Durham University celebrated the launch of a new Japanese Studies programme with a visit from His Excellency Mr Keiichi Hayashi, the Japanese Ambassador to the UK. The University’s prestigious Oriental Museum also held a two week festival of Japanese Culture to mark the occasion.
Supported by the Japanese Embassy, the Japanese Consulate General and Teikyo University of Japan, the festival included lectures, workshops and demonstrations of many different aspects of Japanese culture including food, film and arts.
Ambassador Hayashi said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Ray Hudson, Durham University staff, and all those who helped to launch the University’s Japanese Studies programme. I am delighted to be here today to welcome new students. It is great news for this University and for Japan to have a four-year Japanese Studies BA degree course at this distinguished centre of learning."
“I hope that these students will be a guiding force in the strengthening of Japan-UK relations during their time at the university and in the future” he said.