Art & Design

The Power of Information and Knowledge

19 February 2014, London

This first seminar of our 2014 series on the theme of “Power” will focus on the relationship between information and society, and how the understanding and use of information have been the primary factors in the development and character of the modern age.


The Japanese government has recently passed a new Secrecy Law in the face of strong protests from intellectuals and journalists. Is this law going to threaten the rights to knowledge of the Japanese people? Does it put journalists in danger of imprisonment for acquiring national secrets? The law gives the government fairly broad scope to withhold information by labelling it a “special secret” whenever it deems it convenient to do so. Secret information must remain secret for 30 to 60 years, so the new law will also affect the work of historians.


Prominent British historian Professor Jeremy Black and the Asahi Shimbun European Bureau Chief, Mr Toshiya Umehara, will discuss the power of information and knowledge, and the dangers of its absence. The seminar will be chaired by Professor Arthur Stockwin.

Contributors: Jeremy Black MBE, Toshiya Umehara, Professor Arthur Stockwin (Chair)


Free but booking is essential at

19 February 2014, 6:00pm
Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13 - 14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP. Nearest tube: Baker Street

Tel:020 7486 4348

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation