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Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Professional Human Resource Development Training (Lecture series)
Cultural Policy (3-part series)

Thinking about Japanese cultural policy in a stage of transition: a comparison with five countries

  • Lecture / Symposium

Three-part lecture series looking at Japan’s cultural policy in comparison with that of foreign countries

In 2017 the Basic Act on the Promotion of Culture and the Arts was revised for the first time in 16 years, becoming the Basic Act on Culture and the Arts; and in March this year the first Basic Plan for the Promotion of Culture and the Arts was approved by the Cabinet. The cultural administration of Japan is now at a major turning point, with developments such as the Agency for Cultural Affairs being reorganized in order to boost the functional capabilities of cultural administration.
The Agency’s 2017 comparative survey research on cultural policy abroad was implemented in a way that allowed for ease of reference, and facilitated comparisons with Japanese trends. For example the research included survey items on features of cultural policy in each country as well as the ideas behind them, and Aligned the scope of cultural policy targets. Researchers specializing in the countries surveyed will be invited in turn to explain the cultural policies of each nation, including from the perspective of comparison with Japan.


Part 1
England, France
Sachiko Kanno (AIR Lab arts planner/researcher)
Yukiko Nagashima (Researcher, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo)

Part 2
USA, South Korea
Yuki Asakura (Research Officer, general/policy research group , Culture and Creativity Division, Agency for Cultural Affairs)
Jinkyung MIN (Associate Professor, research laboratory for arts and cultural policy , Hokkaido University of Education

Part 3
Germany, general
Yuki Akino (Associate Professor, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Dokkyo University)

Yuki Asakura (supervisor, comparative survey research on cultural policies abroad )

Participation fee

500 yen each lecture (tax included)

How to apply

Send an e-mail addressed to the person in charge, Educational Programs Section, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, and include the information for items 1 — 5 below.

E-mail address:
Subject line: “Cultural policy lecture: application for participation”

Items to include in the e-mail body
1. Your name
2. Affiliation (if any)
3. Preferred lecture(s)
4. E-mail address
5. Telephone contact number on the day

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Educational Programs Section
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre


Part 1
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Rehearsal Room L(B2F)
Part 2
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Rehearsal Room M3(B2F)
PArt 3
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Rehearsal Room M3(B2F)



Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo / Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Supported by
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan