Events

Upcoming Events

Time:
19:30 (Door open at 19:00)
Panelists:
  • Annette Bradford (Co-editor of English-medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education: policy, challenges and outcomes (Multilingual Matters, October 2017). Associate professor in the School of Business Administration, Meiji University and ICAS adjunct fellow)
  • Hiroyuki Takagi (Associate professor in the Center for International Education, Kobe University)
  • Juanita Heigham (Associate professor at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies)
  • Jim McKinley (Director of studies for the PhD in education at the University of Bath)

Universities around the world are seeking to become more competitive in the face of increasingly fierce domestic and global higher education markets. As a result, they are increasing and diversifying their international activities. Japanese universities are no exception and are in the midst of a rapid growth in English-medium instruction (EMI). Almost 40% of Japanese universities now have non-language classes taught in English. These classes serve a mix of international and domestic students and there is a great deal of variation in the implementation. This panel introduces a new book that aims to clarify why policies concerning EMI are in place, how EMI is being implemented, what challenges are being…
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Time:
19:30 (Door open at 19:00)
Speaker:
  • Akiko Hashimoto (Visiting Professor of Sociology and Asian Studies at Portland State University, and Faculty Fellow of Yale University’s Center for Cultural Sociology)

Japanese children are raised in an environment encoded with generational memory that encourages them to develop negative moral sentiments about the Asia-Pacific War. The “encouragement” comes in subtle and unsubtle ways, as young children develop gut instincts that “something dreadful happened in the past,” even if they don’t fully understand what or why. A growing number of cultural institutions and communities play a pivotal role in producing this generational memory as the wartime generation passes on. Drawing on the emotions of cultural trauma to forge a pacifist moral consciousness is a common technique of transmitting memory at such sites. Hashimoto’s talk will explore the broader cultural premise of the pacifist…
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Time:
19:30 (Door open at 19:00)
Speaker:
  • Gregg Rubinstein (U.S. National Defense Industry Association International Committee)

Gregg Rubinstein will lead a discussion of armaments cooperation in US-Japan security relations. For many years US-Japan interaction on defense acquisition programs developed with little reference to capability requirements or acquisition planning – let alone broader policy dialogue. Consultations under the “2+2” framework seldom considered acquisition matters, while dialogue intended to bridge the policy-acquisition gap was largely confined to oversight of R&D projects. Recent developments have encouraged efforts to address this long-standing policy-acquisition disconnect. Policy-focused Roles, Missions and Capabilities (RMC) dialogue has evolved toward closer examination of defense capability needs – a process accelerated by adoption of Revised Guidelines for US-Japan Defense Cooperation. Amended Japanese government policies on defense acquisition…
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Time:
19:30 (Door open at 19:00)
Speaker:
  • James E. Platte (Assistant Professor with the U.S. Air Force Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies (CUWS) at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, USA)

North Korea’s nuclear program has made significant technological advances this year, including the demonstration of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and a hydrogen bomb test. An ICBM tipped with a thermonuclear warhead would give North Korea a capability that it has long sought, namely to hold U.S. territory at risk. Is Pyongyang’s goal simply to deter U.S. attacks on or invasion of North Korea, or does Pyongyang have other political or military goals for its strengthening nuclear arsenal? Will North Korea continue its historical cycle of provocations against the United States and its allies? While the United States must deal with the reality of North Korea being able to threaten…
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