Past Events

  • 2018 Feb 20

    Franziska Seraphim (Boston College), Geographies of Justice: Japan, Germany, and the Allied War Crimes Program

    12:30am to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

    Franziska Seraphim
    Associate Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies, Boston College

    Moderator: Susan Pharr
    Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

    Co-sponsored by Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies; Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

  • 2018 Feb 16

    Shunya Yoshimi (University of Tokyo), Scales of History: Japan in the 500 Years of Global History

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Bowie-Vernon Room K262, 2nd Level, CGIS Knafel Bldg., 1737 Cambridge St.

    Shunya Yoshimi
    Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese, Department of East Asian Language and Civilizations, Harvard University; Professor and Vice President, University of Tokyo

    Moderator: Andrew Gordon
    Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University

    Reischauer Institute Japan Forum Presentation

    Sponsored by Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies; co-sponsored by Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations

  • 2018 Feb 13

    Andrew Littlejohn (Harvard University), Recovering Agency: The Politics of Reconstruction in Post-Tsunami Tohoku

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

    Andrew Littlejohn
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

    Discussant: Daniel Aldrich
    Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Masters Program in Security and Resilience, Northeastern University

    Moderator: Susan Pharr
    Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

    Special Series on Japan’s 2011 Disasters

    Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology; Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

  • 2018 Feb 06

    John Park (Harvard Kennedy School), The Changing Security Landscape on the Korean Peninsula: Implications for Tokyo, Beijing, and Washington

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

    John Park
    Director of the Korea Working Group and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

    Moderator: Susan Pharr
    Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

    Co-sponsored by Korea Institute; Harvard University Asia Center; International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

    Special Series on the Future of East Asia

    This seminar series is supported by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP)

  • 2018 Feb 02

    Colin P.C. Jones (Columbia University), Searching for a Social Order: The Sociology and Afterlives of Law in Japanese-Occupied China

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Porte Seminar Room (S250), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Colin P.C. Jones
    Reischauer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow (Ph.D. in Japanese History, Columbia University, 2017)

    Moderator: Andrew Gordon
    Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University

    Reischauer Institute Japan Forum Presentation

    Sponsored by Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies; co-sponsored by Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; East Asian Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School; Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

  • 2018 Jan 23

    Atsushi Seike (Keio University) The Impact of Disruptive Technologies on Employment: Implications for an Aging Japan

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

    Atsushi Seike
    Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, Harvard University
    Executive Advisor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Labor Economics, Keio University

    Professor Atsushi Seike became Executive Advisor for Academic Affairs in May 2017 after severing two terms for a total of eight years as the President of Keio University. He received his Ph.D. in Labor Economics from Keio University and became Associate Professor at Keio’s Faculty of Business and Commerce in 1985, Professor in 1992, Dean from 20072009, and President of the university from 20092017. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Economics, University of California, and a Consultant at the RAND Corporation.

    His roles in government committees include Chairman of the Council for the Promotion of Social Security System Reform, Chairman of the Manufacturing Industry Committee of the Industrial Structure Council, and Honorary President of the Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office. He is also a member of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work. He was the President of Japan Society of Human Resource Management and the President of the Japan Association of Private Universities and Colleges. He has also served as a member of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) and Global Agenda Council on Ageing both at the World Economic Forum.

    He was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Ecole Centrale de Nantes in 2012 and Yonsei University in 2015 and the title of Chevalier of the Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur of France in 2016.

    A labor economist, he has authored many articles and books and received numerous academic prizes for his publications including the 48th Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Science in 2005.

    Discussant: Mary Brinton 
    Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

    Moderator: Mark Ramseyer
    Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies, Harvard Law School

    Co-sponsored by the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies and the Harvard Law School East Asian Legal Studies program

  • 2018 Jan 10

    Atsushi Seike (Keio University) Towards a Lifelong Active Society: Coping with Japan's Demographic Change

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Morgan Courtroom, Austin Hall 308, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Atsushi Seike
    Executive Advisor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Labor Economics, Keio University

    Sponsored by Harvard Law School East Asian Legal Studies program; Co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center Program on US-Japan Relations and the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

    Lunch will be served

  • 2017 Nov 30

    Panel: ASIA RESPONDS TO TRUMP IN ASIA

    4:15pm

    Location: 

    S020, Belfer Case Study Room, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St.

    ChairKaren Thornber
    Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

    Moderator: Andrew Gordon
    Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University

    Ronak Desai
    Associate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, India and South Asia Program, Harvard Kennedy School

    William Kirby
    Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard University; Director, Harvard China Fund

    Sophie Lemière
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program, Harvard University; Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute

    Tae Gyun Park
    Kim Koo Visiting Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University; Professor of Modern Korean History, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University

    Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Korea Institute, Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and the Weatherhead Center for International Studies

  • 2017 Nov 28

    Tobias Harris (Teneo Intelligence) and Andrew Oros (Washington College), Panel: Shinzo Abe Scorecard: How Is He Faring after Five Years?

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

    Tobias Harris
    Vice President, Teneo Intelligence

    Andrew Oros
    Professor of Political Science and International Studies; Associate Dean for International Education; Director of International Studies, Washington College

    Moderator: Susan Pharr
    Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations

    This seminar series is supported by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP)

    Special Series on the Future of East Asia

  • 2017 Nov 17

    Symposium: Mary Brinton (Harvard University), Yoshio Higuchi (Keio University), Margarita Estevez-Abe (Syracuse University), Paul Chang (Harvard University); Is Demography Destiny? Japan in Comparative Perspective.

    4:00pm to 5:45pm

    Location: 

    Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

    “Japan’s Demographic Dilemma: A Comparative Perspective”
    Mary Brinton
    Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

    "How Changes in the Japanese Labor Market Shape Marriage and Fertility Decisions"
    Yoshio Higuchi
    Professor, Department of Business and Commerce, Keio University

    “International Marriages and Families in East Asia: Lessons from a Survey of Filipina Wives in Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei”
    Margarita Estevez-Abe
    Visiting Senior Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Associate Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

    “Alternative Solutions to the Demographic Crisis: The Case of South Korea”
    Paul Chang
    Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

    Moderator: Susan Pharr
    Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

    Co-sponsored by the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies; Korea Institute; the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Japan Society of Boston

    This symposium is supported by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP)

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