Japan Today: Challenges and Responses to Globalization


Professor Toshiya Ozaki,
Rikkyo University

Professor Takehiko Kariya,
University of Oxford

Professor Anthony P. D'Costa,
Asia Research Centre, CBS

The economic rise of Japan is legendary. Since the Meiji Restoration of 1868 followed by the post World War II social pact and the role of the developmental state in a corporatist setting, Japan harnessed its traditional institutions and adapted them successfully for modern business and society. However, the closed nature of Japanese systems, whether among businesses (the keiretsu), society (restricted immigration), or politics (dominance of a single party), while they worked well in an era of national development and limited internationalization, became barriers to Japan's adjustment to a world that had changed drastically. Professors Toshiya Ozaki (Rikkyo University), Takehiko Kariya (University of Oxford), and Anthony P. D'Costa (Asia Research Centre, CBS) offer a multi-faceted discussion of the institutional challenges faced by Japan today and suggest some policy options for regaining a more dynamic and competitive Japan. 


9:00-9:10 Welcome by Professor Anthony P. D'Costa, Research Director, Asia Research Centre

Moderator: Professor Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard, Director, Asia Research Centre 

9:15-9:45 Professor Toshiya Ozaki, College of Business, Rikkyo University

9:45-9:55 Discussant: Professor Lisbeth Clausen, Dept. of International Communications and Culture, Copenhagen Business School 

9:55-10:15 Open Discussion

10:15-10:30 Coffee Break 

10:30-11:00 Professor Takehiko Kariya, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford

11:00-11:30 Professor Anthony P. D'Costa, Asia Research Centre, Copenhagen Business School 

11:30-11:50 Discussant: Dr. Jens Sejrup, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Copenhagen University

11:50-12:25 Open Discussion

Wednesday, 16 November 2011, 09:00 - 12:30

Copenhagen Business School, Porcelænshaven 26, 2000 Frederiksberg,
Room PH408