Japanese People & Society

Japan International Cooperation Agency Lecture Resources
by Steve McCarty

Since 2004 the author has given 67 two-hour presentations on behalf of the government international agency JICA, introducing Japanese people and society to groups of officials from about 180 developing and emerging countries. They submit questions about Japan, and are welcomed to ask questions during the lecture, so each presentation is different.

Below are two of the slideshows, audio recordings of parts of two presentations including audience interactions, and links to a government document chapter and related resources.

First 42 minutes of a “Japanese People and Society” lecture, interacting with participants

19-minute question-and-answer session with officials from developing countries

JICA Kansai sign

Chapter on “Japanese People and Society” published by the government agency JICA in Osaka (2009) and then Tokyo headquarters (2011).

JICA Kansai participants

See also the main page Japanology for research, or Multimedia, Journalism on Japan, or the Kansai University Japanese Computerization and Society class homepage (many links).