Date: Monday, November 28, 2022 7:00 PM - Monday, November 28, 2022 8:30 PM
Location: Temple University, Japan Campus (Access) 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004


  • Rochelle Kopp (Managing Principal of Japan Intercultural Consulting)


  • Robert Dujarric, ICAS Co-Director


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has given the go-ahead for a major redevelopment of Jingu Gaien, the cluster of sports facilities and green space adjacent to the National Stadium in Sendagaya. The project has recently become a focus of attention in Tokyo, with many people from across the political spectrum speaking out with concerns about the project.

The redevelopment plan is made possible by a loosening of height restrictions in the area that was implemented in conjunction with the Olympics, and former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori was involved in conceptualization of the plan. The redevelopment will eliminate nearly a thousand trees, two historic stadiums and several public sports facilities, and put in three high rise office buildings.

In this presentation activist Rochelle Kopp will describe the various concerns and issues related to the Jingu Gaien redevelopment project and how she and some other activists and academics are speaking out against the plan and urging that Governor Koike withdraw it and start over with input from the public and experts.

Date & Time:

Monday, November 28, 2022 19:00-20:30


Temple University Japan, Room 301


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This event is Sponsored by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS), the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Japan and the Yale Club of Japan.

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Rochelle Kopp

Managing Principal of Japan Intercultural Consulting
Rochelle Kopp

Rochelle Kopp is a Japanese business culture expert and cross-cultural communications specialist, and the author of numerous books in both English and Japanese. She is the Managing Principal of Japan Intercultural Consulting. Rochelle holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Business Policy from the Chicago Booth School of Business.

Rochelle has devoted her career to understanding Japanese organizations, how they make decisions and how to influence them. She is working as an activist to stop this controversial development project being pushed forward by what she deems bureaucratic inertia and behind-the-scenes power brokering is the latest step in this journey.