The Japan Society

Past Events

The Japan Society runs more than 80 events per year providing opportunities for members and others interested in Japan to meet, learn and exchange ideas and experiences. Our archive of Past Events below shows events we have offered in previous months starting from 2020.

A list of events from previous years can be downloaded in pdf:
2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

04/06/2020ARCHIVED The Energy Outlook in the Post-Pandemic World with Jun Arima and Nick Butler


The oil price has collapsed thanks to the pandemic’s impact on demand for energy. Developing-country oil producers face severe financial problems. What is the longer term perspective for energy producers and consumers?

03/06/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Good Morning directed by Yasujiro Ozu


Do you love Japanese cinema? Do you miss Japan and want to see it at least on screen? Join us for the new Japan Society Film Club where we will chat online about films and Japan in an informal atmosphere.

28/05/2020ARCHIVED The Pandemic and the Changing World of Work with Lynda Gratton


As the UK enters the third month of lock-down for many, Japan Society chairman, Bill Emmott, will be joined by Professor Lynda Gratton to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the workplace.

27/05/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Bilingual Public Speaking Club


The club is open to anyone who would like to improve their skills at speaking in Japanese or English and to learn techniques and tricks to expand their communication and presentation abilities.

26/05/2020ARCHIVED Yuriko Kotani with Till Weingärtner - The Making of a Japanese Stand-Up in the UK


The Japan Society are pleased to welcome comedian Yuriko Kotani in conversation with Till Weingärtner as they discuss Yuriko’s experiences as a Japanese comedian in the UK comedy scene.

21/05/2020ARCHIVED The Effect of the Pandemic on Diplomatic and Commercial Relations with China


In our next webinar we turn our attention to China, when Professors Kerry Brown and Akio Takahara join Japan Society chairman, Bill Emmott, in conversation. Both are long-time watchers of developments in modern China and experts on its politics and economy.

19/05/2020ARCHIVED Online Boro (fabric repairing) Workshop


Boro (more accurately ‘Boro boro’), meaning ‘rags or tatters’ is the art of repairing fabric using scraps and stitching. In this online workshop participants will learn how to repair a garment using scraps, and how to use sashiko stitching to enhance your work.

18/05/2020ARCHIVED Being a Young Migrant in Japan: Anthropological Perspectives - with Jamie Coates


We are taking our monthly Japan Society lecture online in May, and are delighted to welcome Dr Jamie Coates to discuss his film Tokyo Pengyou and his research into a migrant community in Tokyo.

14/05/2020ARCHIVED What We Know Now: Medical Science and the Response to COVID-19 with Kiyoshi Kurokawa and Peter Piot


We are delighted to welcome two eminent scientists, Professors Kiyoshi Kurokawa and Peter Piot, to discuss the many challenges of advising governments on scientific issues, effective public messaging and the search for effective vaccines and cures for disease.

12/05/2020ARCHIVED Japan through a Photographer’s Lens: in Conversation with Frederic ArandaARCHIVED 写真家の眼を通して見る日本 -フレデリック・アランダ氏を迎えて


In this online meeting multi award-winning fashion and portrait photographer Frederic Aranda will share his love for Japan and its culture, through conversation and his work.