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Upcoming Webinars

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

National Belonging and Civic Integration: Evidence from North Korean Refugees
Oct. 26 | 4 p.m. | Register
Speaker: Aram Hur, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri
Scholars and policymakers often debate the merits of the “civic turn” in migrant integration policies, but most studies draw from Western host cases. How exportable is the civic model outside of this region, where migration often occurs among co-ethnics in contexts of strong national legacies? Through the “most different” case of North Korean refugees in South Korea, Hur shows that when newcomers define successful belonging in national terms, exclusively civic integration efforts backfire. The findings challenge the one-size-fits-all assumption about civic integration.

Launch Event: Zero Carbon Action Plan
Oct. 27, 2020 | 9 a.m. PDT | Register
Project chairs will present the key recommendations and pathways from the Plan, which was developed through a consortium of over 50 experts who have developed a policy toolkit linked to a comprehensive, quantitatively-based strategy to achieve zero-carbon emissions in the United States by 2050 in line with the IPCC recommendations, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals. The plan is unlike any other in that it is based on both an energy and infrastructure model, and an economic model to project the job implications of the transition. The document aligns the technology transformation with economic levers, and provides a cadre of policy recommendations to get America to net zero emissions by 2050. The plan will be delivered to Congress and the Executive Administration in November.

Shinzo Abe – The Iconoclast
Oct. 27, 2020 | Register
Now that the Abe administration is completed, it is time to assess the global impact of this outstanding Japanese statesman. Meet Tobias Harris, author of the current best-selling biography on Shinzo Abe, to discuss the larger meaning of the Abe Years. What kind of person is Shinzo Abe, how did he come to power, and what explains his remarkable “second take”, after the unsuccessful first Abe administration? How could he so deftly manage the LDP power structures, as well as the bureaucracies? What is the impact of his foreign and security policy shift? Will his various policy direction changes stick, and – last but not the least – what will it take to fill his shoes?

India and China at an Inflection Point [Webinar]
Oct. 28 | 7 p.m. | Register
Nirupama Rao, India's former Ambassador to China and the U.S. and Pacific Leadership Fellow at the Center for Global Transformation at GPS, addresses whether the recent India-China crisis at the Himalayan border signals the end of India's “strategic autonomy” at a challenging time for the Indian economy amid a pandemic.

New Research on Inequality in South Korea
Nov. 2 | 4 p.m. | Register
Speaker: Jong-sung You, Professor and Director of the Korea Inequality Research Lab, Gachon University
In recent years, data on inequality on Korea has improved dramatically. The Korean Government's survey and administrative data on income distribution is now being used more widely, and Korean scholars are participating actively in the new World Inequality Database project and its efforts to create Distributional National Accounts (DINA) data. In this presentation, Prof. Jong-sung You reports on the work of his Korea Inequality Research Lab on the extent of inequality in Korea and the resulting debates on how—and whether—to address it through innovative social policies.

Panel on the North Korean Economy: What Do We Know?
Nov. 9 | 4 p.m. | PDF | Register
North Korea, a country of 25 million people, is one of the most secretive nations in the world; even basic statistics are treated as state secrets. Despite a high level of interest, the structure and functioning of the North Korean economy are poorly understood. In this talk, Byung-Yeon Kim, Bill Brown, and Stephan Haggard will discuss the present state of the North Korean economy, how we know about it and possible implications for the international relations of the peninsula.

JFIT Roundtable: U.S.-Japan Relations after the Election
Nov. 10 | 4:30 p.m. | Register
Join UC San Diego faculty to discuss what the outcome of the U.S. election means for U.S.-Japan relations, in terms of politics, business and economy, foreign policy and security, and any potential shifts in the U.S.-Japan military alliance and the power balance in Asia. Panelists will come prepared to each present three scenarios and bring their crystal balls to offer a glimpse into the future.

Conversations for an Engaged San Diego: The Rhetoric and Application of AI in Policing & Criminal Justice
Nov. 18 | 4:30 p.m. | Register
The Pacific Leadership Fellows program welcomes two distinguished experts on the law, civil rights and AI to discuss the opportunities that new technologies present in the criminal justice system while also highlighting the potential for unintended consequences, differential impact on communities of color and possible misuse and abuse.

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