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Jun
26
Tue
2018
New Approaches: #MeToo in Japan and the UK @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New Approaches: #MeToo in Japan and the UK @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

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
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
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
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
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.

Jun
27
Wed
2018
Closing the gender gap by 2030: Lessons from Japan and the UK @ Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, London, WC2A 3LJ
Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm
Closing the gender gap by 2030: Lessons from Japan and the UK

Closing the gender gap by 2030: Lessons from Japan and the UK

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.

Jun
28
Thu
2018
Women’s Economic Empowerment in Post-Disaster Reconstruction: a study of Tohoku @ Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Women’s Economic Empowerment in Post-Disaster Reconstruction: a study of Tohoku @ Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

On March 11 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the north-east coast of Japan, causing a massive tsunami. The scale of the damage was unprecedented. One of the key reconstruction activities has been supporting women’s economic empowerment. After disasters, women play a vital role in rehabilitating the household and the community, which is one strategic approach in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction efforts.
In this talk, Professor Asako Osaki, Visiting Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University, School of Policy Studies, and specialist on gender issue, will talk about good practices of economic empowerment of women in post-disaster reconstruction in Tohoku, Japan.
Daniel Morchain, Global Adviser on Climate Change Adaptation at OXFAM, who happened to be in Tokyo on March 11, 2011, will then present a wider perspective of climate adaptation and economic empowerment for vulnerable and marginalised communities and groups living in climate hotspots.

The event is organised in cooperation with the Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction (IRDR) Centre for Gender and Disaster, UCL, and will be held at the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College London.
A map of the campus is available here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps/gustave-tuck-lt

Free, booking essential.

Jul
3
Tue
2018
The Power of Calligraphy @ Daiwa Foundation Japan House
Jul 3 @ 11:00 am

Misuzu Kosaka calligraphy at DaiwaFree event; booking essential

The calligrapher and artist Misuzu Kosaka has produced striking, highly original art works that have been incorporated into book designs, restaurant decors and commemorated major events. In this event, her calligraphy works will be introduced and interpreted by the critic Damian Flanagan. Misuzu will then give a demonstration of her dynamic calligraphy in action and invite participants to pick up a brush, splash the ink and attempt to create their own beautiful calligraphy.

Misuzu Kosaka

Misuzu Kosaka, a Tottori native and daughter of a poetry-loving Shinto priest, studied under Saisui Ishibashi, a kanji calligraphy master, and Yuri Sato, a kana calligraphy master. Today she is a director and instructor at the Calligraphy Education Society of Japan.  Misuzu has pioneered innovative ways of using calligraphy in modern artworks through solo exhibitions, charity exhibitions and by presiding over her own workshop.

http://www.misuzu-ism.com/

Damian Flanagan

Damian Flanagan is an award-winning author and translator who has published a number of books on Japanese literature. He has also written widely on Japanese politics, arts and society for publications including The Japan Times, the Asahi ShinbunNewsweek and the Nihon Keizai ShinbunYukio Mishima is his latest book, published in October 2014.  He lives in Manchester and Nishinomiya, Japan.

http://dajf.org.uk/event/the-power-of-calligraphy

Jul
17
Tue
2018
In Search of Forgotten Colours @ The Victoria & Albert Museum
Jul 17 2018 – Jan 27 2019 all-day

A display of textiles and paper samples from the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. The display is accompanied by four short films about Yoshioka Sachio, the fifth generation head of the workshop, and the art of natural dyeing. Films also viewable online at :

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmaflrfppKNfq8uuZVZZxQg

Admission Free

Jul
26
Thu
2018
The Women of Ishikawa @ Daiwa Foundation Japan House
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Women of Ishikawa

The Women of Ishikawa

Be drawn into the faraway world of The Women of Ishikawa.  It is a selection of strange, hilarious, and tragic folk stories from the mountains of Ishikawa, brought over from Japan and performed by Doubtful Sound. The show is in a mix of Kaga-ben (the local dialect) and English, and the stories are sprinkled with traditional folk songs from the SOAS Min’yo Group.  The tales performed in Japanese have English subtitles.

