Japan Open Café: Improving trade between EU & Japan

The EU and Japan came to a broad agreement for the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement this past summer. It is intended to remove barriers on trade between both sides and will affect global trade in many ways. The agreement has been in development for years, but in light of events such as Brexit and the US’ withdrawal from the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) seems now all the more significant. What will the agreement do, and what will the impact be for Dutch-Japanese trade relations and individual businesses?
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Japan Open Café: Abdication of Emperor Akihito

Emperor Akihito’s plans to abdicate have resulted in a lot of discussion around the world. It has been 200 years since a Japanese emperor last chose abdication. What kind of social, political, and legal consequences might this have? This also brings up the discussion of the past, present, and future role of the imperial family in general.
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Leiden Alumni Event

Zaterdag 16 september opent de Universiteit Leiden de deuren speciaal voor haar alumni. Neem een kijkje in de gloednieuwe Asian Library, maak kennis met andere alumni, borrel met oud-studiegenoten en ontdek wat auteur (én alumnus) Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer prijsgeeft over zijn studententijd.

Een kaartje bedraagt €25,- en is inclusief voorprogramma (optioneel), buffet, borrel én toegang tot de Nacht van Kunst & Kennis die aansluitend plaatsvindt op en om het Rapenburg. Dit bijzondere cultuurfestival biedt een verrassende mix van wetenschap, muziek en kunst in diverse Leidse musea, het Academiegebouw, de Hortus botanicus en de Sterrewacht.

Schrijf je nu in of bekijk de Facebook event.

Save the Date(s): Japen Open Café

Japan Open Café – September edition (27 September)

The September edition of Japan Open Café will center around the topic of the Japanese Imperial Family. Emperor Akihito’s plans to abdicate have resulted in a lot of discussion around the world. What kind of social, political, and economic consequences might this have?

As always, two interesting speakers will provide different perspectives on this topic. More information about the speakers will follow soon!

Date: 27 September, 18:00
Location: Koorenhuis, The Hague
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Japan Open Café – November edition (29 November)

In the final Japan Open Café of 2017 we will discuss the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. This Agreement is intended to remove certain barriers and will affect global trade in many ways. It has been in development for years, but in light of events such as Brexit and the US’ withdrawal from the TPP seems all the more significant.

Once again two speakers will share their views and discuss them with us. The speakers will be announced in the weeks before the event!

Date: 29 November, 18:00
Location: Koorenhuis, The Hague
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Japan Open Café

Thanks everyone for attending yesterday’s Japan Open Café!

We welcomed a smaller but very curious group of people with many questions to our speakers. We hope you’ve gained some more knowledge about the view of Japan on the Paris climate agreement (where our speaker Takahide Suzuki spoke for example on if it is possible for Japan to make a switch to renewable energy instead of coal-powered or nuclear energy) and how the Netherlands and Japan are collaborating on e.g. climate change adaptation with our second speaker Koos Wieriks. And of course that you went home with a few new contacts within the Japan network!

The next edition of the Japan Open Café will be after the summer, on September 27th! Save the date (and spread the word)!

Japan Open Café: Japan and climate change

While summer is starting around us in the Netherlands, we would like to welcome you to our pre-summer Japan Open Café on 28 June 2017 in the Hague!

As previously, two speakers will share their perspective on a major news item worldwide, and in Japan:

Japan and climate change: responses to Trump’s rejection of the Paris Accord

While sustainability and climate change are becoming increasingly urgent topics in Japan and worldwide, Donald Trump recently made headlines (again) with his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. This Japan Open Café will discuss perspectives from Japan on this decision: how did the media, politicians and citizens respond? How is sustainability as a topic developing in Japan? And how is Japan collaborating internationally to mitigate the effects of climate change? “Japan Open Café: Japan and climate change” verder lezen

10e Japanmarkt – Leiden

10e Japanmarkt
Zondag 4 juni, 12.00 – 17.00 uur
Rapenburg, Leiden

Omdat het dit jaar de tiende editie is wordt de Japanmarkt grootser dan ooit! Bezoek meer dan 500 meter markt met een breed aanbod van Japanse culturele en culinaire waren.

Alumni Kai
Al tien jaar is de Japanmarkt plek om Leidse Japanologen tegen het lijf te lopen. Een soort van officieuze reünie zeg maar.

Kom even gedag zeggen bij de gezamenlijke kraam van de Gemeente Leiden en Gemeente Nagasaki!


Lecture by Mr. Yukio Okamoto, former Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, on the future of East Asia’s security situation

As the former Special Advisor to two Prime Ministers of Japan, the President of Okamoto Associates and a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at MIT,
Mr. Yukio Okamoto is one of the most requested specialists and a well-known public speaker in the field of international relations and public diplomacy. The Embassy of Japan is delighted to announce that Mr. Okamoto will visit the Netherlands to give a lecture which is scheduled to take place from 16:00 hours on the 9th of June at Leiden University The Hague Campus Wijnhaven.

Date: 9 June 2017
Time: 16:00 hours – Venue open
16:15 hours – Lecture starts
17:15 hours – Lecture ends
Location: Leiden University The Hague Campus Wijnhaven
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague



Lecture Andrew Oros on Japanese security

On June 7th, Andrew Oros will give a lecture on ‘Japan’s Security Renaissance: New Directions in Regional and US-Japan Relations’


7 June 2017|15:30- 17:00


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Japan is the key US ally in Asia, in a new presidential era when the role of allies is being called into question. As the third largest economy in the world and one of the world’s largest military spenders, what role will Japan play in US Asia policy and in regional affairs?  Prof. Andrew Oros will seek to answer these questions in relation to his new book “Japan’s Security Renaissance: New Policies and Politics for the 21st Century”.

Professor Oros is an expert on international and comparative politics of East Asia, with an emphasis on approaches to security management.

The lecture will take place on June 7th in Leiden.