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Let's celebrate Children's Day!

Let's celebrate Children's Day!

5 May is Kodomo no Hi or Children's Day in Japan, the day when people celebrate the health and happiness of children. On this day, you may find children running around wearing origami kabuto helmets and lots of koi carp flags flying all over the country.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (39)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (39)

One effect of the pandemic which I’m sure we won’t miss, whenever it turns out to be over, is the way in which holidays have become difficult to distinguish from other days, although turning off emails and social media no doubt helps.

Webinar Video - The Current State of US-Japan Relations

Webinar Video - The Current State of US-Japan Relations

Watch the recording of our webinar when Bill Emmott was joined by two distinguished diplomats: Kuni Miyake, president of the think-tank Foreign Policy Institute and James P Zumwalt, Chairman of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC to discuss the state of US-Japan relations and their implications.

New Teaching Soroban Loan Scheme and Tutorial Videos

New Teaching Soroban Loan Scheme and Tutorial Videos

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new teaching soroban loan scheme and accompanying tutorial videos for teachers. The soroban is the Japanese abacus and is used as part of the national maths curriculum for primary school children in Japan.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (38)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (38)

Longer life expectancies and changing social mores mean that neither in Britain or Japan are we very accustomed to the deaths of senior members of our royal and imperial families and to what national responses and practices should mark them.

Webinar Video - US – China Relations and the Implications for Japan

Webinar Video - US – China Relations and the Implications for Japan

Watch the recording of our webinar when Bill Emmott was joined by Clyde Prestowitz and Yuka Koshino to examine likely trends in relations between the world's two superpowers, the US and China, and what these might mean for Japan and the UK.

Talk Video - How did Elizabeth Anderson learn Japanese in 1943? Wartime language courses

Talk Video - How did Elizabeth Anderson learn Japanese in 1943? Wartime language courses

Watch the recording of this lecture by Prof Peter Kornicki where he explored the history and stories behind the interrogators and codebreakers during World War 2 and how they were trained in Japanese language at Bedford, Bletchley Park and the Mauritius.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (37)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (37)

One of the most surreal aspects of this long pandemic has been the sight on television of professional sports being played in vast stadiums with no spectators. At least for rugby fans this did not make the now almost-concluded Six Nations tournament any less exciting, but I did find myself occasionally wondering how it must feel for the players.

Lecture Video - Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan

Lecture Video - Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan

Watch the recording of British Ambassador Paul Madden's annual update for the Japan Society, when he looked back over his four years in Japan, as well as reflecting on the past eventful year in particular.

New Wellbeing Teaching Resources!

New Wellbeing Teaching Resources!

Now more than ever it’s important to look after our mental and physical health and we are delighted to announce the release of new teaching resources which can be used to promote positive wellbeing.