Pioneering Sheffield university school marks its 50th year

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Sheffield University’s Centre for Japanese Studies is celebrating its 50th anniversary – after inspiring hundreds of graduates to master the complex language and understand the country’s culture.

The university was chosen by the government to create a centre of excellence concentrating on modern Japan after ministers were impressed by its post-war economic revival.

The centre expanded into the School of East Asian Studies, one of the largest and most distinguished departments of its kind in the UK.

A high-powered Sheffield delegation is visiting Japan this month to mark the occasion, and to discuss topics such as energy, manufacturing and healthcare technology.

Over the past five decades Sheffield has produced more than 1,800 graduates in Japanese studies and many work in the East Asian region, both in academic posts and business.