Forum

  • Forum: Issue

    017

    Nationalism and Populism

    New York, US, February 10, 2020
    • Nationalism and Populism Around the World: Is Japan an Exception?
      • Speakers:
      • Nadia Urbinati, Columbia University
        Mark Lilla, Columbia University
        Jack Snyder, Columbia University
        Satoshi Machidori, Kyoto University
        Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan
        Masayuki Tadokoro, Keio University
      • Moderators:
      • Alexander Stille, Columbia University
        Takako Hikotani, Columbia University
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    Final Report
  • Forum: Issue

    016

    Criminal Justice

    Tokyo, Japan, October 25, 2019
    • American Crime Trends and Opportunities for Penal Reform
      • Jordan Hyatt
      • Drexel University
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    • Trends in Crime and the Prevention of Re-Offending in Japan
      • Tatsuya Ota
      • Keio University
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  • Forum: Issue

    015

    40th Anniversary InternationalSymposium

    Aging Society as an Opportunity

    Tokyo, JAPAN, May 17, 2019
    • Fate of Japan
      • Keynote Speaker:
      • Bill Emmott, International Journalist
      • Panelists:
      • Jonathan Rauch, Author and Journalist
        Margarita Estevez-Abe, Syracuse University
        Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Rissho University
        David A. Welch, University of Waterloo
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  • Forum: Issue

    014

    The Meiji Ishin and Kaikoku

    Oxford, UK, October 26, 2018
    • ‘Long Revolution’ in Modern Japan: Rethinking the Search for Civilization in Nineteenth-Century Japan
      • Tadashi Karube
      • University of Tokyo
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    • The Play of Virtues: A Transnational History of Revolutionary Civil War Losers and Criminals
      • Sho Konishi
      • University of Oxford
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  • Forum: Issue

    013

    Mass Media, Fake News

    Tokyo, Japan, April 2, 2018
    • The Japanese Media in flux: Watchdog or Fake News?
      • Daisuke Nakai
      • Asahi Shimbun
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    • The War on Truth in Donald Trump’s America?and Beyond
      • Andrew Cohen
      • Carleton University
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  • Forum: Issue

    012

    Recovering from Disaster

    Sendai, Japan, October 7, 2017
    • Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake
      • Izuru Makihara
      • University of Tokyo
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    • Human and Institutional Challenges to Disaster Recovery
      • Liping Fang
      • Ryerson University
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  • Forum: Issue

    011

    Technological Development

    Osaka, Japan, May 20, 2017
    • Governance of Nuclear and Space Technologies in Post-War Japan
      • Hideaki Shiroyama
      • University of Tokyo
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    • Innovation: ‘Japan Inc.’ in the 21st Century
      • Carin Holroyd
      • University of Saskatchewan
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  • Forum: Issue

    010

    Civil-Military Relations

    Osaka, Japan, August 10, 2016
    • U.S. Civil-Military Relations: The Myth of ‘Objective Control’
      • Matthew Moten
      • (Formerly) United States Military Academy
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    • From Containment to Engagement: Japan’s Civil-Military Relations in a Time of Change
      • Takako Hikotani
      • Columbia University and National Defense Academy
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  • Forum: Issue

    009

    Medical Care

    Oxford, UK, March 18, 2016
    • Challenges facing the Japanese Healthcare System:A Comparative Perspective
      • Naonori Kodate
      • University College Dublin
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    • Lost in (Knowledge) Translation? Mutual Learning and Japanese Health and Long-term Care Practices
      • James Tiessen
      • Ryerson University
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  • Forum: Issue

    008

    Zero Growth Economy

    Tokyo, Japan, May 26, 2015
    • Exploring Alternative Economic Futures: A Zero-growth Economy
      • Peter A. Victor
      • York University
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    • Preparing for a Zero-growth Economy
      • Ittaka Kishida
      • RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science
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  • Forum: Issue

