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The 16th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day / 第16回大学生のための日本語スピーチ・コンテスト 決勝大会 new
The Place of Japanese Cinema in the UK
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2021 Online Special - Talk Series
BATJ-JF Spring Seminar - Exploring and Reflecting on Classes in an Online Setting: How can we cultivate ICT literacy for teachers of Japanese? new
Nihongo Cup 2021 - Applications Open! new
Postgraduate Workshop 2021

The 16th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day / 第16回大学生のための日本語スピーチ・コンテスト 決勝大会   org

Why not join us for the online Finals Day of the 16th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students and listen to what university students studying Japanese in the UK and Ireland have to say! The finalists will give their speeches and presentations in Japanese to an audience consisting of members of the public, fellow students, teachers, families, key figures from the UK-Japan community and a panel of judges.

This event is FREE to attend, but prior registration is required. This event will be held online using Zoom software. Once you have registered, you will be sent information on how to join the Zoom event, including the Zoom ID and password.

To register to attend, please click here / ご登録はこちら

(The deadline to register is Monday 1st March 2021) 

The Sixteenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is organised by the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) and the Japan Foundation London in joint partnership. The event provides an opportunity for students from the UK and Ireland to demonstrate their Japanese speaking skills.

Please note that the timing of the day's event are TBD.

Download our event poster! - Coming soon.

Date: 6 March 2021 from 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Online (Zoom software).

The 16th Japanese Speech Contest is generously supported by:

The British Association of Japanese Studies, Central Japan Railway Company, Clearspring, Connect Job, Eikoku News Digest Limited, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, IIJ Europe Limited, Japan Airlines, Japan Centre, JP Books, Ningyocho IMAHAN, Nikkei Europe Limited, Regions, Ricoh UK Limited, SUQQU Cosmetics, and ZOOM Japan.

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The Place of Japanese Cinema in the UK
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2021 Online Special - Talk Series


Geographically, Japan is 6000 miles away from the UK but the position of Japanese cinema may be much closer to the hearts of some Brits. Thanks to the enormous efforts and enthusiasm of UK-based cinema experts belonging to such organisations as BFI, ICA, and many film festivals, certain names from Japan’s catalogue of filmmakers - Kurosawa, Mizoguchi or more recently Kitano and Miike, to name a few - are permanently engraved in this nation’s cinematic history. Two decades into the 21st century, is the admiration felt for Japanese film by British people still going strong? Has the perception of Japanese cinema changed?

Celebrating the very first online edition of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, on the launch night of the season, we have invited a cinema programmer, a critic and an academic mainly representing the next generation of UK film experts to informally discuss what Japanese cinema means to them and what the current position of Japanese cinema is in this country, while candidly exploring if the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, which marks its 18th year, has indeed made any impact on the people’s perception.


About the panellists


Alex Davidson (moderator), Cinema Curator at the Barbican

Jennifer Coates, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, The University of Sheffield

Peter Munford, Satori Screen Programmer at QUAD, Derby

Ren Scateni, Freelance Critic and Curator based in Edinburgh

Junko Takekawa, Senior Arts Programme Officer, the Japan Foundation London


Please note that this session will be hosted on Zoom.

To book your place, please click here.

Date: 19 February 2021 from 6.00pm

For more information, please click here.
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BATJ-JF Spring Seminar - Exploring and Reflecting on Classes in an Online Setting: How can we cultivate ICT literacy for teachers of Japanese?   org

This Seminar will be organised by the Japan Foundation, London and the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language. Each year, we use these seminars as an opportunity to raise practical, every-day themes that apply to both younger and older learners at all types of educational institutions, and invite educators at the forefront of their fields, to provide a novel and exciting learning opportunity. It is our hope that through this year’s seminar we can once again contribute to the development of the community of educators of the Japanese language. We look forward to receiving applications from teachers from a wide variety of locations.

Event Outline

  • Date/Time: 14th March 2021 (Sunday), 10:30 to 12:30 GMT
  • Theme: Exploring and Reflecting on Classes in an Online Setting: How can we cultivate ICT literacy for teachers of Japanese? (Keywords: online environments, active learning, ICT literacy)
  • Speaker: Dr Tomohisa Yamada (Associate Professor at Hokkaido University)
  • Target audience: Japanese language educators in the United Kingdom and Europe.   (We will also accept applications from those in other regions, depending on the number of applicants).  Post-graduate university students specialising in Japanese language education in the United Kingdom and Europe are also welcomed to join.
  • Maximum number of participants: 150
  • Location: Online seminar using Zoom software
  • Spoken language: Japanese
  • Planned schedule: Following the seminar, there will be an optional social gathering from 12:30
  • Cost of seminar/applications: This is posted on the BATJ website. 
  • Organisers: The Japan Foundation, London and the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language.

