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Japan Research Centre

JRC Sport Symposia Series

Sport and Diplomacy Photo

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.

Previous Events in this series

Women and Sport in Japan

This is the fourth event in our JRC Sport Symposia Series which will focus on the theme of Women and Sport in Japan. Discussion will focus on the changing environment for women and sport, in terms of participation, progress and challenges. Guest speakers will share the inspirational stories of their sporting careers.

11 March 2020, The Magic Circle, Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston St, London NW1 2HD, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Countdown to kickoff: Japan's rugby history one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Helen Macnaughtan (SOAS), J. Simon Rofe (SOAS), Phil McGowan (World Rugby Museum, Twickenham), Simon Chadwick (Salford University Manchester), Hilary Frank (Cornwall Council)

This event, exactly one year out from the start of the 2019 fixtures, will reflect on the history of rugby in Japan and the potential impact of hosting this sports mega-event.

20 September 2018, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Alumni Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sport and Diplomacy: Past Reflections and Looking Toward 2020

Japan is due to host the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Summer Olympics, Tokyo 2020. The build up to these events provides an opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future role of sport as an opportunity for diplomacy. This symposium focuses on mega-sporting events as a public diplomatic platform, and how it creates legacies for global community.

15 May 2017, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM