Ireland-Japan 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations, Book Launch Lecture “Ireland and Japan: 1957-2017”

Ireland-Japan 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations
Book Launch Lecture “Ireland and Japan: 1957-2017”

The year 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan. An exciting programme of cultural, political, community and sporting events has been planned to commemorate this important milestone, as well as to deepen the existing positive relationship between the two countries.

As a celebratory event as one of these, we will hold a special lecture to commemorate Ireland-Japan 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations on Tuesday, 5th December. Professor Michael Kennedy, Executive Editor of the Royal Irish Academy will speak with the theme of “Shared commitments, enduring connections: Charting the history of Irish-Japanese diplomatic, cultural and economic relations.” Also, Mr. Chihiro Atsumi, the former Japanese ambassador to Ireland, will be on stage. This event also serves as a book launch of a book written by Professor Michael Kennedy, and we will give the book to everyone who has pre-registered.

Date: Tuesday 5 December, 2017

Lecture: 18:15 – 19:45 (Registration from 17:45)

Venue: Okuma Small Auditorium (Okuma Auditorium basement 1st floor, building 21), Waseda University

Address: 1-104 Totsukacho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Lecturer: Dr. Michael Kennedy (Royal Irish Academy)

  • Those who pre-register will receive a copy of Dr. Kennedy’s Ireland and Japan: 1959-2017
  • Pre-registration Recommended
  • Pre-registration open 7 November until 27 November.
  • Simultaneous Interpretation Provided

Dr. Michael Kennedy’s Profile

Dr. Michael KennedyMichael Kennedy is the Executive Editor of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series at the Royal Irish Academy. He received his PhD from University College Dublin and is the author and editor of a wide range of books and articles on Irish diplomatic and military history. Previously, Dr. Kennedy lectured at Queen’s University Belfast, Trinity College, Dublin, Liverpool Hope University and University College Dublin. He is a regular commentator on radio and television on modern history and current affairs.

Mr. Chihiro Atsumi’s Profile

Ambassador Chihiro Atsumi
After graduating from Sophia University, Mr. Chihiro Atsumi joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He professional appointments include Secretary to Chief Cabinet Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, Fellow at the Harvard Center for International Affairs, and Counsellor, Japanese Permanent Mission to OECD. In 2008, he was appointed Ambassador to Pakistan. In 2011, he was appointed Ambassador to Ireland. Currently, he serves as Special Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.


Welcome Remarks

  • Prof. Norimasa Morita, Vice President for International Affairs, Waseda University
  • Ambassador Anne Barrington, Ambassador of Ireland to JapanAmbassador Anne Barrington

Lecture and Book Launch by Dr. Michael Kennedy

“Shared commitments, enduring connections: Charting the history of Irish-Japanese diplomatic, cultural and economic relations.”

Responder: Mr. Chihiro Atsumi (most recent) Former Ambassador to Ireland



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