The Chair of the Centre says:
It is my pleasure to welcome you all to a new academic year, which promises to be a busy one for the Japan Research Centre. In particular I would like to extend a special welcome to new students joining us at SOAS and to our JRC Visiting Scholars. We have a full programme of events coming up in 2018/19, including our regular weekly Wednesday evening seminar series, so do keep an eye on our regular e-bulletins and event notifications.
Some preliminary dates for your diary can be found below, including a celebration of 40 years of the Japan Research Centre, the annual Meiji Jingu Autumn Lecture and WG Beasley Memorial Lecture. I look forward to seeing you at JRC events this year and hope they will contribute to your study and research in the various fields of Japanese Studies here at SOAS.
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Donation from Mr Ichikawa to support and promote Japanese studies research at SOAS
The SOAS Japan Research Centre has received a donation from Mr Makoto Ichikawa to support and promote Japanese Studies research at SOAS and to further develop the friendship between the UK and Japan.
The donation will support the JRC Seminar Series for 2018-19. The Series has been running for 40 years since its establishment in the Autumn term of 1978. It contributes to SOAS’s specialist teaching and learning environment for students undertaking BA/MA/PhD Japanese Studies degrees, and provides a regional focus for students combining an element of Japan-focused study within other discipline-based degrees offered across SOAS.
The public seminars are delivered by established Japanese Studies scholars from the UK, Europe and beyond, providing opportunity for wide debate on a diverse range of research issues within the field of Japanese Studies. The JRC Seminar Series has a positive effect on the Japanese Studies research community within SOAS, and extends to a broader community with external visitors comprising half the audience at weekly seminars.
Mr Makoto Ichikawa is the President of Ichikawa Jin Company Limited, a customer relations and advertising company based in Kyoto and Tokyo, first established in 1945. The donation was inspired by the long friendship of 45 years between Mr Ichikawa and Stephen McEnally, JRC Senior Fellow, the wish to promote an enhanced understanding of Japan in the UK, and to further develop the friendship and close ties that exist between the two countries.