In Tokyo – Professor Ian Neary of University of Oxford to give a taster lecture on Contemporary Japanese Politics

Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford – lecture and information session

Professor Ian Neary, Director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford will be in Tokyo to give a taster lecture on Contemporary Japanese Politics. This will be followed by a presentation on studying Japanese at Oxford, and Q&A with alumni.

The session is a chance for all those interested in the study of Japan to experience a lecture by a leading specialist in Japanese politics and to find out more about studying Japanese and about Japan at Oxford University.

Date/Time: Thursday 16 May 2013 19.00-20.30

Venue: UF Building (Hall or Seminar Room)
Sanbancho UF Building 1F, 6-3 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Please book your place by e-mail at info@oxfordujapan.org under the heading “Japanese Studies”. There is no deadline but we would appreciate your early booking.

Lecture: Contemporary Japanese Politics
When the DPJ won the election in 2009 after almost 60 years of the LDP being in power, many thought that this change in government would herald a new era in the political landscape of Japan. Yet three years later the DPJ were soundly defeated in the following election, and the LDP under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been subsequently enjoying very high levels of public support. In this lecture Professor Ian Neary will examine the significance of the 2012 elections and its outcomes. He will also offer an analysis of the performance of Abe so far and focus on the implications of the election on both domestic and foreign policy in Japan. The lecture will be held in English.

Professor Ian Neary
Professor Ian Neary is the Director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies and has been working in Oxford since 2004, before which he was a professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Essex. His research has mainly been focused on Japanese political and social history in the twentieth century, particularly the experience of Buraku communities in the process of industrialisation and modernisation. He has also worked on industrial policy, in particular the pharmaceutical industry, on broader issues relating to human rights in East Asia, and contemporary Japanese politics. He is the author of “The State and Politics in Japan”.

Japanese Studies at Oxford University
Japanese has been taught as a degree subject at Oxford University since 1963, and has grown rapidly in recent years. Today the University is a major national and international centre for the study of Japan offering courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and opportunities for research with some of the world’s leading academics in the field. Courses are taught in both the Oriental Institute which is home to the BA Hons degree course, and the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, which offers both an MSc and an MPhil in Modern Japanese Studies. There are also opportunities for doctoral research in both humanities and social science.

The Nissan Institute was established in 1981 with a generous benefaction from the Nissan Motor Co. Ltd and and since has become one of the major centres in the world for the study of modern Japan. Oxford University is also home to several important Japanese collections in its renowned museums and libraries.

If you have questions, please contact Mayumi Azuma at the University of Oxford Japan Office
Tel 03-3264-0236 – mayumi.azuma@oxfordujapan.org

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) Public Lectures

Temple University, Japan Campus(TUJ)

Public lectures

Graduate College of Education

Nine times a year, the Distinguished Lecturer Series brings internationally recognized TESOL scholars to TUJ for intensive weekend seminars. The first three hours of each seminar (Saturday session from 14:00 to 17:00) are free and open to the general public. Alumni of the TUJ’s Graduate College of Education are welcome to attend the entire weekend without charge; the weekend auditing fee for others is ¥12,500.

Qualitative and Narrative Approaches to Data Analysis

Professor: Dr. Gary Barkhuizen (University of Auckland)
Schedule: Saturday, January 12, 14:00 – (Tokyo),
Saturday, January 19, 14:00 – (Osaka)

Writing in the Disciplines: Specificity, Community and Identity

Professor: Dr. Ken Hyland (University of Hong Kong)
Schedule: Saturday, February 16, 14:00 – (Tokyo),
Saturday, February 23, 14:00 – (Osaka),

Introduction to Multi-Modal Classroom Discourse Analysis Using Video

Professor: Dr. Frederick Erickson (University of California, Los Angeles)
Schedule: Saturday, March 9, 14:00 – (Tokyo),
Saturday, March 16, 14:00 – (Osaka)

For more details, click http://www.tuj.ac.jp/tesol/seminars/index.html

ICAS: Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) hosts more than 40 lectures and symposiums each year, and invites top-class experts and specialists as speakers. Lecture topics range from politics, the economy, and foreign and military affairs, to cinema and pop culture. All events are open to the public and usually free of charge.
For more details, click http://www.facebook.com/tuj.icas?ref=stream

Seminars and Workshops

Continuing Education Program

Get up to speed on the latest hot topics by attending our short courses and seminars, which offer a great way to explore a special area of interest quickly.

Tokyo: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/seminars-tokyo.html
Osaka(Sennan): http://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/seminars-sennan.html

Fantastic New Resource for Language Teachers: Language cloud

Language cloud is the first learning management system (LMS) designed for language education. The free online platform allows ALTs and JTEs to easily manage their classes, student progress and course materials, anytime, anywhere.

