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The Japan Zoominar @ UC San Diego brings together new insights, knowledge and opinions on current events in Japan. Experts from around the globe are invited as speakers and contributors, with the goal to create a vibrant exchange and deepen our understanding of Japan’s role in the world.

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Japan’s Business Reinvention: How to lead Corporate Culture Change
Sept. 21, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. PDT | Register

Over the past decade, Japan’s leading companies have undergone a reinvention, away from brand names and commoditized products to a stealth, deep-tech leadership in critical inputs into global supply chains. This reinvention requires new corporate processes and a new corporate culture that enable risk-taking and breakthrough innovation. 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. AGC Inc., formerly Asahi Glass Co., Ltd., is a supplier of flat, automotive, display glass, chemicals, ceramics and other high-tech components and the JSR Corporation, formerly Japan Synthetic Rubber Co., Ltd., engages in the manufacture and sale of synthetic rubber and fine chemical materials.

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. 

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.