GRIPS Forum

Utilizing our vast policy network, the GRIPS Forum invites leaders from various fields including government, academia & business to deliver lectures on current policy concerns

The GRIPS Forum series was launched in April 2008, where by utilizing our vast policy network, we aim to challenge and inform public debate and understanding by inviting leaders from various fields including government, academia and business, to deliver lectures on current policy concerns and contemporary topics of interest.   The Forum is held at most 16 times a year on Mondays during school terms at our campus in Roppongi, and welcomes the attendance of academics, students, and interested members of the public.



 


Recent GRIPS Forums

Apr 21, 2014
Dr. Cayetano W. Paderanga, Jr.
Please register at Registration Form by April 18(Fri) 17:00pm.

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Registration email must include; 1) your name, 2) institution, 3) job title, 4) phone number or email address.

 

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Apr 07, 2014
Dr. Kenji Shimazaki, Professor of GRIPS
"The Acceleration of an Aging and Shrinking Population in Japan: Society and Policy Challenges"
Japan has entered a period in which the population is both rapidly aging and shrinking. The speed at which the population is aging and shrinking will accelerate in the future. Population is the fundamental factor of society and economy, and such a large-scale transformation of the demographic structure has a tremendous effect on various sectors. At the same time, the “experiences” Japan has had and will have are expected to offer valuable suggestions to foreign countries. This lecture aims at discussing multilateral policy challenges Japan currently faces, while clarifying various aspects of unprecedented growth in an aging and shrinking population, based on data used to estimate this population.

 

Please register at Registration Form by April 4(Fri) 12:00pm.

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Jan 20, 2014
H.E. Mr. Bruce Miller, Australian Ambassador to Japan
”Australia and the Indo-Pacific: Challenges and Opportunities”
Australian Ambassador Bruce Miller will speak to GRIPS on the new Australian Government’s approach to foreign and trade policy, and what that means for Australia’s relationships with Japan and with the wider region. The Indo-Pacific region — including Japan, China, South Korea, India, the ASEAN countries and Australia — accounts for a third of global GDP.  By 2020, it could account for around one-third of global trade.The rapid economic transformation that has accompanied the region’s rise is bringing about a new and uncertain strategic environment.  With this come both opportunities and risks.Japan has been front and centre of the new government’s thinking about Australia's place in the region, and how Australia will work with friends, neighbours and regional institutions to increase regional prosperity and security.Ambassador Miller will address how Australia and Japan’s bilateral ties will be enhanced across the board to take on these challenges, covering the bilateral defence and strategic relationship, economic and trade relations and new initiatives for people-to-people links.

 

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Jan 06, 2014
Dr. Shigeru Morichi, Senior Professor of GRIPS
After the collapse of bridges on interstate freeway, “America in Ruins” was published in early 1980’s which brought the impact on the improvement of the policies for aged infrastructures and related research activities.  However, bridge accidents have occurred almost every year still now.  The research on asset management for infrastructure and the measurements have been implemented in Japan, and additional policies were introduced especially after the collapse of the Sasago Tunnel in 2012.  In this forum the lessons from the US experience and require policies in engineering and institution will be discussed.

 

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Dec 16, 2013
Dr. Akihiko Tanaka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
The World System in the 21st century and Japan's International Cooperation
In the 21st century, we are witnessing a dynamic change of the world system. Some developing countries have enjoyed significant economic growth, changing their status from middle-income countries into high-income ones, and some have even emerged as world-leading economies. On the other hand, we see some countries that are still suffering with conflicts and/or fragile domestic conditions. They have made limited progress on poverty reduction, health, and/or education issues, thus, threats to their "human security" remain.With this context in mind, I will try to touch upon Japanese experiences from development assistance extended to Asia, Latin America and Africa and to discuss challenges that Japan is currently facing in conducting its policy for international cooperation.

 

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Nov 18, 2013
Dr. Kurayoshi Takara, Vice governor of Okinawa Prefecture
”The Points of Controversy over “The Okinawa Problem” within Japan”
As symbolized by the issue of relocation of US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, it seems issues that surround U.S. military bases in Okinawa are serious enough that they could undermine the ways of the Japan-US alliance, as well as its operation. The background of this problem is the intricate historical relationship between Okinawa and Japan. Underlying this is the problem of historical recognition derived from this relationship. There are other issues which are underlying U.S. military base issues -“The Okinawa Problem”. What is it? Dr. Takara explains some main points of the controversy.

 

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Nov 11, 2013
Mr. Shotaro Yachi, Special Advisor to the Cabinet
In foreign affairs, Mr. Shinzo Abe who became Prime Minister of Japan last Dec. has been developing his positive approach called “diplomacy of bird’s eye view of globe”. He has also been promoting the diplomacy of proactive contribution to peace by expanding Japan’s diplomatic horzto the universal values such as freedom, human rights, democracy and rule of law, and by firmly maintaining its position as a sea power. In this lecture, due consideration will be given to the future foreign policy of Prime Minister Abe who made courageous decisions one after another on Futenma base, TPP and the consumption tax raise.
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Oct 28, 2013
Prof. Ronald Philip Dore, Professor Emeritus, London University
”The Tripartite Division of Powers: Democracy in a Populist World”
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Oct 07, 2013
Mr. Mitsuru Izumo, Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Euglena Co., Ltd
Euglena is a microalga that possesses both animal and plant characteristics. It contains almost all the necessary nutrients required by the human body and is expected to find applications as an ingredient in functional foods and cosmetics. Furthermore, research is being encouraged in the application of Euglena for carbon dioxide fixation in photosynthesis and as a raw material for bio jet fuel. In 2005, Euglena Co., Ltd. succeeded in the world’s first outdoor mass cultivation of Euglena. Cooperating with universities and companies in Japan, Euglena Co., Ltd. is aiming at solving food and environmental problems at a global level using Euglena.
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Jul 08, 2013
Dr. Ikujiro Nonaka, Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University ICS
“Distributing Phronesis for Sustainable Innovation”
In the 21 century today, we are facing drastic changes globally. Accordingly, the challenge of the firms and local governments is how to instill and sustain innovation. To be innovative, knowledge creation is important, and the leaders with practical wisdom are necessary. In this forum, Prof. Nonaka will present the conditions necessary for sustaining innovative organization and leadership.

 

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Jul 01, 2013
Mr. Akira Kojima, Member of the Trustees of GRIPS; Senior Fellow of the Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER)
”Japan’s Economy: Where To From Here With Abenomics?”
Japan has gained global attention due to Abenomics. Can the Japanese economy recover from the 20-year long stagnation and 15-year long deflation? We examine the macroeconomy and corporate behavior at the micro level in Japan to explore the country’s potential.

 

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Jun 24, 2013
Dr. Charles Murigande, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda to Japan
“Rwanda: From hopelessness to hopefulness”
In the wake of 1994 genocide against Tutsis, Rwanda was a socially, politically and economically desolate country. Today Rwanda is cited as a model of post-conflict rebuilding. What are the policies and practices that transformed Rwanda from a failed state into a successful state in just 19 years?

 

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Jun 10, 2013
Dr. David M. Malone, Rector of the United Nations University;Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
“The UN Security Council: Boom or Bust?”
The UN Security Council is endowed with unique legally binding powers under the UN Charter which no other international institution can approximate.
How has the Council’s practice evolved since the end of the Cold War?
Malone’s remarks will unfold under three main headings after a brief introduction
• Salient new features in Council decision-making
• New factors driving Council decision-making
• New institutional developments in the Council’s life (including pressure for reform of the Council’s composition)
A single conclusion summing up the whole.

 

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May 27, 2013
Dr. Thanong Bidaya, Former Minister of Finance, Kingdom of Thailand
Amidst the fragile world economy, Asia is still the world's growth region. To further strengthen economic competitiveness in Asia as well as to recover Japan from stagnate economic situation, there needs to be a new reform of economic coordination. Under the new Japanese prime minister, ASEAN-Japan economic relationship could be restructure to create mutual economic supports. The lecture wishes to recommend the reforms necessary for mutual economic benefits.

 

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May 13, 2013
Mr. Yoshito Sengoku, Former Chief Cabinet Secretary, Japan
“Energy at a turning point  - the sustainability of the power supply system - ”
While the safety and efficacy of nuclear power generation has been evaluated since the Fukushima disaster, the cost of fuels such as oil and natural gas, which puts pressure on the current balance of payment, has also been an issue. We consider a future energy strategy that will be the lifeblood of economic growth with a focus on these two issues from a pragmatic point of view.


 

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Apr 15, 2013
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Former Secretary-General of ASEAN
“New Japan in a New Asia”
As Japan returns to center stage---"Japan is back!"---, East Asia has evolved into a region of closer political and strategic cooperation and economic integration. The new landscape with new architectures of cooperation is full of dynamism, but not devoid of challenges. Major powers are converging on East Asia, as the region has become more important to the global community than a couple of decades ago when Japan effectively left the turf and focused more on her own internal affairs. What would it take for Japan to reclaim her place in a new Asia? How would the power rivalry play itself out as economic competition picks up the pace and gains intensity? What role will China, India and ASEAN play in supporting Japan's return to the regional stage? How will the simmering security situation in the Korean Peninsula affect Japan's determination to reclaim her rightful place in East Asia? These are some of the issues that will be explored by Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former Secretary-General of ASEAN and currently a Senior Fellow at GRIPS.
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Apr 08, 2013
Dr. Masahiko Aoki, Professor Emeritus; Senior Fellow, Stanford University
Understanding China’s Institutional Process in a Historical Perspective
Is China’s development sustainable? History and my theory tell that it crucially hinges on ways how the unique institutional process will evolve from now on.

 

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Feb 12, 2013
Special GRIPS Forum by Mr. David O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service
“Priorities for EU Diplomacy in East Asia”
East Asia is home to some of the world's largest and fastest growing economies, and several of European Union's biggest economic and trade partners. And yet, years after the emergence of first discourses on regional integration East Asia remains fragmented. While economic interconnectedness is increasingly felt between states in the region, as well as across regions, East Asia is unable to overcome deep-rooted historical legacies. China (together with Hong Kong and Macao), Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and ASEAN account for about 28% of EU's global trade in goods and services and East Asia offers rapidly expanding market opportunities for EU member states. However, at the same time there is much at stake for Europe if security and stability of the region deteriorated due to territorial disputes. David O'Sullivan, Chief Operation Officer of the EEAS will come to share his perspective on what are the priorities of EU's engagement with the East Asian region.
 
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Jan 21, 2013
Mr. Hirokazu Nakaima, Governor of Okinawa Prefecture
Okinawa@Japan, and Okinawa@Asia: Opportunities and Challenges
【Notice】This Forum was cancelled


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Dec 17, 2012
Professor Purnendra Jain,PhD, University of Adelaide Australia
“Rising India: Where to in Relations with Japan?”
After several decades of political oblivion, India has emerged as a confident nation on regional and global stages. Economically ascendant – and nuclear-armed – India’ spheres of international influence now stretch far beyond South Asia and its past allies like the former Soviet Union. The Look East policy has opened new channels of engagement bilaterally and multilaterally around Asia but India-Japan relations appear to be far from their full potential. Despite the absence of conflicts of interest, historical baggage or territorial disputes and even with mutual goodwill and popular interest the relationship can still be characterised as ambivalent. Why this distance between Asia’s two oldest democracies? And what might be done to bring these two Asian giants closer, so they can actively engage bilaterally and jointly have a positive regional and global influence on matters of shared issues and visions.

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Dec 10, 2012
Dr. Akihiko Matsutani,Professor Emeritus of GRIPS
“Conversion of Ideas to Ensure Sustainability-Economic, Fiscal and Social Welfare Policy in the Depopulation and Aging Society-”
In recent years, Japan is witnessing increased population decline and aging of society. These two issues have a tremendous impact on the existence of our economic and society, built on the fundamental premise that labour force increases continuously, but the government policy has been lacking in consistency due to a lack of effective control measures. It is important to note that inconsistency stems not from the severity of problems created by population decline and aging of society but from a faulty assessment of the current situation and misguided policy responses. The age of population decline and aging of society requires government policy to be characterized by revolutionary creativity and scientific knowledge and calls for a change in people’s beliefs and values.
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Nov 26, 2012
Ambassador Masatoshi Muto, Ex Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in Korea
“South Korea’s Current Situation and Japan-South Korea Relations”
Ambassador Masatoshi Muto will deliver a lecture on South Korea’s current situation and the Japan-South Korea relations that he observed as a Japanese ambassador to South Korea. He will talk about the driving force that allowed South Korea to make such progress, the problems it faces now, and its economic relations and human and cultural exchange with Japan, which is increasing rapidly. He will also discuss the conflict over issues regarding history and the territorial dispute between Japan and South Korea that remains unsolved despite the close relations between the two countries. On the basis of the analysis of these issues, he will touch on how Japan-South Korea relations are expected to develop in the future.
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Nov 12, 2012
Dr. Tamotsu Aoki, Director General, The National Art Center, Tokyo
“The Age of Cultural Power-Culture and International and Regional Relation in 21st Century Asia”
There is continuous debate about political, economic and military power, but hardly anything is said about the power of culture. In fact, the phrase is not even used. But that is strange, because without culture, there would be no such things as values, hope and joy in life - all things that are necessary for a person to live. There needs to be much more thought, discussion and debate in regard to culture and its power. In 21st century Asia, cultural exchanges at many levels have become popular. Each nation and region has finally started to recognize the power of culture, and begun to focus energy on the creation and promotion of culture. While this trend is to be welcomed, there is much more work that needs to be done in order for Asia to truly achieve a full-fledged "Age of Cultural Power." That is because the power of culture is what will build a foundation for peace and development for the 21st century in Asia. In this lecture, I would like to look at the issues involved in cultural power from various angles.
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Nov 05, 2012
Mr. Hiroshi Watanabe, CEO, Executive Managing Director of JBIC
“Recent Development in Global Market”
The international financial situation has been undergoing a continuing chain of crises triggered by the Lehman Shock—from the Greek crisis to the financial crisis in Europe as a whole. Under these circumstances, what can be regarded as being the economic or financial risks currently being faced by the world? Concerns about inflation due to the easing of monetary conditions in developed countries are an issue for emerging countries in Asia especially, and countermeasures are required in some form. In addition to reviewing the risks currently faced by the world economy and finance as well as the nature of monetary and exchange policies in emerging Asian countries, this forum will also consider the role that Japan should play in Asia.
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Oct 15, 2012
Dr. Kitaoka Shinichi, Executive Advisor to the President; Professor, GRIPS
“Difficulties and Possibility of Historical Dialogue: Japan-Korea and Japan-China Joint Studies of History Revisited”
Historical issues are resurging again between Japan and Korea and Japan and China. Why are these issues so difficult to solve or to reach agreement on? Is it impossible? Or is there any possibility of mitigating the confrontations over these issues? Japan undertook two joint studies of history in the near past, namely the Japan-Korea Joint Study of History in 2002–2005 and the Japan-China Joint Study of History in 2006–2009. However, it is not well known where the scholars of those countries differed most with each other and where they agreed to some extent. Professor Shinichi Kitaoka, who participated in the former dialogue as a member and as the leader of the Japanese team in the latter, reexamines those dialogues and discusses the difficulties and possibilities they hold.

 

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Jul 09, 2012
Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Chairman of Congressional Investigation Committee on Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident; Academic Fellow of GRIPS
“Fukushima Nuclear Accident:Lessons to Learn”
At the 68th GRIPS Forum on July 9, 2012, Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Chairman of Congressional Investigation Committee on Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident; Academic Fellow of GRIPS, gave a lecture on "Fukushima Nuclear Accident:Lessons to Learn”. 300 people from domestic and international students, journalists, and embassies attended the lecture, and listened about the final official report that is issued by the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. In the Q & A session following his lecture, many questions were raised from the floor such as concerning Reactivation of Oi Nuclear Power Plant and challenges currently faced by the Nuclear Energy Policy in Japan.

