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

11/05/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa


Considered a dystopian novel, The Memory Police focuses on an unknown, surreal setting of an unnamed island. With Orwellian themes such as rule by terror and state control.

07/05/2020ARCHIVED WEBINAR - International Responsibilities and the Pandemic with Mark Malloch-Brown and Mami Mizutori


Given that the pandemic is a truly global crisis, what has been notably missing so far has been concerted international co-operation to deal with its consequences whether for health or economies.

30/04/2020ARCHIVED WEBINAR - COVID-19: The Political Repercussions of the Pandemic with Tsutomu Ishiai and John Peet


At the end of April, four months since reports began to reach us of a new coronavirus emerging in Wuhan, and with ‘normal’ life beginning to feel like a distant memory, commentators are focussing increasingly on the differing responses by national governments in handling the crisis.

29/04/2020ARCHIVED 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.

28/04/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Boro (fabric repairing) Workshop


Boro (more accurately ‘Boro boro’), meaning ‘rags or tatters’ is the art of repairing fabric using scraps and stitching.

23/04/2020ARCHIVED WEBINAR - COVID-19: The Political Economy of the Pandemic with Robert Feldman and Robert Ward


As the UK seems set to enter an extension to the period of ‘lockdown’ and Japan has declared a state of emergency, we reflect on how the COVID-19 panic might lead to change in global economic systems and what recovery might look like.

20/04/2020ARCHIVED POSTPONED - Performing Memory: Artistic Production and Religious Practice at the Kofukuji Nan’endo


This talk explores the interplay between memory and materiality, examining the process in which memory of the Northern Fujiwara clan became identified with the Nan’endo at Kofukuji temple.

16/04/2020ARCHIVED WEBINAR – COVID-19: Policy, Financial Markets and Business with Yuko Kawai and Leo Lewis


Members are invited to join the second in our webinar series, when Japan Society chairman, Bill Emmott, will be joined in discussion by Yuko Kawai, General Manager for Europe for Bank of Japan and Leo Lewis, Tokyo Correspondent of the Financial Times.

08/04/2020ARCHIVED WEBINAR – Governments, COVID-19 and the Public Response in the UK and Japan


Japan Society members are invited to join us for a special online event in which Japan Society chairman, Bill Emmott, is joined in discussion by two former Ambassadors to the UK and Japan, Koji Tsuruoka and David Warren.

06/04/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Deep River by Shusaku Endo


The river is the Ganges, where a group of Japanese tourists converge, each wrestling with their own demons. In this novel, the renowned Japanese writer Shusaku Endo reaches his ultimate religious vision.