Language Cloud is designed to:

  • Help ALTs who teach at multiple schools manage everything from one place.
  • Allow ALTs/JTEs to share video, audio, pictures, and articles related to class activities with their students.
  • Facilitate supplemental lessons that help improve students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) Public Lectures

Graduate College of Education

Nine times a year, the Distinguished Lecturer Series brings internationally recognized TESOL scholars to TUJ for intensive weekend seminars. The first three hours of each seminar (Saturday session from 14:00 to 17:00) are free and open to the general public. Alumni of the TUJ’s Graduate College of Education are welcome to attend the entire weekend without charge; the weekend auditing fee for others is ¥12,500.

Researching Lexis and Reading On-Line
Professor: Dr. Tom Cobb (University of Quebec)
Schedule: Saturday, November 3, 14:00 – (Tokyo)

For more details, click http://www.tuj.ac.jp/tesol/seminars/index.html

2012 Minato Citizen’s University at Temple University, Japan Campus “Media”

This series of five talks provides a variety of perspectives on the media, its role in modern society, and its politics in Japan and other countries. The talks will also explore how the media covered or impacted the Fukushima nuclear accident. The lecture will be in English and should prove informative to anyone with an interest in or knowledge of contemporary Japan.

Dates: Wednesday and Thursdays, November 7, 8, 14, 15 & 21
Time: 19:00-20:30 (Doors open at 18:30)
Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5F (Access)
Cost: 2,500 yen for five lectures. Bank transfer prior to the first session necessary. Non-refundable.
Capacity: 50 (First-come, first-served basis)

For more details, click http://www.tuj.ac.jp/events/2012/1107.html

ICAS: Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) hosts more than 40 lectures and symposiums each year, and invites top-class experts and specialists as speakers. Lecture topics range from politics, the economy, and foreign and military affairs, to cinema and pop culture. All events are open to the public and usually free of charge.
For more details, click http://www.facebook.com/tuj.icas?ref=stream

Seminars and Workshops

Continuing Education Program
Get up to speed on the latest hot topics by attending our short courses and seminars, which offer a great way to explore a special area of interest quickly.

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), 30th Anniversary

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), 30th Anniversary

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ)
30th Anniversary Symposium
“Liberal Arts: Developing Competency, Leadership and Global Citizenship”

Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 14:00-17:00 (Doors open 13:30) followed by a cocktail reception (17:00-18:30)
Venue: United Nations University (5-53-70 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Admission: Free
Capacity: 350 (Online registration required: www.tuj.ac.jp/jp/tuj30/sympo)
Registration deadline: Friday, November 9

Symposium (14:00-17:00) (Simultaneous interpretation provided)
Global citizens have the skills and capabilities to make a difference anywhere in the world and in any endeavor, whether in government, business or academia. Why is the liberal arts approach — the foundation of American undergraduate education — an effective way of developing such skills and capabilities? Going beyond the pedagogical aspects of a liberal arts education, the symposium will explore the deeper meaning of the “liberal arts,” which may seem similar to the Japanese “ippan kyoyo kyoiku,” but are actually quite different. The distinguished speakers will discuss fundamental qualities of global citizens and whether a liberal arts education is the most effective means of educating those who will advance our society and the world’s economy.

Panelists:
Ambassador Robert M. Orr, Executive Director, Asian Development Bank
Dr. Yutaka Morohoshi, Professor, J.F. Oberlin University
Mr. Yoshiaki Fujimori, President & CEO, LIXIL Group Corporation

Moderator:
Dr. Bruce Stronach, Dean, Temple University, Japan Campus

Please see the event website www.tuj.ac.jp/tuj30/sympo for program schedule and speakers profile.

Cocktail reception (17:00-18:30)
The symposium attendees are welcome to the cocktail reception to celebrate TUJ’s anniversary.

Free public lectures (ICAS: Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies) October 2012

Temple University, Japan Campus(TUJ)

Public lectures

Graduate College of Education

Nine times a year, the Distinguished Lecturer Series brings internationally recognized TESOL scholars to TUJ for intensive weekend seminars. The first three hours of each seminar (Saturday session from 14:00 to 17:00) are free and open to the general public. Alumni of the TUJ’s Graduate College of Education are welcome to attend the entire weekend without charge; the weekend auditing fee for others is ¥12,500.

Autonomy in Language Learning: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives
Professor: Dr. Phil Benson (Hong Kong Institute of Education)
Schedule:
Saturday, October 6, 14:00 – (Osaka)
Saturday, October 20, 14:00 – (Tokyo)

Researching Lexis and Reading On-Line
Professor: Dr. Tom Cobb (University of Quebec)
Schedule:
Saturday, October 27, 14:00 – (Osaka)
Saturday, November 3, 14:00 – (Tokyo)

For more details, click http://www.tuj.ac.jp/tesol/seminars/index.html

ICAS: Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) hosts more than 40 lectures and symposiums each year, and invites top-class experts and specialists as speakers. Lecture topics range from politics, the economy, and foreign and military affairs, to cinema and pop culture. All events are open to the public and usually free of charge.

Jesper Koll: What US Elections and American Politics Mean for the Asian and Japanese Economies
Date: Monday, October 1, 2012
Time: 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita
Speaker: Jesper Koll, Managing Director and Head of Japanese Equity Research, JP Morgan Securities Japan
https://www.facebook.com/events/277951648981316/

Careers in foreign-owned firms in Japan with Hiroshi Ono
Date:Thursday, October 4, 2012
Time:7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
Venue:Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita
Speaker: Hiroshi Ono, Associate Professor of sociology at Texas A&M University
https://www.facebook.com/events/100359816787399/

 Dialogue with Former US Prisoners of War in Japan
Date: Monday, October 15, 2012
Time: Door open: 6:15p.m. Talk start: 6:30p.m.
Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita
Speakers: Former US prisoners of war.
http://www.facebook.com/events/297467307036239/

World Class Beyond Toyota: Japan‘s “Hidden Champions” and Their Western Peers
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time: 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita
Speaker: Stefan Lippert, Professor in International Business at Temple University, Japan Campus
http://www.facebook.com/events/146274512182500/

Nicholas Kralev: America’s Other Army – a first-hand look at the Foreign Service
Date: Monday, October 29, 2012
Time: 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita 5F
Speaker: Nicholas Kralev, author, journalist and lecturer on international affairs, diplomacy and global travel
http://www.facebook.com/events/323315574432538/

Seminars and Workshops

Continuing Education Program

Get up to speed on the latest hot topics by attending our short courses and seminars, which offer a great way to explore a special area of interest quickly.

Tokyo: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/seminars-tokyo.html
Osaka: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/seminars-sennan.html

Free public lectures (ICAS: Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies) September 2012

Free seminars/lectures

Public lectures (ICAS: Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies)

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) hosts more than 40 lectures and symposiums each year, and invites top-class experts and specialists as speakers. Lecture topics range from politics, the economy, and foreign and military affairs, to cinema and pop culture. All events are open to the public and usually free of charge.

‘Battle stations?’ Sea Power and Sino-Japanese Security Relations in the East China Sea
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time: 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
Speaker: Alessio Patalano
http://www.facebook.com/events/324848194271097/

Daniel P. Aldrich: Building Resilience Book Launch
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Time: 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
Speaker: Daniel P. Aldrich
http://www.facebook.com/events/357215121014006/

for-profit

Seminars and Workshops (Continuing education)

Get up to speed on the latest hot topics by attending our short courses and seminars, which offer a great way to explore a special area of interest quickly.

Tokyo: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/seminars-tokyo.html
Osaka: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/seminars-sennan.html

Free Public Lectures (ICAS: Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies) July 2012

Radiating Risk: Food Safety and Public Health After the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Time: 18:30 (Talk will start at 19:00)

Speakers:

Ryugo Hayano, Professor, University of Tokyo
Satsuki Takahashi, soon-to-be Assistant professor, George Mason University
Nicolas Sternsdorff, Ph.D. candidate in social anthropology at Harvard University & Visiting Researcher at Sophia University.

http://www.tuj.ac.jp/events/2012/0703.html

Race in the 2012 US Presidential Election: Demographics and ‘Dog Whistles’

Date: Thursday, July 5, 2012
Time: 19:00 (Talk will start at 19:30)

Speaker:

Ben Karp, Ph.D candidate in the departments of African American Studies and History at Yale University

http://www.tuj.ac.jp/events/2012/0705.html

Japan’s International Relations and the Politics of 3/11

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Time: Door opens at 18:30 and the panel starts at 19:00

Speakers:

Sir David Warren KCMG, British Ambassador to Japan
Noriyuki Shikata, Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Public Affairs, Director of Global Communications in the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan
Mark J. Davidson, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, United States Embassy, Tokyo

http://www.tuj.ac.jp/events/2012/0705.html

Shihoko Fujiwara: Human trafficking “Modern-day slavery in Japan”

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Time: 19:00 (Talk will start at 19:30)

Speaker:

Shihoko Fujiwara, Director, Polaris Project Japan

http://www.tuj.ac.jp/events/2012/0712.html

Dayna Barnes: US war-time planning for the occupation of Japan

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Time: 19:00 (Talk will start at 19:30)

cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances

Speaker:

Dayna Barnes, PhD Candidate in International History at the London School of Economics, Managing Editor of Asia Pacific: Perspectives, a journal of the Center for the Pacific Rim at the University of San Francisco

http://www.tuj.ac.jp/events/2012/0717.html

For-Profit

Seminars and Workshops (Continuing education)
Get up to speed on the latest hot topics by attending our short courses and seminars, which offer a great way to explore a special area of interest quickly.

