150th Anniversary of UK-Japan Academic Interaction
Last Week the ARI's Dr Shiho Kobayashi organised an astronomy symposium at the Embassy of Japan in London where British and Japanese astronomers/space scientists gave talks on various subjects with emphasis on UK-Japanese collaborations. The symposium was concluded with a speech from Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal.
The symposium was in celebration of the 150th anniversary of UK-Japan academic interaction; In 1863, five Japanese students, the 'Choshu Five', including Hirobumi Ito, Japan's first Prime Minister, arrived and studied in the UK. Since then, Japan and the UK have exchanged scholars and developed collaborative works across many fields. The symposium highlighted the past, current and future collaborations in Astronomy and Space Science.
You can read about the symposium here.