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The Japan-US Summit Highlights Changing Security Realities

Author: Cüneyt Aksoy On 10 April 2024, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made an official state visit to the United States (US). Ahead of the visit and the summit meeting with US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Kishida, in an interview, said that the geopolitical tensions have pushed the world to a “historical turning point”.[1]…

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South Africa-Japan University Forum: Building Bridges for Collaboration

Author: Inge Odendaal This August, the 6th South Africa-Japan University (SAJU) Forum, hosted by Stellenbosch University, promises to be another milestone in the academic relations between the two countries. Building on the success of past gatherings, this year’s forum tackles the theme of “Fostering Sustainable Partnerships in Research, Innovation and Impact.”  SAJU 6 aims to…

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Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision: Global Commerce, Maritime Security and Implications for Africa

Author: Gerhard van Niekerk This article draws on research presented at a Research Forum on Japanese Industry and Development in Africa, organised by Stellenbosch University Japan Centre and made possible by support by the Toshiba International Foundation. The virtual forum, held on the 26th and 29th of January 2024, focused on the role of Japanese…

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SUJC Forum Explores Japanese Industry and Development in Africa 

Author: Inge Odendaal  Stellenbosch University Japan Centre kickstarted 2024 with its first research forum titled “Japanese Industry and Development in Africa.” In January, the SUJC, with the support of a grant from the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO), hosted this forum which focused on addressing the understudied topic of the influence of Japanese businesses on African…

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Japan’s Strategy for Building a Robust Domestic AI Ecosystem

Author: Inge Odendaal Artificial intelligence (AI) reach is widespread, affecting many sectors across public and private spheres, both positively and negatively. Through the Hiroshima AI Process, G7 members have recognized the real-life implications of both AI and generative AI’s immense potential.[1] It can drive innovation, upskill workers, stimulate entrepreneurship, and improve healthcare outcomes and system…

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Japan and the Geopolitics of Space Travel

Earth from Space – Japan in AutumnImage captured from the European Space Agency’s Copernicus-Sentinel 3 mission in November 2023(Source: Wikimedia Commons) The geopolitics of space This article follows on an earlier discussion of the key milestones in Japan’s development of its space programme[i] and considers the wider geopolitical context within which this programme is pursued…

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Seminar on Mathematics Education: Context, Challenges and Innovations in Japan and South Africa

Author: Daniel Bugan Stellenbosch University Japan Centre (SUJC), in association with the Embassy of Japan in South Africa, recently presented a seminar entitled “Mathematics education, innovation and practice in varied contexts: Insights from Japan and South Africa”. The seminar, which took place on 6 March 2024, featured mathematics teaching practitioners and educators from primary, secondary…

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Interview: Prof. Yoichi MINE

Author: Daniel Bugan Prof. Yoichi Mine describes his visit to Stellenbosch University (SU) to deliver the second Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chair lecture as an emotional homecoming. It’s a place, he says, which not only ensured early academic success but also awakens fond memories of a more innocent and carefree time in his family’s…

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Second JICA Chair lecture hosted by Stellenbosch University

Author: Daniel Bugan Prof Yoichi Mine, Executive Director of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development, on 29 February 2024 delivered the second JICA Chair lecture at Stellenbosch University (SU). His lecture, entitled “Journeys for Human Security: Dynamics of Migration in Africa”, was hosted by SU’s Japan Centre…

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Interview: Dr. Shinichi KITAOKA

Author: Sue Segar Japan has achieved modernisation and industrialisation from the 19th to the 20th century and the challenges it faced were similar to those currently faced by developing countries. For this reason, Japan –the world’s first country to modernise from a non-Western background – has much to offer in terms of its experience and lessons to…