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Takahashi Korekiyo: Precursor of Abenomics?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013   19:30 - 21:00

Speaker:
  • Richard Smethurst (Professor Emeritus of History and UCIS Research Professor, University of Pittsburgh)

From his illegitimate birth and adoption into the lowest stratum of the samurai class to his assassination by right-wing militarists, Takahashi Korekiyo (1854-1936) lived through tumultuous times that shaped Japan’s course. Takahashi is considered “Japan’s Keynes”  because of the forward-thinking (and controversial) fiscal and monetary policies–including deficit financing, currency devaluation, and lower interest rates–that he implemented to help Japan rebound from the Great Depression five years before America’s recovery.

Date & Time:
Tuesday, November 5, 2013   19:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 19:00)
Venue:
5F, Mita Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
4-1-27 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Moderator:
Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)
Registration:
If possible, we ask you to register by E-mail (icas@tuj.temple.edu) , but we always welcome participants even you do not register. / 参加登録はなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

Speaker:

Richard Smethurst

Professor Emeritus of History and UCIS Research Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Richard J. Smethurst is Professor Emeritus of History and UCIS Research Professor, University of Pittsburgh.  He is the author of the acclaimed biography of Takahashi: From Foot Soldier to Finance Minister: Takahashi Korekiyo, Japan’s Keynes (Harvard East Asian Monographs), which has been published in Japanese translation by Toyo keizai shinpo.  He has authored several other books and numerous articles on contemporary Japan (see: http://www.history.pitt.edu/faculty/smethurst-cv.php).