    007

    English as a Lingua Franca

    Tokyo, Japan, December 15, 2014
    • Globalization and University Reforms in Japan: Real or Illusory?
      • Takehiko Kariya
      • University of Oxford
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    • Canada’s National Framework of ‘Multiculturalism Within a Bilingual Framework’ and Possible Implications for Japan
      • Eve Haque
      • York University
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  • Forum: Issue

    006

    Basing Politics

    Okinawa, Japan, June 6, 2014
    • Politics Under the Pivot:
      Okinawa’s Triangular Base Relations Revisited
      • Alexander Cooley
      • Columbia University
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    • The U.S. Military Presence in Japan in the context of the “Rebalance” to the Asia Pacific
      • Yoichi Kato
      • Asahi Shimbun
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  • Forum: Issue

    005

    Aging Sociery

    Tokyo, Japan, January 13, 2014
    • Population Aging: Unwinding the Demographic Dividend
      • David K. Foot
      • University of Toronto
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    • Population Decline in Japan:
      Demographic Prospects and Policy Implications
      • Noriko Tsuya
      • Keio University
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  • Forum: Issue

    004

    Future of Energy

    Tokyo, Japan, November 1, 2013
    • Security in a Changing Energy Landscape
      • Cho-Oon Khong
      • Shell Strategy and Scenarios Team
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  • Forum: Issue

    003

    Party Politics

    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, August 21, 2013
    • The Challenges of Party Leadership and Policymaking in Japan
      • Benjamin Nyblade
      • University of British Columbia
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    • The LDP and Postwar Japanese Politics: Conditions, Consequences,and Changes of an Advanced Cartel Party and “Easy Money Politics”
      • Naoto Nonaka
      • Gakushuin University
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  • Forum: Issue

    002

    Happiness

    Osaka, Japan, May 11, 2013
    • What can Japan learn from the recent research in well-being?
      • Nattavudh Powdthavee
      • The London School of Economics and University of Melbourne
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    • Japanese well-being under globalization
      • Yukiko Uchida
      • Kyoto University
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  • Forum: Issue

    001

    Energy

    Tokyo, Japan, December 17, 2012
    • Energy Transitions: festina lente (make haste slowly)
      • Vaclav Smil
      • University of Manitoba
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    • Post Fukushima Energy Strategy: Energy Security and Sustainability in Asia.
      • Nobuo Tanaka
      • The Institute of Energy Economics
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Members

Directors

  • image Masayuki TADOKORO

    Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University

    Areas of Expertise: International Politics

    Publication: "The Media in US - Japan Relations: National Media in Transnational Relations," in Gerald L. Curtis ed.,

    "New Perspectives on US - Japan Relations" (JCIE)

  • image David A. WELCH

    Professor, Political Science, University of Waterloo

    Areas of Expertise: Foreign Policy decision Making, International Security

    Publication: "Painful Choices: A Theory of Foreign Policy Change"(Princeton University Press)

About the Project

Japan is disappearing from Western consciousness. Long the only industrial democracy of non - Western origin, and for decades by far the most successful, its recent economic stagnation - coupled with the spectacular rise of countries such as China,Korea, India, and Brazil - is rendering Japan invisible.

Is Japan irrelevant now? We do not believe so.
The challenges that Japan has faced over the so - called lost two decades are not unique to Japan; Japan is merely the first developed country to have to face them. These challenges include an aging and shrinking population, the increasing cost of public goods,high levels of sovereign debt, energy insecurity, sensitivity and vulnerability to external shocks (as a result of tightly - coupled systems of interdependence), domestic political gridlock, and major gaps in regional and global governance.

Japan is a country with a history of overcoming challenges. It is both resilient and resourceful.
The rest of the world has a strong interest in watching and helping Japan manage its challenges, for how well it does so may in part determine how well others manage theirs.
The purpose of this project is to promote international intellectual dialogue to generate insights and ideas that can work to the benefit of all.