Art & Design

Japanese Studies in Britain: Book Launch and Talk

27 October 2016, London

What is the state of Japanese studies in Britain and what are the implications of current education policy for our relationship with Japan? These are two of the questions at the heart of Japanese Studies in Britain: A Survey and History. The Japan Society is delighted to be supporting this important new study, and invites you to a special event marking its launch.


Japanese Studies in Britain takes an in depth look at the study of Japan in contemporary Britain, highlighting the many strengths but also pointing out some weaknesses, while at the same time offering a valuable historical record of the origins and development of Japanese Studies in British universities and other institutions. With essays looking at every department currently offering an honours degree in Japanese studies in the UK, this book will be of relevance not only to policy makers, academics and potential students, but also to any reader interested in the developing relationship between Britain and Japan. It puts the current state of the discipline in the context of the broader business and political environment, and aims to prompt discussion by those responsible directly and indirectly for Japanese studies in Britain.


The event will be chaired by Japan Society Chairman, Sir David Warren and will feature talks by the book’s editors, Sir Hugh Cortazzi and Professor Peter Kornicki, who will answer the question, why is it in our nation’s interest for British people to have a good understanding of modern Japan?


The launch will be followed by a drinks reception.


To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email or submit the online booking form.


In association with: SOAS

27 October 2016, 7.30pm

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street Russell Square WC1H 0XG

Tel: 020 3075 1996

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