Tokyo: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/seminars-tokyo.html
Osaka: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/seminars-osaka.html

Free Public lectures (ICAS: Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies)

The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) hosts more than 40 lectures and symposiums each year, and invites top-class experts and specialists as speakers. Lecture topics range from politics, the economy, and foreign and military affairs, to cinema and pop culture. All events are open to the public and usually free of charge.

<Book Talk> A Sociology of Japanese Youth: From Returnees to NEETs
Date: Friday, June 1, 2012
Time: 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
Speakers: Yuki Imoto (Research Associate at Keio University), Tuukka Toivonen(Junior Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford), Sachiko Horiguchi(Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Temple University, Japan Campus)
https://www.facebook.com/tuj.icas#!/events/291335787611884/

Foreign Direct Investment in Japan
Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Time: 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
Speaker: Naoyuki Haraoka, Executive Managing Director of the Japan Economic Foundation
https://www.facebook.com/tuj.icas#!/events/255468514538784/

The Future of Finance in Japan post Olympus
Date: Friday, June 8, 2012
Time: 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
Speaker: Tony Miller, Chief Executive Officer of PAG Japan
Business at the Tokyo Campus of the University of Tsukuba
https://www.facebook.com/events/388652834510841/

Is Ethical Consumption Going to Change Japan?
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Time: 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
Speaker: Florian Kohlbacher, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo
https://www.facebook.com/tuj.icas/events#!/events/103084673155176/

Richard Katz: Noda’s mistaken economic priorities
Date: Friday, June 29, 2012
Time: 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
Speaker: Richard Katz, Editor of The Oriental Economist Report
https://www.facebook.com/tuj.icas/events#!/events/463965653619492/

Also…

Temple University Japan Seminars and Workshops (Continuing education)
Get up to speed on the latest hot topics by attending our short courses and seminars, which offer a great way to explore a special area of interest quickly.

Tokyo: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/seminars-tokyo.html
Osaka: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/seminars-osaka.html

Rotary International offers Masters scholarship in Peace Studies

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting new applications for the highly-competitive annual Rotary Peace Fellowship. The Fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world. Up to 110 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows join a growing network of committed alumni employed around the world in diplomacy, government, non-governmental organizations and private corporations.

The 2013 Academic term deadline is 01 July 2012. Therefore, the time to apply is NOW! For more specific information on the Rotary Peace Fellowship, the current application is available at www.rotary.org/rotarycenters. You can also find a local Rotary Club for endorsement at www.rotary.org/clublocator. (All Rotary Peace Fellowship applications need the endorsement of your local Rotary district). For additional assistance, please contact the Rotary Peace Center staff at rotarycenters@rotary.org.

A word on Rotary International from JET Program alumnus and current Rotary International Peace Fellow, Mark Flanigan:

As a JET Program alumnus (Nagasaki 2000-04), I was fortunate enough to benefit directly from this unique Fellowship opportunity. After six years living and working in the U.S., I returned to Japan once more as a Rotary International Peace Fellow at the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo. ICU is one of the six Master’s Degree options available to Rotary Peace Fellows, which specifically provides a fully-funded 24-month MA in Peace Studies in Japan, along with a Japanese language course and the opportunity to intern worldwide (between the first and second year) as part of one’s Thesis research.

While one does not apply directly to ICU, the successful Rotary Peace Fellowship applicant will progress through the standard application/interview processes and then select their top choices from the selected Peace Centers. A number of former JETs, including me, have been quite successful in both requesting and achieving placement at ICU. The ICU Rotary Peace Center tends to look favorably on a demonstrable interest in Japanese language and culture, especially pertaining to themes of peace and post-conflict reconciliation. The Fellowship requires, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in a related field; three years of relevant work experience and proficiency in a 2nd language for the MA program (I used my demonstrated Japanese language ability from the JLPT in the case of ICU).

Lastly, please feel free to contact me if you have any related questions about the Rotary Peace Fellowship or life at ICU at markinmitaka@gmail.com, or visit my blog at www.mellowpeacefellow.blogspot.com .

The TESOL/TEFL Travel Grant

This grant applies to JETs who have taught for 5 years and would like to attend a TESOL/TEFL conference.

Who’s Eligible: TESOL members who are currently practicing EFL teachers, teacher trainers, or supervisors with at least 5 years’ experience in a non-English-speaking setting. Preference is given to applicants who have never attended a TESOL convention.
Note: EFL teacher is being defined as someone teaching in a country where the primary language is not English.

Purpose: To help EFL professionals attend a TESOL convention.

For more information please to go their website.