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The East Asia Center hosts a broad array of events covering the arts, humanities and social sciences. These events range from academic lectures by professors from the U.S. and East Asia to film festivals featuring documentary and feature films.

 


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October 2014


The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism

Tuesday October 28, 2014
3:30-5:00 PM
Thomson Hall Room 317

Sébastien Lechevalier, L'École des Hautes Études (EHESS)

Sponsored by UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Job & Gertrud Tamaki endowment

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

In contrast with the dominant vision which perceives Japan as suffering from "arthritis," an affliction that may have caused the long stagnation that began in the early 1990s,  Sébastien Lechevalier uses a political economy analysis at three levels (corporate, institution, and social compromise) to contend that Japanese capitalism has experienced a great transformation since the early 1980s. He argues that liberalization has come with increasing corporate diversity and inequalities.

Sébastien Lechevalier is Associate Professor at L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). He is also President of Fondation France Japon de l’EHESS (EHESS Paris日仏財団) and director of the French network of Asian Studies (GIS “Asie”). His research focuses on the Japanese economy, corporate diversity, evolution of welfare systems in Asia, and inequalities. His recent publications include: The Great Transformation of the Japanese Capitalism (Routledge, 2014; forthcoming edition in Japanese from Iwanami Shoten), Bringing Asia into the Comparative Capitalism Perspective, a special issue of Socio Economic Review (co-edited with B. Amable, S. Casper & C. Storz, 2013), and Wage and Productivity Differentials in Japan. The role of Labor Market Mechanisms (with Y. Kalantzis, & R. Kambayashi; Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, 2012). He will also edit a special issue of Review of World Economics on Globalization and labor market outcomes: de-industrialization, job security, and wage inequalities in 2015.


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An Enterprise with Two Purposes: Measurement of Longitude in 17th and 18th Century China

Friday October 31, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Sun Xiaochun, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

cgreed@uw.edu

By the end of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the Jesuit missionaries introduced the concept of geographical longitude to China. The longitudinal measurement was important to the Chinese in two respects: astronomically and geographically. The Chinese astronomers were obliged to predict ominous celestial phenomena such as solar and lunar eclipses. The measurement of longitude was necessary for predicting the exact moment of an eclipse in different places, especially for provincial capitals. Also it was realized that accurate measurement of longitude and latitude were essential for map making. From 1708 to 1707, the Kangxi Emperor commissioned Jesuit missionaries to survey the empire. The result was the unprecedented work entitled "The Complete Atlas the Qing Empire." In this talk the speaker will investigate the methods used for measuring the longitude, and the accuracy of this data. He will also point out that the geodesic survey was not only a Chinese undertaking of calendar-making and the geodesic survey of the Qing Empire, but also a part of a global endeavor for the measurement of the meridian and for the controversy over the shape of earth.

Sun Xiaochun is Professor of the History of Science at the Institute for the History of Natural Science at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He studied astronomy in Nanjing University. He received his Ph.D. in History of Astronomy from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1993 and his second Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He has published primarily on the history of Chinese astronomy and co-authored "The Chinese Sky During the Han: Constellating Stars and Society" (1997). Currently he serves as Vice-President of Commission 41 on History of Astronomy of International Astronomical Union, and a corresponding member of International Academy of the History of Science.

 


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November 2014


Children's Well-being in Contemporary China: Poverty and Inequality in the Children's Well-Being Survey 2014

Monday November 3, 2014
12:30 p.m.
Parrington Hall 305

Wen-Jui Han, New York University and NYC-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai

cgreed@uw.edu


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My Teacher, Watanabe Sadao

Thursday November 6, 2014
4:00-5:00 PM
Allen Auditorium, Allen Library

Anne H.H. Pyle

Sponsored by the UW Libraries

For more information contact azusat@uw.edu

Anne Pyle will talk about her experience, the printing method and memories of her teacher, Watanabe Sadao.


Anne H.H. Pyle is a graduate of Skidmore College and has a master's degree in art education from Columbia University. She studied oil painting at the Fontainebleau School of Fine Arts and with Hobsen Pittman of the Philadelphia Academy. In Japan she studied printmaking with two of Japan's leading print artists, Yoshida Toshi and Watanabe Sadao. She was Watanabe's only private student and presently owns one of the largest collections of his work. She has written extensively and lectured to various church and university groups on his life and art.


