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- Brad Glosserman (Deputy Director and Visiting Professor, the Center for Rule-making Strategies, Tama University)
The post-Cold War era has been difficult for Japan. A country once heralded for evolving a superior form of capitalism and seemingly ready to surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy lost its way in the early 1990s.
The bursting of the bubble in 1991 ushered in a period of political and economic uncertainty that has lasted for over two decades. There were hopes that the triple catastrophe of March 11, 2011—a massive earthquake, tsunami, and accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant—would break Japan out of its torpor and spur the country to embrace change that would restart the growth and optimism of the go-go years. But several years later, Japan is still waiting for needed transformation. In Peak Japan, Brad Glosserman concludes that repeated ‘shocks’ and even disaster have not spurred radical enough reform and that tells us a great deal about Japan’s political system and Japanese society. Brad Glosserman will discuss the powerful obstacles to reform in Japan and explain why he has concluded that Japanese horizons are shrinking and that the Japanese public has given up the bold ambitions of previous generations and of its current leadership.
Deputy Director and Visiting Professor, the Center for Rule-making Strategies, Tama University
Brad Glosserman is a Deputy Director of and Visiting Professor at the Center for Rule-making Strategies, Tama University. He is also a Senior Adviser at Pacific Forum, where he served for 13 years (2004-2017) as executive director.
Brad is the author of Peak Japan: The End of Grand Ambitions (Georgetown University Press, 2019) and co-author (with Scott Snyder) of The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash (Columbia University Press 2015). He is the editor, with Tae-hyo Kim, of The Future of U.S.-Korea-Japan Relations: Balancing Values and Interests (CSIS, 2004). He is also the English-language editor of the journal of the New Asia Research Institute (NARI) in Seoul. He is a frequent participant in US State Department visiting lecture programs and the US Navy’s Regional Security Education Program. He has written dozens of articles and chapters on US foreign policy and Asian security relations.
He was for 10 years a member of the editorial board of The Japan Times and continues to serve as a contributing editor.
He is an adjunct lecturer at the Management Center of Innsbruck (MCI) and a guest lecturer at the Osaka University School of International Public Policy (OSIPP). He has a JD from the George Washington University National Law Center, an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from Reed College.