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2009 I-House Public Programs


A Commemorative Lecture by the 2009 Japan Foundation Awardee Arthur Stockwin Japanese Politics in a British Mirror

  • Speaker: Arthur Stockwin, Former Director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford
  • Date & Time: Wednesday, October 7, 4:00-6:30 pm
    *Following the one-hour lecture, a reception will be held.
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Admission: Free *prior booking essential
  • Language: English/Japanese (with simultaneous translation)
  • Sponsored by the Japan Foundation with support from the International House of Japan

Arthur Stockwin

Arthur StockwinProf. Stockwin is a renowned professor of modern Japanese studies who clearly interprets the dynamics of Japanese politics and makes them comprehensible to the non-Japanese. He has been promoting the intellectual exchange and understanding between Japan and the UK as the founding director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford. He has published many books, including The Japanese Socialist Party and Neutralism (1968), Dynamics and Immobilist Politics in Japan (1988), and Governing Japan: Divided Politics in a Resurgent Economy (4th ed., 2008).

Symposium Honoring the Contributions and Career of Thomas L. Blakemore
Law and Practice in Postwar Japan
The Postwar Legal Reforms and Their Influence

This symposium honors the contributions of Mr. Thomas L. Blakemore (1915-94), one of the most active American lawyers in postwar Japan and also a member of the board of directors at International House for many years. Its aim is to review the accomplishments and influence of Mr. Blakemore first in terms of the legal reforms during the Allied Occupation and second in relation to the postwar legal profession.

  • Dates: May 28, 29, 2009
  • Admission: Free (registration necessary)
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Language: English/Japanese (with simultaneous translation)
  • Organizers: Blakemore Foundation/International House of Japan

Thursday, May 28 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • 1:00 pm — Introduction
    Eugene Lee/Board of Managers, Blakemore Foundation
    Koichiro Fujikura/Board of Councilors, International House of Japan; Professor, Doshisha University
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm — Part One
    Thomas Blakemore and His Contributions
    Thomas L. Blakemore and Japanese Law, as a Student of Tokyo Imperial University and Legal Staff of GHQ
    Yuichi Deguchi/ Associate Professor, Dept. of Law, Toin University of Yokohama
    Recurring Encounters: Personal Perspectives on Thomas Blakemore’s Career Contributions to Japanese Law
    John O. Haley/ William R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law

    Eugene Lee An Afterword

  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm — Coffee Break
  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm
    Citizen’s Participation in the Criminal Justice, from the Establishment of Prosecutorial Review Commissions to the Citizen-Judgeships
  • Akio Harada/ former Prosecutor General/President, International Civil and Commercial Law Center Foundation
  • 4:30 – 5:00 pm — Comments and Questions

Friday, May 29 9:00 am-5:00 pm

  • 9:00 – 11:00 am — Part Two

    The Allied Occupation and Law Reform

    The Good Occupation: The Politics of the Allied Occupation of Japan
    J. Mark Ramseyer/ Professor, Harvard Law School and Yoshiro Miwa/
    Professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Tokyo

    Role of Lawyers in the Occupation Reforms: From Constitutional Reform to Legal Reforms
    Akira Amakawa/ Professor, Open University of Japan

    Laying the Foundation for Rights Advocacy – The 1949 Attorneys Law and Other Occupation-era Measures
    Lawrence Repeta/ Professor, Omiya Law School/Visiting Professor, University of Washington Law School

    Postwar Reform of Corporate Law and Corporate Governance: Democratization under the Occupation and the Japanese Reaction
    Bruce Aronson/ Associate Professor, Creighton University School of Law

  • 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm — Part Three/ Panel Discussion

    The Legal Profession in Postwar Japan: The American Experience

    Paul Davis/ Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie GJBJ Tokyo Aoyama Aoki Koma Law office (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

    Daniel H. Foote (Chair)/Professor, University of Tokyo Faculty of Law

    Robert F. Grondine/ Partner, Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi, White & Case

    Eugene Lee

    Anthony Zaloom/ Director, China Project, UC Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy

  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm — Coffee Break
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm — Comments and Questions
  • 5:00 pm — Concluding Remarks

*Program subject to change.