Wrapping Culture – Surrounding Much of My Research

In my recent post Reporting and Responding to Disasters, I not only pointed to the significance of the idea of important/unimportant lives in the media (and the public) that is discussed in the novel Kuraimazu Hai (‘Climber’s High’/’Seventeen’) by Hideo Yokoyama, but also pointed to how influential Mileti’s idea of a disaster being designed (as…

The Sixteenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students

Recently I took part, as one of the judges, in The Sixteenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students. Of the things that I am regularly involved with as President of the British Association for Japanese Studies, this is one of the most enjoyable. It’s wonderful to see so many students putting their Japanese language skills…