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Japan Society Chairman's Blog (18)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (18)

The big news which has caused this blog to break its holiday is the sudden resignation of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe. This wasn’t a total surprise, given that there had been plenty of speculation about two lengthy hospital visits the prime minister had recently made.

Event Video - Japan Literatures of Remembering

Event Video - Japan Literatures of Remembering

Watch the video of our online discussion to launch of the special issue of Wasafiri: Japan Literatures of Remembering, in which we reflected on the transformations of Japanese identity in literature and explored themes of time, memory and diversity.

Radio Taiso Video is a Hit: Join in the Fun!

Radio Taiso Video is a Hit: Join in the Fun!

Radio Taiso is a 3 minute exercise routine that has been practised for nearly 100 years in Japan.

The Japan Society Annual General Meeting 2020

The Japan Society Annual General Meeting 2020

Thank you to all the members who attended the Japan Society’s first ‘virtual’ Annual General Meeting; it was lovely to see so many old friends, even if it was only on a screen! A particular pleasure was to be able to welcome members from outside London, and as far afield as continental Europe, Japan and California.

Webinar Video - The Pandemic and Its Impact on Gender Equality in Japan and the UK

Webinar Video - The Pandemic and Its Impact on Gender Equality in Japan and the UK

Watch the video of our latest webinar on Wednesday 22 July 2020 in which Japan Society Chairman, Bill Emmott, in discussion with Yoriko Goto and Heather McGregor considered gender equality in Japan and the UK.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (17)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (17)

Historians will tell us that four months is far too short a time for permanent social or behavioural changes to occur, even if the pandemic already feels as if it has lasted forever. But one thing that really is clear is that those months have proven that video communications technologies such as Zoom are mature and easy enough for widespread use.

Celebrate Japanese Sports Day!

Celebrate Japanese Sports Day!

The Japan Society invites children and families to celebrate Sports Day, a Japanese national holiday, by playing typical Japanese sports day games at home or in the park.

Webinar Video - The Future for the Arts and their Institutions with Mami Kataoka and Rebecca Salter

Webinar Video - The Future for the Arts and their Institutions with Mami Kataoka and Rebecca Salter

Watch the video of our latest webinar on Tuesday 14 July 2020 in which Japan Society Chairman, Bill Emmott, was joined by Mami Kataoka, Director of Mori Art Museum, and Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy of Arts.

The Future for the Arts and their Institutions

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (16)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (16)

Let’s start with some good news, for once. Regular readers will know that I have been especially interested in the pioneering work on a Covid-19 vaccine being done at Oxford University’s Jenner Institute, not out of loyalty to my alma mater but out of a belief that the remarkable speed of their work offers a ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy period.

Manga Drawing for Wellbeing

Manga Drawing for Wellbeing

If you are stuck at home, and have a little more time on your hands, perhaps you are thinking of developing or honing new skills. The Japan Society is delighted to be able to offer our first online manga workshop with UK-based manga artist, Fumio Obata, which will focus on the healing aspects of creativity and being mindful of your surroundings.