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Talk Video - ‘Singleness of Purpose’: Sir Harry Parkes, British Minister to Japan, Korea and China

Talk Video - ‘Singleness of Purpose’: Sir Harry Parkes, British Minister to Japan, Korea and China

Watch the video recording of our lecture about Sir Harry Parkes, a controversial figure who played a central role in the relations between east Asia and the West from the 1850s until the 1880s.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (27)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (27)

Until somebody pointed it out to me – perhaps wanting to send me a message? – I had no idea that Friday 13 November was World Kindness Day, or at least that that is how some countries have labelled it since 1998

Webinar Video - Security and geopolitical consequences of the US election

Webinar Video - Security and geopolitical consequences of the US election

Watch the video of our webinar on Wednesday 11 November when Japan Society Chairman Bill Emmott was joined by two security experts, Nobukatsu Kanehara and Sir John Scarlett to take stock of geopolitics and security as an eventful 2020 draws to a close.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (26)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (26)

So how was it for you? No prizes for guessing to what I am referring. Obviously, it was pretty good in the end for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, less so for Donald Trump and Mike Pence, though better than expected for the Republican Party as a whole.

Webinar Video - The US Election: Implications for International Trade

Webinar Video - The US Election: Implications for International Trade

Watch the video of our webinar on Wednesday 5 November when Japan Society Chairman Bill Emmott was joined by two experts on international business, Glen S Fukushima and Lord Jim O’Neill, and Professor Toshihiro Nakayama, to share their views on the election’s implications for both the UK and Japan.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (25)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (25)

It feels a bit early to quote a Christmas carol, with Hallowe’en only just behind us and the weather not even very cold. Mind you, to an Englishman of my generation the celebration of Hallowe’en feels rather alien, since although Japan long ago adopted this American festival of pumpkins, ghosts and ‘trick or treat’, it is a much more recent import into the United Kingdom.

Webinar Video - The Future of Democracy in the USA

Webinar Video - The Future of Democracy in the USA

Watch the video of our webinar on Wednesday 22 October when we were delighted to welcome two expert observers and analysts David Runciman and Hitoshi Tanaka to join Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott to discuss the future of democracy in the USA.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (24)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (24)

Freedom of speech is one of those aspects of our modern, thankfully democratic, life that we have come to think of in Britain and Japan as being as natural as sunshine or water, but the merest glance at history tells us that this is far from so.

Sixth Form Japan Week 2020 - Registration Now Open!

Sixth Form Japan Week 2020 - Registration Now Open!

Registration are now open for our annual Japan event for Sixth Form students. This year the event goes online, with a mix of live sessions and flexible on-demand content.

Webinar Video - Japan’s Far More Female Future

Webinar Video - Japan’s Far More Female Future

Watch the video of our webinar on Wednesday 14 October when we were joined by Kathy Matsui in a two-header discussion with Bill Emmott on the important issues of gender equality.