ICAS Event: The Return of Sakoku: How Japan is Shutting itself from the World?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
7:00 p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30 p.m.)
TUJ Azabu Hall 206/207 (Access)
Robert Dujarric and Ayumi Takenaka
Free. Open to general public.
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For over 200 years until western imperialism forced the country to change course, Japan severely restricted intercourse with the outside world, a policy known as “sakoku” (closed country).

In recent decades, the rest Asia and the world, has witnessed an explosive growth in internationalization through foreign study, immigration, globalized universities and corporations. But Japan is severely lagging behind, in some cases even undergoing “reverse globalization.” Young Japanese are increasingly reluctant to venture abroad to study, universities remain insular, immigration levels are low, and corporate management remains almost exclusively Japanese.

The speakers will survey the facts and their implications for Japanese society and economic performance and seek to offer a few explanations.

About the Speakers

Robert Dujarric is Director of Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University, Japan Campus. He is a former Council Foreign Relations (Hitachi) International Affairs Fellow in Japan. His biography can be viewed here.

Ayumi Takenaka is Associate Professor of sociology at Bryn Mawr. Her research focuses on immigration and is currently working on immigrants' social mobility in Japan and the movements of the highly skilled around the globe. Her biography can be viewed here .

About ICAS
The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.

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