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[Lunchtime Lecture] Why the EU Is Important -Integration and Separation in Europe


  • *This event has finished.
  • Lecturer: Tanaka Toshiro (Professor Emeritus, Keio University)
  • Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 0:15-1:30 pm (Doors open at 11:45 am)
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
    (*The venue was changed from Kabayama-Matsumoto Room)
  • Language: Japanese(without interpretation)
  • Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen, IHJ members: Free)
  • Seating: 70 (reservations required) *Lunch is NOT included.
In 2013, Croatia joined the EU (European Union) and the EU has enlarged to 28 countries. But the economy has not revived fully after the 2008 world fiscal crisis and there have been no effective measures taken towards the Ukraine crisis. Professor Tanaka, a leader in research on the EU in Japan, says that in Japan the importance of the EU even with these influences to the world is underestimated. In this talk, he will speak on why the EU is important to Japan, as well as the momentum for localism, such as in Catalonia and Scotland, that can be witnessed today in Europe.

Tanaka Toshiro (Professor Emeritus, Keio University)

Photo: Tanaka ToshiroSpecialization is politics of European integration. He had been Professor of the Faculty of Law at Keio University until 2011. He is one of the founding fathers of the EU Studies Association-Japan and is widely known by academics and practitioners in Europe as Jean Monnet Chair. His books include EU no Kokusai Seiji [International Politics of EU] (Keio UP, 2007) and Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).