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Extreme Japan: How the country will both soar and sink

Thursday, March 8, 2012   19:30 - 21:00

Speaker:
  • Kenneth Cukier

Is Japan poised for a resurgence, or is the country entering a long decline? On one hand, industry is hollowing out, public finances are a mess, politics is in disarray and the unfavorable demographics are irreversible. Japan’s economy flourished in the 20th century but many forces, notably China, challenge it in the 21st. On the other hand, Japan has one of the strongest engineering cultures and work ethics in the world, producing things that no one else can. It can afford to have such clownish politics and sovereign debt because it has such a solid societal structure and private wealth. And 3/11 has subtly unleashed creative forces that are preparing to blossom. Kenneth Cukier argues that between these extremes a third way is likely: the country will bifurcate into pockets of outperformance amid a general morass of decrepitude. A handful of companies, sectors and locations will be extraordinarily successful globally, in an environment of national deterioration. After nearly five years as a foreign correspondent, Kenn returns to London in March. He will use the talk as a chance to reflect on the themes, to spur a broader conversation on Japan’s future that sadly will take place without him.

Date & Time:
Thursday, March 8, 2012   19:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 19:00)
Venue:
5F, Mita Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
4-1-27 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Moderator:
Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)
Registration:
If possible, we ask you to register by E-mail (icas@tuj.temple.edu) , but we always welcome participants even you do not register. / 参加登録はなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

Speaker:

Kenneth Cukier