“Japan’s Singular Path Towards Internationalisation”, a Conversation with Prof. Kiichi Fujiwara

  • DATE / TIME:
    2020•10•01    18:30 - 19:00

    On 1 October 2020, UNU will host “Japan’s Singular Path Towards Internationalisation“, a virtual conversation with Prof. Kiichi Fujiwara, Director of the Institute for Future Initiatives and Professor of International Politics at the University of Tokyo. This event will be held via Zoom Webinar at 18:30 (JST) on 1 October 2020.

    Japan has gone through a variety of phases of internationalisation. In the Meiji era, scholars and statesmen — many of whom were alumni of international learning missions (such as the Iwakura Mission) — pursued a highly ambitious internationalisation path, modelling universities and government policies against their western counterparts. Then, around the turn of the century, both educational and policy doctrines assumed a more nationalist hue. In the initial post-World War II period, Japan embraced more domestic than international priorities, focusing on rebuilding the nation. The tide turned towards internationalisation again in the 1970s and 1980s, when the first iteration of JICA was established, educational reforms associated with internationalisation and diversity were passed, and Japan invested in the establishment of UNU. What phase is Japan in today? Why does Japan’s appetite for internationalisation change so significantly? Is there a discernible cause for the parallels between Japan’s foreign policy and academia?

    Prof. Fujiwara will join UNU Rector David M. Malone to trace the ebb and flow of Japan’s internationalisation, and to analyse how the academic world influences Japanese foreign policy developments and strategies.

    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 live audience questions will be selected for speakers to address.

    Please note that this event is in English. Advance registration (by 30 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.

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    About the speaker

    Kiichi Fujiwara is Director of the Institute for Future Initiatives and professor of International Politics at the University of Tokyo, majoring in international politics, comparative politics, and Southeast Asian studies. He is also a special assistant to the president of the University of Tokyo. A graduate of the University of Tokyo, Professor Fujiwara studied as a Fulbright student at Yale University before he returned to Japan to work with the Institute of Social Science (ISS). He has held positions at the University of the Philippines, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Bristol, Chiba University and was selected as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington D.C.

    Prof. Fujiwara is an acclaimed author of many works, including A Destabilizing World (2020); Conditions of War (2013); Peace for Realists (2010); War Unleashed (2007); International Politics (2007); Constructing Peace (2006); Is There Really a Just War? (2003); A Democratic Empire (2002); and Remembering the War (2001).

  • Online via Zoom Webinar