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Japan Research Centre

JRC Sport Symposia Series

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Helen Macnaughtan is lead organiser of the Japan Research Centre’s Sport Symposia series (2017-2020) in collaboration with the SOAS Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), the Japan Foundation London and the Japan Sport Council. The Series is funded by the Toshiba International Foundation, and is focused around the impact Japan's hosting of Sports Mega Events, including the Rugby World Cup (2019) and the Tokyo Summer Olympics (2020) will have for sport, economy and society in Japan.

In addition, the Japan Research Centre is partnering up with Japan Sports Stories Podcast - with thanks to generous support of the Toshiba International Foundation. For further details and to listen to the Japan Sports Stories Podcast, please see the press release.

The Sport Symposia Series will run from 2017 to 2020:

First event: Sport and Diplomacy: Past Reflections and Looking Toward 2020 (15th May 2017)

Second event: From Patients to Pros: The Paralympics and the Evolving Image of Disabled Athletes in Japan, 1964-2020 (29th November 2017)

Third event: Countdown to kickoff: Japan's rugby history one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup (20th September 2018)

Fourth event: Women and Sport in Japan (11th March 2020)

For further information please visit the Multi-dimensional Sport Diplomacy and Governance Hub or contact the Centres and Institutes Office.

To receive email invitations from us about upcoming JRC Sports Symposia, please register here.

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