The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Tokyo Office and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) jointly sponsored an Abe Fellowship Colloquium on Tuesday, December 12th at the Sakura Hall, Japan Foundation Headquarters. The colloquium featured a report by 2008 Abe Fellowship recipient Ying Hua of Cornell University on her research into sustainable buildings and the Tokyo Cap and Trade Program. Yuko Nishida from the Renewable Energy Institute and 2015 Abe Fellowship recipient Dana Buntrock of UC Berkeley served as commentators, leading follow-up debate from the audience.
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Tokyo Office and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) jointly sponsored an Abe Fellowship Colloquium on Sunday, November 19 at the International House in Tokyo. The colloquium featured reports on the growing income gap in the United States by two recent recipients of Abe Journalism Fellowships, Minako Sasako of the Yomiuri Shimbun (2016) and Kumiko Nakatsuka of the Asahi Shimbun (AFJ 2015). Chiaki Moriguchi (Abe Fellow 2004) of the Institute of Economic Research at Hitotsubashi University served as moderator and commentator.
This is the 3rd event in the inaugural year of the Abe Fellows Global Forum - Japan and the Leadership of the World Trading System Broad structural changes over the last quarter century are reverberating through the global economy and the institutions that regulate it. Recent US policy has shifted away from a leadership position in both long-standing institutions such as the WTO and newer trade agreements such as TPP-11 and RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership). These shifts are creating room for stronger regional ties and raise the question of which nation(s) will lead trade initiatives in Asia? Additionally, a shift toward populism across the world threatens to lead countries towards greater economic protectionism. Our speakers will focus on questions related to these issues as they relate to Japan, the US-Japan relationship, and East Asia.
In today’s risk society, as risks and the surrounding environment become more complex and uncertain, there is a growing need to integrate and systematize hitherto scattered fragments of information, data, lessons, experience and expert knowledge through processes of analysis and evaluation. By implementing these processes continuously, it is urgently required to produce operational information to link to policy actors including citizens through different channels and actionable policies. This colloquium will explore the gaps in disaster prevention policy, identify areas for improving disaster risk management, and examine how to best face today’s risk society. Drawing on 2008 Abe fellow Mika Shimizu's recently-published book, Collaborative Knowledge Creation based Resilience, the discussion will look at resilience through processes that foster collaborative knowledge and connect people, systems and knowledge. By fostering a constructive and interdisciplinary dialogue on the relevant issues, this colloquium aims to step forward the current approach for disaster risk management policy.
Although the past decade has witnessed a resurgence of interest in questions of human trafficking, intimate labor, and the feminization of migration, few scholars have positioned the intimate lives of laborers at the center of analysis. This workshop proposes to address this gap in our understanding of the intersections of family, kinship, and the intimate choices of those working in the sphere of intimate labor. Rather than focusing on the labor performed by intimate laborers, we focus instead on the intimate lives of intimate laborers, exploring ways in which their ideas of intimacy, family, kinship, and love are both affected by and affect their migratory labor. In this workshop, we propose to bring together a group of scholars writing about various types of intimate laborers (including domestic workers, nannies, care givers, beauticians, and sex workers) who have migrated across Asia as well as their employers. Admission is free and open to the public. To sign up, please email us at ssrcABE@gol.com with your name, affiliation and telephone number.
While most industrialized countries societies experienced post-industrial revolution demographic transitions spanning a century or more, Japan transformed from a high-fertility to a low-fertility society in just one generation. Through a comparison of the different actors, ideas, institutions, and contexts in each era, Dr. Haig will discuss what Japan's past experience in promoting smaller families tells us about current efforts to promote larger ones.