Photographs from the Mitsubishi Seminar 2013

Japanese Studies Centre

The Mitsubishi Corporation Seminar Series 

Japan Renewal:  post 3/11 Japan and the Media

Melbourne, Friday 21 June 2013

Monash Law Chambers

This interdisciplinary seminar explored the roles of traditional and new media in the reporting and documenting of the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in Northeastern Japan.  The triple disaster on 11 March 2011 threw into relief a variety of social, political and economic issues, such as community planning, the aging of society, and environmental concerns:  how are these concerns being debated in the public sphere?  What are the potential futures for this area?

The JSC invites the Japanese Studies community to this one day gathering of Australian and Japanese scholars to discuss the steps Japanese society has taken in the two years since the disaster. Featured speakers included:  

Professor Mamoru Itoh, professor of media and sociology at the Graduate School of International Culture and Communication, Waseda University, Tokyo

Professor Vera Mackie, ARC Future Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wollongong 

Dr. Claire Maree, lecturer in Japanese and sociolinguist at the University of Melbourne

Mr. Roger Pulvers, author, playwright, translator and theatre director, and recipient of the Miyazawa Kenji Prize for literature in 2008

After introductions and greetings from the Consul General Hidenobu Sobashima and Ms. Marie Turner of Mitsubishi Australia Ltd., there were four presentations from the featured speakers. The group convened into three discussion groups, focussing on the topics ‘New Media as an Immediate Response’; ‘Information Management and Governance’ and ‘Media and Activism’. 

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Consul General Sobashima greets the symposium participants

 

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Ms. Marie Turner, Mitsubishi Australia Ltd.

 

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Professor Koichi Iwabuchi, MAI

 

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Professor Mamoru Itoh, Waseda University, Waseda Institute for the Studies of Media and Citizenship

 

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Ms. Marie Turner, Mitsubishi Australia Ltd.

 

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Dr. Claire Maree, University of Melbourne

 

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Prof. Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong

 

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The Panel

 

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Mr. Roger Pulvers

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This seminar was part of a series of academic seminars sponsored by Mitsubishi Corporation and coordinated by the Japanese Studies Centre, Melbourne.

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