Public lecture video by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on June 1, 2016. Speaker was John Mock, Visiting Professor, Temple University Japan Campus.
“Internationalization”, in various shapes and sizes, has been a major component of Japanese universities, indeed all of Japanese society, from the latter half of the 20th century to the present. As Japan became an increasingly important and successful economic participant in a globalizing world, the idea was that having an international/intercultural perspective, including language competencies in addition to Japanese, would make Japan both a more effective participant in the world economy and a more significant actor on the world stage.