Post-Abe Japan & Political Leadership | Online Webinar


We are delighted to support UCD Japan Fair 2020 this year and together with UCD Japan and UCD Centre for Japanese Studies would like to invite you to an online webinar ‘Post-Abe Japan & Political Leadership’.

This session  will look at the Post-Abe political environment and the major issues facing Japan.

Date: Friday, 4th December 2020
Time: 12 – 1 PM
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What happens next for Japanese politics after Abe?

Prof. Hugo Dobson (Professor of Japan’s International Relations in the National Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK) will talk about post-Abe leadership and Japan’s role in the world.

Prof. Dobson’s research interests include multilateral organisations and global governance, especially the G7 and G20 and Japan’s role therein. His research also explores the role of images in shaping our understanding of international relations and Japan’s role in the world, from postage stamps and logos to TV programmes such as The Simpsons.

He has been invited to teach and research at various institutions around the world including the University of Tokyo, Kobe University, Hosei University, Zurich University and Charles University in Prague.

He has received a number of teaching awards related to his work with the “Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences” initiative at the University of Sheffield. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

The respondent, Mr Bill Emmott is the Chairperson of the Japan Society in the UK and was previously Editor-in-Chief of The Economist (1993-2006). Bill is a Fellow of Tokyo College, University of Tokyo’s new interdisciplinary research institute. He also chairs the board of Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub for the Arts & Humanities and is chairman of The Wake Up Foundation, a charity dedicated to education and communication about the decline of western societies using film, which he co-founded in 2013 with an Italian film-maker, Annalisa Piras.

He has written eight books on Japan, the first of which was The Sun Also Sets: Why Japan Will Not Be Number One (1989). His most recent book is Japan’s Far More Female Future (Oxford University Press / Nikkei Shimbun Publishing).

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Career opportunities in Japan | Online Webinar


We are delighted to support UCD Japan Fair 2020 this year and together with UCD Japan and UCD Centre for Japanese Studies would like to invite you to an online webinar ‘Career opportunities in Japan’.

This session will look at career options for new graduates and, in addition, research opportunities for postgraduate and academic staff.

Date: Friday, 6th November 2020
Time: 1-2 PM
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What is the JET Programme?

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (外国語青年招致事業, Gaikokugo Seinen Shōchi Jigyō), or JET Programme, is a Japanese government initiative that brings college (university) graduates – mostly native speakers of English – to Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and Sports Education Advisors (SEAs) in Japanese kindergartens, elementary, junior high and high schools, or as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) in local governments and boards of education. JET Programme participants are collectively called JETs. Ireland became a participating country in the JET Programme in 1987. Since then over 1,200 Irish people have contributed to and enjoyed the programme, including the 43 Irish JETs who departed for Japan in 2019. Irish JETs act as ambassadors for Ireland, introducing all aspects of Irish culture to the Japanese people.

Who is the JSPS, and what does it do?

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) also known as Gakushin, is an independent administrative institution. It provides various fellowships for researchers to conduct, under the guidance of their Japanese hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. As Japan’s premier research funding agency, JSPS carries out a diverse program that includes funding scientific research, fostering young researchers, promoting international scientific exchange, and supporting the reform and globalization of universities. Its annual budget in 2011 fiscal year was ¥334.7 billion. The JSPS is equivalent to both Science Foundation Ireland and the Ireland Research Council for Japan, covering all disciplinary areas.

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