Japan400 Plymouth: Maritime Synergies Symposium
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A tall ship will sail into Sutton Harbour on 27 September to commemorate the historic homecoming of The Clove 400 years ago. This re-enactment is the centrepiece of Japan400 Plymouth, an eight-day international event that celebrates the historic and cultural links binding the United Kingdom and Japan. 

Japan400 Plymouth reaffirms these links and opens new opportunities for exchange, collaboration and discovery. 


With a special focus on maritime co-operation, the symposium features three expert panels on the following topics including the following confirmed participants.

  • History: Harry Bennett (Plymouth University), Antony Best (LSE), Ian Nish (LSE)
  • Marine Resources: Steve Fletcher (Plymouth University), Kazumi Wakita (Tokai University, Shizuoka Japan) 
  • Maritime Security: Yoji Koda (Japan Marine Self Defense Forces), Alessio Patalano (KCL War Studies), Peter Roberts (RUSI), Alison Seabeck MP (House of Commons), Alan West (Royal Navy).

This event is hosted by Plymouth University and the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation who play a central role in promoting closer links between the UK and Japan. The University is pleased to welcome them to the South West in our exploration of this important relationship. 

Booking is essential to attend this free event. RSVP by 12 September to artsresearch@plymouth.ac.uk.  

Location: Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University.

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