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.
The Institute has been created on the basis of an endowment raised from the Swedish government and private corporations and from Japanese corporations and individuals.
The Institute aims to be a major centre of excellence in research and education on the Japanese economy and business, their impact on the world economy, and especially in regard to Euro-Japanese relations. The Euro-Japanese relationship has often been described as the weak link in the world economy. Thus a major goal of the Institute is to fill the Euro-Japanese “knowledge gap” and thereby to provide the means for European and Japanese current and future decision makers and opinion leaders to learn more about and from each other.
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.
EIJS-EJARN CONFERENCE, 9-10 JUNE 2011
On June 9-10, the EIJS, in cooperation with EJARN organized a conference entitled ‘Japan, What’s Next?’. Besides academic speakers from EJARN as well as from Japan, participants included officials from the European External Action Service and DG trade at the European Commission, officials from both the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well from as the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The papers presented at this conference were published as a special issue of Japan Forum (Volume 24, Number 3 September 2012).
SEMINAR, 24 JANUARY 2012
A seminar by Professor Eiji Ogawa, Hitotsubashi University, on ‘Monetary Cooperation in East Asia: Anything to learn from the Euro Crises?’ was organized in cooperation with the Japanese Embassy in Stockholm.
SEMINAR, 23 FEBRUARY 2012
A seminar on ‘Asian Integration and the Role of Japan’ was held in Tokyo in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in Japan. H.E. Mr. Yasuo Fukuda, former Prime Minister of Japan and chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia was the keynote speaker.
PH.D PROGRAM ON ASIAN BUSINESS AND ECONOMY WAS LAUNCHED IN 2012
This is a program designed and carried out in close cooperation with the Swedish business community. The first PhD candidates entered the program in the autumn of 2012, with Volvo Trucks, Ericsson and Carl Bennet AB (CBAB) as its present sponsors. The candidates are part of an ‘Asian group’ clustered in close conjunction with the EIJS and the Stockholm China Economic Research Institute (SCERI), thus constituting the core of an ‘Asian academic hub’ at the Stockholm School of Economics. Besides the regular SSE PhD curriculum, there are a number of Asia-related seminars and other activities in which the candidates take part.
EIJS-EJARN CONFERENCE, 14-15 JUNE 2012
An international conference entitled ‘Japan-What’s Next?’ was held in Stockholm. The first day was devoted to progress in EU–Japan relations in the political as well as the economic areas. In addition to academic speakers with expertise in the field, we had officials both from EU and Japan. The second day was more in the form of a traditional academic workshop.
SYMPOSIUM, 15 OCTOBER 2012
The symposium ‘Lessons from Sweden on the Global Financial Crises: Financial Consolidation and Reforms’ was held in Tokyo in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden in Japan and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. Mr. Anders Borg, Swedish Minister of Finance, was the keynote Speaker.
EJARN CONFERENCE 24-25 JUNE 2013
This year’s EJARN conference, ‘Towards Stronger and Deeper Relations between Japan and the EU’, held in Paris, was extremely timely as it took place just as negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement/Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and EU got under way in Tokyo, where parallel negotiations for a binding political agreement also were ongoing.
The first day of the conference was held at the OECD headquarters and was dedicated to bringing together business leaders, officials and scholars. The second day of the conference was more of a traditional academic workshop, held at EHESS in the Amphithéâter Francois Furet with formal presentations and prepared comments by appointed discussants, followed by in-depth discussions.
EJARN CONFERENCE 16-17 JUNE 2014
European Japan Advanced Research (EJARN) annual meeting held June 16-17 in Trondheim, Norway. This year’s theme was Approaches to Renewable Energy and Energy Security in Europe and Japan, Political and Economic Dimensions. Chairperson of the EJARN Executive Committee, Marie Söderberg opened the welcoming session together with Kari Melby, Pro-Rector for Research at NTNU and Paul Midford, Program Director of the NTNU Japan Program. The keynote address, ‘Japan’s Policy toward Europe’, was given by Ambassador Jiro Okuyama, Deputy Chief of Mission, Mission of Japan to the EU, who was followed by Erling Rimestad, Deputy Director General Section for East Asia and Oceania, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Now Norwegian Ambassador to Tokyo) who spoke on ‘Norway’s Relationship with Japan’.