Category: General Meeting and Programs

Print Show Kick-off General Meeting – Talk by Noriko Yanagisawa “Addressing Social Issues through Art”

Date: October 12, Wednesday Time: 10:00 to 12:00 (Doors open at 10:00, Meeting begins at 10:15) Zoom streaming time 10:15-11:15
Venue: Daikanyama Hillside Terrace Hillside Banquet
Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to hear a dynamic artist talk about her life and art! Her energy is boundless and her passion contagious.
Professor Yanagisawa Noriko believes that her works should reflect the times she lives in, and she expresses herself fearlessly and with conviction. When did she first take an active interest in social issues and begin expressing her concerns through her art? In her talk, she will trace her career spanning over half a century by revisiting her works.

September General Meeting – The Samurai – Myth and Reality by Sven Saaler

Guest Speaker: Sven Saaler
September 14, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00, Online via Zoom
Most people today think of samurai as loyal and honorable defenders of the social order in medieval and early modern Japan. However, as Professor Sven Saaler will explain, that is not an accurate portrayal of the samurai but an image created by later generations to suit the particular social and political objectives of their times. After some remarks about the factors shaping historical perceptions, Professor Saaler will examine how imagery of the samurai has evolved over time.

June General Meeting – How Can Businesses Operate Responsibly in Myanmar?

Guest Speaker: Vicky Bowman
June 8, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00, Online via Zoom
As Director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) since 2013, and with 15 years of living and working in Myanmar, including as British Ambassador, Vicky Bowman has been a sounding board for companies who are wondering whether to stay or go, and how to do either responsibly, and consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

April General Meeting – Affinity – a sculptor’s view with Kate Thomson

April 13, 2022 10:00 to 12:00, Online via Zoom
Reservations:  by noon April 11 2022
Outside Tokyo’s Otemachi Financial City complex 5 marble play sculptures undulate along the pavement, their natural lustre and elegant curves offering an oasis for relaxed conversation amidst the business high rises. Titled “Keys of Affinity,” the group of sculptures is one of countless installations created by Scottish artist Kate Thomson, which grace the public spaces of prestigious institutions, hotels, residences, corporate buildings and city streets throughout Japan.

March General Meeting – Inflation in Japan – another headfake or dawn of a new era? by Izumi Duvalier

Date: March 9th, 2022 Time: 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Online via Zoom
Fee: Volunteer donation Guest fee: Free
Following years of weakness, inflation has been picking up sharply across the developed world. In what ways does the current pick-up in global inflation differ from the past, and is it sustainable? And how should central banks react? Most importantly, will inflation finally reach the shores of Japan. If so, what are the implications for the Japanese markets?

February General Meeting – Culture, Economy and Life on the Phone Screen by Wakayu Sato

On trains, in supermarket queues, even at the family dinner table – we always see young people looking at their smartphones. What are they really doing? Watching TikTok? Playing an online game?

Wakayu Sato, a content marketing and creator economy specialist, will tell us about the new services and programs that have young people hooked.