK’s carbon budgets and implementation of the Climate Change Act, as well as work on DECC’s strategy more broadly. Ben has worked on a range of energy and climate change projects including the Carbon Plan, the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, and the recently published strategic framework for heat.
Jun Arima – Director General JETROJun Arima is Director General JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation) in London, and Special Advisor on Global Environmental Affairs for the Ministry of Economy,Trade and Industry (METI), Japan. Before coming to London he held various energy/environment related positions in METI and overseas including Deputy Director General on Global Environmental and METI (Chief Negotiator for AWG/KP in UNFCC to name but a few).
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