Book Launch & Discussion “Ireland and Japan:1957-2017”

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

followed by

Discussion - ‘Shared commitments, enduring connections: Charting the history of Irish-Japanese diplomatic, cultural and economic relations.’  

The event is supported by the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce

Simultaneous Interpretation Provided

Date:Tuesday 5 December 2017

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

Venue:Okuma Small Auditorium, Waseda University

Lecturer:Dr. Michael Kennedy (Royal Irish Academy)

Pre-registration Recommended:

Those who pre-register will receive a copy of the RIA book by Dr.Kennedy - "Ireland and Japan: 1959-2017"

Pre-registration open from 7 November to 27 November.

Dr.Michael Kennedy

Michael 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

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.


18:15 Welcome Remarks

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

18:25 Book Launch and Discussion by Dr. Michael Kennedy

19:45 Response by Mr. Chihiro Atsumi, Former Ambassador to Ireland (most recent)
Organizers: Embassy of Ireland
Waseda University <Institute for Irish Studies, Intercultural Communication Center, International Office>
Inquiries: International Office, International Affairs Division, Waseda University
TEL: 03-3203-7747
E-mail:wint-euro [at]
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Event Details

  • Dec 5th 2017
    Register by Nov 16th 2017
  • 18:00 ~ 19:45
  • Okuma Small Auditorium, Waseda University
    1-104 Totsukacho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
  • Free - but registration is recommended