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EU-Japan News | June 2021 Issue Available Now

EU-Japan NEWS is the quarterly newsletter of the EU-Japan Centre launched in 2003 and containing EU-Japan-related news and features on topics of interest to EU and Japan businesses and public bodies.

The newest issue of the June 2021 Newsletter is available in an online and PDF version packed with the EU and Japan related news, partnering opportunities, network news and lots of other useful information and links.

 

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is a unique venture between the European Commission and the Japanese government. It is a non-profit organisation established as an affiliate of the Institute of International Studies and Training (IIST). It aims at promoting all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Japan and at improving EU and Japanese companies’ competitiveness and cooperation by facilitating exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses.

 

 

 

You can read full June 2021 Newsletter online here!

You can read full June 2021 Newsletter in PDF format here!

Join EU-Japan events on decarbonization online | 30.06.2021

With the EU and Japan accelerating efforts to decarbonize and leading global action in this area, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is organising a one-year cycle of free online events bringing together experts, business leaders and other stakeholders from both sides to share ideas and experiences and identify synergies and opportunities for joint action.

Join us on Wednesday, 30th June for our next EU-Japan Online Conference on Trade & Industry towards Carbon Neutrality where 12 experts and business leaders will address:

  • Renewable energy: decarbonizing the economy at the source
  • Hydrogen: a new vector to store and distribute low-carbon energy
  • Transport: towards zero-emission mobility
  • Raw materials for decarbonized economies

Speakers will include representatives from the European Commission (DGs GROW, TRADE and CLIMA), the Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry of Japan, BloombergNEF, Kansai Electric Power Co., Enel Green Power, Hydrogen Europe, Japan Hydrogen Association, McKinsey & Company, OECD, Umicore and Sojitz Corporation.

Date: Wednesday 30th June
Time: 9:00-11:30 CEST / 16:00-18:30 JST
Language: English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
Detailed agenda and registration: https://spipa-japan.net/?p=3386

You can find recordings and summaries of past SPIPA sessions on website here: https://spipa-japan.net/. Previous events have addressed green hydrogen; offshore wind energy; a round table discussion on going beyond the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement; and raising the ambition for climate.

If you have any questions about this series of events, please contact: spipa-japan@eu-japan.or.jp

‘Black Dragonfly’ by Jean Pasley | Online Book Launch

We are delighted to invite you to an online book launch for ‘Black Dragonfly’ by Jean Pasley on Thursday, 22nd April at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Jean will discuss inspirations behind her debut novel ‘Black Dragonfly’ based on the remarkable experiences of the Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn, and will read an extract from her new book.

Moderator: Prof. Mary Gallagher, UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics.

Date: Thursday, 22 April 2021
Time: 7-8 PM
Registration: This online event is free of charge and open to the IJA members and non members. Prior registration is required by Tuesday, 20th April via email: info@ija.ie. Zoom login details will be sent to all registered participants before the event.

Over a century after his death, nomadic Irish writer, Patrick Lafcadio Hearn remains one of the most famous Westerners ever to make Japan his home. In this richly imagined novel, Jean Pasley explores not only Hearn’s stark, lonely childhood in Ireland and his scandalous time in America but also how Japan changed him and how he went on to become one of Japan’s most celebrated and cherished writers.

Guest speakers:

  • Jean Pasley
    Dublin-born writer and filmmaker Jean Pasley spent ten years in Japan. Her screenplays have won numerous awards, the most recent being The Audience Award at Cork International Film Festival 2020 for The Bright Side on which she was co-writer. Her new short film, Ship of Souls, which she directed, was also inspired by Hearn and is due for release shortly. She now lives in Dublin, close to one of Hearn’s childhood homes. This is her first novel. Jean Pasley is also a member of the Ireland Japan Association.
  • Prof. Mary Gallagher
    Professor of French and Francophone Studies in University College Dublin. Most of her work centres on 20th century writing in French from beyond Metropolitan France, particularly from the Caribbean. In 2003-4, she published critical re-editions of the French translations of Lafcadio Hearn’s French Caribbean writings (collected in Two Years in the French West Indies). More recently, she published articles on Hearn’s (Creole) storytelling and on the Creole continuum in his American writings. She is currently completing two studies of some of Hearn’s New Orleans stories and sketches. Prof. Gallagher has lectured on Hearn’s migrancy not just in Ireland, but also in France and Greece, as well as in Japan and in the United States. She serves on the UCD Japan Committee, and she is the current convenor of UCD’s Asia-Pacific Research Network.

Exhibition ‘Edo in Colour – Prints from Japan’s Metropolis’ | Online Now

As the Chester Beatty continues to follow Irish government guidelines, the opening of ‘Edo in Colour – Prints from Japan’s Metropolis’ has been delayed but an online version of the exhibition, which features one hundred prints and printed books from the Chester Beatty’s renowned collections of Japanese art, can be viewed here.

Photo: Chesterbeatty.ie

Bursting into life as capital of Japan’s ruling shogunate, by the mid-18th century the population of Edo (modern Tokyo) had grown to over one million.

From buskers and teahouse beauties to actors, entertainers, prostitutes and star-crossed lovers, the people of downtown Edo became celebrities of this new metropolis, their image captured in vibrant woodblock prints.

Photo: Chesterbeatty.ie

Woodblock prints were an affordable art, printed by the thousand and consumed as fast as fashion demanded. They are also aesthetically rich and technically accomplished. As illustrious artists and shrewd publishers battled for market share, they constructed the city anew on paper.

Edo in Colour explores how woodblock prints shaped a city’s identity as they crafted its image.

Photo: Chesterbeatty.ie

 

Visit online exhibition here: https://chesterbeatty.ie/exhibitions/edo-in-colour/

 


‘Edo in Colour’ is presented with the support of the Japan Foundation and Toshiba International Foundation.

‘Black Dragonfly’ – Debut Novel by Jean Pasley

We are delighted to announce the upcoming release of Jean Pasley’s novel ‘Black Dragonfly’ based on the remarkable experiences of the Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn.

Over a century after his death, nomadic Irish writer, Patrick Lafcadio Hearn remains one of the most famous Westerners ever to make Japan his home. In this richly imagined novel, Jean Pasley explores not only Hearn’s stark, lonely childhood in Ireland and his scandalous time in America but also how Japan changed him and how he went on to become one of Japan’s most celebrated and cherished writers.

Dublin-born writer and filmmaker Jean Pasley spent ten years in Japan. Her screenplays have won numerous awards, the most recent being The Audience Award at Cork International Film Festival 2020 for The Bright Side on which she was co-writer. Her new short film, Ship of Souls, which she directed, was also inspired by Hearn and is due for release shortly. She now lives in Dublin, close to one of Hearn’s childhood homes. This is her first novel. Jean Pasley is also a member of the Ireland Japan Association (IJA).

 

A lavish, beautiful testimony to the life and achievements of Lafcadio Hearn. – Frank McGuinness

 

The story of a complex and troubled man, as he tries to come to terms with his life and at the same time, negotiate the ancient, mysterious and fast-changing civilisation of nineteenth century Japan. – Christine Dwyer Hickey

 

An alluring and absorbing tale and one of the most engaging and insightful books I have read in a long time. – Manchán Magan

 

Black Dragonfly is published by Balestier Press. Publication date: 15 April 2021.

You can preorder your copy online here:


ABOUT BALESTIER PRESS
Founded in 2015, Balestier Press is an independent publisher proudly presenting the hidden gems of contemporary world literature, picture books, comics/graphic novels and memoirs, with a focus on Asia, Pacific and Africa. We enable a greater variety of original voices to be heard by promoting writers, translators, and illustrators worldwide, with the belief that the beauty of literature, stories and thoughts can connect different cultures and people across borders.

EU-Japan News | March 2021 Issue Available Now

EU-Japan NEWS is the quarterly newsletter of the EU-Japan Centre launched in 2003 and containing EU-Japan-related news and features on topics of interest to EU and Japan businesses and public bodies.

The newest issue of the March 2021 Newsletter is available in an online and PDF version packed with the EU and Japan related news, partnering opportunities, network news and lots of other useful information and links.

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is a unique venture between the European Commission and the Japanese government. It is a non-profit organisation established as an affiliate of the Institute of International Studies and Training (IIST). It aims at promoting all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Japan and at improving EU and Japanese companies’ competitiveness and cooperation by facilitating exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses.

You can read full March 2021 Newsletter online here!

You can read full March 2021 Newsletter in PDF format here!

