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:

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

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.


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.

05/05/2020ARCHIVED CANCELLED - Japanese Conversation Group


The Japanese Conversation Group provides a friendly and informal atmosphere for Japanese speakers of all nationalities to come together and speak Japanese. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month.

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.