Japan's Postwar International Relations in East Asia

A Lecture by Prof. Tanaka

Mar 20, 2018

Through the KAKEHASHI program, close to 100 American students of Japanese descent, along with members of the National Museum of the Pacific War took part in a lecture on postwar Japan given by Prof. Akihiko Tanaka, President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. Prof. Tanaka touched upon many key issues and developments in Japan and Asia, all of which can be found in the JAPAN LIBRARY title Japan in Asia: Post-Cold-War Diplomacy.

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The Secret Behind the Success of Japanese SMEs

Mar 16, 2018

On February 21, Prof. Makoto Kurosaki, author of Global Class Japanese SMEs, presented a lecture at the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai on Japanese manufacturing.

If I asked you to name five Japanese companies, which names would come to your mind? Toyota, Sony, Panasonic… Those are the corporate giants that make the front page, and the chances of any SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) to be listed are very low.

But it is SMEs that make up the backbone of the Japanese economy. There are many unknown Japanese SMEs that are successful on a global level and some that even dominate global markets. What is their secret?

Professor Kurosaki points out that Japan’s cutting-edge automobile industry, the Hayabusa asteroid probe, the Shinkansen bullet trains, the linear motor used in maglev trains, and the Tokyo Skytree, which is the tallest structure in Japan. All of these are symbols of Japan and all of them had many of their parts fabricated by SMEs.

Learn from these case studies for your future business! Global Class Japanese SMEs spotlights the success stories of 24 Japanese SMEs. To learn more click here.

"The History of US-Japan Relations" America Lecture Tour

Mar 12, 2018

Editor Iokibe Makoto (Prefectural University of Kumamoto and Hyogo) and contributing authors Iokibe Kaoru (University of Tokyo), Kubo Fumiaki (University of Tokyo), Murata Koji (Doshisha University), and Tadokoro Masayuki (Keio University) of the JAPAN LIBRARY series title “The History of US-Japan Relations: From Perry to the Present” recently visited the United States to review and discuss the importance and history of this more than 160-year old bilateral relationship along with a panel of multiple leading experts from various fields of study.

On March 6th at Stanford University, the symposium was held in the Philippines conference room of Encino Hall with the help and support of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. A couple days later on the 8th at the University of Michigan, with the support of the Center for Japanese Studies, the conference went beyond what was covered in the book and examined US-Japan relations in different historical periods and policy arenas.

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