Circuits of Care: Ageing in Japan’s Robot Revolution | Film Screening + Q&A

Together with UCD Japan and UCD Centre for Japanese Studies we are delighted to invite you to an online webinar ‘Circuits of Care: Ageing in Japan’s Robot Revolution’ – Film Screening + Q&A.

Date: Thursday, 20 May 2021
Time: 12 PM (Irish Standard Time)
Registration is required:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/circuits-of-care-ageing-in-japans-robot-revolution-film-screening-qa-tickets-142400950075

By 2036, one in three people in Japan will be over the age of 65. While the nation wrestles with a shrinking labour force, the Robot Revolution Initiative was launched to expand robotics into every corner of the Japanese economy and society.

Circuits of Care follows anthropologist David Prendergast as he meets researchers developing and testing assistive technologies for older adults. From cybernetic walking supports to companion robots and automated sensor networks in nursing homes, older adults and care professionals share their experiences of the practical benefits these technologies bring, the problems they create and the unexpected relationships that can blossom.

Speakers:

  • David Prendergast is a social anthropologist and Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Maynooth University in Ireland where he was also previously Head of the Department of Design Innovation. David also worked at Intel for eleven years where he was a Principal Investigator at the ‘Technology Research for Independent Living Centre’ and co-founder of the ‘Intel Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities’. He has served as Visiting Professor of Healthcare Innovation at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin. His latest book ‘Aging and the Digital Life Course’ was named a CHOICE ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ by the American Library Association and was described as one of ‘the two most fascinating books on ageing in the 21st Century’ by the Huffington Post.
  • Naonori Kodate is Associate Professor in Social Policy, University College Dublin and the founding Director of UCD Centre for Japanese Studies. He was previously Research Associate at NIHR King’s Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre, UK, and is currently affiliated with la Fondation France-Japon de l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He is the Principal Investigator of an international research project “Harmonisation towards the establishment of Person-centred, Robotics-aided Care System (HARP)”, working with teams in Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong and France. His recent publications include: ‘Can connected technologies improve sleep quality and safety of older adults and care-givers? (Technology in Society)’ and ‘Home-care robots – attitudes and perceptions among older people, carers and care professionals in Ireland (Health and Social Care in the Community)’.

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/circuits-of-care-ageing-in-japans-robot-revolution-film-screening-qa-tickets-142400950075

 


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Japan in the Age of Fraying International Order | Online Webinar

Together with UCD Japan and UCD Centre for Japanese Studies we are delighted to invite you to an online webinar ‘Japan in the Age of Fraying International Order’.

Date: Thursday, 8 April 2021
Time: 1 PM
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/japan-in-the-age-of-fraying-international-order-tickets-143762498503

 

This presentation is intended to explore Japan’s role in the age of fraying international order. It first analyses the dominant trends and issues in the contemporary world: in particular, the dismaying performance of the advanced democracies, the rise of the authoritarian regimes, as well as the Sino-American hegemonic rivalries. Then it moves on to review the current state of Japan and consider the implications for Japan’s expected international role, before concluding on the potential for Japan-US-Europe cooperation.

Guest Speaker

Ken Endo (遠藤 乾) is Professor of International Politics, School of Law & Dean of the Graduate School of Public Policy, Hokkaido University, Sapporo. He is also Part-time Professor Global Governance Programme, EU-ASIA Project, European University Institute (EUI).

After obtaining MA (cum laude) in European Studies at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, he obtained a D.Phil in Politics at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, in 1996. The subsequent appointments include: Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo (2003-16), Visiting Professor, National Chengchi University (2008, 18), Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow, European University Institute (2009-10), Visiting Professor & Japan Chair, Sciences po, Paris (2005 & 2010), Visiting Professor, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing (2015), Visiting Fellow, Ifri, Paris (2017), Taiwan MOFA fellow (2018).

His main publications are: The Presidency of the European Commission under Jacques Delors: The Politics of Shared Leadership (Macmillan/St. Martin’s, 1999) and The End of Integration – The realities and implications of the European Union (Iwanami, 2013, in Japanese), for which he was awarded the Yomiuri-Chuo Koron Yoshino Sakuzo prize in 2014.

His recent book focused on the European Complex Crisis (Chuo-koron, 2016, in Japanese). He edited two tomes in Japanese: A History of European Integration (Nagoya UP, 2008), A Documentary History of European Integration: Documents and Commentaries (Nagoya UP, 2008).