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Jul 02, 2012
H.E. Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Former Prime Minister of Thailand; Opposition Leader
“Realizing the Asia-Pacific Century: the Challenge of Reform”
 

At the 67th GRIPS Forum held on 2 July, 2012, GRIPS invited H.E. Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Opposition Leader and former Prime Minister of Thailand, to deliver a lecture titled “Realizing the Asia-Pacifi¬c Century: the Challenge of Reform”. Around 280 people from within and outside of GRIPS attended the lecture, and listened attentively to Mr. Abhisit’s concise and clear speech delivered eloquently. Mr. Abhisit talked about ASEAN’s role in the Asia Pacific region; challenges faced by Japan and Thailand, and proposed a growth model for the Asian region called “BIGGER ASIA” (Balance, Inclusiveness, Green, Good Governance, Emergency Preparedness, Regionalism). In the Q & A session following his lecture, many questions were raised from the floor such as on the role of Japan in Asia, regionalism and security, and the danger of populism, among others. .

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Jun 04, 2012
H.E. Mr. Claude Heller, Ambassador of the United Mexican States to Japan
“Priorities of Mexican presidency of the G20”
At the 66th GRIPS Forum on June 4, 2012, Ambassador Claude Heller, Ambassador of Mexico to Japan gave a lecture entitled "Priorities of the Mexican presidency of the G20”, and he described the current financial and economic global challenges in this forum. Because the United Mexican States became a chair of the G20 Summit for the first time in Latin American countries, many people attended to this forum that have interest in this theme to hear his opinion and observation.

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May 28, 2012
Mr. Keiji Yamada, President of National Governor's Association; Governor of Kyoto Prefecture
“Beyond Decentralization Reform”
At the 65th GRIPS Forum on May 28, 2012, Mr. Keiji Yamada, President of National Governor's Association, Governor of Kyoto Prefecture gave a lecture on "Beyond Decentralization Reform”. In this forum, he talked about the history and progress of decentralization reform, and future vision of Japan how it should be. He also answered many questions respectfully during the Q&A session. The forum was fruitful for the audience.
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May 21, 2012
H.E. Mr. Marcos Bezerra Abbott Galvão, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Brazil to Japan
“The global financial crisis and the reform of global governance — A Brazilian perspective”
At the 64th GRIPS Forum on May 21, 2012, Ambassador Marcos Bezerra Abbott Galvão, Ambassador of Brazil to Japan gave a lecture on " The global financial crisis and the reform of global governance — A Brazilian perspective” based on his experience in G-20 process. Many questions were raised during the Q & A session, making it a very lively Forum.
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May 14, 2012
Dr. Emile Quinet, Emeritus professor of Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussees
“An assessment of European transport policies”
At the 63rd GRIPS Forum on May 14, 2012, Dr. Emile Quinet, Emeritus professor of Ecole nationale des ponts et chausses gave a lecture on "An assessment of European transport policies”. In this forum, he talked about the basis of the European Union transport policy, recent developments and the commission for the future, and fears and hopes for the future as a consequence by the transport policy.


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Apr 23, 2012
Assoc. Prof. Sebastien Lechevalier, EHESS and Mr. Atsushi Nakajima, Chairman of RIETI
“Future of the Euro Crisis”
At the 62nd GRIPS Forum on April 23, 2012, Associate professor. Sebastien Lechevalier (EHESS) and Mr. Atsushi Nakajima (Chairman of RIETI) gave a lecture titled “Future of the Euro Crisis” First, Mr. Nakajima talked about the effects of the Euro crisis on the world economy, and then Assoc. Prof. Lechevalier gave a presentation about understanding the Euro crisis and the future of EU. Afterward, they discussed about the influence of the Euro Crisis on economic and international relations. Because this forum was held after the first round of the French presidential election on 22 April, we had a large audience who had interest in this topic.

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Apr 16, 2012
Dr. Frédéric Jenny, Professor of ESSEC Business School
“Competition policy in a global era: achievements and challenges”
At the 61st GRIPS Forum on April 16, 2012, Dr. Frédéric Jenny, Professor of ESSEC Business School gave a lecture on "Competition policy in a global era: achievements and challenges.” He described about the committee and competition laws related to OECD based on his experience as a Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee. GRIPS Professor Akira Goto’s (chair for this forum) brief explanation about the proliferation of competition law before the lecture was also helpful for audiences.

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Jan 30, 2012
Prof. Tran Van Tho, Graduate School of Social Sciences,Waseda University
“Vietnam’s Economic Development in the Dynamic Context of East Asia”
At the 60th GRIPS Forum on January 30, 2012, Prof. Tran Van Tho, Graduate School of Social Sciences,Waseda University, gave a lecture on " Vietnam’s Economic Development in the Dynamic Context of East Asia” . In this forum, he mainly talked about a Vietnamese economy, relationship with Japan and Chinese and present situation and problem of Vietnamese trade, and prospect for future’s Economics in Vietnam. He kindly answered questions from the audience.
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Jan 16, 2012
Mr. Shigeru Ishiba, Member of The House of Representatives of Japan(LDP), Mr. Katsuya Okada, Member of The House of Representatives of Japan(DPJ), Dr. Jun Iio, Professor of GRIPS
“Japan’s Political Future”
At the 59th GRIPS Forum entitled “Japan’s Political Future” held on January 16 2012. GRIPS invited two members of the House of Representatives, Mr. Shigeru Ishiba (LDP), Mr. Katsuya Okada (DPJ)and Prof. Iio(GRIPS), served as the moderator. In this forum, they discussed about earthquake disaster reconstruction, respond to the financial crisis in Europe or financial reconstruction. The forum gathered much interest, and the large audience included domestic and international students, journalists, diplomacy corps in Japan and the general public as well as people from embassies..
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Dec 19, 2011
Mr. Nobuyuki Koga, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
“The best path for Japan to follow into the future”
At the 58th GRIPS Forum on December 19, 2011, Mr. Nobuyuki Koga, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nomura Securities Co., Ltd., gave a lecture entitled "The best path for Japan to follow into the future”. Based on his work experience at securities market, he talked about the Japanese culture, characteristics and the issue in the future from his diversity and deep perspectives.
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Dec 12, 2011
Associate Prof. Satoshi Ikeuchi, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo
“Changing Dynamics of Arab Politics: After the Spring”
At the 58th GRIPS Forum on December 12, 2011, Assoc. Professor Satoshi Ikeuchi, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, gave a lecture on " Changing Dynamics of Arab Politics: After the Spring” . He specializes in Middle East politics and Arab-Islamic Thought. In this forum, he talked about each country’s difference of government, military movements and in Mass Uprising.
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Nov 28, 2011
Mr.Kazumasa Iwata, President of Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER)
“World Economy after Lehman’s Collapse”
 
At the 56th GRIPS Forum on November 28, 2011, Mr.Kazumasa Iwata, President of Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER) gave a lecture on "World Economy after Lehman’s Collapse”. He explained about Government Debt Issue in Japan or International Capital Flow in this forum.

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Nov 21, 2011
Dr. Isao Kumakura, President of Shizuoka University of Art and Culture
“Japanese Food Culture”
At the 55th GRIPS Forum on November 21, 2011, Dr. Isao Kumakura, President of Shizuoka University of Art and Culture gave a lecture on "Japanese Food Culture”. He explained and introduced Japanese food Culture compared with overseas, and the difference of table manners between old and modern table manners. He made a presentation in Power Point with easy-to-understand illustrations and photos.
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Nov 07, 2011
Ambassador SZERDAHELYI István, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to Japan
“New Developments in EU-Japan and EU-Hungary relations under the Presidency of the Council of the European Union”
At the 54th GRIPS Forum on November 7, 2011, Ambassador SZERDAHELYI István, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to Japan gave a lecture on "New Developments in EU-Japan and EU-Hungary relations under the Presidency of the Council of the European Union”. Based on his experience of Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, he talked about relationship between Japan and Hungary, and the effects of EU on the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty.
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Oct 24, 2011
Dr. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Director-General, Center for Research and Development Strategy,Japan Science and Technology Agency
“Neutral Advice of Scientists ~The Role of Scientists in the Response to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Disaster~”
At the 53rd GRIPS Forum on October 24, 2011, Dr. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Director-General of the Center for Research and Development Strategy at the Japan Science and Technology Agency, gave a lecture entitled "Roles and Missions of Scientists in the Fukushima Accident." He described the roles and responsibilities that scientists ought to have played in the face of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. The forum provided a unique opportunity to enrich the audience's understanding of science and scientists.