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The Rise of Explication in the Mathematics of Late Imperial China

Friday November 7, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Jeff Chen, Associate Professor of Mathematics, St. Could State University

cgreed@uw.edu

In the textual tradition of Chinese mathematics, reasoning or explanation did not figured prominently with few exceptions. This long-held practice of not including explanations in mathematical works was especially prevalent in treatises composed during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). This began to change however in the first part of the 17thcollaborators embarked on various projects to translate European scientific into Chinese. By the end of the 17th or steps in computational algorithms became a fixture in the main text of most treatises. In this presentation, the comparison will be made of mathematical works in three categories: Ming treatises composed before the arrival of the Jesuits, geometric texts that attempt to make translated works more accessible, and those on traditional subjects with ample explanation in the main texts. The focus of the analysis is on the arrangement of various types of content material
in the main texts in the treatises. Based on our preliminary investigation, our thesis is that the introduction of European mathematics into China served as a catalyst to inspire the emergence in the main texts of explanations, which previously took place in oral exchanges between masters and disciples or in the correspondence between friends. Moreover, the presence of explanations in the text, resembling the commentary and annotations in classical studies, elevated the status of mathematics from a collection of problems and solutions similar to a practitioner’s manual to legitimate intellectual study. We will also examine what explanation in mathematics meant to scholars in the 17th century when the Jesuits and their Chinese century, explanations of underlying principles century.


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Natural and Unnatural Disasters: 3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan’s Modern World

Friday November 7, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Savery Hall Room 166

Brett Walker, Montana State University

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

The massive earthquake of 2011 unleashed a tsunami that swept away entire communities. Along with an enduring nuclear legacy, it also left an estimated 25 millions tons of rubble, much of it contaminated with asbestos and other carcinogenic toxins. Indeed, the unnatural disaster of cleaning up Japan’s pulverized and aerosolized built environment remained. This talk investigates asbestos in the construction and, more importantly, destruction of Japan’s built environment, with a focus on the impact of the 3/11 disaster and the later clean up. (Part of a larger Guggenheim-funded project concerned with the unmaking of the modern built world, and what it means for the future of human health.)

   

Brett L. Walker is Regents Professor and Michael P. Malone Professor of History at Montana State University, Bozeman. His research and teaching interests include Japanese history, world environmental history, and the history of science and medicine. He is author of The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590-1800, The Lost Wolves of Japan, Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan, and the forthcoming A Concise History of Japan, from Cambridge University Press. He has also co-edited two volumes. He spends most of his time in southwestern Montana and the San Juan Islands, where he enjoys the outdoors.


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Korean Peninsula Forum 2014: The Regional Dynamics in Northeast Asia and the Future of US-South Korean Alliance

Wednesday November 12, 2014
5:30-9:00 PM
Kane Hall - Walker-Ames Room

Christopher Hill

Center for Korea Studies

uwcks@uw.edu

 

5:30 - 7:00 PM: Reception
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Ambassador Hill’s talk
8:00 - 9:00 PM: Panel discussion, Q&A session

For the first ground-breaking event for the Korean Peninsula Forum, which aims at enhancing the understanding and visibility of issues related to the Korean peninsula in the Northwest America and beyond, Center for Korea Studies invites Christopher Robert Hill, the former United States ambassador to the Republic of Korea, to give a public presentation. Ambassador Christopher Hill will discuss the current events surrounding Northeast Asia, drawing on his foreign service experience to elucidate underlying causes as well as consequences on the region’s geopolitical dynamics and the US-South Korea relations.

The presentation will start at 7:00 PM and last approximately an hour, following the reception at 5:30 PM. Moderated by Professor Donald Hellmann, Professors Kenneth Pyle, David Bachman, and Clark Sorensen will discuss the dimensions and implications of his talk. Finally, the forum will be open for questions and answers from the general public.

Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill is the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at The University of Denver, a position he has held since September 2010. In addition to overseeing the Josef Korbel School, Ambassador Hill is author of the forthcoming Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir, a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate, and a highly sought public speaker and voice in the media on international affairs. Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq, April 2009 until August 2010. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, He was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.  


