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Japan’s Business Reinvention: How to lead Corporate Culture Change
Sept. 21, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. PDT | Register
This event will introduce the core message of Ulrike Schaede’s award-winning book “The Business Reinvention of Japan”, followed by a discussion with the key executives of JSR and AGC who have led this corporate renewal and reinvention in their effort to turn what used to be traditional, risk-averse, slow and steady companies into agile, tech-driven, global competitors.
The Plant-Level View of an Industrial Policy: The Korean Heavy Industry Drive of 1973
Oct. 4, 2021 at 5 p.m. PST (9 a.m. Seoul) | Register
The Korean government promoted heavy and chemical industries between 1973 and 1979, and there has been a long-standing debate on its effectiveness. Analyzing newly digitized plant-level data, we find that the drive of 1973 did increase output but did not increase productivity of targeted industries, because resource misallocation within the targeted industries worsened.
The 1960 Anpo Protests and the Origins of Contemporary Japan
Oct. 5, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. PDT | Register
In 1960, Japan was rocked by the largest popular protests in its history, as citizens from across the political spectrum took to the streets to oppose the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty (known as "Anpo" in Japanese). Ultimately, the protests failed to stop the treaty, and U.S. military bases remained on Japanese soil. But they did force the resignation of conservative prime minister Kishi Nobusuke and the cancellation of a planned visit by U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower. As Nick Kapur explains in this conversation, they also helped facilitate a variety of transformations in Japanese politics, society and culture that endure to this day.
Global China: Xinjiang in Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative
Oct. 7, 2021 at 1 p.m. PDT | Register
Dru Gladney will examine the rise of the important role Xinjiang plays in Chinese Premier Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative. He will also outline how the Region is pivotal to current Sino-U.S. relations and outline the recent tragic events involving the Uyghur in China’s Northwest Region.
Aging Allies? National Security Implications of Demographic Change in the Indo-Pacific
Oct. 19, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. PDT | Register
The Indo-Pacific region is facing big demographic changes. By 2050 the populations of China, Japan, and Russia (three of the region’s most powerful militaries) will shrink by 100 million while the population of Asia as a whole will increase by over 700 million, 260 million in India alone. Thus, whereas Japan, South Korea, and China are ageing rapidly, other nations in the Indo-Pacific region are facing youth bulges. Today, Japan’s military is the most powerful it has been in a long time. Demographic change is balanced by other developments, including novel security threats and technological solutions and shifts in society and political systems that allow for adaption. Join Andrew Oros and Ellis Krauss as they discuss how these trends combine, and what they mean for the United States’ interests in the region.
The Rise of a Network: Spillover of Political Patronage and Cronyism to the Private Sector
Nov. 1, 2021 at 5 p.m. PST (9 a.m. Seoul) | Register
This event will disucss a recent paper where the authors look at networks that gain access to political power also gain control over the resource allocation in the private sector.
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Political Economy Lunch Group (PELG) Speaker Series - This formal speaker series, sponsored by the Center for Global Transformation, is for faculty and Ph.D. students who are eager to engage with the world's leading scholars.