UCD Centre for Japanese Studies Launch Webinar Series

February 2021

The UCD Centre for Japanese Studies was officially launched by two Webinars in February, with H.E. Mr Kitano (Ambassador of Japan to Ireland) and Prof. Bando (Chancellor of Showa Women’s University). We had a great turnout and lively discussions.

The event was organised in collaboration with UCD Japanese Society, the Embassy of Japan in Ireland, Ireland-Japan Association, Experience Japan and UCD Japan.

More Webinars are being planned so watch this space and join us!

[1] 12 February 2021, 1-2pm “Why Japan Matters” Speaker: H.E. Mr Mitsuru Kitano (Ambassador of Japan to Ireland), with Prof. John Neary (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice) & Dr Declan Downey (School of History)
A special video letter was sent from H.E. Mr Paul Kavanagh (Ambassador of Ireland, Japan).

Ambassador Kitano's speech can be accessed on the website of the Embassy of Japan in Ireland. https://www.ie.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/11_000001_00042.html

You can also access the Webinar on our YouTube Channel (below).

[2] 16 February 2021, 9-10am “Why Women Leaders?” Speaker: Chancellor Prof. Mariko Bando (Chancellor, Showa Women’s University), with Prof. Gerardine Doyle (Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School) and Assoc. Prof. Emma Sokell (School of Physics, Deputy Director of the UCD Centre for Japanese Studies).

A special video letter was sent from Prof. Christina Davis (Director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations & the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. Prof. Davis is also an external academic advisor for the Centre.


We are grateful to all the co-organisers for their generous support!