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Jul 11, 2011
Dr. Jun Iio, Professor at GRIPS and Working Group Leader of Reconstruction Design Council
At the 52nd GRIPS Forum on July 11, 2011, Dr. Jun Iio (Professor of GRIPS, Chairman of Study Group of the Reconstruction Design Council in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake) gave a lecture entitled “Direction of Earthquake Reconstruction.” In this forum, he presented a report to the Prime Minister of the Reconstruction Design Council in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. The forum gathered much interest, and the large audience included domestic and international students, journalists, and the general public as well as people from embassies. Many questions were raised during the Q & A session.
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Jul 04, 2011
Professor Hideo Furuido, University of Tokyo
“The Charm of Kabuki”
At the 51st GRIPS Forum on July 4, 2011, Prof. Hideo Furuido, Professor of the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, gave a lecture entitled "The Charm of Kabuki.” In this forum, he explained and introduced many things about Kabuki such as the origin of kabuki, kabuki’s specific movements. Audience members said, “This lecture really triggered my interest in kabuki and kabuki culture,” and, “I found out something new about kabuki.”
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Jun 27, 2011
Mr. Susumu Takahashi, Vice Chairman of the Japan Research Institute, Limited
“The Japanese Economy after the Great Earthquake”
At the 50th GRIPS Forum on June 27, 2011, Mr. Susumu Takahashi-,Vice Chairman of the Japan Research Institute, Limited, gave a lecture entitled “The Japanese Economy after the Great Earthquake.” After his lecture, he held a talk with Professor Hiroko Ota (Professor of GRIPS, former minister of state for economic and fiscal policy). His lecture gave a ideas about how we should address the issue of finances for reconstruction.
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Jun 20, 2011
Mr. Akio Shibata, Chief Representative of Marubeni Research Institute
“Resource Price Trends and Impact on the Japanese Economy”
At the 49th GRIPS Forum on June 20, 2011, Mr. Akio Shibata, Chief Representative of Marubeni Research Institute, gave a lecture entitled "Resource Price Trends and Impact on the Japanese Economy.” In this forum, he talked about the structure of resource prices and plans for future efforts. Easy-to-follow PowerPoint illustrations enabled participants to understand the background of resource price trends and the effects of a variety of world conditions on them.
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May 23, 2011
Ambassador Yukio Takasu, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on human security, Professor (Special assignment) of GRIPS
“Human Security and Japan”
At the 48th GRIPS Forum on May 23, 2011, Ambassador Yukio Takasu, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Human Security, professor (special assignment) of GRIPS, gave a lecture entitled "Human Security and Japan.” In this forum, he talked about the concept of human security and Japan's role in promoting it. In the Q&A session, there were so many questions from the audience that Ambassador Takasu was not able to answer all of them.

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May 16, 2011
Dr. Mieko Nishimizu, Former Vice President of the World Bank Group, Partner of Think Tank SophiaBank
“What's in a name? From grassroots to the corridor of power”
At the 47th GRIPS Forum on May 16, 2011, Dr. Mieko Nishimizu, former Vice President of the World Bank Group and Partner of ThinkTank SophiaBank, gave a lecture entitled .“What's in a name? From grassroots to the corridor of power.” Based on her experiences, she talked about the core and the background of the reform process and the role of leaders. Audience members said, “Her story was really emotional,” and “I realized that my knowledge about poverty was superficial.” Dr. Nishimizu answered questions from the audience clearly.

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Apr 25, 2011
Mr. Yoshiharu Fukuhara, Honorary Chairman of Shiseido Company, Limited
“Japanese Culture and Mécénat Activities”
At the 46th GRIPS Forum on April 25, 2011, Mr. Yoshiharu Fukuhara, Honorary Chairman of Shiseido Company, Limited, gave a lecture entitled "Japanese Culture and Mécénat Activities”. In this forum, he talked about the influence of culture and cultural history in Japan from his own diverse and deep perspective. Audience members said afterwards, “His lecture offered perspectives about the influence of culture that are completely new to us,” and “We learned the meaning of mécénat activities' for enterprise through his lecture, and it was very fruitful.”
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Apr 18, 2011
Ambassador Aftab Seth, Chairman of Sun and Sands Advisors (former Ambassador of India to Japan)
“India-Japan Relations: The Possibilities and the Future”
At the 45th GRIPS Forum on April 18, 2011, Ambassador Aftab Seth, former Ambassador of India to Japan and current Chairman of Sun and Sands Advisors, gave a lecture entitled "India-Japan Relations: The Possibilities and the Future”.
In this forum, he talked about the historical background of India and Japan’s relations and prospects for the future of India-Japan relations. He answered some questions, and the audience found the forum meaningful.
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Jan 17, 2011
Dr. Chi Hung Kwan (Senior Fellow, Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research), Mr. Atsushi Nakajima (Chief Economist, Mizuho Research Institute Ltd.)
“Global Economic Trends in 2011 – Toward a New World Order?”
At the 44th GRIPS Forum entitled “Global Economic Trends in 2011 – Toward a New World Order?” held on 17 January 2011, GRIPS invited two economists, Mr. Chi Hung Kwan, Senior Fellow, Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research, and Mr. Atsushi Nakajima, Chief Economist, Mizuho Research Institute Ltd., for a discussion on current world economics. Professor Hiroko Ota, the Vice President of GRIPS, served as the moderator.
At the beginning of the forum, Mr. Kwan and Mr. Nakajima each spoke for 15 minutes. Mr. Kwan’s theme was China’s current economy, and Mr. Nakajima’s theme was world economic trends. After that, they discussed economic recovery and requirements for economic growth.
There were many questions from the audience during the Q&A session. The presenters answered them respectfully, and it was a very fruitful panel discussion.
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Dec 27, 2010
Ms. Kimie Iwata, Vice President of Shiseido Company, Limited
“Empowerment of women in Japanese companies”
At the 43rd GRIPS Forum held on 27 December 2010, GRIPS invited Ms. Kimie Iwata, Vice President, Shiseido Company, Limited, to deliver a lecture entitled “Empowerment of women in Japanese companies.”
Ms. Iwata worked at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and contributed in the field of labour, women’s policy, and employment issues. After that, she entered Shiseido and was put in charge of the company’s work-life balance policies.
At the forum she gave some concrete examples of efforts implemented by Shiseido to actively promote women. She talked about what is needed for the empowerment of women and the role of Japanese companies and government. She also answered many questions respectfully during the Q&A session. The forum was fruitful for the audience.
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Dec 20, 2010
Mr. Yorihiko KOJIMA, Chairman of Mitsubishi Corporation
“Structural changes in the global economy from the perspective of a SOGO-SHOSHA”
At the 42nd GRIPS Forum held on 20 December 2010, GRIPS invited Mr. Yorihiko Kojima, Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Corporation, to deliver a lecture entitled “Structural changes in the global economy from the perspective of a SOGO-SHOSHA.”
First, Mr. Kojima presented concrete data to explain the business of Mitsubishi Corporation and the current world economic situation. He said that there are three reasons for the global structuring changes: the rising prominence of emerging economies, player diversification and flattening of the information landscape. He also discussed the importance of free-trade agreements. At the Q and A session, there were many questions from the audience, including several about Mitsubishi Corporation’s business deployments, and he answered those questions respectfully.
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Nov 29, 2010
Mr. Kentaro Tokusei, Product Management Lead, Google Japan/Google Korea
“Surprising Value of Data”
At the 41st GRIPS Forum held on 29 November, 2010, GRIPS invited Mr. Kentaro Tokusei, Product Management Lead, Google Japan, to deliver a lecture titled “Surprising Value of Data.” Dr. Yosuke Yasuda, an Assistant Professor at GRIPS acted as the moderator.
In this forum Mr. Tokusei described how Google data can provide business opportunities - analysing useful data, for example, the rate of failure and financial trends, can yield unexpected results.
At the Q & A session, Mr. Tokusei answered questions about Google’s policies respectfully, and the audience found the forum meaningful.
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Nov 22, 2010
Mr. David Potten, Senior Policy Adviser (consultant), Global Partnership & Trust Fund Operations department, World Bank
“The Japan Social Development Fund – a Unique and Successful Aid Initiative”
At the 40th GRIPS Forum held on 22 November 2010, GRIPS invited Mr. David Potten, Senior Policy Adviser (consultant), Partnership and Trust Fund Policy, Global Partnership and Trust Fund Operations, World Bank, to deliver a lecture titled “The Japan Social Development Fund – a Unique and Successful Aid Initiative.”