The performance at the Daiwa Foundation includes a ghost who nurses babies, girls falling asleep on the shoulder of a monk, a collapsing cave, a mochi-fight, a potato digger, uncomfortably welcoming guests, a snake swordsmith, the queen of thieves, a lord who tells terrible jokes, an elderly lady under the floor, a young woman murdered by the sun, and a basket of bees.  The show will include a Q&A session, providing a chance to ask the director, dramaturg, and musicians about the tales and songs.

About the contributors
Doubtful Sound
Doubtful Sound is a bilingual theatre company who research, translate, and perform traditional stories and folktales from far flung areas of Japan. The group was formed in Tokyo in 2012 and have since performed the tales in ancient temples, Japanese gardens, pubs, over rivers, at festivals, and occasionally in theatres. Scenes are performed in Japanese and English with the Japanese scenes often in the local dialect of the area.
SOAS Min’yo Group 
The SOAS Min’yo Group are a largely amateur bunch of Japanese folk song (min’yo) devotees who meet regularly at SOAS, University of London, to practice singing, instruments and some dancing. Launched in 2012 by David Hughes, a Japanese music specialist at SOAS, its members are of various nationalities, including Japanese. The Group have performed at many events around the UK and abroad.

For further information, see www.facebook.com/SOASMinyo, or email David at dh6@soas.ac.uk.

Aug
4
Sat
2018
Pre-Summer Explorers! 4th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema
Aug 4 @ 5:15 pm
Pre-Summer Explorers! 4th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema

From anime to 70’s horror, drama to eye-opening documentaries, discover something for everyone with our brand new season of free Japanese cinema screenings.

NHK WORLD-JAPAN Double Bill (Part 1) 5.15pm (English Subtitles)
A Tale of Love & Honour: Life in Gion Dir. Maki Kubochi, 2017, 49min | Image: © NHK
Take a peek into the distinct district of Gion in Kyoto and witness the proud and wistful stories of people belonging to this secret world in this fascinating documentary from NHK WORLD-JAPAN.
Living Ninja Legend Masaaki Hatsumi 2016, 49 min | Image: © NHK
Masaaki Hatsumi, 84 years old, is a living ninja in modern times. What is the essence of his astonishing art? This documentary investigates the hidden power of this ninja master.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nhk-world-japan-double-bill-part-1-tickets-48029483478

House 7:20pm (English subtitles, suitable for ages 15+) Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977, 88min
Nicknamed Oshare, meaning gorgeous, Miyuki (Kimiko Ikegami) was excited to spend the summer with her father, until she found out his new young wife would be joining them. Looking to escape this awkward situation, she decides to take six of her school friends to her aunt’s house in the countryside, and one by one, strange things start happening to them. This monumental horror comedy pushed the director Obayashi to the world of fame.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/house-tickets-48027877675

Tickets are free, but must be booked via Eventbrite.

Aug
5
Sun
2018
Pre-Summer Explorers! 5th Aug @ Courthouse Hotel Cinema
Aug 5 @ 2:15 pm
Pre-Summer Explorers! 5th Aug @ Courthouse Hotel Cinema | England | United Kingdom

From anime to 70’s horror, drama to eye-opening documentaries, discover something for everyone with our brand new season of free Japanese cinema screenings.

Summer Wars 2.15pm (suitable for ages 12+) Dir. Mamoru Hosoda, 2009, 114min
Kenji Koiso is a 17-year-old maths genius and part-time OZ moderator who is invited by his crush Natsuki on a summer trip. Shortly after arriving at Natsuki’s family’s estate, which is preparing for her great-grandmother’s 90th birthday, he receives a strange, coded message on his cell phone from an unknown sender who challenges him to solve it. Would Kenji be able to crack the code and save the world from danger?
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-wars-tickets-48028039158

