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The Nikkei Telecom Japanese Speech Contest 2019

Friday 29th March, 10:30am, ARTS 01.06

Nikkei Telecom Japanese Speech Contest

The annual Nikkei Telecom Japanese Speech Contest will be held on Friday 29th March at 10:30am in ARTS 01.06, and is open to all to attend.

Fourth-year Japanese language students are set to compete in a rigorous speech competition that will test their knowledge of the Japanese language and culture.

This year, five students will be participating in the language competition where they are required to present a speech in Japanese on an issue that triggered their interest in an article from Nikkei Telecom Database.

Previous speeches have included the effects of photo editing apps on young girls, the high rate of sexless couples in Japan and the use of physical exercise in older populations to improve mental wellbeing.

The contest is hosted jointly by the School of Politics, Philosophy and Language and Communication Studies (PPL) and Nikkei Telecom, a newswire service that collates business articles from leading Japanese newspapers, magazines and journals. 


Next CJS Research Seminars

We are pleased to announce the next programme of CJS Research Seminars for this semester! View the full programme here

Seminars are held in the Lawrence Stenhouse Building (LSB) in room 01.21. Doors open at 5.15pm and the seminars begin at 5.30pm. Talks typically last around an hour, and are followed by a Q&A and informal discussion over a glass of wine. All are welcome to attend, and there is no need to register in advance.


Thursday 2nd May 2019

6.30pm-9.00pm, 0.01 Lecture Theatre, Julian Study Centre, UEA Campus

In addition to our regular programme of CJS Research Seminars, on the 2nd May, we are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a screening of the film 17 Short Lived about the experiences of an Okinawan woman who served in the student corps during WW2. We will be joined by the director and producer of the film Takao Saiki, and after the screening there will be a Q&A.


All are welcome to attend. You can find out more by clicking on the flyer below:



Wednesday 8th May 2019

Title TBC, Dr Chris Perkins, University of Edinburgh


CJS Summer Schools 2019

We are once again running our two summer schools Japan Orientation for undergraduate students, running 29th June – 13th July, and the Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship for postgraduate and doctoral students, running 27th July – 17th August. Applications are now open and the deadline is 31st March. You can find more information about the programmes below and links to their webpages:

Japan Orientation, 29th June - 13th July

Japan Orientation is targeted towards undergraduate students with an interest in Japan, although no experience of Japanese language or study of Japan is required. This course is about gaining a deeper understanding of the past, present and future of Japan. Classes concentrate on stimulating discussions on a wide range of disciplines in the field of Japanese Studies, including arts and culture, history, literature, international relations, business and media.

For more information and to apply, click here. 

Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship, 27th July - 17th August

Our second, more advanced summer programme returns at the end of July with a new name, to reflect the course’s master’s-level content. This course offers an in-depth encounter with Japanese arts, cultures and heritage, from the earliest times to the present day. Over the three weeks of the course, participants learn about what constitutes Japanese cultural heritage and how this relates to the rest of the world; how Japanese visual and material cultures are displayed in museums and galleries both in Japan and elsewhere; and about current debates in the study of Japanese art history in a transnational context. Through detailed case studies participants will gain a clear understanding of Japanese artistic and cultural traditions and their impact on the modern world.

For more information and to apply, click here.