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The Case of the Missing Indigene: Current Discussions of Ethnic Policy Reform in China

Thursday November 13, 2014
3:30 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Mark Elliott, Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History, Harvard University

cgreed@uw.edu

The last few years have seen a vigorous public policy debate emerge over a “second-generation” ethnic policy (di’erdai minzu zhengce) which, if implemented, would constitute a major revision of ethnic politics in China. Despite the fact that nationalities policy is a notoriously sensitive subject within China, the debate is happening openly in newspapers, academic journals and on the Internet. The prominence accorded to anthropological theory and international comparison is a second notable feature of the debate. This lecture first explores the main positions in the ongoing policy discussion, then goes on to argue that, rather than comparing China’s non-Han peoples to minority immigrant populations in the industrialized democracies, a better comparison is to indigenous peoples. It then considers why this perspective is completely missing from the present debate.

Mark Elliott is the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Department of History at Harvard University, and Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. A leading figure in what is sometimes called the “New Qing History,” he is the author of two books, "The Manchu Way: The Eight Banners and Ethnic Identity in Late Imperial China" (Stanford, 2001), and "Emperor Qianlong: Son of Heaven, Man of the World" (Longman, 2009), along with numerous articles. Apart from Qing history and Manchu studies, Elliott’s research and teaching interests focus on the long relationship between the Chinese heartland and the peoples living in the northern frontier.


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China's International Relations Seen Through the Modern History of Acupuncture

Friday November 14, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Bridie Andrews, Professor of History, Bentley University

cgreed@uw.edu

Modern acupuncture developed in China in stages corresponding to China's dominant international trading partners. This talk examines the influence of Japanese science on acupuncture before 1949, the Soviet Union's influence during the Maoist period, the influence of the United States during the period of Chinese economic reform, and concludes with a description of how China's own influence as a major economic power is reflected in the new WHO standards for acupuncture.

Bridie Andrews studied biology and the history of medicine in the UK. Her book, The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, was recently published by the University of British Columbia Press. She also co-edited Medical Transitions in Twentieth Century China (Indiana University Press, 2014). Currently associate professor of history at Bentley University, she has worked at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and SOAS (University of London).


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Should the Translator Work Alone? – Thoughts on Translating Haruki Murakami

Friday November 14, 2014
5:00-6:30 PM
Communications Room 226

Anna Zielinska-Elliott, Boston University

Co-sponsored by the UW Japan Studies and China Studies Programs

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

Haruki Murakami once wrote, “I often receive questions from the translators translating my books, which I reply to. There are many cases when I myself do not understand what I wrote. [. . .] If a translation can be read smoothly and effortlessly, and thus enjoyably, then it does its job as a translation perfectly well—that is my basic stance as the original author.” Given these sentiments, one may well ask whether the translator should consult with the author at all, especially when he does not understand the target language. This presentation will discuss a different kind of collaboration – one not involving the author – between translators of Haruki Murakami’s work translating into languages other than English, and will explore some of the ways in which the absence or presence of an English translation influences the choices made by Murakami translators into other languages.

Educated in Poland and Japan, Anna Zielinska-Elliott teaches Japanese language, literature, and translation studies at Boston University, where she is head of the Japanese language program. She is also a translator of modern Japanese literature into Polish. Best known as a translator of Murakami Haruki, she has also translated Mishima Yukio, Yoshimoto Banana and other writers, and is the author of a literary guidebook to Murakami’s Tokyo as well as articles on Murakami and on European translation practices relating to contemporary Japanese fiction. Currently, she is editing a forthcoming special issue of Japanese Language and Literature on translating Murakami in Europe.


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Trade with China: Past, Present, and Future

Monday November 17, 2014
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Gates Hall 133

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, Former United State Trade Representative

Asian Law Center

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu

UW School of Law and the Asian Law Center proudly welcome you to attend this special lecture on Monday, November 17. Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, named by the National Law Journal as among the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" in 2013, will present on the topic of “Trade with China: Past, Present, and Future.”

Ambassador Barshefsky is WilmerHale's Senior International Partner. Her practice centers on international business transactions, the structuring and negotiation of commercial agreements and the removal of trade and regulatory impediments to exporting to or investing in markets throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America. She joined WilmerHale after serving as the US Trade Representative—the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policymaker for the United States—from 1997 to 2001, and acting as deputy USTR from 1993 to 1996. Ambassador Barshefsky is best known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China's historic WTO Agreement, as well as global agreements in financial services, telecommunications, intellectual property rights, high-technology products and cyberspace.

