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Abe Fellowship Program 20th Anniversary Symposium
"Possible Futures for Japan"


The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) will jointly host a public symposium entitled, Possible Futures for Japan, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Abe Fellowship Program.

The Abe Fellowship Program was established in 1991 in order to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern and to foster the network of a new generation of researchers interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance.

At this symposium leading scholars - including former and current Abe Fellows - will discuss the future role that Japan can take in the international society, in a wide range of policy areas such as disaster management, nuclear policies, security policies, and aging population in the near future.

Abe Fellowship Program 20th Anniversary Symposium summary
Date: Monday, July 2, 2012 13:00~17:00
Venue: The International House of Japan Access
5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Language: English and Japanese (with simultaneous translation)
Admission: Free

Please RSVP with a REPLY FORM (PDF) via FAX (03-5369-6042) by Tuesday,
June 26th, 2012

*Your personal information including your name and affiliation will be used for registration purposes of this symposium only.

Time Schedule
13:00 Opening remarks
13:10-14:55 Panel I:Japan in a Precarious World

◆Chair: Anne Allison, Professor, Duke University
“Disaster Management”
William Siembieda, Professor, California Polytechnic State University
Haruo Hayashi, Professor, University of Kyoto
“Nuclear Energy Policies”
Jacques Hymans, Associate Professor, University of Southern California
“Youth and Work”
David Slater, Associate Professor, Sophia University 
“Gender and Future”
Ayako Kano, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
“Demography as Destiny”
Sawako Shirahase, Associate Professor, University of Tokyo

15:10-17:00 Panel II:Japan in a Competitive World

◆Chair: Yoshihide Soeya, Professor, Keio University
“Japan in the Global Economy”
Saori Katada, Associate Professor, University of Southern California
“Japan’s Security Policies”
Hiroshi Nakanishi, Professor, Kyoto University
“Japan and China”
Claude Meyer, Associate Professor, Sciences Po, Paris
“Political Leadership”
Robert Pekkanen, Associate Professor, University of Washington 
“Innovation in Science/Technology”
Masaru Yarime, Assocaite Professor, University of Tokyo

17:00 Closing remark

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