Symposium: “Prosperity and Human Security: Japan and Asia’s 21st Century Governance Challenges”


Monday, February 6, 2023, 12:00pm to 4:30pm


Bowie-Vernon Conference Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Bldg., 1737 Cambridge St., and Online (Zoom)

Conference poster

12:00-1:30 PM ET

Panel 1: “Development and Governance Challenges in Public Health"

“Universalism and Governance in the Post-Pandemic Moment”
Joseph Wong
Vice-President, International Roz and Ralph Halbert Professor of Innovation, Munk School; Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.

“Japan Innovates: Improving Health and Medicine in the Developing World”
Kathryn Ibata-Arens
Vincent de Paul Professor of Political Science, DePaul University.

“China, Covid-19, and global health governance”
Yanzhong Huang
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations.

3:00-4:30 PM ET 
Panel 2: “Development, Climate Change, and Climate Migration"

“Making Sense of the Climate-Green Tech Acceleration Under Suga and Kishida”
Yves Tiberghien
Professor of Political Science and Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research; Director Emeritus, Institute of Asian Research; Director, Center for Japanese Research, University of British Columbia.

“Deservingness Criteria and Public Support for Refugee Admission”
Nicholas A.R. Fraser
Policy Innovations Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University.

"The Global Geopolitics of China's Low Carbon Transition"
Joanna Lewis
Provost Distinguished Associate Professor and Director, Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA), Georgetown University.

Moderator: Christina L. Davis
Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Government; and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

This symposium is part of the Special Series on Policy Innovations in Crises, supported by a grant from the Japan Foundation. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Undergraduate Japan Policy Network, the Harvard University Asia Center, Harvard University Center for the Environment, and the Takemi Program in International Health.

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Note: This is a two-panel conference, with both panels accessible at the same Zoom link. Participants are welcome to attend one or both panels as desired. Registration is not required for in-person attendance.

Additional Resources

  1. Fumio Kishida, "Human Security and Universal Health Coverage: Japan's Vision for the G7 Hiroshima Summit." The Lancet 401, January 20, 2023. 
  2. Carmen Jacqueline Ho, Hina Khalid, Kimberly Skead, and Joseph Wong. "The Politics of Universal Health Coverage." The Lancet 399, May 17, 2022. 
  3. Kathryn Ibata-Arens, Pandemic Medicine: Why the Global Innovation System is Broken, and How We Can Fix It. Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2021.
  4. Yanzhong Huang, "The COVID-19 Pandemic and China's Global Health Leadership," Council on Foreign Relations, Council Special Report No. 92, January 2022.
  5. Yves Tiberghien, "Kishida's Cllimate Policy and Opportunities for U.S.-Japan Cooperation." Asia Policy 18:1, January 2023; and "The Indo Pacific's green industrial policy race," East Asia Forum, November 1, 2022.
  6. Nicholas A.R. Fraser and Go Murakami, "The Role of Humanitarianism in Shaping Public Attitudes Toward Refugees." Political Psychology 43:2, April 2022.
  7. Margaret M. Jackson, Joanna I. Lewis, and Xiliang Zhang. "A green expansion: China's role in the global deployment and transfer of solar photovoltaic technology." Energy for Sustainable Development 60, February 2021.
  8. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, G7 Hiroshima 2023 webpage.