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March 2021

“Civil Society and the 3/11 Virtuous Cycle”

Saturday, March 20
  • Sarajean Rossitto (Instructor and Independent Consultant, Temple University Japan Campus)
  • Angela Marie Ortiz (Representative Director for non-profit O.G.A. for Aid)
  • Kayleigh Ward (Dual Doctoral Candidate in Sociology and Environmental Science & Policy, Michigan State University)

Overview The occasion of the ten year anniversary of what befell Japan in the 2011 Tohoku disasters has led us to contemplate the meaning of these events for Japan and how we think of such culture defining events. With a decade now separating us from the dramatic events of March 11 and its immediate aftermath, we now are at a point where we can examine the disaster trajectory as it has played out over time, as survivors have attempted to…

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April 2021

A Conversation with Karen Hill Anton: “The View from Breast Pocket Mountain: A Memoir”

Saturday, April 17
  • Karen Hill Anton (Cross-cultural Competence Consultant and Coach)

Overview The View From Breast Pocket Mountain: A Memoir is aptly described in Roger Pulver’s editorial review: “Karen Hill Anton’s life has been a remarkable journey, from the United States through Europe and overland across Asia to Japan. This is a story woven with great compassion and skill, the ultimate combination. It is a beautiful and deeply moving narrative full of fascinating people, the most fascinating being the author herself.” The View From Breast Pocket Mountain is a unique and…

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Marriage Equality Rights in Japan: Implications of Sapporo Court’s Landmark Decision

Wednesday, April 28
  • Makiko Terahara (Representative Director of Marriage for All Japan. Co-chair of the Tokyo defense team for the marriage equality lawsuit.)
  • Naosuke Fujita (Co-founder and co-Chair of Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network.)

Overview We will examine the implications of the recent court rulings in Japan concerning same-sex marriage. Japan is the only G7 country offering no protections or recognition to gay or lesbian couples. This ruling is a key milestone, which may bring marriage equality closer. This discussion by individuals who have been involved in this case and lead the marriage campaign in Japan will examine the prospects for marriage equality in Japan and the judicial and legislative processes that could lead…

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May 2021

Quad-Plus: Form to Function?

Wednesday, May 12
  • Hideshi Tokuchi (Senior Fellow of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS))
  • Celine Pajon (Head of Japan Research at the Center for Asian Studies of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI))
  • Jagannath P. Panda (Research Fellow and Centre Coordinator for East Asia at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA))
  • Stephen Nagy (Senior associate professor, International Christian University in Tokyo. Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI). Visiting fellow, the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA).)

Overview In January 2021, Canada joined the QUAD exercises in an event called the Sea Dragon 21 exercises. This was followed by the QUAD virtual leaders’ summit in which QUAD members agreement to boost vaccine development and distribution to emerging states and the France- organized multination three-day Le Pérouse naval exercise commenced in the Bay of Bengal on April 5 with QUAD members. What do these activities tell us about the evolution of the QUAD? Will the QUAD transform away…

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Myanmar: An update on the situation

Thursday, May 13
  • Alexander Dmitrenko (Head of Asia Sanctions/Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Adjunct Professor, Temple University Law School, Tokyo)
  • Akiko Sato (Japan Representative & Researcher, The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. Deputy Secretary-General, Human Rights Now. Founder and Steering Committee Member, Business and Human Rights Lawyers Network)
  • Romain Caillaud (Principal, SIPA Partners. Associate Fellow, Myanmar Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.)

Overview As the domestic turmoil continues in Myanmar following the coup, we will look at the domestic situation in the country, the state of sanctions against the military regime, and the view from Japan. Webinar Access Join via Zoom Meeting https://temple.zoom.us/j/98322903011 Meeting ID: 983 2290 3011

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