Richard Broinowski and Tessa Morris-Suzuki are two Australian scholars, who have been following developments since the Fukushima nuclear accident ever since the events of March 2011. They provide their latest insights from their different perspectives.
Investigation of the current zeitgeist of formal style-first for foreign language learners of Japanese
Japanese language requires speakers to constantly make decisions between using the two major speech styles of formal and informal, depending on a large number of social cues(Cook 2006; Ishida 2001; Iwasaki 2011: 67).
There was a large scale reform of education in the 1980s called the "Rinji Kyooiku Shingikai (aka Rinkyooshin) - National Council on Educational Reform" led by the cabinet, and strongly advocated and supported by Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone.
The 34th annual Japanese evening featuring Kabuki 2011 ANU Za Kabuki in conjunction with the Australian National University Japan Centre and the Embassy of Japan, Canberra
On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II, Katō Norihiro (1948 - ) published a controversial essay titled Haisengoron (Theories on the Post-Defeat), regarded by some as the precursor to the historical revisionist movements of the late 1990s.
"Japan-in-America 1890-1915" was a research project culminating in an exhibition in 2008 of samples of the vast number of images, stories, performances, and accounts of Japan that circulated in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century.
There will be a 30-minute-presentation on Therapeutic Community (TC) model for prison inmates, one of alternative approaches to transform violent offenders, by an independent Japanese documentary filmmaker Kaori Sakagami, followed by 90-minute-screening of her documentary film LIFERS: REACHIN