His recent publications also include: The Frontiers of Global Governance (Toshindo, 2008); History and Thought of Global Governance (Yuhikaku, 2010); Sovereignty at the Present Times (Chikuma, 2019).

Professor Endo served as one of the two commissioning editors of Iwanami’s 8 vols (c100 articles), on Japanese Security (2014-15).

His recent articles (in Japanese) can be found here:

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/japan-in-the-age-of-fraying-international-order-tickets-143762498503

 


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Japanese Story: A New Season of Japanese Films Online | Volume I

If you have an interest in Japanese film history, you will be pleased to know that Irish Film Institute has announced their new season of Japanese films, online on IFI@Home: Japanese Story.

Films included in the first volume of the season will be available to rent from Friday, February 5th for just €5.99, taking you through a journey of Japanese cinema, from the Golden Age to the surrealist, to the best of J-Horror.

Films are available to browse and rent here: https://www.ifihome.ie/page/japanese-story/

The phenomenal depth and breadth of stylistic and narrative invention observed in Japanese cinema offers continued delights for even the most ardent of cinephiles. The films selected for this season are intended to offer the most basic of primers to one of film’s most historically significant national cinemas.

Alongside classics from titans such as Ozu and Kurosawa are included some more outré examples of work from contemporary directors, as well as samples of uniquely Japanese takes on genre, such as the kaijuanime, and pinku eiga films featured. While it is impossible to represent all the many facets of Japanese cinema in such a selection, it is hoped that what is on offer will provide a tantalising introduction for some, and a welcome opportunity to revisit for others.

JAPANESE STORY VOLUME I: FULL SCHEDULE
Films are available to browse and rent here.
The second volume of the season will be available to rent on IFI@Home in March 2021.

A Gap in the Clouds: Translating Medieval Japanese Poetry

Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation  is inviting you to join for the launch of a new translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, one of the most important poetry collections in Japan.

Date: Thursday, 11 February 2021
Time: 5.30 PM
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-gap-in-the-clouds-translating-medieval-japanese-poetry-today-tickets-137401151543?aff=ebdssbeac&keep_tld=1

Compiled ca. 1235 by Fujiwara no Teika, it is one of the most important poetry collections in Japan, a collection of 100 poems by 100 poets, composed by emperors and empresses, courtiers, high priests, ladies-in-waiting and soldier-calligraphers over almost 400 years. The 100 poems in the collection are Tanka, a related form of poem to the more famous Haiku. Each one works as a mental snapshot of scene, filled with symbolism and layers of interpretation.

This new translation, A Gap in the Clouds, is a collaboration between James Hadley, Director of the MPhil in Literary Translation at Trinity College, and poet Nell Regan. The collection combines the scholarly research to understand the historical and cultural context of medieval Japan, where the poems were originally written; with the poetic mastery to allow each text to be appreciated as a poem in its own right in English. The book includes all 100 of the poems in English translation, accompanied by the original poems in beautiful Japanese calligraphy.

James and Nell will be joining this event to discuss the background to the collection, how they went about translating the poems, and will read some of their favourites from the collection.

Nell Regan is a poet and non-fiction writer based in Dublin. She has published three collections of poetry: Preparing for SpringBound for Home and One Still Thing. Her awards include an Arts Council Literature Bursary, a Fellowship at the International Writing Programme, Iowa; and she has been a Fulbright Scholar at U.C. Berkeley, as well as Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellow. Her biography Helena Molony, A Radical Life, 1883-1967 was Irish Independent 2017 Book of the Year. Her translations of the Irish language poetry of Micheál Mac Liammóir have been published in Poetry Ireland Review and Cyphers. She works freelance as an educator and literary programmer. Her recent collaboration with composer & musician Mary Barnecutt, supported by the Arts Council, has just been launched at www.eavesdrop.ie

James Hadley is Ussher Assistant Professor in Literary Translation at Trinity College Dublin. He is the director of the College’s master’s degree in Literary Translation, which is based at the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation. After studying Japanese and Computing at the undergraduate level, and later Buddhism and Translation Studies at the master’s level, James completed a PhD in Translation Studies in 2013. Since then, James has become known as one of the leading theoretical researchers in indirect translation, or the translation of translations. James is a strong proponent of using computer-based tools in the production of translation research. James is also very interested in practices that stretch our casual assumptions about what translation is and how it functions.

If you would like to pre-order this book, please click here: https://www.dedaluspress.com/product/a-gap-in-the-clouds/

 

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