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Upcoming Webinars

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

Symposium: Celebrating the Impact of Dean Peter F. Cowhey's Legacy
April 23, 2021 | Register
Join us for a virtual symposium in celebration of Dean Cowhey and his remarkable achievements at GPS, in government and for all the organizations he has served.

Celebrating the Legacy of Dean Cowhey and alumnus Jeff Rector (Alumni-only Event)
April 24, 2021 | Register
Join us as we celebrate Dean Cowhey, who after nearly two decades at the helm of the school, will retire at the end of June 2021. We will also recognize Jeff Rector, our 2020 GPS Outstanding Alumnus. During this virtual event you will have a chance to connect with other GPSers and test your knowledge in GPS alumni teams in a friendly game of Trivia. We can’t wait to see you! This is a GPS alumni-only event.

Hello Kitty: Japanese Cuteness at Home and Abroad
April 27, 2021 | Register
How do we interpret Hello Kitty's fandom from Tokyo to Honolulu to Los Angeles to Sao Paolo in the wake of pink globalization? This Japan Zoominar looks at "pink globalization" – the spread of goods and images labeled cute (kawaii) from Japan to other parts of the industrial world. “Pink globalization” connects Japan’s overseas market expansion, distribution and marketing of Japanese products, and the rise of Japan's national cool. What have been the larger impacts over time of such rambling cuteness?

A Third Way: The Origins of China’s Economic Strategy
April 29, 2021 at 1 p.m. PDT | Register
Lawrence C. Reardon meticulously traces the evolution of the coastal development strategy, starting with special economic zones in 1979 and evolving into the fourteen open coastal cities, the Hainan SEZ, and eventual accession to the global trade regime in 2001.

Coffee Life in Japan
May 4, 2021 | Register
Coffee shops offer their customers a special place in their urban lives, and offer observers a window on social and cultural norms and realities. Japan’s kissaten have long been unscripted places for an escape from the programs and demands of social roles. Over time they have reflected and served different social, political and personal needs. In the Meiji era, they were a means to emulate London or New York, to be modern which meant then to be Western. During the Taisho era, they became the venues of expression and creativity for feminists, radicals, poets, and artists. The post WWII Showa-style kissaten, now an object of nostalgia for retired people and for young people with a borrowed yearning for the past, was smoky with salarymen, reading fat manga during breaks. During the bubble economy of the 1980s, drinking gold-sprinkled coffee from antique Limoges cups could demonstrate a sense of exuberant luxury, even as students and others inhabited their own less pricey coffee spaces. Today’s very diverse coffee spaces, including the spread of American coffee chains, the high level techno-geek coffee of connoisseurs, the personal café spaces created by young couples, and the persistence of kissaten, jazz and classical music cafes demonstrate the constant and changing interest in these places where, above all, an outstanding cup of coffee can be found.

My Old Home: A Novel of Exile
May 6, 2021 at 1 p.m. PDT | Register
In his debut novel “My Old Home: A Novel of Exile”, Orville Schell of the Asia Society delves into the complexities of people whose lives have been historically upended by the tumult of political change, the pain of migration, and the separations of the Cold War.

Sectoral Shift, Technological Change, and Old Labor: Evidence from the U.S. and South Korea
May 10, 2021 | Register
This presentation provides evidence of how rapid changes in the industrial structure and production technology affect the employment and retirement of aged people, specifically, in the U.S. from 1880 to 1940 and in South Korea from 1960 to 2017. Both nations experienced radical economic and social changes during these periods. The U.S. transformed from an agrarian society into the world’s strongest industrial power as the Second Industrial Revolution occurred and matured. Similarly, South Korea transformed from a poor country recovering from a devastating war into one of the fastest-growing economies in the late 20th century. Therefore, these two historical cases from opposite sides of the globe and during different time periods may offer useful insights into the effects of rapid and radical economic changes on aged labor.

The Future of Japan after COVID: Vision of the Committee “Choosing the Future 2.0”
May 11, 2021 | Register
In 2014, Prime Minister Abe convened a committee to lay out future visions of Japan in light of a fast ageing and shrinking society. In 2020, this committee was hastily reconvened to incorporate into its vision the various aspects in which COVID-19 is rapidly reshaping peoples’ attitudes about all aspects of life, including work and family, workstyles, productivity and industrial sector change. The purpose was to make sure that Japan will not miss this critical opportunity to realize real reform. The report, version 2.0, is now out, and the chair of the committee will share with us what it entails, and what the government, business, and society can do to realize it.

The Fall and Rise of U.S.-China Policy Uncertainty
May 13, 2021 at 4 p.m. PDT | Register
Kyle Handley will discuss his research and those by others about the reduction in trade policy uncertainty from the 1990s to 2000s before and after China joined the WTO in late 2001.

Sharp Elbows: Competition in China’s Internet and Investor Implications
May 20, 2021 at 1 p.m. PDT | Register
Rick Carew, visiting lecturer at the University of Virginia and former veteran Wall Street Journal reporter, will discuss the state of competition in China’s internet sector and its implications for investors and innovation in the years ahead.

China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy
June 10, 2021 at 1 p.m. PDT | Register
Peter Martin of Bloomberg debuts his new book which charts China's transformation from an isolated and impoverished communist state to a global superpower from the perspective of those on the front line: China's diplomats.

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