Digital Japan Talk; Katakana Classes

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Digital Japan Talk; Katakana Classes

Post  JF on Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:43 am

Digital Japan Talk by Ken Coates; Katakana Classes
The Japan Foundation presents
Digital Japan :
Digital Content and the Extension of Japan 's Innovation Economy

A talk by Dr. Ken Coates, University of Waterloo

Date: Friday, January 20, 6:30 pm
Location: The Japan Foundation , Toronto
Address: 131 Bloor St. W. , 2nd Floor of the Colonnade Building
Admission: Free
RSVP required: or (416) 966-1600 x103

Japan has long been at the forefront of the global digital revolution, with active engagement in such transformation technologies as video game consoles, laptop computers, and mobile phones. In recent years, the digital content sector (video games, online gaming, digital music, mobile commerce, etc) has emerged as a crucial element in the 21st century economy.

Japan's long-standing and assertive national innovation strategies, designed to position the country for global competitiveness in the new economy, have not, however adapted fully to the new realities. This presentation examines the disconnect between the unfolding digital content industry, with its very unique entrepreneurial and corporate structures, and government policies designed largely for the manufacturing sector.

About the speaker:
Ken Coates is Professor of History, University of Waterloo , and President of the Japan Studies Association of Canada. His wide-ranging interests include Aboriginal rights, world history and the social impact of new technologies. He has co-authored, with Carin Holroyd, two books on Japanese innovation, including Japan and the Internet Revolution and Innovation Nation: Science and Technology in 21st Century Japan. He is currently working on a study of the emergence of the digital economy in Japan and the development of the digital content sector in the country. Together with Dr. Holroyd, he is finishing a book on the Digital Revolution in East Asia .

Japanese Lessons - Learning Katakana through Manga -
The class focuses on how to read Katakana, one of the three Japanese writing systems, which is used mainly for onomatopoeia and foreign words. We are offering this class in two sections. Section 1 covers the material over 6 hours, allowing for a more leisurely pace. Section 2 covers the same material in 2 condensed 2-hour sessions.
Section 1 Lesson 1 1/17, Lesson 2 1/24, Lesson3 1/31
Section 2 Lesson 1 2/21, Lesson 2 2/28
*Participants are expected to attend all lessons of the section they registered for.
*Registration may close early if the total number of participants reaches maximum capacity before the deadline.
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Location: The Japan Foundation , Toronto 131 Bloor St. West, Suite 213 , Toronto , ON
Fee: Classes – no charge, Textbook required (approximately $10)
*The textbook is available at cost at the Japan Foundation , Toronto
Level: Introductory. It is designed for people with little or no previous knowledge of Japanese.

Registration required: Deadline: Section 1: 1/15; Section 2: 2/10, 2012
Important notes:
How to apply:
1. Visit the Japan Foundation Toronto site:
2. Download and complete the application form.
3. E-mail the application form to The Japan Foundation , Toronto :
4. You will receive confirmation when the application process is completed.
Inquiry: or 416-966-1600 ext.230

Seats still available!
Manga: from Edo to Now
A talk and dance demonstration presented by Across Oceans

Date: Monday, January 16, 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00)
Location: The Japan Foundation , Toronto
Address: 131 Bloor St. W. , 2nd Floor
Admission: FREE
RSVP Required: or (416) 966-1600 x104
Language: English



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