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[70 Years Postwar Symposium Series “Thinking Together about the World and Japan”]
Symposium 4 “Looking to the Future of the World, Asia, and Japan”


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    • Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 2:00-5:30 pm
    • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan 
    • Organizers: International House of Japan,
      Maureen & Mike Mansfield Foundation
    • Sponsored by Japan Foundation, MRA Foundation, Tokyo Club
    • Supported by Asahi Shimbun
    • Language: Japanese and English (with simultaneous interpretation)
    • Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen, IHJ Members: free)

    Commemorating seventy years postwar, this program has been inviting speakers from Japan and abroad. The first symposium examined the changes in political structure in China and the path for a stable China-Japan relations. In the second symposium, the ideals and realities of the United States was explored and the third one has focused on culture and philosophy as the basis for peace. As a wrap up of this program, this last symposium will examine what the position and role Japan is expected to assume and what the world will be like in the coming years.

    【Speakers】
    Gerald L. Curtis
    (Burgess Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Columbia University)
    Iokibe Makoto
    (Chancellor, Prefectural University of Kumamoto)

    【Panelists】
    Kawashima Shin
    (Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)
    Nishizaki Fumiko
    (Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)
    Watanabe Yasushi
    (Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University

    【Moderator】
    Akashi Yasushi (Chairman, International House of Japan)

    Gerald L. Curtis (Burgess Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Columbia University)
    Photo:Gerald L. CurtisProfessor Curtis received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1969 and has been at Columbia since 1968. His career includes time at the Royal Institute of International Af fairs, Chatham House, London; the College de France, Paris; Waseda University; the Research Institute for Economy, Trade and Industry; the Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies, and the International Institute for Economic Studies, Tokyo.
    Iokibe Makoto (Chancellor, Prefectural University of Kumamoto)
    Photo: Iokibe MakotoPresident, Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute. After serving as professor at Kobe University and president of the National Defense Academy of Japan, he assumed his current position as chancellor of the Prefectural University of Kumamoto in 2012. He is also the chairman of the Reconstruction Promotion Council in response to the 3/11 earthquake. His books include The U.S. Occupation Policy for Japan (Chuokoronsha, 1985) and The Japan-U.S. War and the Postwar Period (Kodansha, 2005), both in Japanese.
    Kawashima Shin (Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)
    Photo: Kawashima ShinProfessor Kawashima specializes in Chinese/Taiwanese diplomatic history and contemporary international relations in East Asia. He joined the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2006, where he currently teaches as a professor. His publications include Modern History of Japan-China Relations (Yuhikaku Publishing, 2013).
    Nishizaki Fumiko (Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)
    Photo: Nishizaki FumikoProfessor Nishizaki received her Ph.D. from Yale University (American History) in 1990. Before joining the University of Tokyo in 2012, she taught at the Faculty of Law, Seikei University (1990-2012). She specializes in American diplomatic history and American studies. Her publications include American Foreign Policy: An Interpretive History (Iwanami Shoten, 2004; in Japanese).
    Watanabe Yasushi (Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University)
    Photo: Watanabe YasushiProfessor Watanabe received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Social Anthropology. His specialties are cultural anthropology, cultural diplomacy and American studies. Having held research/teaching positions at Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge universities and Sciences Po., he has been a professor at Keio University since 2005. His books in Japanese include Rethinking of “Culture”: On the Concept of Cultural Security (Iwanami Shoten, 2015) and Culture and Diplomacy: The Age of Public Diplomacy (Chuokoron-Shinsha, 2011).