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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. The teaching soroban is a larger version which can be used as a tool in the classroom to help children visualise numbers and understand place value and the decimal system.

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.

Webinar Video - 3/11 and Fukushima Dai-ichi 10 years on

Webinar Video - 3/11 and Fukushima Dai-ichi 10 years on

Watch the recording of our webinar when Bill Emmott was joined by Yoichi Funabashi and Sir David Warren to consider what remains to be done ten years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (36)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (36)

“You are old, Father William, the young man said, and your hair has become very white; And yet you incessantly stand on your head – Do you think, at your age, it is right?” Way back in 1865 Lewis Carroll captured admirably our societies’ blend of veneration and astonishment at the achievements of great old age in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (35)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (35)

It was one of those events for which I suspect all of us can remember what we were doing or where we were when we heard the news – or, for those in Japan, when you felt the tremors. I had a small reminder of it over Christmas when, while clearing out some old files, an envelope fell out containing potassium iodide pills.