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

05/02/2024ARCHIVED In Space We Are All Equal: In Conversation with Naoko Yamazaki


In this online fireside chat Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki will chat with Bill Emmott on the lessons she learned in striving for her professional goals as a working mother.

16/01/2024ARCHIVED Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill


For the first Macro Salon of 2024, Jesper and Bill will be joined by one of Japan's top political writers, Keiko Iizuka.

15/11/2023ARCHIVED Fireside Chat with Dr. Tomohiko Taniguchi: Japan in the World Today and Tomorrow


On Wednesday 15 November we are delighted to welcome Tomohiko Taniguchi, former Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to discuss the position and future of Japan in the world with The Japan Society Chair, Bill Emmott.

20/10/2023ARCHIVED JCCI Joint Lunch with Professor Michael Mainelli, upcoming Lord Mayor of London


The guest of honour at The Japan Society and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK’s next joint lunch will be Professor Michael Mainelli MStJ FCCA FCSI(Hon) FBCS, Executive Chairman of Z/Yen Group.

02/10/2023ARCHIVED Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill


Join us for the latest in our regular quarterly webinar on business and current affairs, Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill. In this session, they will be joined by Founder & Chair of Monex, Oki Matsumoto.

05/07/2023ARCHIVED Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill


Join us for our next Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill, our quarterly webinar in which our chairman Bill Emmott teams up with Jesper Koll, longtime Tokyo resident and one of the most keenly watched economists and investment strategists in that town, to discuss what's new in the Japanese economy, business, financial markets and more.

29/06/2023ARCHIVED Addressing the Challenges for the Japanese Economy: Hiromi Yamaji in conversation with Bill Emmott


We are delighted to welcome Mr Hiromi Yamaji, Group CEO of Japan Exchange Group, to share with members of the Japan Society his assessment of the state of the Japanese economy and the challenges it faces.

28/06/2023ARCHIVED BPSC: The Role of Sports in SocietyARCHIVED BPSC: 社会におけるスポーツの役割


Join us on Wednesday 28 June (held regularly on the last Wednesday of the month) for the next session in our long-running Bilingual Public Speaking Club (BPSC). The topic for the June session is “The Role of Sports in Society”. Like other forms of entertainment, sports are linked to social and political issues – can we really separate them, and if so, how?


31/05/2023ARCHIVED BPSC: Cultural Appreciation or Appropriation?ARCHIVED BPSC: 文化の尊重、それとも盗用?


Join us on Wednesday 31 May (held regularly on the last Wednesday of the month) for the next session in our long-running Bilingual Public Speaking Club (BPSC). The topic for March is “Cultural Appreciation or Appropriation?”. Technology, of course, has many innumerable benefits and we are increasingly dependent on it. Is AI a bright future or a menace to our society?


24/04/2023ARCHIVED Japan – UK Symposium Celebrating the 150 years of Iwakura Mission


If you are involved in international trade, or wish to be, this is a must attend event. The gathering will, among other things, consider business opportunities between the UK, Japan and how partnering can open up opportunities in third countries.