The Yamato Dynasty & the Imperial Succession in Japan | Seminar

Japan’s 85-year-old monarch, Emperor Akihito, who will abdicate at the end of April 2019 has became a symbol of peace and reconciliation in Japan. He will step down on 30th April, to be succeeded the next day by Crown Prince Naruhito.

To mark this occasion, the Embassy of Japan, Experience Japan and UCD Japan are organizing a seminar ‘The Yamato Dynasty & the Imperial Succession in Japan’ presented by Dr Declan Downey (RAH, UCD School of History) which will be followed by a screening of ‘His Majesty the Emperor: 30 Years Since His Majesty’s Accession’.

Event will take place on Sunday, 31st March at 1.30 p.m. at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. This event is free for everyone and no advance registration is required.

For more information, please click HERE!

Event is organized by the Embassy of Japan, Experience Japan and UCD Japan.

Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) | 2 December 2018

If you are studying Japanese language, would like to test you language level and receive an internationally recognised qualification for non-native speakers, please note that in Ireland, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will take place on 2nd December, 2018.

JLPT in Dublin, 2018
Next Exam:
  Sunday, 2nd December 2018
Venue:  John Henry Newman Building, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
Time:  You will be asked to arrive by 12:00
Fee:  €85

Registration closes on Friday 5th October 2018 at 23:59 (Midnight)

If you wish to book your JLPT examination, you can do it here!

In Ireland, the JLPT is administered by UCD Japan on behalf of the Japan Foundation.

You can find more information about the JLPT in the brochure here!



Why Women Leaders? Fostering Tomorrow’s Leaders in Japan | Online Webinar

Together with UCD Japan and UCD Centre for Japanese Studies we are delighted to invite you to an online webinar ‘Why Women Leaders? Fostering Tomorrow’s Leaders in Japan.’

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Time: 9-10 AM
Registration is required:

This event is partly pre-recorded with live Q&A Session.


    • Chancellor Prof. Mariko Bando, Chancellor, Showa Women’s University,
    • Prof. Gerardine Doyle, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School,
    • Prof. Christina Davis, Director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations & Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University – External Academic Advisor for the UCD Centre for Japanese Studies

A pioneering role-model and leading advocate for the empowerment of women and gender equality in Japan, Prof. Mariko Bando (Chancellor of Showa Women’s University) will speak about why fostering women leaders is so important for Japan and the world.

Prof. Mariko Bando is a prolific author of more than 40 books, including Toward a Gender-Equal Society and The Dignity of a Woman, which has sold more than 3 million copies and was Japan’s #1 best seller in 2007.

After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1969, she embarked on a path-breaking career that began as the first woman to be employed at the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office as a career bureaucrat. She chose to continue working even after marriage and children and served the Japanese government in various capacities for 34 years. In 1998 she became the first woman to serve as Japanese Consul General in Brisbane, Australia. From 2001-03, she was Director-General of the Bureau for Gender Equality under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

She was director of the Japan National Committee of UNIFEM (the United Nations Development Fund for Women).

She was a visiting research fellow at Harvard University’s Bunting Institute and the Kennedy School of Government, where she conducted a comparative study of women executives in the US and Japan. She joined Showa Women’s University in 2004, became president in 2007 and Chancellor in 2014. She is a proud mother of two daughters.

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Why Japan Matters? | Online Webinar

Together with UCD Japan and UCD Centre for Japanese Studies we are delighted to invite you to an online webinar ‘Why Japan matters?’ with H.E. Mr. Mitsuru Kitano, Ambassador of Japan to Ireland.

Date: Friday, 12 February 2021
Time: 1-2 PM
Registration is required:


His Excellency Mr. Mitsuru Kitano, Ambassador of Japan to Ireland, will talk about the relationship between Ireland and Japan, particularly why Ireland and Irish people should engage with Japan. What are the commonalities between the two countries and peoples? What is the significance and benefit of focusing on Japan? What can Ireland and Irish people offer to Japan and Japanese people?

Ambassador Kitano was posted to Dublin in August 2019. He has over 40 years experience in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy at both Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Headquarters as well as Embassies and Permanent Missions abroad.

He has authored and co-edited four books in Japanese on such areas as public diplomacy and disarmament/non-proliferation. He has also contributed articles and research papers to English academic journals. His most recent article is ‘Ireland’s Neutrality Policy and Japan’s Alliance Policy’, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 2020, (2020). This article is based on his lecture for Dr Declan Downey’s final year History Module, Rise, Fall, Rise of Modern Japan at University College Dublin in April 2020.

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