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Japan Society Chairman's Blog (9)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (9)

There can be no doubt that the pandemic and associated lockdown has at times been a test for our imaginations, although the idea of taking a nearly 60-mile drive to test your eyesight did rather take the imaginative biscuit this week.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (8)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (8)

China’s rising role in the world and America’s decline is one of those seemingly accelerated forces. Another is the changing nature of work, towards remote working and management-by-video-conference.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (7)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (7)

One enjoyable memory from my time when posted to Tokyo is of a weekend visit in what I think must have been 1985 to Ito-shi, out on the Izu peninsula, for the Anjin Festival.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (6)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (6)

Whenever I visit a city abroad, whether for work or for pleasure, I look out for smaller, less well-known museums and galleries to drop into. I think this habit began 40 years ago.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (5)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (5)

This week took my thoughts back five centuries but also just five months. Last November I participated in a conference about “Japan’s future and role in the world” at Ditchley Park, in Oxfordshire.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (4)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (4)

On this April 23rd, no doubt because of staying at home and staring at Twitter, St George’s Day seemed to loom a little larger. Sir Patrick Stewart even devoted his reading of Sonnet 37 to St George's Day.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (3)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (3)

One of the surprising but also cheering aspects of this strange and difficult period has been how readily we can all be connected with one another, despite spending most of our time at home.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (2)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (2)

This covid-19 crisis has taken us all by surprise, in its dimensions as a pandemic and as an extraordinary global economic shock.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (1)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (1)

This is the first of what will be a regular “Chairman’s Blog” by Bill Emmott for Japan Society members and supporters.

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update新型コロナウイルス感染症について

In line with the UK government guidance, and as part of our commitment to the safety of our members, audiences and staff, the Japan Society has postponed all face to face events until further notice.

英国政府のガイダンスに従い、会員の皆様、イベントへ参加される一般の方々、職員の安全を第一に考え、当協会では、予定していたすべてのイベントの開催を見送ることといたしました。