Mr. Potten said that Japanese overseas aid has steadily been decreasing each year; on the other hand Japan has been
contributing to economic development in developing countries through the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF), established by Japan’s government in 2000.  He pointed out the reasons why the methods of JSDF are highly effective, mentioning actual cases as examples.
He added that JSDF is unique, not always 100% successful, but he expected continued support by the Japanese government.
Many questions were raised during the Q&A session, which were answered respectfully by the speaker, resulting in a very fruitful lecture.

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Nov 15, 2010
Mr. Kenichiro Hamada, President, CEO, ANA Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd.
“Turbulence in the Global Airline Industry: Dealing with problems facing Japan’s airlines”
At the 39th GRIPS Forum held on 15 November 2010, GRIPS invited Mr. Kenichiro Hamada, President, CEO, ANA Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd., to deliver a lecture entitled “Turbulence in the Global Airline Industry: Dealing with problems facing Japan’s airlines.”
The airline industry is currently a hot topic due to issues like open sky mega-competition, and it was a prime opportunity to listen to Mr. Hamada, who has extensive familiarity with the airline industry. He explained clearly about the features of the airline industry, increasing global competition, and Japanese airport issues.
At the Q&A session, he respectfully answered questions about the role of the government in the airline industry and so on.
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Nov 01, 2010
Prof. Jaqueline Berndt, Kyoto Seika University
“Globalizing Japanese Manga”
At the 38th GRIPS Forum held on 11 November 2010, GRIPS invited Dr. phil. Jaqueline Berndt, Professor of Kyoto Seika University, to deliver a lecture entitled “Globalizing Japanese Manga.”
At the lecture, she talked about the impact of Japanese manga and why manga is prevalent in the world, exploring manga’s transition from the past to the present and the variety of Japanese manga in the context of Japanese culture.
She also pointed out that the “otaku” concept has different aspects in Japan and Europe and that the permeation of Internet usage rapidly spreads Japanese pop culture, especially manga. We had a good opportunity to look at Japanese manga in a new way at this forum.
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Oct 25, 2010
Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi (Member of the House of Representatives (LDP), Mr. Shinji Tarutoko (Member of the House of Representatives (DPJ)), Dr. Jun Iio (Vice President and Professor of GRIPS)
“A New Age for the Diet and Government Policy”
At the 37th GRIPS Forum entitled “A new Age for the Diet and Government Policy” held on 25 October 2010, GRIPS invited two members of the House of Representatives, Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi (LDP) and Mr. Shinji Tarutoko (DPJ). Prof. Iio, the Vice President of GRIPS, served as the moderator. The speakers discussed policy disputes and made suggestions for future policies amidst the turbulence in this government.
At this forum, we had a large audience who was looking forward to seeing and hearing the two controversial representatives, and the forum provided a unique opportunity to enrich the audience’s understanding of Japan’s politics. At the Q&A session, GRIPS students asked the two representatives about their opinions, and the speakers answered the questions respectfully. The lecture was very fruitful.
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Jul 12, 2010
Dr. Noboru Yamaguchi, Professor, National Defense Academy of Japan/ Lieutenant General, JGSDF (Ret.)
“Japan's Security Policy and the Future of the Japan-U.S. Alliance”
At the 36th GRIPS Forum held on 12 July 2010, GRIPS invited Dr. Noboru Yamaguchi, professor, National Defense Academy of Japan, Lieutenant General, JGSDF (Ret.), to deliver a lecture entitled “Japan’s Security Policy and the Future of the Japan-U.S. Alliance”.
Dr. Yamaguchi talked about Japan’s position and roles in the world, and the changes in Japan’s security policy and its future in consideration of the global strategic environment.
He emphasized that we should not miss this opportunity to seriously discuss the issue of our stance in the Japan-U.S. alliance.
He answered questions respectfully during a Q&A session.  The lecture was very fruitful and made a strong impression on the audience.
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Jul 05, 2010
Dr. Ryokichi Hirono, Professor Emeritus, Seikei University/ Visiting Professor, GRIPS
“Global Environmental Protection and Global Cooperation: the Roles of Japan and International Organizations”
At the 35th GRIPS Forum held on 5 July 2010, GRIPS invited Dr. Ryokichi Hirono, Professor Emeritus, Seikei University/ Adjunct Professor, GRIPS, to deliver a lecture entitled “Global Environmental Protection and Global cooperation: the Roles of Japan and International Organizations.”
Dr. Hirono has been actively engaged in global cooperation for many years, working in areas of poverty reduction, human rights, global environmental protection, and nuclear non-proliferation at international organizations, universities, research institutes, and NPOs worldwide.
He spoke about what the world expects Japan to do for environmental protection and climate change, drawing from his experience in the area of international cooperation.
In his speech, he stressed that Japan can contribute to a wide range of areas of environmental protection and that exporting Japan’s advanced environmental technology is meaningful for Japan from a long-term perspective. 
He also said that for international cooperation and partnership, high level of proficiency in English is required, so students should study English very hard.
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Jun 21, 2010
Dr. Pasuk Phongpaichit, Professor, Chulalongkorn University/Dr. Chris Baker, Freelance author/Dr. Takashi Shiraishi, Visiting Professor of GRIPS
“Thailand in Trouble: Causes and Consequences”
At the 34th GRIPS Forum held on 21 June 2010, GRIPS invited Dr. Chris Baker, freelance author, and Dr. Pasuk Phongpaichit, professor at Chulalongkorn university, to hold a panel discussion entitled “Thailand in trouble: Causes and Consequences” with Dr. Takashi Shiraishi, visiting professor of GRIPS acting as the moderator.
On the situation in Thailand, it was pointed out that one of the causes of the Thai political turmoil in the past five years is considered to be the rapid growth of the economy since 1980’s. The panelists explained that public frustration is not only due to the widening gap but there is also a complex social and economic background.
Despite the limited time, the two panelists answered questions respectfully during Q&A session. It was a very fruitful panel discussion.
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Jun 07, 2010
Dr. Han Seung-soo, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea
