EIJS INAUGURATION IN 1992
The Inauguration of the European Institute of Japanese Studies at the Stockholm of Economics on 25 September 1992 marked the first major establishment in Europe of an Institute dedicated to the in-depth analysis of Japanese business and economic affairs. The opening ceremony speeches were given by the late HRH Prince Bertil, then Prime Minister Mr. Carl Bildt, and the Ambassador of Japan to Sweden Mr. Naohiro Kumagai.
On the 17-19 March, 1995 EIJS inaugurates the first of a series of roundtable meetings on International Economic Organisation in the Post-Uruguay Round Era at the Hotel Royal in Evian-les-Bains.
TOKYO OFFICE OPENS
The EIJS Tokyo Office was inaugurated in September 1997. Tokyo Office Opening Reception was held on 6 October 1997 at Imperial Hotel and over 120 participated from both Swedish and Japanese industries, embassies and academia. Since then, the activities of the office have been supported by the Embassy of Sweden, Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industries in Japan (SCCJ), European industries in Tokyo and some of Japanese industries.
The 6th International Conference on Japanese Information in Science, Technology, Commerce & Education (JOHO 6) was held in Stockholm, Sweden 1-3 September 1999, hosted by the European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS) and the Stockholm School of Economics. Approximately 150 delegates came to Sweden from all over the world. It was a fine opportunity to learn about new research & techniques, to have a bit of fun, and to meet new contacts. The chief concern of the conference was information flow involving Japan.
HELMUT SCHMIDT IN TOKYO
Symposium on the New Global Financial Challenge: Euro-Yen-US Dollar On 13 October 1999, the European Institute of Japanese Studies, Global Industrial Social Progress Research Institute (GISPRI) and the Institute for International Monetary Affairs (IIMA) hosted a symposium at the Hotel Okura in Tokyo entitled the "New Global Financial Challenge: Euro-Yen-US Dollar." With former Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr Helmut Schmidt as keynote speaker.
IMPERIAL VISIT TO EIJS
On Tuesday, 30 May 2000, Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, accompanied by Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, visited The European Institute of Japanese Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics during the Imperial couple's three-day state visit to Sweden.
JAPAN SYMPOSIUM 2002
On 19 March 2002, EIJS and Institute of World Economy hosted a symposium at Hotel Okura in Tokyo under the topic of "Impediments to Growth in Japan" with Prof. R. Glenn Hubbard, Chairman of U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisers as the keynote speaker and the panel consisting of Prof. Mitsuhiro Fukao, Professor, Facult of Business & Commerce, Keio University and Prof. Magnus Blomström, President, EIJS. Over 150 participants from government ministries, embassies, representatives of both European and Japanese industries and journalists attended the symposium and it was broad casted in the evening news of Television Tokyo on March 19.
SYMPOSIUM ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE
Mr. Carl Bildt visited Tokyo from Monday, September 29 to Thursday, October 2. The highligt of the visit was a symposium on "The Future of Europe" here he made keynote speech in Marubiru Hall. The symposium was organized by EIJS and Institute of World Economy and supported by
Mitsubishi Estate Co., LTd. Approx. 160 persons participated in the symposium.
WORKSHOP 17-19 June 2005
The workshop 'Forging Partnership? A Comparative Study of Institutional Responses to Nordic and Japanese Aid in Asia' was held in Stockholm. It was the second such workshop in the project 'Comparing Nordic and Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Asia' with participating scholars from the Nordic countries, Japan and Southeast Asia. This project, sponsored by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Finnida), the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JIBIC) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) culminated in a book-length publication: Jerve, Alf Morten, Shimomura, Yasutami & Hansen, Annette Skovsted. (red.), Aid relationships in Asia: Exploring Ownership in Japanese and Nordic Aid, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2007.
WORKSHOP, 30 August 2007
The workshop 'The Cutting Edge of ICT Utilization in Japan and Sweden: Socio-Economic Perspectives' was held in collaboration with Centre for Information and Communication Research (CIC) at SSE and the Institute for Digital Society (IDS) at Waseda University.
WORKSHOP, 14-15 June 2008
15 high level European scholars participated with paper presentations in the workshop 'Japan's Political Economy'. On the final day EJARN (European Japan Advanced Research Network) was established. Professor Marie Söderberg, EIJS' director, is EJARN chairperson and the EIJS serves as the base for this network.
EIJS–EJARN CONFERENCE, 4-5 June 2009
A conference on 'The EU-Japan Action Plan' was organized in collaboration with EJARN. The aim of the conference was to provide an occasion for an overall review of the contents, achievements and shortcomings of the EU-Japan Action Plan adopted in 2001. In addition to 15 leading scholars from various European countries, representatives from the European Commission, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Japanese Embassy in Sweden also attended.
CONFERENCE, 21-22 August 2009
A conference on 'The Japanese–South Korean Relationship' took place in collaboration with the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. This was a multidisciplinary workshop in which the bilateral relationship was analyzed from various angles. A number of scholars from Japan, South Korea, Europe and the U.S. participated. The conference papers have been published in book form: Söderberg, Marie (red.), Changing Power Relations in Northeast Asia: Implications for Relations between Japan and South Korea, Routledge, London, 2011
CONFERENCE, 2 December 2009
A conference on 'EU-Japan Relations in the Decade Ahead – Something New or More of the Same?' was held in Tokyo in cooperation with the Keio Jean Monnet EU Studies Centre of Excellence, the Embassy of Sweden in Japan and EJARN.
SEMINAR, 19 February 2010
Professor Seiichiro Yonekura from Japan's Hitotsubashi University held a seminar entitled 'Japanese Business Innovation – Present and Future Challenges'. This seminar was organized together with the Sweden–Japan Foundation, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and the Embassy of Japan in Sweden.
Inauguration of a new seminar series "Stockholm Seminar on Japan", 25 March 2010
This seminar series is jointly launched by the three major academic institutions of Japanese Studies in Sweden: the EIJS, the Northeast Asia Program at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and the Department of Japanese Studies at Stockholm University. It features monthly seminars on Japanese economics, politics and society.
EIJS-EJARN CONFERENCE, 10-11 June 2010
The theme of the conference was 'EU – Japan Relations'. In addition to members of EJARN a number of other high level European scholars, selected members of the 'Wise Person Group' appointed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and members of the EU commission took part.