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This month's feature events are:
  • Release of Simple Plan's new album Simple Plan
  • The Arcade Fire Japan Tour 2008
  • CJax Canada-Japan Short Animation Exchange
  • Film by Claude Gagnon -
    a Canada-Japan co-production Kamataki
  • Canadian Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships 2008-2009

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Release of Simple Plan's new album
Simple Plan

‘ Wednesday, February 6

Two albums. Seven million copies sold worldwide. A worldwide legion of fans who can testify to the power of one of the fiercest live shows ever. After a three and a half year wait, Simple Plan returns with their 3rd album. Welcome to SIMPLE PLAN, not just an album but a statement of artistic ambition and growth from the Montreal-based quintet. The new equation yields 11 songs that are unquestionably Simple Plan but still sound unlike anything they've done before.

The band has now travelled into U2 and Aerosmith territory while fully absorbing the history of rock much like fellow Warner label-mates Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Green Day and My Chemical Romance.

The Arcade Fire Japan Tour 2008 iJj

‘ Thursday, February 7 - Monday, February 11
@@Osaka, Nagoya • Tokyo

September 2004 saw the release of the startling debut album from Montreal's Arcade Fire entitled Funeral. This was soon followed by a sold-out tour of the U.S. which soon propelled the band to a whole new level. The band was soon being hailed as the world's top live band, including by the UK's music bible Q magazine. The band made their first Japanese appearance at the Summersonic Festival 2005 which left the crowd speechless.

In 2007, the band finally released their 2nd album entitled Neon Bible, reinforcing themselves as one of the world's top artists and debuted at #2 on the Billboard album chart. Their show in New York last year which drew 25,000 people truly marked their ascension to the indie rock throne. Finally, they are back in Japan for what is to be the "not-to-be-missed show" of the year.

Now showing
FIDO ifilmj by Andrew Currie
‘ Various cities

Now showing
SILK ifilmj by Francois Girard
‘ Nichigeki 3 and othersGlater at theatres nationwide

Georgian-Joshibi - An Exchange Exhibition of Works on Paper iJj
‘ Joshibi Art Museum, Sagamihara

Shinobu Akimoto: Better Living and Other Projects
‘ Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery, Tokyo

DAIHATSU DRALION iJj by Cirque du Soleil
‘ Harajuku Shin Big Top, Tokyo
Year of Glenn Gould iJj
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Dance Selection featuring a choreography by Lucie Grégoire
‘ Oribe Hall iJj, Tokyo

Release of Simple Plan's new album Simple Plan iJj

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The Arcade Fire Japan Tour 2008 iJj
‘ 7: Namba Hatch, Osaka
‘ 8: Club diamond, Nagoya
‘ 11: Shinkiba Studio Coast, Tokyo

‘ Makomanai Sekisuiheim Stadium, Sapporo

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CJax - Canada-Japan Short Animation Exchange iJj
‘ 13: Screenings and seminar
Embassy of Canada Oscar Peterson Theatre, Tokyo
‘ 16: Lecture/Forum/Screenings
Kyoto International Manga Museum

KAMATAKI by Claude Gagnon ifilmj
‘ Shinjuku Wald 9 iJj; later at theatres nationwide

2008^2^24, 25
Wintersleep Live iJj

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Screenings of artistic short animations with a seminar and forum
CJax Canada-Japan Short Animation Exchange iJj

‘ Wednesday, February 13
@@Embassy of Canada Oscar Peterson Theatre
‘ Saturday, February 16
@@Kyoto International Manga Museum

This event to deepen contacts and future collaborations between Canada and Japan in the field of animation will feature screenings of Canadian animations made with support from NFB (National Film Board of Canada) and Bravo!Fact (a private-sector foundation) as well as works by up-and-coming Japanese creators. There will also be a presentation by a free-lance animator from Canada. The Japanese works will be presented at film festivals in Canada later in 2008 and 2009.

Ticket offer: Eighty tickets are being offered to the event at the Embassy of Canada. See here for details.

Film by Claude Gagnon - a Canada-Japan co-production Kamataki

‘ Opens Saturday, February 23
@@Wald 9 in Shinjuku; later at cinemas nationwide

This Canada-Japan joint production took five awards at the 2005 Montreal World Film Festival including Best Director, International Film Critics Prize, and Air Canda People's Choice Award. 22-year-old Ken, cold and despondent after the death of his father, comes from Canada to live with his Japanese Uncle Takuma in Shigaraki. Although the young man is first bewildered by the different culture and habits he encounters, he is eventually won over by the potters' free lifestyle and the warmth, which is like the heat of the kiln. The Japan debut of the promising new actor Matt Smiley is richly enhanced by tasteful and refined performances by Tatsuya Fuji and Kazuko Yoshiyuki and an original score singer-songwriter Jorane.

2005 Canada-Japan 110 minutes R-18

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Canadian Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships 2008-2009 iJj

As part of the Government of Canada Awards program, the Government of Canada will offer one-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships (PDRF) for research conducted at recognized public Canadian universities and Institutes only.

The PDRF is designed to provide research opportunities to promising recent graduates in the fields of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. Work under this fellowship must commence no later than September 30, 2008 and last for 12 months. Please note eligibility criteria have been adjusted and now the Ph.D. graduates who completed their degree within the last 4 years will be able to apply.

‘ Eligible countries:
@@Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russia, New Zealand, United Kingdom
‘ The deadline for submission: Friday, March 28, 2008

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