Nissan Seminar: Going Logo: What to Expect of Japan's G7 Presidency

Co-Convenors: Juliana Buriticá Alzate, Jenny Guest, Hugh Whittaker

Speaker(s): Professor Hugo Dobson (University of Sheffield)

Going Logo: What to Expect of Japan's G7 Presidency


In 2023 Japan will assume the presidency of the Group of 7 (G7) and host the forty-ninth summit of this informal gathering of leaders in May. This talk will look ahead and outline what to expect of Japan's presidency within the historical context of its participation in the G7 since 1975. It will also focus on an overlooked aspect of global summitry - logos. Global summitry does not simply revolve around discussions across the summit table or resulting communiqués. G7 governments take advantage of their position as summit hosts and utilize images to create and convey messages about themselves to the outside world as part of a national branding strategy. This talk will explore the logos selected by G7 governments, including Japan, and analyse their meaning.

Hugo Dobson is Professor of Japan’s International Relations in the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses upon international relations, multilateral organisations and global governance, especially the G7 and G20 and Japan’s role therein. This has resulted in a number of publications including Japan and the G7/G8, 1975-2002 (Routledge, 2004), The Group of 7/8 (Routledge, 2007), Japan’s International Relations: Politics, Economics and Security (Third Edition, Routledge, 2011) and The G20: Member Insights and Perspectives (Edward Elgar, forthcoming).