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This month, the spotlight falls on Ambassador Keiichi Hayashi as we take the chance to find out more about him.

Manga takes a front seat in February with the prizegiving for the Embassy's popular Manga Jiman competition signalling the start of our exhibition of shortlisted entries as well as a masterclass with Mr Seiji Iwami at the V&A Museum. Also this month, the magical story of Tanabata will be brought to life at Leeds University's Tanabata Festival.

For the academics among you, two insightful seminars feature in this edition, 'The Varieties of Capitalism Revisited' (comparison between Japan and the UK) at Sheffield University and 'The Role of the State and the Future of Higher Education in the UK, Japan and Continental Europe' at the Nissan Institute, Oxford University. Both seminars are supported by funds provided by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Also, get the news from Japanese Fashion Week 2010.


SPOTLIGHT ON: Ambassador Keiichi Hayashi

Mr Keiichi Hayashi, formerly Minister Plenipotentiary to the UK, was appointed by the Japanese Government as the new Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom on 11 January 2011.

In this interview, the Ambassador talks about his longstanding links with the UK as well as his hopes for his tenure.

"Back in 1973 I spent three months on a homestay in Folkestone..." more

Manga Jiman 2010 Prizegiving and Exhibition Opening
18 February, 2011 - 18:30
The Embassy of Japan

The creation of entire and realistic worlds, whether mundane or fantastical, needs technical wizardry as well as heart and soul...more

Manga Masterclass with Japanese Cultural Envoy Seiji Iwami
20 February, 2011 - 15:00 - 16:30
The V&A, London
Mr Iwami started his 4-koma (4 cell manga) series 'Bonchan' for Osaka Shimbun in 1994...more

Leeds Tanabata Festival 2011
11-12 February, 2011
Leeds University Union
Tanabata celebrates the legendary tale of the coming together once a year of two star lovers who are separated by the Milky Way...more

The Varieties of Capitalism Revisited - Japan and the United Kingdom since the 1990s
24-25 February 2011
Firth Court, University of Sheffield

The Role of the State and the Future of Higher Education in the UK, Japan and Continental Europe
11-12 March 2011
The Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies, Oxford

Japan Fashion Week

15-24 October 2010
The Collection featured almost 40 labels, presenting their latest collections...more

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