February saw our partners at the University of Stirling host their annual Japan Week. Students and staff took part in Japanese language lessons, a Kimono fashion show, and a range of other activities aimed at fostering connections between students of different nationalities, and to inspire a global outlook among all. This year’s Japan Week was the most successful and well attended to date.
Connected to this, the Asia Scotland Institute is developing its own programme to focus on Japan, its place in the global picture, and its relationship with Scotland. In partnership with the University, the Institute hosted a Japan Connections gathering, encouraging representatives from a range of industry sectors to come together to discuss the positive opportunities offered by links between Japan and Scotland. Representatives from life sciences, technology, education, food & drink, and other sectors shared their insights and experiences, that included working for companies owned by Japanese corporations, to blending Japanese and Scotch Whisky to create a unique new product to be sold in both markets. As well as enjoying this unique cross-sector knowledge sharing, delegates also sampled a range of Japanese and Scotch whisky, and excellent food and drink at the Stirling Court Hotel.
What Our Partners Had To Say
Ken Sutherland, President at Toshiba Medical Visualisation Systems Europe – a partner of the Asia Scotland Institute offered his thoughts after the event; “The number of Companies in Scotland that are partly or wholly owned by Japanese parent Companies has increased dramatically over recent years and seems like a trend that is likely to continue. This trend is particularly noticeable in my own sector of Life Sciences where some major Japanese players in this industry have recognised the future potential of the sector and the excellent innovation that’s taking place in both the industrial and academic organisations active in Scotland.
“As someone who has worked for a Japanese Company based in Scotland for eight years now I see first-hand the opportunities available but also the possible pitfalls that can occur from cultural and language differences and mismatched expectations. The more we can do to share experiences and knowledge across different organisations the more successful we will be and the more fulfilling this interaction will become for all of us. I’m particularly keen to see a new generation of people who are knowledgeable about Japan and Asia and are keen to work in other countries. The work being done by both the Asia Scotland Institute, the University of Stirling, and the Consul General of Japan are invaluable in that respect.”
More events in our Japan Connections series will be publish on the Asia Scotland Institute website in due course. If you have your own story to share about your connections with Japan, or would like to be involved in these events and gatherings going forward, please get in touch.
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