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About Us

What we do

Our society offers a mixture of business, cultural and social events. These are aimed at promoting Japanese culture within Scotland and to promote Scotland within Japan. We also work to raise awareness of Japan’s enormous strategic value to Scotland as well as of the large and developed markets that exist in Japan.




The University of Edinburgh Asian Studies Seminar Series Please note that this is not a Japan Society of Scotland event Date – 22 November 2023 Venue – Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square Speaker – Dr Paul Kreitman (Columbia University) Title – ‘Nature and Sovereignty Conservation in Japan’s Ocean Borderlands’ Click here to read more…

Microbes & Sustainability/Fermentation in 20th Century East Asia

Lecture by Victoria Lee at University of Glasgow on Tuesday 21 November 2023 at 3-4pm The title of the talk is ‘Microbes & Sustainability/Fermentation in 20th Century East Asia’ Please note that this is not a Japan Society of Scotland event. Victoria is an Associate Professor in History at Ohio University in the US, and her…

JIM ROY 1941-2023

Dear Members and Friends It is with the greatest sadness that I have to inform Japan Society members that James (Jim) Roy passed away 22nd October. He was one of the founders of our society and was a key member of the group of academics and businessmen who came together in 1985, to propose and support…

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To promote Japanese culture we offer various grants for individuals and organisations.

How You Can Help

Become a Member

You can get involved today by becoming a member. There are many benefits of membership including access to events, networking with like-minded individuals and a yearly newsletter.

Donation and Support

If you are interested in making a donation or wish to support our work in other ways then please get in touch through our enquiries inbox.

Become a Member Today!

Since 1986 we have worked to promote ties between Scotland and Japan. Become a part of our thriving community today and enjoy an annual programme of exciting events and talks.

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What People Say

The scholarship has given me so much more than a wonderful experience in Japan, as it has helped me to achieve other goals. A few months after I returned, I was successful in gaining a training contract with a multinational commercial law firm, who saw these experiences as an asset to their UK-based Japan legal team.

Caroline Marshall, Thomas Glover scholar 2015

The first of the three universities I visited was the Tokyo Institute of Technology where I met with Dr Yagi whose lab was amazing. It is an engineering lab that specialises in neuroscientific applications and, in his words, “We are makers” as they build most of their own equipment and he even requires that new postgraduates build their own desks.

Alexander Donald, Thomas Glover scholar 2018

The scholarship has changed my life for the better in many ways, not least of which being the motivation it has given me to strive in my chosen career’s field, so that I may yet be able to go to Japan again in the future, and further on, live and work there.

Mark Livingstone, Thomas Glover scholar 2017

I made a point of trying to experience as much as I could away from the classroom. Living in the ICU dorm provided a highly sociable basis to my day, while I also tried to get off campus whenever possible to immerse myself in Tokyo and practice my new-found conversation skills … my connections and experiences on the scholarship transformed my ability to speak Japanese and deepened my desire to work in Japan for a longer period.

Daniel Robertson, Thomas Glover scholar 2019