Here’s a quick message from our friends in Writers in Kyoto:
Writers in Kyoto is delighted to present author and commentator, Jeff Kingston, as our main speaker for 2020. Due to the Corona crisis, this will be a Zoom event starting at 4.00 on Saturday May 23. Jeff will be interviewed by Japan Times columnist Amy Chavez, following which the floor will be open for participants to ask questions.
The event is open to paid up WiK members, to whom a link for the event will be sent. Non-members interested in participating are invited to do so by first enrolling as a WiK member. (For details of how to pay, see https://www.writersinkyoto.com/about/ )
Jeff Kingston is the director of Asian Studies, Temple University Japan. He became well-known through his column for the Japan Times, in which he commented on politics and current affairs. His final column about the power accrued by Shinzo Abe was on Sept 23, 2017. He holds a PhD in history from Columbia University, and he writes for a large number of media outlets. Amongst his books is Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan (2017), and his most recent work Japan, published by Routledge, has won favourable reviews worldwide. He is also the editor of Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan, published in 2019.
This will be a rare occasion to hear a leading commentator talk about Japanese current affairs, with a chance to ask directly the questions you have long been wondering about. Please do join us on May 23 at 4.00pm for what we hope will be a global occasion, with WiK members tuning in from Australia, Canada, America and throughout the Kansai area.