27th October 2017

Japan conferences at SOAS, London

A look at employment and social innovation

SOAS, University of London is hosting two Japan-related events in November that will explore employment in Japanese companies and tackling the challenges of an ageing society.


Foreign Graduate Employment in Japanese Companies - Implications for Japanese Studies Teaching & Research

Japanese companies are important employers of university graduates with knowledge on Japan and Japanese language skills.

Yet, much of this employment has happened in overseas subsidiaries and often graduates have seen limited career opportunities. Recently, Japanese companies have begun to hire graduates for employment in Japan itself and have also reemphasized the need to localize their overseas subsidiaries. These trends coincide with universities having become more interested in the employability of their graduates.

This conference aims to assess these developments and explore how Japanese studies and language teaching as well as research should respond. The conference brings together international representatives of Japanese studies and language departments, Japanese company executives, employment agents, as well as Japanese studies students and graduates.


6th November, 1pm - 7th November, 6:30pm

Russell Square College Buildings

Free entry but registration is required.

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UK-Japan Collaboration Seminar: Social Innovation in an Ageing Population & Diversifying Society

In Japan, serious problems caused by an ageing population are emerging. The government of Japan was formulating a plan entitled Towards the 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan, which began in 2016. Currently, R&D of industry-academia collaboration towards creation and social implementation of innovation is progressing. Ageing is becoming a major issue in many developmed countries and it is equally important to cultivate interpersonal skills to effectively work with and for people from different backgrounds.

Researchers at Ritsumeikan University are ambitious in problem-solving R&D, particularly in relation to ageing societies. Thsi event will help promote research collaboration and academic interaction between Japan and the UK.


10th November, 3-7pm

DLT Lecture Theatre, Russell Square

Free entry but registration is required.

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