Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



President Deguchi Lectures on the Subject of "What is history?" for the First APU Faculty Lectures in Tokyo


Oct 1, 2019

The first "20th Anniversary APU Faculty Lectures in Tokyo" was held on September 5 at Ritsumeikan Tokyo Campus with about 80 individuals in attendance. Serving as the lecturer, President Haruaki Deguchi spoke on the subject of "What is history?"

During the lecture, President Deguchi observed that world history is all interconnected, so it is pointless to study only Japanese history. He stated that if we look at history in connection with the world, then we will understand its appeal. President Deguchi raised specific historical events such as "How did Buddhism come to be introduced to Japan?" and "Why did Japan close itself off from outsiders?" and then, matching that background with the state of affairs throughout the world at those times, he explained those events.

During the Q&A, attendees were active in asking questions such as "It is said that much of history has been written by men with little written by women; has this led to imbalances?", "Mr. Deguchi, because you are so knowledgeable about history; what are your expectations of the younger generations?", and "There are a variety of history books; which ones should we read first?".

The APU Lectures in Tokyo will be held monthly until January 2020, with APU faculty presenting on a variety of subjects.

The second Lecture in Tokyo will be held on Friday, October 25 with Professor Akiko Honda from the Center for Language Education taking the stage to speak on the subject of "Live a multicultural society! ― ‘Simple Japanese’ Communication". We hope to see you all there.

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