On 2 September 2020, UNU will host “Japan’s Role in an Evolving Asia“, a virtual conversation with Prof. Jeff Kingston, Professor and Director, Asian Studies, Temple University Japan. This event will be held via Zoom Webinar at 18:30 (JST).
The story of Japan’s postwar rebuilding experience, economic expansion, and resilience through crises (the Korean and Cold Wars, economic shocks, and the current pandemic) is often lauded in analyses of an advancing Asia. Japan’s relative stability, economic potency and considerable diplomatic power have led many to predict an even greater role for the country in an increasingly (eastward) shifting international order. The COVID-19 pandemic has, however, forced re-evaluations in all areas.
What will Japan’s role be in a post-pandemic world? Where is its place in the face of China’s rise, the increasingly fraught relationship between Washington and Beijing, and the flight of capital from Hong Kong? What role, if any, can it play in revitalising rapid growth in South and Southeast Asia? Can it overcome the historical grievances that bedevil relations with the Republic of Korea, and what of its much touted values-oriented diplomacy?
Prof. Kingston will join UNU Rector David M. Malone to discuss what role Japan might assume in the post-pandemic era and the future of a changing Asia.
The UNU Virtual Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation via the Q&A tab. As permitted by time, a number of questions will be selected for speakers to address.
Please note that this event is in English. Advance registration (by 1 September 2020) is required and is limited in capacity. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page. Registrants will be sent a link on their emails to attend via Zoom Webinar on the day of the event. Follow the UNU Virtual Conversation Series at #UNUtalks on Twitter and Facebook.
Prof. Jeff Kingston is Director of Asian Studies and professor of history at Temple University Japan where he has taught since 1987. He has written and edited several books and articles on Japan and also on nationalism and press freedom in Asia. His most recent monograph is: The Politics of Religion, Nationalism and Identity in Asia (Rowman & Littlefield 2019).
Prof. Kingston holds a doctorate and masters from Columbia University and a bachelors degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Online via Zoom Webinar