Ambassador Barshefsky has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a JD from the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America, and is admitted to the D.C. bar. Her professional activities include the America-China Society, the Foreign Policy Association, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She has also recently co-authored an article in the Wall Street Journal titled: "Win-Win Possibility for China-US Trade".

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu


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Pivot to Asia: Business Implications and Opportunities

Thursday November 20, 2014
5:30-7:00 PM
Anthony’s Forum, Dempsey Hall

Ambassador John Roos, Ambassador to Japan 2009-2013

Sponsored by the Foster School of Business' UW Global Business Center with the generous support of the Tateuchi Foundation.

For more information contact jgkraft@uw.edu

In 2011, the Obama Administration announced its priority to “pivot” U.S. relations focus to the Asia-Pacific Region. Ambassador Roos will discuss his perspective on U.S.-Japan relations, economic opportunities and the role of the tech industry in the Asia-Pacific region. The event will be moderated by Dr. Joe Massey, Dartmouth Professor Emeritus and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China from 1985-1992.

Ambassador Roos is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Salesforce.com and Sony Corporation and the Global Advisory Board of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. Previously, Ambassador Roos served as CEO and Senior Partner at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati, the leading law firm in
the U.S. in the representation of technology, life sciences, and emerging growth companies.

RSVP online: http://bit.ly/Tateuchi2014


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Yamagiwa and the Origins of Chemical Carcinogenesis

Friday November 21, 2014
3:30-5:00 PM
Allen Library, Allen Auditorium

James Bartholomew, Emeritus Professor Ohio State University

Sponsored by he UW Japan Studies Program and Seattle Art Museum Garden Center for Asian Art and Ideas. Bartholomew will also present at the Seattle Art Museum November 22 in the Stimson Auditorium. For ticket information visit: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/GardenCenter/default.asp

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

During World War I whose centennial we presently acknowledge, a little-known professor of pathology at Tokyo University – Katsusaburo Yamagiwa – proved for the first time that chemical exposure can cause cancer in human beings and some other animals. He and his associate, Koichi Ichikawa, generated cancer in a laboratory setting by painting coal tar on the epithelial tissue of rabbits’ ears. This was a path-breaking achievement in the history of modern medicine and its implications resonate to this day. The generation of tumors took about 22 months. Convincing everyone they had succeeded took another eight years. And proper recognition took considerably longer (perhaps a dozen more). What did it mean? And why should we care? The reasons are multi-faceted and complex, and will be explored in this seminar.

 

Professor Bartholomew is a specialist in modern Japanese history, chiefly interested in the history of science, medicine, higher education, and business in Japan. In 1985-86, he held a research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. His 1989 book, The Formation of Science in Japan received the 1992 Pfizer Award of the History of Science Society and was issued in paperback in February 1993. In March 2001, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship to write a book on Japan and the Nobel science prizes, 1901-1949.


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"SOUTH KOREA-THE WORLD’S MOST WIRED NATION: A Real-Life Case Study on Digital Rights and the Internet."

Tuesday November 25, 2014
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Gates Hall 447

Professor Sang Jo Jong

Asian Law Center

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu


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December 2014


Science Fiction in South and North Korea

Friday December 5, 2014
3:30-5:00PM
Thomson 317

Dong-won Kim

Center for Korea Studies

uwcks@uw.edu

 Why have science fiction novels and movies been so unpopular in South Korea? Why have North Korean leaders so enthusiastically supported science fiction? How and in what way have their political, cultural and historical backgrounds influenced making different attitudes toward science fiction? By analyzing science fiction in South and North Korea, Dr. Dong-won Kim will show you very different popular images of science and technology in two Koreas and search the causes of these strange phenomena.

Dr. Dong-Won Kim is a historian of science. He received a PhD from Harvard University in 1991.He has taught at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (1994-2005), Johns Hopkins University (1998-99. 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2012) and Harvard University (2013 -). He was the Dean of the College of Cultural Science at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (2009-2012). Since the fall of 2008, he has been the president of the D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia, which provides young scholars with fellowships and grants.


