ICJS Economics Discussion: Mike Smitka Fulbright Fellow "Change in the Japanese Economy"

Thursday, April 19, 2007
6:30 p.m. (talk will start at 7 p.m.)
Temple University, Japan Campus
Azabu Hall Room 310 (Access)
Open to general public. There is no fee if you opt-out of food service.
Dinner will be provided along with some drinks for ¥3,000 (¥1,000 for students with ID).
Seating is limited. RSVP recommended.
Registration closed

We are happy to invite you to a Temple University, Japan Campus, ICJS Economics Discussion with Professor Michael Smitka of Washington and Lee University on change in the Japanese economy. Mike is currently a Fulbright Scholar, working on a project on how the Japanese economy has changed in the past twenty years. Despite the "lost decade" what people eat, where they shop, where they work and the nature of their jobs, and many other facets of daily lives are far different than in 1987 and at the start of the bubble. This is driven by slow albeit cumulatively significant income growth, demographics, deregulation, and technical change. He will give a very brief overview of the book project, and then more detail from the chapter he is currently writing on changes in lifestyle, as seen by an economist who likes anthropology but then tries to put statistical flesh on observations culled from time at local izakaya.

About Professor Michael Smitka

During the past 25 years Mike has been studying the Japanese economy both at a micro level (especially the automotive industry) and the macro level, with occasional forays into international relations and economic history. Several of his older papers are available at: http://home.wlu.edu/~smitkam/ (He confesses he's not updated the contents since coming to Japan).

Mike is Professor Economics at Washington and Lee University. He is a graduate of Harvard College (East Asian Studies, AB) and Yale University (Economics, Ph. D.). Besides his academic experience, he worked for the former Bank of Tokyo in New York City, making bad loans to a variety of borrowers as part of a Eurodollar syndication unit during 1978-1980, an earlier financial "bubble" that temporarily rendered several US money center banks insolvent.