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February 2019

Assessing Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula – Contentious History, Summits, Denuclearization, & Prospects for a Paradigm Shift

Thursday, February 21
  • Mark E. Caprio (College of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University)
  • David H. Satterwhite (Asian Studies & Political Science, Temple University Japan Campus)

From the brink of war in 2017, the Korean Peninsula in 2018 stepped back from the precipice with a series of momentous events, including joint participation in the Winter Olympics and multiple regional summits – notably the first-ever U.S.-DPRK Summit held with great fanfare in Singapore.  Seeking to keep the momentum of diplomatic dialogue alive, a second DPRK-U.S. Summit appears likely in late-February, watched intently for “deliverables” beyond the pomp and pageantry.  Will concrete steps be taken towards the stated…

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In the Shadow of Destrehan: Legacies of Slavery

Tuesday, February 26
  • Azby Brown (Safecast’s lead researcher and author of the Safecast Report)
  • Catherine Pugh (Adjunct Professor at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, Japan Campus)

This event addresses the ways in which the legacies of racial segregation and discrimination have influenced American society, spanning the era of slavery to the post-Civil-War Reconstruction and the imposition of the "Jim Crow" system of legal segregation. In recent years we have seen the byproducts of this system in the criminal justice system, the disenfranchisement of voting rights and the control and exclusion of minorities in public space. While immigration restrictions have been a priority of the Trump administration,…

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March 2019

The Heisei Era: Radical Change or Prolonged Sclerosis?

Tuesday, March 5
  • Nobuko Kobayashi (Tokyo-based Partner at EY-Parthenon)

The end of the Heisei Era marks three decades since the Japanese bubble burst. Some argue that the past thirty years have seen remarkable change in many areas, such as gender roles, corporate governance, and innovation. Others believe that there is much more continuity in a society still run along sclerotic lines by old men. What has really changed and what has not? What challenges lies ahead? How would Japan navigate? Nobuko Kobayashi will help us better understand these issues.

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Tensions in the Persian Gulf and Beyond: What it Means for the World and Japan

Thursday, March 7
  • Alain Frachon (Senior Foreign Affairs Columnist, Le Monde)
  • Matthew Gray (Associate Professor, Waseda University)
  • Shigeto Kondo (Research Fellow, JIME Center, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ))
  • Christopher Lamont (Associate Professor, Tokyo International University)

The past few years have witnessed the rise of new conflicts in the Middle East, such as the Syrian civil war, rise and (partial) fall of Daesh (The Islamic State), the breakdown of relations between Qatar and its Arab neighbors, the continuation of old ones (the Israeli-Palestinian one) the worsening of others (Iran and Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the U.S.), and the increasing involvement of Turkey in the region. In the background, there is continuing unrest in many regional states…

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The “ICON” Model of Place Branding – Lessons for Japan’s City, Region and Nation Brands

Thursday, March 14
  • Keith Dinnie (Head of Discipline for Management and Marketing at the University of Dundee School of Business, Scotland)

In this lecture, Dr. Keith Dinnie will explore the challenges and opportunities facing Japan’s city, region and nation brands. Applying the ICON model which he created in order to enable best practice in place branding, he will discuss place branding issues in Japan at city, region and national levels. The ICON model proposes that good practice in place branding is: Integrated Contextualized Organic New There will be a question and answer session after the lecture.

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