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Upcoming Webinars

Each Tuesday we bring together new insights, knowledge and opinions on current events in Japan. 

Using Satellite Imagery to Study North Korea
Nov. 23, 2020 | 12 p.m. | PDF | Register
Intelligence used to be the purview of highly-trained professionals who relied heavily on classified information. A new model is emerging in which analysts outside the government collect and analyze open-source information. An important example of this development is the growing use of satellite imagery for intelligence purposes. In this webinar, we look both at the general issue of how such intelligence is collected and analyzed and at some particular examples from the study of North Korea.

Transforming the Food and Land-Use Sector in America's Zero-Carbon Action Plan
Nov. 24, 2020 | 12 p.m. PST | Register
To achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will require a long-term strategy and coordinated set of policies on land use. Professor Gordon McCord, who is a lead author of the plan to achieve deep decarbonization in the land sector in the recently released Zero-Carbon Action Plan, will discuss the policies laid out in the plan that can accelerate sustainable land practices to achieve the goal of zero-carbon by 2050.

Dying for Rights: Putting North Korea's Human Rights Abuses on the Record
Nov. 30, 2020 | 4 p.m. | Register
North Korea’s human rights violations are unparalleled in the contemporary world. In "Dying for Rights," Sandra Fahy, associate professor of anthropology at Sophia University in Tokyo, provides the definitive account of the abuses committed by the North Korean state, domestically and internationally, from its founding to the present.

Softbank, NTT, KDDI: Japan's Telecom/IT Companies in the DX
Dec. 1, 2020 | 4:30 p.m. | Register
Japan’s telecommunication companies and leading IT companies are gearing up to compete in the digital transformation. While the media spotlight is often on Softbank, there is much more going on in Japan in this area than we typically hear about. And in spite of the global scrutiny, few fully understand what Softbank is up to in terms of its long-term strategic vision. Marc Epstein is a preeminent industry analyst of Japan’s IT sector and will lay out the strengths and weaknesses, as well as strategies to compete in the DX, by Japan’s leading IT players.

Conversations for an Engaged San Diego: Making Deep Cuts in Warming Emissions from the United States – A Plan
Dec. 3, 2020 | 4:30 p.m. | Register
As part of the ongoing Conversations for an Engaged San Diego series, the Pacific Leadership Fellows program welcomes two leading thinkers and practitioners on climate change: Jeffrey Sachs and David Victor. Gordon McCord will moderate a virtual discussion where Sachs and Victor tackle the challenge of achieving zero carbon emissions by 2050 while also putting Americans to work building a vibrant, clean and innovative economy.

Clash of Empires: From “Chimerica” to the “New Cold War”
Dec. 9, 2020 | Register
Ho-fung Hung argues the U.S.-China rivalry is more about the shifting balance of economic forces in global capitalism than about ideological differences.

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