• Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series

  • About the Series

    The Getting to Know Japan webinar series is designed to assist Americans living in Japan as a part of the U.S. military presence to learn about and gain greater appreciation for their host nation’s culture and society. World-class specialists will deliver engaging lessons on introductory-level topics related to Japanese culture and society. While tailored for the needs of the US military community in Japan, the webinars are open to all interested in learning more about Japan. This series is being implemented in full partnership with The United States-Japan foundation.

  • Getting to Know Japan Webinar Schedule

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series (via Zoom)

    1 December 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

    Dr. Karli Shimizu, an expert on the cultural influence and impact of Shinto in foreign countries, will provide an introductory-level overview of her research about the history of Shinto shrines located outside of Japan. Dr. Shimizu will discuss her new book Overseas Shinto Shrines: Religion, Secularity and the Japanese Empire which details the origins of shrines in different countries including Brazil, South Korea, and the United States and how these different countries fused their own cultural traditions with those of Shinto.

     

    Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series (via Zoom)

    6 December 2022 – 9:00 (Japan)

    Dr. Sheila Smith, the Senior Fellow for Japan at the Council on Foreign Relations, will provide an introductory-level overview of how the U.S. and Japan may respond in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. During the talk, Dr. Smith will analyze the historical evolution of Japan’s positions, posture, and policies relevant to a possible conflict across the Taiwan Strait, including the potential roles of the U.S.-Japan security alliance and the Japan’s Self-Defense Forces before we transition to Q&A.

     

    Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series (via Zoom)

    15 December 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

    Where do our plastic bento boxes go when we throw them out? How much of Japan’s recyclable waste is actually recycled? How is Japan responding to the growing threat of climate change? Dr. Masashi Yamamoto, an expert in Japan’s environmental policy and resource economics will answer this and more as part of our Getting to Know Japan webinar series. Dr. Yamamoto’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

     

    Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

  • Past Events

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series (via Zoom)

    17 November 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

     

    Mr. Nobuhisa Ishizuka, an expert on the Japanese legal system, will provide an introductory overview of the differences between the legal systems and cultures of the United States and Japan. In particular, Mr. Ishizuka will highlight American influence on Japanese law, as well as areas where the two systems diverge, including in the role of lawyers and judges, separation of powers, and criminal law.

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series (via Zoom)

    8 November 2022 – 10:00 (Japan)

     

    Dr. Ryan Scheiding, an expert on the Japanese video game industry, will deliver an introductory lecture detailing the history of the industry in Japan and its impact on the United States and the world. Dr. Scheiding will also discuss his research on depictions of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in popular Japanese video game titles before we transition to Q&A

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series (via Zoom)

    3 November 2022 – 19:00 (Japan)

     

    Dr. Hirofumi Kato, the Director of the Center for Ainu Studies at Hokkaido University, will provide an introductory overview of the history and culture of the Ainu and other peoples native to Japan's northernmost island.

     

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series (via Zoom)
    25 October 2022 – 10:00 (Japan)

     

    Dr. Benjamin Bartlett, an expert on Japanese cybersecurity issues, will provide an introductory-level overview of the history, drivers, and trajectory of Japan's current approach to cybersecurity and technology policy. Dr. Bartlett will also discuss the several high-profile cyber-attacks waged against the Japanese government in recent months before we transition to Q&A.

  • More Webinars to Be Announced Soon!

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