MIT Starr Forum: “Reinventing Japan ... Again?”

Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

MIT Samberg Conference Center, 6th Floor, Rooms 3 & 4 Chang Building (E52) 50 Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA 02142

Panelists will explore the changes underway in Japan across three domains: business, national security, social relations, and—undergirding each, in public opinion.

Richard Samuels
is the Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the MIT Center for International Studies. He is an expert on Japanese politics and national security. His books have won numerous awards from, among other organizations, the American Political Science Association, the Association for Asian Studies and the Society for Italian Historical Studies.  His most recent books are Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community (2019) and 3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan (2013).

Mary Brinton is the Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. Brinton’s research and teaching focus on gender inequality, labor markets and employment, social demography, and contemporary Japanese society. She is author of multiple books, including Lost in Transition: Youth, Education, and Work in Postindustrial Japan.

Eric Heginbotham is a Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Center for International Studies and a specialist in Asian security issues. Before joining MIT, he was a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he led research projects on China, Japan, and regional security issues and briefed senior military, intelligence, and political leaders. He is author and co-editor of multiple publications and books on Asian security.

Ulrike Schaede is Professor of Japanese business at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). She is the Founding Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT), and the Faculty Coordinator of the International Management track at GPS. Schaede’s research focuses on Japanese business organization, strategy and management. Her book, The Business Reinvention of Japan: How to Make Sense of the New Japan and Why It Matters won the 2021 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize from Japan, as well as the 2021 US Axiom Business Book Award (silver medal, “Economics”).

Kiyoteru Tsutsui is the Henri H and Tomoye Takahashi Professor and Senior Fellow in Japanese Studies at Shorenstein APARC, the Director of the Japan Program at APARC, a senior fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Professor of Sociology, all at Stanford University. Tsutsui’s research interests lie in political/comparative sociology, social movements, globalization, human rights, and Japanese society. His mulitple publications include his book, Rights Make Might: Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan.  

This event is co-sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies, MIT-Japan, and the US-Japan Foundation.

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