“Climate Change and Korea’s Growth Paradigm Shift”
At the 33rd GRIPS Forum held on 7 June, 2010, GRIPS invited Dr. Han Seung-soo, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, to deliver a lecture titled “Climate Change and Korea’s Paradigm Shift”.
Dr. Han talked about Korea’s policies and what the country is trying to do for climate change.  He also mentioned the international response to climate change based on his experience as the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change.
Dr. Han said the Republic of Korea is carrying out the Green New Deal program with the aim of promoting scientific and technological development, reducing dependence on fossil fuel, and becoming a role model of green programs. He also emphasized that it could be quite effective for Japan, China and Korea to cooperate and that green technological development will be the most important issue. Finally, he asked the audience not to forget that if the sea levels rise, all people will lose places to live.
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May 24, 2010
H.E. Mr. Jonathan T. Fried, Ambassador of Canada to Japan
“Growth with Equity: Canada’s Structural Reform Experience”
At the 32nd GRIPS Forum, GRIPS invited H.E. Mr. Jonathan T. Fried, Ambassador of Canada to Japan, to deliver a lecture entitled “Growth with Equity: Canada’s Structural Reform Experience.”
His Excellency spoke about Canada’s experience with economic and fiscal reform in the past 25 years. According to Ambassador Fried, Canada learned that it is possible to achieve rapid economic reform if it is implemented comprehensively. It should not remain the reservations and sanctuary, and pubic understanding is indispensible.
At the Q&A session, Ambassador Fried respectfully answered questions about the pension system under the reform, the effect of the aging of the population, and the method of feedback to people.
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May 10, 2010
Mr. Toshihiko Fukui, Former Governor of the Bank of Japan
“Challenges for Japan in the Changing Global Economic Governance”
At the 31st GRIPS Forum held on 10 May 2010, GRIPS invited Mr. Toshihiko Fukui, Former Governor of the Bank of Japan, to deliver a lecture entitled “Challenges for Japan in the Changing Global Economic Governance.”
Mr. Fukui talked about what will be needed to solve the current world economic recession. The things needed to accomplish sustainable economic growth are, according to Mr. Fukui, developing common awareness of the changing tide of the world economy, completely disposing of bad dept and excess investments and borrowing, and competing actively in the global markets.
At the Q&A session, Mr. Fukui respectfully answered questions about ideas to prevent an asset bubble, how the taxation system can work in an aging society with fewer children, and so on.
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Apr 19, 2010
Mr. Morinosuke Kawaguchi, Associate Director, Arthur D. Little (Japan) Inc.
“Japanese Culture and Manufacturing”
At the 30th GRIPS Forum held on 19th April, 2010, GRIPS invited Mr. Morinosuke Kawaguchi, Associate Director at Arthur D. Little (Japan) Inc., to deliver a lecture entitled “Japanese Culture and Manufacturing”.
He has a unique view on Japanese manufacturing, and according to him, we can contribute to manufacturing with a Japanese advantage, which incorporates Japanese sense of values and characteristics. Since the personality is reflected on the functionality or specifications of products, he presented many examples about how Japanese goods are affected by changes in Japanese values.
Mr. Kawaguchi’s innovative ideas and wonderful delivery was enjoyed by the audience.
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Apr 12, 2010
Mr. Haiteng Chen, Chief Representative of Baidu, Inc. in Japan, Director of Baidu Japan, Inc.
“Outlook for Chinese IT Market: Business Opportunities in a 1.3-Billion-Person Consumer Market”
At the 29th GRIPS Forum held on 12 April, 2010, GRIPS invited Mr. Haiteng Chen, Chief Representative of Baidu, Inc. in Japan and Director of Baidu Japan Inc. to deliver a lecture entitled "Outlook for the Chinese IT Market: Business Opportunities in a 1.3-Billion-Person Consumer Market".
He presented concrete data to explain the overall Chinese IT market situation, Baidu’s business strategy, the key to success for advancement overseas, and how Baidu get the most market share in China as a search engine company. Mr. Chen also answered questions respectfully during a Q&A session. The lecture was very fruitful.
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Jan 25, 2010
Mr. Uichiro Niwa, Chairman of ITOCHU Corporation
“The Road to Japan's Revitalization - Decentralization Reform and the New Administration”
At the 28th GRIPS Forum held on 25 January, 2010, GRIPS invited Mr. NIWA Uichiro, Chairman of ITOCHU Corporation to deliver a lecture entitled "The Road to Japan’s Revitalization—Decentralization Reform and the New Administration".
Mr. Niwa talked about how difficult it is to persuade bureaucrats to promote decentralization reform and also, from his own experience, what is necessary for Japan’s revitalization. He concluded that it will take time to revitalize the country but it is possible. Education and the manufacture of high-quality products are essential for Japan’s revitalization.
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Jan 18, 2010
Dr. Masahiro Kawai, Dean and CEO of Asian Development Bank Institute
“Beyond the Global Financial and Economic Crisis: Rebalancing Growth in Asia”
At the 27th GRIPS Forum held on 18 January, 2010, GRIPS invited Mr. Masahiro Kawai, Dean and CEO of Asian Development Bank Institute to deliver a lecture entitled "Beyond the Global Financial and Economic Crisis: Rebalancing Growth in Asia".
Mr. Kawai talked about the influence of the global financial and economic crisis on the Asian economy and the policies needed to deal with it.  It was a fruitful lecture, with many questions raised during the Q&A session.
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Dec 21, 2009
Mr. Katsuaki Watanabe, Vice Chairman and Representative Director, Toyota Motor Corporation
“For the continuous growth -current situation of automobile industry and the future actions-”
At the 26th GRIPS Forum GRIPS invited Mr. Katsuaki Watanabe, Vice President and Representative Director of Toyota Motor Corporation to deliver a lecture entitled "For the Sustainable Growth-Current Situation of Automobile Industry and the Future Actions".
Mr. Watanabe talked about the influence of the economic crisis on the automobile Industry and the efforts required for sustainable growth for the future. The lecture was very fruitful and Mr Watanabe’s passion for craftsmanship and the efforts of Toyota to create a safe, eco-friendly community, could be felt.
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Dec 14, 2009
Mr. Yukio Edano, Member of the House of Representatives (DPJ), Mr. Yoshimi Watanabe, Member of the House of Representatives (Your Party), President of Your Party
“Change of the Administration and the Current Situation of Party Politics”

