Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thursday January 12th 2017 – JAPAN NOW Lecture Series; “Japan’s Global Reach: Development Cooperation and Foreign Policy”

Our good friends at the Japanese Consulate in Toronto (in collaboration with the University of Toronto and the Munk School of Global Affairs) are continuing their JAPAN NOW Lecture series on Thursday, January 12th between 2 and 4pm at the Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility (Munk School of Global Affairs)  Professor Akihiko Tanaka from the University of Tokyo will be presenting “Japan’s Global Reach: Development Cooperation and Foreign Policy”. 

Japan has been engaged in development cooperation throughout the world since the 1950s. The initial efforts of development cooperation were made to augment and reinforce the postwar settlements with the countries invaded by Japan. Japan’s development cooperation expanded quantitatively and geographically in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of the projects conducted in this period illustrate Japan’s approach to international development cooperation, an approach that emphasizes both human capacity development and infrastructure building. Reviewing the history of Japan’s activities globally, Professor Tanaka would discuss challenges Japan faces in the 21st century as a civilian power.

Akihiko Tanaka is Professor of International Politics at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University Tokyo. He served as President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) from April, 2012 to September, 2015. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of Tokyo and Ph.D. in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has numerous books and articles on world politics and security issues in Japanese and English, including The New Middle Ages: The World System in the 21st Century (Tokyo: The International House of Japan, 2002). He received the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2012 for his academic achievements.

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