Sakai Kazunari
  • Sakai Kazunari 
  • By this author: 6 Latest posted: 2016.01.19
Professor at the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University. Holds a PhD from Kobe University. Graduated from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in 1992 with a degree in French language and culture, and earned his master’s degree in international studies from the university’s Graduate School of Area and Culture Studies. Did graduate work at Hitotsubashi University before joining the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture in 1996, where he researched French educational policies. Past positions include invited professor at Institut d’études politiques de Paris and at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. Published works include Yōroppa no Minzoku Tairitsu to Kyōsei (Ethnic Conflict and Harmony in Europe).
Cultural Relations as a Double-Edged Sword: Terror in Paris and Trouble at UNESCO2016.01.19

The repeated terrorist attacks in Paris and the disputes within UNESCO between Japan and its neighbors highlight the danger that culture can become a source of international confrontation.

Hollande and Abe to Strengthen Franco-Japanese Ties2013.07.18

French President François Hollande visited Japan for talks with Prime Minister Abe Shinzō from June 6 to 8, 2013. It was the first official visit by a French president to Japan in 17 years, following the trip made by Jacques René Chirac in 1996. The two leaders issued a joint statement on June 7 calling for bilateral cooperation on the development of nuclear technology and military equipment, a…

How to Fix Japanese Jūdō2012.11.01

Japan brought home 38 medals from this year’s London Olympics—a new record. Amid the celebrations, however, was a matter of some concern: The gold medal count in men’s jūdō was a disappointing zero. The women fared only slightly better, with just one gold medal, won by Matsumoto Kaori in the 57-kilogram weight division. Recent rule changes have abolished the kōka score,(*) and directly grabbing…

Partnering with Europe to Expand Diplomatic Options2012.06.28

The first Diplomatic Bluebook, published in 1957, established three central pillars for Japan’s diplomacy: foreign policy collaboration with nations of the free world, diplomacy centered on the United Nations, and adherence to a position as an Asian nation. Since then, the various government cabinets have built their foreign policy platforms on these principles. Collaboration with nations of the f…

What Lies Ahead for Japanese Jūdō?2012.03.19

Long regarded as the world’s jūdō superpower, a claim sustained by the exploits of Yamashita Yasuhiro, Saitō Hitoshi, and others, “Jūdō Nippon” has faltered, its status threatened by the rise of competitors from Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. The final match between Shinohara Shin’ichi of Japan and David Douillet of France in the men’s over-100-kilograms division at the 2000 Sydney Olympics w…

Japanese Horse Racing Gallops Toward Global Respect2011.12.14

Horse racing is a flourishing sport in Europe, most notably Britain—its country of origin—and France; and it is also very popular in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. With this popularity, there is a global flow of both horses and racing personnel between these countries. Horse racing in Japan is likewise becoming increasingly an international affair, with an eye to competing at a wor…

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