Art & Design

International Symposium: Cultural Policy and Creative Industries in Japan and Scotland

11 October 2012, Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh and the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation present a symposium on Cultural Policy and Creative Industries in Japan and Scotland


Date: 11 October 2012
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Location: Playfair Library, Old College, Edinburgh University
Attendance by invitation only.


In a shifting political and economic environment, both Japan and Scotland are grappling to redefine their position in the world. Culture and creativity play a decisive role in this process. On the one hand, culture and culture transfer serve as a medium to forge international ties and to create “soft power” that would support the national interest. On the other hand, the production of cultural goods forms a sizable portion of the post-industrial economy and is an asset of its own that has become increasingly the focus of government promotion. The historical relations between Japan and Scotland are founded on culture, and both of their economies increasingly rely on the success of their creative industries. This symposium therefore addresses best practices and problems of cultural policy and creative industries in Japan and Scotland with a view to further strengthen cultural and economic ties between the two nations in the face of common global challenges.




Welcome and Introduction

Japan’s Soft Power and Japan-Scottish Relations
His Excellency the Japanese Ambassador, Mr Keiichi Hayashi

Culture in the Development of Japanese-Scottish Relations
Lord Charles Bruce, Honorary Patron of the Japan Society of Scotland


Panel 1: Cultural Policy
Chair: Professor Urs Matthias Zachmann, Edinburgh University

Cultural Policy and the Idea of the Creative Economy
Professor Philip Schlesinger, University of Glasgow, School of Culture and Creative Arts

Creative Industries and Nation Branding in Japan
Dr Shinji Oyama, Birkbeck, Department of Media and Cultural Studies


Panel 2: Creative Industries
Chair: Ms Wendy Wilkinson, Culture, the Scottish Government

Pop Culture and the Future of the Contents Industry
Mr Hiroyuki Itoh, CEO Crypton Future Media, Sapporo (Creator of globally popular ‘vocaloid’, Hatsune Miku)

Promoting Culture and Creativity in Scotland/Promoting Music and IP Development in Scotland
Mr Ian Smith, Creative Scotland (Portfolio Music and IP Development)


Closing Remarks
The Principal of Edinburgh University, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea


Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in association with the University of Edinburgh

11 October 2012 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Playfair Library, Old College, Edinburgh University

Tel:020 7486 4348

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation