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The #MeToo movement swiftly spread from America to the UK in October 2017, with thousands of women sharing their stories of sexual abuse or misconduct on social media. The movement’s impact spread beyond the internet, with prominent examples including allegations of sexual misconduct levelled at government figures, leading to the resignation of UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, accusations of misconduct within the aid industry, and the President’s Club scandal.
Although initially slower to take off, the #MeToo movement has also gained momentum in Japan. The movement has given women a platform enabling their voices to be heard, leading to more women speaking out about sexual misconduct. As in the UK, members of the government have been implicated, most notably with the resignation of Junichi Fukuda, the top bureaucrat at the Ministry of Finance, after he was accused of sexual harassment by a journalist.
In this seminar, the impact of #MeToo will be discussed in relation to the UK and Japan. The speakers will outline the implications and effects the movement has had across each society and the extent to which it may impact government policies and legislation, as well as the challenges that the movement faces.
About the contributors
Sophie Walker is Leader of the Women’s Equality Party, Britain’s first feminist political party which campaigns for women’s rights. In 2016 she ran for London Mayor on a manifesto to close the city’s 23% pay gap and lack of affordable childcare, winning 1 in every 20 votes cast. In 2017 she contested the seat of the ‘men’s rights activist’ MP Philip Davies after he filibustered a bill to end violence against women and girls, and helped to halve his constituency majority. Sophie recently won 90% of the vote in the Party’s first leadership election. Previously a Reuters correspondent for 20 years, Sophie came to politics via disability campaigning and activism and is an ambassador for the National Autistic Society and for IncludeMEtoo.
Asako Osaki, Visiting Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University, School of Policy Studies, is a specialist in gender issues. She began her career at the United Nations Development Programme, focusing on the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Since returning to Tokyo, she has been active in mainstreaming gender in Japan’s development assistance policies and programmes, as well as in addressing domestic gender issues such as poverty and violence, working with the Government, NGOs and research institutions. At the APEC Women and Economy forum 2014, Osaki presented on the “Economic Empowerment of Women in the Post-Disaster Reconstruction Process”. She also participated in the 2016 W20 (G20 Women’s Forum) as part of the Government of Japan’s official delegation.
Shiori Ito is a freelance journalist, documentary film-maker and author of Black Box (2017). Her work is mainly distributed overseas, and has been shown on international media outlets such as Al Jazeera and Reuters. At the 2018 New York Festivals, an international media competition, Ito won two silver medals in the Social Issues and Sports Documentary categories. She also won the 7th Free Press Association Award Grand Prize in Japan for Black Box. This book is about her own investigation and experience of Japan’s sexual violence situation. Ito is currently working on a BBC documentary about sexual violence in Japan.
Dan Damon (Chair) is a BBC journalist and radio broadcaster who presents World Update for the BBC World Service. Damon joined the BBC in 1974 as a technical operator for radio news. His move into journalism took place in 1982 with a nightly phone-in on LBC. In 1988, he moved to Hungary with his camerawoman wife, Siân, to report on liberation and street protest in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Albania and the former Soviet Union. Damon also reported from conflicts in Croatia and Bosnia, Baghdad during the first Gulf War, and Afghanistan. He then returned to the BBC in 1995 to work as a presenter and reporter for the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. In 2003 Damon became the main presenter of World Update on the BBC World Service.
Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle (entrance facing Regent’s Park), London NW1 4QP
Free, booking essential.
Admission free, Booking essential
Despite the Japanese government’s commitment to creating a “society where all women shine”, progress in achieving this is still limited. In 2017, Japan dropped to 114th place on the Global Gender Gap Index produced by the World Economic Forum, evidencing the magnitude of the problem in this country. Whilst the UK was ranked 15th, there are still several areas in which the country still performs poorly, such as the gender pay gap. In this seminar, gender advisors to governments in both Japan and the UK will discuss the current status of the gender gap in each country, what policies and programmes have been implemented, what challenges still exist and future recommendations. A policy analyst from the OECD will then present a wider perspective of the gender gap situation in OECD countries and their tendencies.
The event is organised in cooperation with the Department of Law, LSE and will take place at the Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics.
The Penal Code of Japan: Sex without consent isn’t rape?
Talk event with the first incorporated sexual assault survivors’ organisation in Japan
In June last year (2017), the penal code regarding sex crimes in Japan was reformed significantly for the first time in 110 years. While this is a big step forward, many problems remain. For example, the reform did not abolish the clause that requires the use of “violence or intimidation” by the perpetrator – and the need for the victim to present evidence that they resisted fiercely – to establish a rape case. The concept of ‘consent’ remains absent from the law. Moreover, the statue of limitation prevents those who were sexually abused as children from pressing charges due to the statute of limitation; and it remains difficult to get sexual violence between partners recognised as a crime.
Spring, the first incorporated sexual assault survivors’ organisation in Japan, is working hard to resolve these issues. They started Believe Campaign in 2016 with three other organisations – Tomorrow Girls Troop, Shiawase Namida, and Chabujo – to push for the reform, lobbying politicians, organising public events, and starting online campaigns and a petition (which was signed by over 50,000 people before they handed it over to the Minister of Justice). Their campaign was covered by major Japanese media outlets on several occasions.
Together with a group of journalists, clinical psychologists, and lawyers, members of Spring are visiting the UK to get some inspiration about how things can be improved in Japan in terms of legal reform, support systems, and social change. We’ve decided to hold this event to introduce Spring’s work in Japan, to talk about the reality of sexual violence in Japan and the people working hard trying to change it, and to exchange ideas about how to realise a better world for everyone including survivors of sexual violence.
Everyone is welcome. For more details and to reserve your seat, please visit this link: http://spring-uk-1107.eventbrite.co.uk
The World Shakuhachi Festival 2018 brings together many of the world’s best performers of the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, from all continents. It presents, at highest level, a broad cross-section of traditional and contemporary solo and ensemble music for shakuhachi. As an instrument, the shakuhachi is known by many people, but without being named or recognised. It has put in appearances in many film soundtracks, including the final Harry Potter films, and is on the other hand enjoyed by many because of its deeply meditative quality. The instrument is, however capable of a broad range of music, from quiet to energetic and stimulating, alone, and grouped with other instruments, from Japan and elsewhere. The broad spectrum of its music will appeal to music lovers from all walks of life and with all tastes, from traditional to modern, from meditative to ‘world music’.
The WSF2018 will offer an unique opportunity to experience the world of shakuhachi close up and in a variety not seen before in the UK or Europe. Our schedule is bursting with a wide range of concerts, workshops, lectures, talks, exhibitions, screenings and informal gatherings, bringing together around 40 top-level shakuhachi performers from Japan and another 40 from other countries to play and teach. Whether you are a seasoned shakuhachi professional, an enthusiastic hobbyist or simply interested in discovering new cultural and musical territory, WSF2018 is the place to be.
Despite facing discrimination and prejudice in Japan, the indigenous Ainu people have maintained their own culture and art. The Ainu have developed their art through their everyday life and it has its own unique value and beauty. Surprisingly, Ainu art has been largely ignored in Japan but has received attention in other countries such as the UK.
In this seminar, Toru Kaizawa, an Ainu artist, will talk about his passion for Ainu contemporary art and about his work which will be displayed at the British Museum from September 2018. Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere will explain why she values Ainu contemporary art and how Ainu traditional art still exists in modern life. Professor Simon Kaner will then explore the beauty of Ainu art from a historical perspective.
This seminar aims to raise awareness of Ainu contemporary art and has been organised in collaboration with various institutions, including Hokkaido University and the Sainsbury Institute.
Saké is a versatile beverage that can complement food just as well as wine. It is also an excellent drink to be enjoyed on its own. No wonder, then, that this national drink of Japan is growing in popularity in the West.
At the event, a saké expert from VSF Wine Education will showcase 6 of the sakés from VSF Shop’s portfolio to demystify the wonderful world of this Japanese drink.
VSF Wine Education is the first and only wine school in London dedicated to the Chinese and Japanese communities. Accredited by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) as an Approved Programme Provider, the school has been actively cultivating wine, spirits and saké appreciation and enjoyment in London.
Apart from running training courses, VSF Shop sells a wide range of sakés, from the highly sought-after Dassai (獺祭) and Tatenokawa (楯野川) to artisanal labels such as Konishi (小西酒造), Aizu Homare (会津 ほまれ) and Hayashi Honten (林本店).
On the day of the event, you’ll be able to sample various styles of Japanese saké (Junmai Daiginjo, Daiginjo, Ginjo, Honzojo, Futsushu, etc.) as well as an assortment of Japanese food to pair with the tipples.
You can also purchase your newly found favourite saké on-site at discounted prices. Whether you are a saké enthusiast or absolute beginner, this is a great chance for you to taste different styles of saké hailing from Japan in one go!
At the door: £45 / person
Online reservation: £35 / person
Early bird tickets (limited quantity): £30 / person
The event “Understanding & Appreciating Japanese Saké (Rice Wine)” will be held on Saturday 13th October 2018 from 2-3pm, 3-4pm and 4-5pm (3 sessions), with max. 18 persons per session. For enquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors are encouraged to take the Overground (Rotherhithe Station) or Underground (Canada Water Station) to arrive at the venue. Anyone under the age of 18 years old will not be permitted entry.
How weak is macroeconomic theory? Japan has terrible macroeconomic numbers (by leading nation standards) yet a high quality of life. This contradiction drags macroeconomics, monetary policy, taxation, and politics under a spotlight. In this talk, Professor Michael Mainelli intends to draw on the work of his Long Finance movement, along with the work of Professor Richard Werner, and use the more interesting contradictions of Japan to show how much more we need to learn about fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies, trade, and tax in order to provide alternative visions of economic and fiscal (six letter word for tax) policies.
Professor Michael Mainelli FCCA FCSI(Hon) FBCS, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group
A qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin, Michael gained his PhD at London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor. He began his career as a research scientist, later becoming an accountancy-firm partner and a director of Ministry of Defence research. During a spell in merchant banking in 1994, he co-founded Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank. He has led Z/Yen from creating smart ledgers (aka blockchains) through the Financial £aboratory, Taskforce 2000, Long Finance & the London Accord, Global Financial Centres Index, Global Green Finance Index, and Global Intellectual Property Index. He is an Alderman of the City of London, a non-executive director of two listed firms and a regulator, Emeritus Professor at Gresham College, Fellow of Goodenough College, and Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders. His third book, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize.
Please let us know if you would like to take an optional tour of the Freemasons’ Hall at 5.15 for 5.30pm.
Host: Pauline Chakmakjian, Visit Kyoto Ambassador.
To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996, email email@example.com or submit the online booking form.
In association with The Japan Room
Lodge Room No 11
The Freemasons’ Hall
Great Queen Street
London WC2B 5AZ
Japan Society members: £9
Event part of the exhibition: Jailhouse Locke by Tsuyoshi Anzai
7 November-5 December 2018, Monday–Friday 9.30am–5pm, Admission free
Private View: Tuesday 6 November 2018, 6-8pm Admission free, booking essential
On the occasion of his artist talk, Tsuyoshi Anzai will discuss his ‘Jailhouse Locke’ exhibition with Dr Dean Kenning, Lecturer at Central Saint Martins and Research Fellow at Kingston School of Art.
Anzai’s works pose questions about the “thereness” of everyday items; the title of the show takes inspiration from a wide range of philosophical ideas- most importantly, the prisoners of Plato’s Cave and the founder of empiricism John Locke- that prompted Anzai to investigate and disrupt the way we unconsciously and passively perceive “representation”.
For example, in the series of works ‘distance’ (2016- ), Anzai created a devices that, using the mechanism of a camera obscura, enables viewers to see an object as an illusory video image, although the object is in fact in front of them. The artist’s intention, to put under scrutiny the dualism between representation and interpretation, is also explored in the paintings ‘TBD’, where Anzai removes the illustrated objects from any context, leaving the viewer free to focus on their pure form.
During the talk, the artist will present his creative process, and how he started building simple-structured machines with unusual combinations of everyday items, with the intent of redefining the connection between their form/purpose when they are used as components of machines.
Breaking free of what the artist defines as the “modern disease of the subject/object distinction created by Descartes”, Anzai’s works challenge the visitors to look beyond simplifications and into the intertwined complexities of our modern world.
Tsuyoshi Anzai (b.1987) specializes in kinetic art and video. He creates simple-structured machines by making impromptu combinations of everyday items, exploring the relationships between humans and objects. He received a Bachelor in Music in 2009 and a Master in Film and New Media in 2011, both from Tokyo University of the Arts. He participated in the artist residency program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2015 to 2017. Anzai has had several solo exhibitions, including Shadows Cast Shadows (2018), Plaza North, Saitama, Japan; Origins Originated from Originative Originals (2014), Chimera-Project, Budapest, Hungary. Anzai’s work has also been included in group shows in Korea, United States and in his native Japan, for example at the Kawasaki City Museum.
Anzai won a Bursary Award from the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2015.
Dr Dean Kenning is an artist and writer. Dean is currently Research Fellow at Kingston School of Art and teaches Fine Art at Central St Martins. He is also a member of the Capital Drawing Group and the Social Morphology Research Unit. Dean’s artworks range from kinetic sculptures to videos and diagrams, often employing DIY and autodidactic methods and modes of representation to express compulsive states and to explore political and philosophical material. His most recent solo exhibition was at Piper Keys (2018) and he has exhibited internationally in group shows including at the ICA (2015), Greene Naftali (2017) and BAK (2013). He has also published articles in journals such as Third Text, Art Monthly and Mute, including on the politics of art and art education.
Image: distance, 2018, Installation View from “Shadows Cast Shadows”, Plaza North, Saitama, Japan
© Tsuyoshi Anzai
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP
World Rugby Museum adult ticket £12.50. Concessions available.
The Experience Japan Exhibition aims to introduce the growing range of study and research opportunities available in Japan.
This year,12 Japanese education institutions and several Japan-related organisations will be attending to provide information on degree programmes taught entirely in English, as well as on the research opportunities, summer courses and other options open to international students. There will also be a chance to find out about the variety of scholarships and research funding available to enable you to take advantage of these learning opportunities.
This year’s line-up of seminars will cover the basics about local life, as well as allow you to hear directly from individuals who have experienced studying or conducting research in Japan. Guest speakers will be delivering presentations that provide insights into Japanese language, as well as showcasing Japanese innovation. There will also be a special seminar on the ever-popular Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.
So come along and find your way to Japan – the experience of a lifetime awaits!
Online registration is recommended but not required. Pre-register via the link below to receive a special gift on the day of the exhibition.
Experience Japan Exhibition Website