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Doubled Languages and the Divided “I” in the Early Fiction of Kim Talsu

Friday December 5, 2014
3:30-5:00 PM
Savery Hall Room 132

Christina Yi, University of British Columbia

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

The unconditional surrender of Japan to the Allied Powers in 1945 introduced a decisive discursive break for what had previously been an empire spanning across Northeast and Southeast Asia. The Allied Occupation of Japan (1945–1952) witnessed lasting changes not only in the political arena, but also in the ways “Japan” and “the Japanese” themselves were defined and discussed. This talk illuminates some of these postwar changes – as well as some prewar continuities – by looking at the writings of Kim Talsu (1919–1997), one of the most prominent zainichi (resident Korean) writers of his generation. Born in Korea but raised primarily in Japan, Kim remained in Japan after the war and became heavily involved in leftist politics and literary culture there. While his post-1945 fiction celebrated the end of the Japanese empire, the forms those narratives took ironically underscored the impossibility of fully separating the colonial from the “post”-colonial.

 

Christina Yi is Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese Literature at the University of British Columbia. In 2011, Christina was awarded the William F. Sibley Memorial Translation Prize for her translation of Kim Saryang’s “Tenma” (Pegasus). She is currently working on a book manuscript that investigates how linguistic nationalism and national identity intersect in the formation of modern literary canons in East Asia.


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Christianity in Japan: Some Observations on Sadao Watanabe's Faith

Monday December 8, 2014
4:00-5:00 PM
Allen Auditorium, Allen Library

Fred G. Notehelfer

Sponsored by the UW Libraries

For more information contact azusat@uw.edu

Tracing the background of Christianity in Japan from its introduction to the present, Dr. Notehelfer will make note of the challenges that Christians faced in Modern Japan, World War II, and the Postwar period and will highlight Sadao Watanabe's links to the Mingei Movement and its efforts to counter the pressures of a modern, industrialized society.

 

Fred G. Notehelfer was born to German Missionary parents in Japan in 1939. He grew up in Tokyo, graduated from the American School in Japan, and received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1962. His Ph.D. was taken at Princeton University in 1968 in Japanese History. After teaching briefly at Princeton he joined the UCLA History Department in 1969. From 1975-1995 he served as the UCLA Director of the USC-UCLA Joint Center in East Asian Studies and since 1992 he has directed the UCLA Center for Japanese Studies.

Notehelfer specializes in the late Tokugawa and Meiji periods. He is particularly interested in the social and intellectual history of Japan's transition from a "traditional" to a modern society. He is also interested in what Japanese have done with universal systems of thought imported into Japan from the West and Asia. His books include Kōtoku Shōsui: Portrait of a Japanese Radical (Cambridge, 1971); American Samurai: Captain L.L Janes and Japan (Princeton, 1985); and Japan Through American Eyes, the Journal of Francis Hall, Kanagawa and Yokohama, 1859-1866 (Princeton, 1992). He has recently completed an abridged edition of the Francis Hall journal which has been published by Westview Press 2001.” (http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/history/notehelfer/)


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Exhibit: Art Prints of Watanabe Sadao: Christianity through Japanese Folk Art

Monday October 27, 2014 to Tuesday December 30, 2014

Exhibit held in Allen Library's North Lobby and in the East Asia Library (Located at Gowen Hall 3rd Floor)

For more information contact azusat@uw.edu

This exhibit shows works of Japanese printmaker and artist Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), famous for his biblical prints which were influenced by the mingei-undo, the Japanese folk art movement of the late 1920s and 1930s. This exhibit showcases Watanabe's stencil prints, original stencils, tools of the artist, and monographs from the UW East Asia Library collection on mingei and mingei artists.


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January 2015


Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series 2014-15: Japan's Energy Challenges after Fukushima

Monday January 26, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Kane Hall 220

Taro Kono, Japan Diet House of Representatives

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Mitsubishi Corporation

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

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Taro Kono of the Japan Diet House of Representatives will give a talk about Japan's changing energy dynamics in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Rep. Kono is currently serving his 6th term in office. Kono has championed consumer issues in LDP and successfully established the new labeling rules on Genetically Modified Organisms. He sponsored the Consumer Protection Law of 2004 and enacted the Anti-Skimming Law of 2005, and has played a leading role in the passage of legislation on various environmental issues including leading the debate on global warming issues. His criticism of Japan's nuclear policy and his opposition to the building of new nuclear power plants has been in the spotlight since the 2011 disaster.

Free and open to the public.


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Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-6938 phone
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Mary Bernson, Director of Outreach
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