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March 2019

Renault-Nissan-Ghosn: Japanese Justice in Comparative Perspective

Monday, March 25
  • Stephen Givens (Professor in the Law Faculty of Sophia University)
  • David Litt (Professor at Keio Law School)
  • Hiroki Sasakura (Professor of Criminal Procedure at Keio Law School)
  • Akiko Yamakawa (Partner, Vanguard Tokyo Law firm)
  • Yoichiro Yamakawa (Partner, Koga & Partners)

Since Carlos Ghosn’s arrest and extended pre-trial detention, the Japanese legal system, and in particular the criminal justice system, has received heightened international scrutiny and criticism. In the view of many foreign commentators, Ghosn’s treatment by the prosecutors breaches basic constitutional protections and criminal justice norms taken for granted in North America and Europe. A panel of Japanese and foreign lawyers and scholars will explore the complex legal issues raised not only by the criminal charges against Ghosn but the…

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April 2019

The Courage of Our Convictions: Young Female Activists in Japan Defying the Social Norm

Monday, April 1
  • Wakako Fukuda (Former SEALDs activist & founder of I AM)
  • Voice Up Japan (International Christian University students)
  • Tricia Euvrard (Co-founder of Uprizine)

The word “activism,” has come with a bitter aftertaste for many in Japan. Since the counter-culture ANPO Riots in the 60's, the image surrounding student protests has had a largely negative connotation attached to it. However, the emergence of the Student Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy (SEALDs) has flipped the image of student activism into the mainstream. Seemingly since then, the outspokenness of young people in Japan, particularly women, have been pushed into the spotlight. In Japanese society, where individuality…

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Cybersecurity and Concerns Related to Tokyo 2020

Thursday, April 4
  • Michael Johnson (Far East Cyber Security Director, U.S. Naval Facilities Command Far East)

One of the key factors advanced by Japan in its bid to secure the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was its investment in technology to support not only the Games but to secure its place as the world’s most advanced urban metropolis. As the Tokyo 2020 games approach, media attention has focused on lackluster leadership, but behind-the-scenes preparedness will depend on protecting the assets and integrating the perspectives of a wide variety of stakeholders, including government and industry. This session will identify…

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Nuclear, Panic, and Danger: Why Fear of Nuclear Threatens Japan’s Energy, Environmental, and National Security

Thursday, April 11
  • Michael Shellenberger (Founder and President of Environmental Progress (EP))

As we reflect on the eighth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, a consensus has formed among experts that fear of nuclear has created far more harm than the radiation itself. Whereas 15,000 people died in the tsunami and the evacuations resulted in the death of over 2,000 people, the radiation exposure has killed, to date, less than a handful of people (only one death has been legally attributed to radiation effects). The replacement of nuclear energy with fossil fuels will create thousands…

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May 2019

Book Talk

Peak Japan

Tuesday, May 21
  • 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…

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