NHK WORLD-JAPAN Double Bill (Part 2) 4.30pm (English subtitles)
My Small Steps to Hiroshima 2016, 50min
Kaoru Ogura dedicated his life to telling the world about Hiroshima, where the first atomic bomb was dropped. This documentary recounts the life and work of Ogura and his fellow anti-nuclear activists.
The Phone of the Wind 2016, 49 mins
On a hill overlooking the sea in northern Japan is a phone booth known as the “Phone of the Wind”. It is connected to nowhere, but many people come here to “call” their loved ones lost in the 2011 tsunami…
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nhk-world-japan-double-bill-part-2-tickets-48028201644

Kikujiro 6.40pm (English subtitles, suitable for ages 12+) Dir. Takeshi Kitano, 1999, 122min
Young Masao decides to embark on a journey from Tokyo to Toyohashi, in Aichi, to find his long-lost mother. Keeping it a secret from the grandmother he lives with, his elderly neighbour Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano) decides to accompany him on his trip. This is a timeless human drama by legendary director Takeshi Kitano.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kikujiro-tickets-48028520598

Tickets are free but booking is essential through Eventbrite.

Aug
11
Sat
2018
Pre-Summer Explorers! 11th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema
Aug 11 @ 2:15 pm
Pre-Summer Explorers! 11th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema | England | United Kingdom

From anime to 70’s horror, drama to eye-opening documentaries, discover something for everyone with our brand new season of free Japanese cinema screenings.

Only Yesterday 2.15pm (English subtitles, PG) Dir. Isao Takahata, 1991, 118min
Office worker Taeko decides to take a break from Tokyo during the summer to spend time in the countryside, somewhere she hasn’t been for nearly two decades. Along the way, her childhood memories come pouring back to her. This is early work by Studio Ghibli directed by the late Isao Takahata.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/only-yesterday-tickets-48028849582

Napping Princess 4.40pm (English subtitles, PG) Dir. Kenji Kamiyama, 1991, 111min
Kokone should be studying for her university entrance exams, but she’s finding it harder and harder to stay awake because when she sleeps, her daily life has been swapped for the fantastic world of Heartland. However, when events in the dream world start mirroring those in the real world, she finds herself drawn into battles in both.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/napping-princess-tickets-48029260812

Mitsuko Delivers 7.00pm (English subtitles) Dir. Yuya Ishii, 2011, 109min
Mitsuko (Riisa Naka) is down on her luck. Despite being dumped by the boyfriend whose baby she’s carrying, jobless, and penniless, she’s sunnily optimistic and decides to go back to her hometown to help those around her. She sets out to solve their problems one by one, delivering her positivity wherever she goes.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mitsuko-delivers-tickets-48029370139

Short Japanese Language Taster Sessions on 11th August!

3.30pm-6.30pm, Screen 2 @ Soho Hotel Cinema

Have you ever wanted to introduce yourself like a Japanese film character? We will be running short language taster sessions for beginners focusing on Japanese in Anime/Manga. Anyone can drop by and take part, so please come along to get involved!

Tickets are free, but booking through Eventbrite is essential

Aug
12
Sun
2018
Summer Explorers! 12th Aug @ Courthouse Hotel Cinema
Aug 12 @ 2:00 pm
Summer Explorers! 12th Aug @ Courthouse Hotel Cinema | England | United Kingdom

Our popular Summer Explorers free film season returns! From puppetoon animation to Samurai comedy, and a film version of Japan’s mega hit TV drama, we have something to suit all ages and tastes.

His Master’s Voice 2:00pm & 6:40pm Dir. Hiroyuki Itaya, 2014 | 95 min
Set in the Edo Period, Sadakichi (Nayuta Fukuzaki) returns home to take a holiday from his work after being bullied there. In order to cheer up their little son, his parents ask their gloomy looking neighbour, Taihei (Taihei Hayashiya), a former Rakugo storyteller, to give a performance for him. Sadakichi is deeply moved by his performance and hopes to become Taihei’s apprentice.
Booking: 2:00pm – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/his-masters-voice-200pm-tickets-48023635988
6:40pm – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/his-masters-voice-640pm-tickets-48024626952

Giovanni’s Island 4:15pm Dir. Mizuho Nishikubo, 2014 | 104 min
In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast. On the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/giovannis-island-tickets-48024243806

Tickets are free but booking through Eventbrite is essential.