Friday Food For Thought: School Hair Policy & the Homogeneity Myth

On Tuesday, the Osaka district court ruled that a woman who was removed from her school roster in 2015 for refusing to dye her naturally brown her black is entitled to $3,100 compensation from the school. However, this is not on the grounds of being bullied by teaching staff for her hair colour, but forContinue reading “Friday Food For Thought: School Hair Policy & the Homogeneity Myth”

Friday Food for Thought: 3/11 10 Years On

Almost 10 years ago, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck off the coast of Tōhoku, the most powerful earthquake recorded in Japan and 4th most powerful in the world. While the earthquake directly caused little damage, the ensuing tsunami devastated the east coast, leading to a meltdown at the Fukushima power plant which prevented evacueesContinue reading “Friday Food for Thought: 3/11 10 Years On”

[S1E23] 🪧 Failed Revolutions – 1960 ANPO Protests & US Capitol Riots with Prof Nick Kapur

Listen on your favourite podcast platform or stream on YouTube Oliver is joined by Nick Kapur, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, to discuss failed revolutions, drawing comparisons between the 1960 ANPO riots of Japan over US-Japan relations with the Capitol Hill Riot we saw on 6 January 2021. Although more than 60 yearsContinue reading “[S1E23] 🪧 Failed Revolutions – 1960 ANPO Protests & US Capitol Riots with Prof Nick Kapur”

Friday Food For Thought: Is teleworking the future and Japan its pioneer?

Before home offices and Zoom calls, there was teleworking, a solution for businesses in countries which frequently saw extreme weather to keep people working when getting to the office was all but impossible. Now, of course, with the advent of increasingly sophisticated technologies and the necessity imposed by COVID-19, teleworking has become the norm forContinue reading “Friday Food For Thought: Is teleworking the future and Japan its pioneer?”

CJS Winter e-Newsletter Winter 2021

Our CJS Winter e-Newsletter is out now! In this issue we will be celebrating our 20th episode of our Beyond Japan podcast series with a look back on our top three episodes to date. JapanInNorwich.org has also seen a makeover with a new MAIJS Student Spot to keep our students enrolled on our MA inContinue reading “CJS Winter e-Newsletter Winter 2021”

[S1E22] 💹 Sanpō Yoshi & Stakeholder Capitalism

Listen on your favourite podcast platform or stream on YouTube Oliver is joined by Daisuke Tsuchiya, Partner at the Brunswick Group and head of Global Japan Practice, to discuss the Japanese business philosophy of ‘Sanpō Yoshi’, or the ‘good for three parties’. Daisuke argues that this notion of stakeholder capitalism, where a successful business mustContinue reading “[S1E22] 💹 Sanpō Yoshi & Stakeholder Capitalism”

Friday Food For Thought: Japan’s response to COVID19

As those of us in the UK experience yet another lockdown in the struggle to flatten the curve of COVID amidst a desperate rollout of multiple vaccines, it can seem surreal to hear about the relative normality of life in Japan. After speaking with a friend from my undergraduate this weekend who is studying atContinue reading “Friday Food For Thought: Japan’s response to COVID19”

[S1E21] 🤝 Global Summitry – The G7 and World Politics in 2020 with Professor Hugo Dobson

Listen on your favourite podcast platform or stream on YouTube Oliver is joined by Professor Hugo Dobson, Professor of Japan’s International Relations at the University of Sheffield, to discuss the cancelled 46th G7 summit. We will explore the summit’s controversies and changes, reflecting the seismic political changes seen within G7 nations over 2020. We willContinue reading “[S1E21] 🤝 Global Summitry – The G7 and World Politics in 2020 with Professor Hugo Dobson”

Remains of the first English samurai William Adams identified?

421 years ago, an Englishman by the name of William Adams became the first to reach Japan. Initially detained by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, he became an invaluable source of innovation regarding shipbuilding and establishing English and Dutch trading factories in Hirado, Nagasaki. Recognised as one of the most influential foreigners in Japan during this period,Continue reading “Remains of the first English samurai William Adams identified?”