At the 25th GRIPS Forum GRIPS invited Mr. EDANO Yukio, Member of the House of Representatives (DPJ), and Mr. WATANABE Yoshimi, Member of the Representatives (Your Party), to discuss the issue of "Change of the Administration and the Current Situation of Party Politics”. GRIPS Vice President Prof IIO Jun served as a moderator for the panellist discussion session which sought opinions on the meaning of project classifications, the current Japanese political situation and policy tasks for the future. Despite the limited time, the discussion was very lively.

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Dec 07, 2009
Dr. Tamotsu Aoki, Special University Professor, Cultural and Creative Studies, Graduate School of Aoyama Gakuin University
“Globalization of contemporary Japanese culture –its possibilities and issues”
At the 24th GRIPS Forum GRIPS invited Dr. AOKI Tamotsu, Special University Professor of Graduate School of Aoyama Gakuin University and former Commissioner for Cultural Affairs to deliver a lecture on "Globalization of contemporary Japanese culture –its possibilities and issues".
Dr. AOKI talked about the present situation that Japanese culture is very popular in many countries, the background of it, and task for the future. He also said that it’s important to make East Asia Kulturkreis. There were many questions raised during the Q&A session that showed the participants’ high interest in Japanese culture.
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Nov 30, 2009
Mr. Yasuo Goto, Chief Economist, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. and Dr. Kotaro Tsuru, Senior Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry
“How to deal with financial deficit”
At the 23rd GRIPS Forum, GRIPS invited Mr. GOTO Yasuo, Chief Economist of Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., Dr. TSURU Kotaro, Senior Fellow of Research Institute of Economic, Trade and Industry, to discuss on "How to deal with financial deficit". GRIPS Vice President Prof. OTA Hiroko served as the moderator asking for the panelists’ opinions on exit strategy from economic crisis, how to rebuild the Japanese finances, etc.
Opinions were expressed on the tasks that must be undertaken to rebuild the finance and the difficulties in realizing them, as well as issues on social security. Despite the limited time, the discussion was very lively.
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Nov 09, 2009
Mr. Takuma Hatano, Former Japanese Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
“Economic development and future of Middle East –Outlook from Abu Dhabi-”
At the 22nd GRIPS Forum GRIPS invited Mr. Takuma Hatano, Former Japanese Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, to deliver a lecture on "Economic development and future of Middle East –Outlook from Abu Dhabi-".
Mr. Hatano talked about the history and economy of the Middle East. He also explained about the connection between Japan and UAE, and the prince of Abu Dhabi is thinking about adopting the Japanese system of industry and education.
Mr. Hatano answered the questions raised frankly during the lively and robust Q&A session.
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Oct 26, 2009
Dr. Koji Sato, Emeritus Professor of Kyoto University
“Saiban-in System and Japan in the 21st Century”
At the 21st GRIPS Forum held on 26 October, 2009, GRIPS invited Dr. Koji Sato, Emeritus Professor of Kyoto University, to deliver a lecture on "Saiban-in System and Japan in the 21st Century".
Dr. Sato explained how the history of participation of citizens in the judicial system led to the start of Saiban-in System and talked about how the judicial system should be.
Dr. Sato answered the questions raised frankly during the lively and robust Q&A session.
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Jul 13, 2009
Dr. Junhua Wu, Director of The Japan Research Institute, Ltd.
“China Outlook: the Present Economic Situation and the Possibility of Democratization”
At the 20th GRIPS Forum, GRIPS invited Dr. Junhua Wu, Director of The Japan Research Institute, Ltd., to deliver a lecture on “China Outlook: the Present Economic Situation and the Possibility of Democratization”.
Dr. Wu said that, at present, China looks like it is flourishing from the outside with remarkable economic development, however internally, China has many problems and will have to move quickly to deal with these. There were many questions raised during the Q&A session that showed the participants’ high interest in China.
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Jul 06, 2009
Mr. Shoichiro Suzuki, Mr. Tsuyoshi Takagi, Prof. Naohiro Yashiro
“Restructuring the Japanese Employment System”
At the 19th GRIPS Forum, GRIPS invited Mr. Shoichiro Suzuki, Chairman of Oji Paper Co. Ltd., Mr. Tsuyoshi Takagi, President of Japan Trade Union Confederation, and Prof. Naohiro Yashiro, International Christian University, to discuss the topic of ”Restructuring the Japanese Employment System”.
GRIPS Vice President Prof. Hiroko Ota served as the moderator, asking for the panelists’ opinions on various problems such as pay disparities, and the increase of non-regular workers. Opinions were expressed on the ways in which labor adjustment can take place without lay offs and the necessary creation of a more flexible labor market.
Despite the limited time, the discussion was very lively and many issues were covered.
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Jun 29, 2009
Dr. Hiroshi Hirabayashi, Former Ambassador of Japan to India and France
“Top Diplomacy and the Decision-Making Process in Foreign Policy”
At the 18th GRIPS Forum GRIPS invited Dr. Hiroshi Hirabayashi, Former Ambassador of Japan to India and France, to deliver a lecture on “Top Diplomacy and the Decision-Making Process in Foreign Policy”.
Dr. Hirabayashi, who served at key posts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Secretariat, thus with rich first-hand experience in supporting top diplomacy, described what “top diplomacy” entails; what is required of the head of the state; and successful and problematic top diplomacies in the past.
Dr. Hirabayashi’s opinion born from experience together with various inside stories made the lecture lively and interesting.
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Jun 08, 2009
Mr. Kazushi Saito, Dr. Masayoshi Honma and Dr. Kazuhito Yamashita
“In Search of a Breakthrough for Japan’s Agricultural Reform”
At the 17th GRIPS Forum, GRIPS invited Mr. Kazushi Saito, President of Izumi Agriculture Ltd. and Shonai Kome Koubou Inc., Dr. Masayoshi Honma, Professor at University of Tokyo, and Dr. Kazuhito Yamashita, Senior Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry, as panelists to debate on the topic of: “In Search of a Breakthrough for Japan’s Agricultural Reform”.
GRIPS Vice President Professor Hiroko Ota served as the moderator, asking for the panelists’ opinions on various problems in Japan’s Agricultural system, and what would be a breakthrough measure in order to achieve reform.
With a direct voice from the agricultural community together with the academic experts, the discussion was lively and fruitful despite the limited time frame of 90 minutes. Many questions were raised from the students, especially foreign students, during the Q&A session indicating a high level of interest in agricultural issues.
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May 25, 2009
Dr. Kent Calder, Director of the Edwin O. Reischaur Center for East Asia Studies, Johns Hopkins University
“Quiet Crisis of the Pacific Alliance: Deepening Challenges in a World of Transition”
At the 16th GRIPS Forum, GRIPS invited Professor Kent Calder, Director of the Edwin O. Reischaur Center for East Asia Studies, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University to give a lecture on “Quiet Crisis of the Pacific Alliance: Deepening Challenges in a World of Transition”.
Professor Calder, who has acted as an advisor to the U.S. Ambassadors to Japan for several years and is renowned as a leading authority on Japan studies, pointed out that while Asian countries are increasing their presence in the U.S., as well as in their relationship with Japan, the U.S.-Japan alliance has become complex in this age of globalization, and a distance between them can now be perceived.
Professor Calder emphasized the importance of policy coordination in view of the gradual change in U.S.-Japan relations. At the same time he underscored the necessity of Japan becoming proactive in its involvement with the U.S., not only in political terms but also in aspects involving NGOs, education and culture etc.
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May 18, 2009
Mr. Nobuteru Ishihara (LDP) and Mr. Koichiro Genba (DPJ)
“Japanese Politics at a Turning Point: Challenges of the Forthcoming General Election and the Prospects Beyond”
At the 15th GRIPS Forum held on 18th May, 2009, we invited two notable statesmen from the House of Representatives; Mr. Nobuteru Ishihara of the Liberal Democratic Party, and Mr. Koichiro Genba of the Democratic Party of Japan, as panelists to debate on the topic of: “Japanese Politics at a Turning Point: Challenges of the Forthcoming General Election and the Prospects Beyond”.
GRIPS Vice President Professor Jun Iio, as moderator, asked for their opinions on current hot issues in view of the upcoming general election, such as how do they see the presidential transition within the DPJ, future political trends, the focal point of the next general election, and other policy issues.
With recent significant changes occurring in the political arena, the debate gathered much interest, and a large audience attended the seminar including domestic and international students, journalists, the general publics as well as from over 40 Embassies. Many questions were raised during the Q & A session.
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May 11, 2009
Dr. Takashi Shiraishi, Visiting Professor of GRIPS, Executive member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office
“Japan in Asia: Re-strategizing Japan’s Foreign Policy”
Dr. Takashi Shiraishi gave a lecture titled “Japan in Asia: Re-strategizing Japan’s Foreign Policy”. Dr. Shiraishi described the expected change in Asia in the future, with the current Asian nation’s economic development and the changing dynamics in the international arena, in terms of power and wealth distribution, economic inter-dependency and expansion of urbanization, He also pointed out the significance of the Japan-U.S. Alliance, and his views on the course Japan should take. Many questions were raised during the Q & A session, making it a very lively Forum.
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Apr 27, 2009
Mr. Hiroya Masuda, former Governor of Iwate Prefecture, former Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications
“A Roadmap to Japan’s Rebirth: Local Initiatives for National Challenges”
At a GRIPS Forum held on 27th April, 2009, Mr. Hiroya Masuda gave a lecture titled “A Roadmap to Japan’s Rebirth: Local Initiatives for National Challenges”.
Mr. Masuda, who served as the Governor of Iwate Prefecture as well as Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, underscored that vibrant regions hold the key in reviving the national economy. He suggested focusing on two main strategies: decentralization and the introduction of a wider-area local government system. At the same time he stressed that these are simply means, and local revitalization in the true sense would depend on how the system is used.
