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Political and Social Dynamics of Crisis and Innovation in Japan, Asia and the World

Facing globalization, many advanced countries struggle to readjust their social, economic and political institutions to address the challenges imposed by financial crises, shrinking populations, and global power shifts.

East Asia's economic growth has become a major driving force of global change. As an economically and technologically advanced society, Japan finds itself at the intersection of these East Asian and global developments. Thus, understanding Japan's policy choices is critical for understanding the future of East Asia and the world.

As Japan seeks to define its role and responsibilities in global affairs, two decades of low economic growth, rapid demographic change, and the implications of the 11 March 2011 triple disaster have generated a sense of national decline.

This project revisits these notions of decline and demonstrates how discourses on crisis and decline have been a crucial force for innovation and the reform of public policy institutions. To show how fears of national decline in the past and the present shape - and are shaped - by social and political transformations, the project brings together scholars of political science, economics, sociology, media and cultural studies, and history.

Special Lecture:
Risk Communication and Safe Food in Post-Fukushima Japan

Date and Time: February 7, 2018, 2:40-4:20 p.m.
Venue: Seminar Room1, 2F, School of Law, Graduate School of Law (Map), Kawauchi Campus, Tohoku University

Roundtable:
Japan as 'Number Three?': Revisiting Academic and Public Discourses on Japan's 'Lost Decades'

Date and Time: February 8, 2018, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Venue: TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity 3F (Map), Katahira Campus, Tohoku University

Workshop:
Political and Social Dynamics of Crisis and Innovation in Japan, Asia and the World

Date and Time: February 9, 2018, 9:00a.m.-6:15 p.m.
Venue: TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity 3F (Map), Katahira Campus, Tohoku University

Event information in Japanese

Contact:

Tohoku Forum for Creativity
Tel: 022-217-6095
E-mail: wiwattanapantuwong.juthatip.d3@tohoku.ac.jp

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