Aug. 30 “Japan’s Democracy at Risk” Lawrence Repeta

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“Japan’s Democracy at Risk –
The LDP’s Ten Most Dangerous Proposals for Constitutional Change”
Professor Lawrence Repeta
Meiji University School of Law, Tokyo

Comments: Dr. Lonny Carlile
UHM Ctr for Japanese Studies

Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 3-5 pm
Richardson School of Law, Moot Court Rm

Co-Sponsored by: UHM Center for Japanese Studies, William S. Richardson School of Law Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Program, William S. Richardson School of Law Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Student Organization
Printable flyer & links to speaker’s background and full paper: RepetaConstitutionAug30

Professor Kohno Speaks

Professor Masaru Kohno of Waseda University

Professor Masaru Kohno opened the Fall seminar series with, “Japanese Politics after 3/11: Trends and Challenges.” He saw the divided politics of the Japanese Diet inhibiting political responses to the disasters of March 11, 2011.  He questioned whether defections of Diet members from the Democratic Party, rising local political parties, and growing distrust among Japanese voters might influence the next National Diet elections.

“Rakugo in English” By Dr. Kimie Oshima

CJS is pleased to announce “Rakugo in English: by Dr. Kimie Oshima” which will be held on Friday, September 14 at the UHM Orvis Auditorium.

Rakugo is the traditional Japanese art of comic storytelling. The art form is more than 300 years old and provides a way to teach about Japanese culture and customs through humor. Dr. Oshima, who attended high school and college in the U.S., is an accomplished artist with performances in Japan and around the world (most recently in Tel Aviv). She describes how she turns Japanese rakugo into rakugo in English as “remaking the stories into something that sounds interesting and funny in English.” Knowledge or experience in the art form is not required to understand the performance. Join us for an evening of laughter!

Please see the flyer for details.

The 40th Anniversary of Urasenke Summer Seminar

Photo of Former Governor Ariyoshi

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Urasenke Summer seminar at UHM.  Roughly 110 guests from Japan, led by Dr. Genshitsu Sen, joined Hawaii tea practitioners for a two-day seminar at the UHM Art Auditorium, sponsored by Outreach College.  Day One featured a presentation by new UHM Chancellor Tom Apple, who laid out his vision for UH Manoa, and Former Governor George Ariyoshi, who described the origins of the East West Center and the connection between Hawaii and the EWC’s core mission. Day Two focused on tea demonstrations, including one by recent UH alumni, and a lecture-demonstration by Noenoe Zuttemesiter on traditional Hawaiian musical instruments and dance.  Participants also enjoyed tea at Jaku-an, and the Imin Center Garden Room, hosted by the UH Tea Club, and Urasenke Association members from Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai.