Change of leadership at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

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Mami Mizutori leaves her role as Executive Director and is replaced by Simon Kaner to take up her new appointment as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General On 28 February 2018, Mami Mizutori will end her tenure as Executive Director. She will be replaced by Simon Kaner, Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage on 1 March 2018. Mami will start a new job from March at the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations as the Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of Disaster Risk Reduction. She would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the warm support and friendship she received during her time at Norwich. She hopes […]

Research collaboration agreement signing with Gakushuin University

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The Sainsbury Institute and the Global Exchange Organisation for Research and Education of Gakushuin University, Japan, signed a memorandum of understanding for research exchange and collaboration in July 2016. This is a further boost to the Institute’s well established network of research partners. The memorandum would help foster a stronger research presence through development of joint lectures, publications, academic events and exchanges of research staff and information including library materials and research publications. We look forward to working on joint symposia, seminars and exchange visits by researchers in the coming years as a direct result of the memorandum signing.

MoU signing with Kanagawa University

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Research Partnership Sainsbury Institute signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Kanagawa University’s Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials, Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture Sainsbury Institute signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Kanagawa University’s Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials, Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture In March this year, the Sainsbury Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Research Centre for Nonwritten Cultural Materials, Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture, Kanagawa University. This is a result of the visit to the Center at Kanagawa University by our Executive Director, Mami Mizutori, and Simon Kaner, Head of Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, where […]

MoU signed with Kokugakuin University’s Advancement of Research and Development

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Memorandum of Understanding Sainsbury Institute signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Kokugakuin University’s Organization for the Advancement of Research and Development The Sainsbury Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kokugakuin University’s Organization for the Advancement of Research and Development in Tokyo on 8 March 2016. The Memorandum follows a research collaboration agreement made in 2009, and was signed by Inoue Nobutaka, Head of Advancement of Research and Development and Professor of Shinto Culture, and Mami Mizutori, Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute.The Memorandum promotes collaborative academic research between the two organisations including conducting joint research projects, exchange of researchers and other academic activities.After the signing, Professor Inoue and Mami […]

Australia-Japan Security Relations in a Changing Region

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Griffith Asia Institute Q&A panel Watch the video Australia-Japan Security Relations in a Changing Region On 4 February, the Executive Director, Mami Mizutori participated in a Q&A panel event in Brisbane, Australia. The event titled ‘Australia-Japan Security Relations in a Changing Region’ was organised by the Griffith Asia Institute. As part of a panel of five experts in the field, Mami answered questions from the audience pertaining to bilateral defense cooperations, the precarious situation in North Korea and opportunities that the increasingly close bilateral relations present for young Australians aspiring to work in Japan.

Academic exchange agreement signed with The University of Tokyo

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On 6 January of this year, Mizutori Mami, Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute and Professor Osano Shigetoshi, Dean of the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology and also of the Faculty of Letters of The University of Tokyo signed an agreement on academic exchanges between the two organizations. The signing ceremony took place at the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo with Dr Simon Kaner, Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage present from the Institute. Since its establishment, expanding and deepening our ties with Japanese higher education institutions has always been regarded as a top priority issue for the Sainsbury Institute. This most recent agreement forged […]

Lady Lisa Sainsbury 1912-2014

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The Sainsbury Institute is saddened to announce the death of its benefactor Lady Lisa Sainsbury. Lady Sainsbury died on 6th February aged 101. It was her vision, and that of her husband Sir Robert, who died in 2000, that led to the establishment of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) in 1999. Sir Robert and Lisa Sainsbury were among the greatest collectors of art and most prominent benefactors of the arts in the United Kingdom in modern times. Their collecting partnership spanned more than sixty years. Their stunning art collection was donated to the University of East Anglia, Norwich in 1973 where it is […]

Nara University Joins Up With The Sainsbury Institute

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The Sainsbury Institute and the Nara University signed an agreement of cooperation on 8 January. Nara University is a private university founded 45 years ago. They are a specialized university in humanities with a strong focus on archaeology and cultural heritage studies. Dr Simon Kaner has cultivated a good relationship with Nara University through his former contacts at the Cultural Agency and other organizations, who are now teaching and researching at the university. Nara University has ongoing cooperative relationships with two universities each in both China and Korea. The Sainsbury Institute is the first European academic institutions with which the university has a formal agreement. The agreement was signed between […]

Hitachi Europe and Hitachi Solutions Europe to Sponsor a New Online Resource

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Japanese History – Archaeology Project Online The role of history in education is currently in the headlines in the UK, as the future direction of how children are taught about the past is debated as part of the current government’s education reforms. With the sponsorship of Hitachi Europe and Hitachi Solutions Europe, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures will develop a new online resource which will provide unprecedented access for school children in UK and other English speaking countries to some of humanity’s most significant but woefully under-appreciated cultural heritage, the historical and archaeological treasures of the Japanese archipelago. This resource will enable students across […]

Message from the Executive Director

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As We Enter 2014 One year has passed since the Liberal Democratic Party government, led by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, was established in late December of 2013. In response, the mood in Japan seems far more positive than a year ago. The first two arrows of Abe’s ‘Three Arrow Policy’ have been successfully implemented so far. These consist of monetary and fiscal policies designed to boost the economy that had been languishing during the past few decades. However, to bring about a lasting economic recovery, plans that also include structural reforms need to be put into place. Can more women be introduced into the work force, or possibly even more […]

Change of the Senior Management at the Institute

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Three months have passed since the earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan. Our thoughts continue to go to all who are contributing towards the rebuilding efforts and helping towards easing the suffering caused by this terrible disaster. At the Sainsbury Institute, we are continuing with our mission to promote the deeper understanding of Japanese arts and cultures in the UK and Europe. At the same time, we are proactively considering how best to fulfill our commitment to the recovery and reconstruction taking place in Japan, paying particular attention to the arts, culture and heritage. It is now eleven years since the establishment of the Sainsbury Institute. We are extremely grateful […]

New Developments

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New Developments at the Sainsbury Institute and in Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mami Mizutori as Executive Director of the Institute from 1 May 2011. Ms Mizutori is currently a Senior Fellow at SISJAC and previously worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, her last post being Director for Financial Affairs, following appointments in London and Washington. Ms Mizutori joins the Sainsbury Institute as it embarks upon its second decade of facilitating and delivering innovative research into all aspects of Japanese arts and cultures. The Founding […]