SOAS University of London

SOAS to celebrate impact of 100 years of Japanese Studies with alumni

15 January 2016
Wartimes language students at SOAS

Wartime language students, diplomats, business leaders and entrepreneurs from SOAS University of London’s alumni community will come together at the School to celebrate the impact of 100 years of learning Japanese at SOAS University of London.

Taking place on 1 February 2016, ‘Dulwich Boys and Beyond: 100 Years of Japanese Studies at SOAS’ is the first SOAS Centenary event in the lead up to the official launch in June 2016.

Focusing on the young men who boarded at Dulwich College in the early 1950s to learn Japanese at SOAS, the celebratory event will be chaired by journalist and Meet the Author interviewer Nick Higham, who last summer produced a radio package for the BBC's Today Programme on the Dulwich Boys’ significant impact on UK-Japan entente.

‘Dulwich Boy’ Professor Ronald Dore, British sociologist specialising in Japanese economy and society will be speaking at the event along with wartime language student and British diplomat Sir Hugh Cortazzi; Director of International Public Affairs for Diageo Martin and former diplomat Martin Hatfull; Founder of sushi restaurant Moshi Moshi Caroline Bennett; Branwyn Darlington, Harro Foods and Centenary Fellow Professor Laura Hein.

Dr Christopher Gerteis, Senior Lecturer in the History of Contemporary Japan, said: “In early 1942 the Board of Education, at the behest of the War Office, established a scholarship scheme for boys from secondary and public schools aged 17 and 18 to study languages critical to the war effort. Learning Japanese at SOAS enabled UK-Japan diplomacy; without the Dulwich Boys there would be no UK-Japan relations.”

This event is open to the public and free to attend. To register for this event, please complete this online registration form.