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Countdown to Kickoff: Japan's rugby history one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup   org
Yokohama 1874, courtesy of the World Rugby Museum, Twickenham

 

With just one year to go before the Rugby World Cup 2019's first match kicks off in Japan; the Japan Foundation London is delighted to announce a special symposium "Countdown to Kickoff: Japan's rugby history one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup", in partnership with SOAS Japan Research Centre.

 Japan will be the first Asian nation to host the Rugby World Cup and the lead-up provides a great opportunity to reflect upon the relationship between Japan, rugby, and sporting mega-events.

The symposium will look at Japan's rugby history, its place within society and culture, and the possible effects and challenges of hosting such a major sporting event in the current climate. There will be a chance to reflect on the rationale of Japan's bid for the tournament, as well as an analysis of the orgnaisational differences between Japan's previous sporting mega-events, i.e. the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, and the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup. There will also be reflection on Japan's perfomance at the previous tournament and their prospects for the upcoming tournament. The symposium will be chaired by Dr J. Simon Rofe, the Programme Director of MA Global Diplomacy at SOAS whose research has a particular focus on diplomacy in sport.

We are delighted to be hosting four speakers at the symposium, who will reflect on a wide range of topics:

 

Session 1:
Phil McGowan
(Curator of the World Rugby Museum, Twickenham) will discuss Japan's rugby history and introduce key characters up until the Second World War, placing Japanese rugby in a wide social context.

Session 2:
Helen Macnaughtan
(Chair of the SOAS Japan Research Centre) will be talking about Japan's post war rugby history up until the present day, reflecting on the place of Japan's university, and steel and iron industry teams.

Session 3:
Simon Chadwick
(Professor of Sports Industry, Salford University Manchester) will reflect on bidding for international sporting mega-events and explore some of the key economic and business issues affecting the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Session 4:
Hilary Frank
(Cornwall Council) will give a personal insight into some of Japan's previous mega-events such as the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. She will also reflect on Japan's 2015 World Cup Performance an the outlook for Japan as they prepare to become the host nation.

Please click here for a full list of the speakers' biographies.

With just one year to go before the Rugby World Cup 2019’s first match kicks off in Japan; the Japan Foundation London are delighted to announce a special symposium “Countdown to Kickoff: Japan’s Rugby History one year out for the 2019 world cup”, in partnership with SOAS Japan Research Centre.

Japan will be the first Asian nation to host the Rugby World Cup and the lead-up provides a great opportunity to reflect upon the relationship between Japan, rugby, and sporting mega-events.

 

 

The symposium will look at Japan’s rugby history and its place within society and culture, and the possible effects and challenges of hosting such a major sporting event in the current climate. There will be a chance to reflect on the rationale of Japan’s bid for the Rugby World Cup, as well as an analysis of the organisational differences between Japan’s previous sporting mega events, i.e. the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, and the current 2019 Rugby World Cup. There will also be reflections on Japan’s previous Rugby World Cup performance and their prospects as their role as hosts. The symposium will be chaired by Dr J. Simon Rofe, the Programme Director of MA Global Diplomacy at SOAS whose research has a particular focus on diplomacy in sport.        

 

We are delighted to be hosting four speakers at the symposium, who will reflect on a wide range of areas surrounding Japanese Rugby and sports-mega events:

 

Session 1:

Phil McGowan (Curator of the World Rugby Museum in Twickenham) will discuss Japan’s rugby history and introduce key characters up until the Second World War, placing Japanese rugby in a wider social context.

 

Session 2:

Helen Macnaughtan (Chair of the SOAS Japan Research Centre) will be talking about Japan’s post-war rugby history up until the present day, reflecting on the place of Japan’s university, and steel and iron industry teams.

 

Session 3:

Simon Chadwick (Professor of Sports Industry, Salford University Manchester) will reflect on bidding for international sporting mega-events and explore some of the key economic and business issues affecting the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

 

Session 4:

Hilary Frank (Cornwall Council) will give a personal insight into some of Japan’s previous mega-events such as the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. She will also reflect on Japan’s 2015 World Cup performance and the outlook for Japan as they prepare to become the host nation.

 

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Date: 20 September 2018 from 5.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue:

SOAS (Alumni Lecture Theatre, Paul Webly Wing), London


This is a free to attend event but registration is required

 

Organisers: Japan Foundation London and SOAS Japan Research Centre

Sponsor:

Supported by:

This event will be follow by a reception with:

 

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Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2018: Call for Participation!   org

The Japan Foundation and Centre Européen d'Études Japonaises d'Alsace (CEEJA) are now accepting applications for participation in this year’s Japanese Study Seminar scheduled for 15 to 16 October 2018 at CEEJA, in Kientzheim, France. The official language of the seminar will be JAPANESE (no interpretation).

The Japan Foundation and CEEJA have carried out a series of seminars since 2007, with an aim to encourage networking among young researchers on Japan in Europe and further promote Japanese studies in Europe.

Participants will join a two-day intensive workshop in the cozy and intimate atmosphere of CEEJA's facility in Kientzheim where they will present and discuss their current research projects with fellow participants and a guest mentor.

The theme of this year’s seminar will be 'Transfiguration of employment at the time of globalization and technical innovation: A question about Japanese employment practice in the present and the future (グローバル化と技術革新の時代における雇用の変貌:日本型雇用慣行の現在・将来を問う).'

We are calling for applications from young researchers in Europe specialising in Sociology, Gender Studies, Literature, History, Arts, Language, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, etc.

Please note the deadline for applications has now closed.

For further details including eligibility and application procedures, please visit the Japan Foundation Tokyo website here.


Date: 15 October 2018 - 16 October 2018
Venue:

Centre Européen d'Études Japonaises d'Alsace (CEEJA), Kientzheim, France


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BAJS 2018 Conference: Crisis? What Crisis? Continuity, and Change in Japan.   JPsupported

The 2018 British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) 2018 conference “Crisis? What Crisis? Continuity and Change in Japan” will bring together scholars and students from  a wide range of locations and fields to discuss the relevance of viewing Japan as being in states of social, economic, and/or demographic crisis. With Japan creating, resisting, and implementing major constitutional changes in recent years, signs of sustained growth have begun to emerge and a resurgent image of what it means to be Japanese is being promoted, particularly with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approaching. The BAJS conference will look at the relevence of a crisis and continuity framework in modern Japanese Studies discourse.  

Accompanying the talks from a wide range of speakers, the conference will also include a conference film programme, a postgraduate student workshop, and a postgraduate student poster session.

 

The key note speakers for this conference are Professor Mori Yashitaka (Tokyo University of the Arts) and Professor Gennifer Weisenfeld (Duke University) who will be exploring cultural and social change in Japan from two different perspectives.


Date: 5 September 2018 - 7 September 2018
Venue:

The University of Sheffield, Sheffiled


For more information and for registration details please visit the BAJS website 

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