Mr. Masuda also emphasized the importance of local revitalization through discovering, with the help of an objective outsider, and polishing the buried local jewel.
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Feb 23, 2009
Prof. Dr. Ir. Ginandjar Kartasasmita, Chairman of the PPIJ (Indonesia-Japan Friendship Association) and Head of Indonesia’s Regional Representatives Council (DPR-RI)
“The two Financial Crises”
Prof. Dr. Ir. Ginandjar Kartasasmita, who is currently Chairman of the PPIJ (Indonesia-Japan Friendship Association) and Head of Indonesia’s Regional Representatives Council (DPR-RI), gave a lecture titled “The Tale of Two Crises: Political Response to Economic Crisis: Lesson From Indonesia”.
Prof. Dr. Ir. Ginandjar dealt with the Asian Financial Crisis in1997 as the Head of Bappenas and later as the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry of Indonesia.
Prof. Dr. Ir. Ginandjar shared his views on the current financial crisis in comparison with the 1997 Asian financial crisis. He pointed out that despite some similarities between the two crises such as collapse of the financial system and temporary nationalization of financial institution, there were marked differences in terms of origin, causes and extent. He pointed out the importance of avoiding protectionism or trade war, and proposed global cooperation for urgent recovery in view of the world-wide recession that includes the developed countries, which was not the case in the 1997 Asian financial crisis.
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Jan 26, 2009
H.E. Dr. Walid Mahmoud Abdelnasser, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Japan
“Egyptian-Japanese Partnership in an Increasingly Globalized World”
At a GRIPS Forum held on 26th January, 2009, H.E. Dr. Walid Mahmoud Abdelnasser gave a lecture titled “Egyptian-Japanese Partnership in an Increasingly Globalized World”. H.E. Dr. Abdelnasser has been Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Japan since September 2007. Ambassador Abdelnasser delineated the Egyptian-Japanese relation which enjoys a long history in terms of diplomatic, economical and cultural aspects. With regards to the present relations, he took up the “Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology” as a successful model of triangular cooperation among Egypt, Japan and other countries. The University is scheduled to start taking students in 2011 from African and Arab countries in order to train the next generation of leaders who will assume responsibility for national affairs in the Middle East. The Q&A session was very lively as numerous ambassadors from the Middle Eastern and African nations exchanged their views on the ways to build international partnership in a globalized world.
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Jan 19, 2009
Dr. Kazuhito Ikeo, Mr. Hirofumi Gomi and Mr. Hajime Kitano
“Navigating Unchartered Waters: Overcoming the Financial Crisis”
Three panelists, Dr. Kazuhito Ikeo, Mr. Hajime Kitano, and Mr. Hirofumi Gomi, discussed the issue of global financial crisis and the ways nations should handle it. Ms. Hiroko Ota, professor of GRIPS, served as the moderator and raised two issues; the solutions to the financial crisis, and the prospects for the global economy and finance.
Dr. Ikeo, a professor of Economics at Keio University, analyzed the financial crisis from the perspective of macroeconomics and underscored the significance of sustainable policies instead of temporary measures. Mr. Kitano, Managing Director & Chief Strategist of JP Morgan Securities Japan Co., Ltd., presented some concrete policies that the Japanese government should adopt, based on the analysis of the U.S. policies in the past. Mr. Gomi, former Commissioner of Financial Service Agency and currently an Adviser at Nishimura & Asahi, suggested a more disclosure of market information in order to find a way out of the present financial crisis and to prevent similar situations that might arise in the future.
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Dec 15, 2008
Mr. Toshiro Muto, Chairman of the Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd., Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan, Former Administrative Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Finance
“Prospects for the Global Economy in the face of the Financial Crisis”
At the Forum held on 15th December, 2008, Mr. Toshiro Muto gave a presentation titled ”Prospects for the Global Economy in the face of the Financial Crisis”. Mr. Muto has served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan and Administrative Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Finance, and is currently Chairman of the Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd. Mr. Muto elaborated on the background of the global financial crisis, comparing experiences of Japan and the U.S. Some concrete measures were recommended to build a new financial architecture to revive the financial market.
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Dec 01, 2008
H.E. Mr. Jorma Julin, Ambassador of Finland to Japan
“A Glance at the Finnish Success Story in the Era of Globalization - Key policy choices and public policies”
H.E. Mr. Jorma Julin, Ambassador of Finland to Japan, gave a presentation titled “A Glance at the Finnish Success Story in the Era of Globalization - Key policy choices and public policies”. Ambassador Julin explained the process in which Finland rose from an agricultural-based small country to a wealthy post-industrial country with economic and competitive power. Ambassador Julin finished the lecture with his insights on sustainable growth strategies which inspired an active Q&A session. The lecture was the eighth in a series of fora that feature leaders from government, academia, and business, as well as GRIPS’ own faculty to discuss current policy concerns.
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Nov 17, 2008
Dr. Robert M. Orr, former President of Boeing Japan, Foreign Policy Advisor for Senator Barack Obama’s Campaign
“The Making of a President”
Dr Orr is the former President of Boeing Japan, and served as a Foreign Policy Advisor for Senator Barack Obama’s Campaign. He is currently kept busy as a member of the President-elect’s transition office. Dr. Orr presented interesting inside stories on the development of strategies of the Obama campaign during the U.S presidential election. Many questions were raised at the Q&A session. The lecture was the seventh in a series of fora that feature leaders from government, academia, and business, as well as GRIPS’ own faculty to discuss current policy concerns.
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Nov 10, 2008
Dr. Bukhary Essam, Saudi Cultural Attaché in Japan
“Saudi Arabia: The New Challenge for Building the Future”
At a GRIPS Forum on November 10, 2008, Dr Bukhary Essam, Saudi Cultural Attaché in Japan, gave a lecture on “Saudi Arabia: The New Challenge for Building the Future”. Dr. Essam elaborated on his country’s current strategies for economic development presenting a wide range of actual projects that have been nationally promoted. The lecture was the sixth in a series of forums that feature leaders from government, academia, and business, as well as GRIPS’ own faculty to discuss current policy concerns.
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Oct 27, 2008
Ms. Hiroko Ota, Vice President of GRIPS and former Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy
“Future Prospects of the Japanese Economy-Taking Stocks of the Koizumi, Abe, Fukuda's Economic Policies”
Ms Hiroko Ota, Professor of GRIPS, former Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy, gave a lecture on “Future Prospects of the Japanese Economy—Taking Stocks of the Koizumi, Abe, Fukuda's Economic Policies.” Ms. Ota presented her lessons and suggestions for Japanese economy which must strengthen its competitiveness and address its structural issues, based on the experiments as a Minister. The lecture was the fifth in a series of forum that feature leaders from government, academia, and business, as well as GRIPS’ own faculty to discuss current policy concerns.
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Jul 28, 2008
Prof. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Professor of GRIPS, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet
“Innovation for Sustainable Society –Japan’s Challenges and Potentials”
Professor Kurokawa, who is an MD in addition to his role as a professor at GRIPS and a Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, raised interesting issues on Japan's Challenges and Potentials in realizing a sustainable society through innovation. He pointed out that Japan now faces many difficulties such as falling and aging of population, economic malaise, while Asian countries, especially China and India backed by 2.5 billion populations, are rapidly growing. With the international community around Japan changing,Japan should rethink how we should exploit our comparative advantage and how we should survive in the global world. He pointed out that the key word of the solution is “Innovation”, which is no longer limited in its technical meaning, but encompasses creating a new social value.
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Jun 23, 2008
Ms. Fusae Ohta, Visiting Professor, GRIPS
“Local Governance in Japan: Perspectives from the Eight-year Experience as a Governor”
Ms. Ohta, former governor of Osaka Prefecture, and served two terms as Japan’s first female prefectural governor, gave a lecture on Local Governance in Japan. Ms. Ohta presented her lessons and suggestions on more constructive central- local relations, based on the experiments as a Governor. The lecture was the third in a series of fora that feature leaders from government, academia, and business, as well as GRIPS’ own faculty to discuss current policy concerns.
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May 26, 2008
Dr. Lee Geun, Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
“The Meaning of Conservative Dominance in Korean Politics: Implications of April 9th General Election”
Dr. Lee, an associate professor at the Seoul National University, also directs the Korean Institute for Future Strategies, a major independent Korean think tank, and has been advisor to the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Dr. Lee outlined the result of the April 9th General Election of Korea in interesting details, explaining the reasons behind the conservative's victory and its implications.
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Apr 28, 2008
Tatsuo Hatta, President and Professor of GRIPS (until March 2011)
“Potential of the Japanese economy”
At the launch of the GRIPS Forum series, as the first speaker, President Hatta made a presentation on the topic of Japan's Economic Potential. He outlined the major theories that try to explain the economic growth of Japan especially through the 70s, and used various data and statistics to lead to his conclusion of how growth can be attained.
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