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We welcome the start of spring with a number of Japan-related events this month. The Embassy's popular film screenings continue and you can find out what's showing in March and April. Traditional Japanese instruments take to the stage in a music festival at King's Place, and Tatton Park celebrates 100 years since the commission of its Japanese garden. Fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto's work forms an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the former Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Motoji Yabunaka, comes to LSE to lecture on Security in East Asia.

Discover the secrets that Manga artist Seiji Iwami divulged during his masterclass and find out more about the history of the Embassy as we put the spotlight on Mr Keiji Makino, head of Building and Property Management. We also take a look at some of the opportunities available to Japanese learners in the UK.

Finally, on behalf of the Embassy, Minister Hitoshi Noda attended the memorial service for former PoW Mr William Rose.

Security in East Asia: The Challenges Ahead

15 March 2011, 10:30 - 12:00
London School of Economics

Mr Mitoji Yabunaka is the former Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Advisor to the Nomura Research Institute

He will give an overview of the security environment in the East Asian context, including Japanfs relations with China and the challenges on the Korean Peninsula. He will also touch on Japanfs ties with the US and Russia, and will discuss the various challenges and possible scenarios for Japanese diplomacy.

For more details, click here.

Films at the Embassy
30 March - A Sand Castle Model Home Family
20 April - Haru
The Embassy of Japan
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Hibiki: Resonances from Japan
3-5 March 2011
King's Place, London

Immerse yourself in this three-day festival of Japanese music...more

Yohji Yamamoto at the V&A
12 March - 10 July 2011,
V&A, London
'Yamamoto became internationally renowned in the early eighties for challenging traditional notions of fashion'

Tatton Park Japanese Garden Centenary
March - July 2011, Tatton Park, Cheshire

'The Shinto Shrine and artefacts are reported to have ben brought from Japan'...more

Manga Masterclass with Japanese Cultural Envoy Seiji Iwami
18 Feb 2011, The Embassy of Japan
'A manga artist's mission is like that of a mystery writer, who intrigues and misleads the reader'...more

Spotlight on...Mr Keiji Makino

'Constructed in 1892, this building was originally a Gentlemen's Club and had some splendid public areas'...more

UK- Number One in Europe for Learning Japanese

'There are over 19,600 people currently studying Japanese in the UK'...more

Minister Noda attends memorial service for former PoW William Rose

'Mr Rose and his family were deeply engaged in a number of reconciliation activities'...more

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