To apply to attend this seminar, please visit the Seminar page on the BATJ website using the link below: 

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Speaker Profile: Dr. Tomohisa Yamada

Associate Professor at Hokkaido University (Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education/ Graduate School of International Media-Communication and Tourism Studies) 

Dr Yamada has an MA from the Institute of Education, University of London, and a doctorate (academic) from Hokkaido University. After working with the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies Language Centre and Saga University Exchange Student Centre, he assumed his present post in 2012. His area of research is educational technology and teacher education. As well as his research activities, he is actively involved in giving lectures and professional development programmes aimed at increasing ICT literacy for teachers of Japanese. He was awarded the Hokkaido University Excellent Teachers award (2014 to 2019). Among his key publications are “Practical Use of ICT (Second Edition)” (sole author), “Active Learning for Teachers of Japanese” (co-author) and “Creating Online Classes for Japanese Language Educators ” (author and editor; scheduled to be published) (All published by Kuroshio Shuppan).

Message from Dr Yamada:

In the spring of 2020, the structure of the world was hugely altered due to Covid-19. Our social lives were restricted, and it was decided that educators and students in educational facilities would move their classes online for just a few weeks. Under these circumstance, information and questions began flying back and forth between educators: What actually are online classes? How can I organise group activities online? I’ve found this useful ICT tool! And so on. Even the teachers who were initially able to keep up with all of the information out there found themselves at some point confused by the huge quantity of all the information out there. At the very least, this was the situation I found myself in.

A year has passed since then. Looking at the world, it appears that online learning is becoming the de facto standard. What have we learnt over the past turbulent year? How should educators approach “classes” and “students” from now on?

In this lecture, I want us to work together to compare the advantages and disadvantages of online classes compared to face-to-face classes, and to try to think about what factors we should be mindful of in realizing interactive online classes. Furthermore, I would like to introduce some of the new insights/knowledge obtained from the Japan Foundation, London ICT Literacy Course that took place in the 2020 fiscal year, regarding what are the key important points to increase ICT literacy for educators.

Date: 14 March 2021 from 10.30am


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Nihongo Cup 2021 - Applications Open!   org

Nihongo Cup is the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School students across three categories: Key Stage 3, Pre-GCSE Key Stage 4 and 5, and Post GCSE Key Stage 4 and 5.

Finalists will be invited to perform their speeches as part of an online Finals Day. Their speeches will be watched by a panel of judges and VIPs from the field of Japanese language education and Japan-UK relations. They will also have a chance to win some fantastic prizes!

Finals day will take place on 10th July 2021 (Saturday). 

You can also find articles about previous Nihongo Cup finals on our News Page.

To find out more and for application forms, please download this "Application Pack" zip file by clicking here.

The Application Pack contains an application form, information and rules and a flier/poster.

Please read the information carefully before applying.

The closing date for applications is: 29th March 2021

Date: 16 December 2020 - 29 March 2021

Nihongo Cup is organised by the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Japan Foundation London.

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Postgraduate Workshop 2021   org

The Japan Foundation/BAJS Postgraduate Workshop is back! A lot has changed since the 2020 iteration, and this year’s online workshop will be tackling the effects of the global pandemic on academia head on. The workshop will take place online and will be spread over two mornings. The aim of this workshop will be to help postgraduate students develop their careers in JS navigating the 'new normal'.

 This year, participating students will also be able to present their latest research to academics and their peers, gaining important feedback at a time when presenting opportunities is low.

There will also be talks and discussions about key areas surrounding the rapidly changing world of Japanese Studies. Topics will include:

  • Funding opportunities available to PhD candidates and early career researchers.
  • The current state of academia in Japan and the effects of COVID-19
  • Job opportunities both inside and outside of academia 
  • Creating a social media research presence
  • And more…


Registration is open to postgraduate in any field of the humanities of social sciences with a focus on Japan (including comparative studies). Spaces are limited and priority will be given to PhD/Dphil students from the UK/Ireland. Master’s level students may apply at any time but their places will not be confirmed until closer to the event. Students must be able to attend both days.

Registration is free for all participants. To register, please fill in this form.

Date: 25 February 2021 - 26 February 2021


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