Kiriyama Lecture: Prospects and Challenges for the Japanese Economy

Thursday, May 2, 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Fromm Hall - FR 115 - Berman Room

By Dr. Hiroaki Richard Watanabe, Kiriyama Professors for Asia Pacific Studies

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.


Join the USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies for a lecture by our Spring 2019 Kiriyama Professor, Dr. Hiroaki Richard Watanabe (University of Sheffield, UK). In this talk, Dr. Watanabe will analyze Japanese public policy to discuss the prospects and challenges facing the Japanese economy today. In the domestic realm, Japan faces a rise in the “working poor,” a low fertility rate, a labor shortage, and a greater reliance on female and migrant workers. Dr. Watanabe will also discuss the challenges facing the Japanese economy from an international perspective, such as the impact of the “rise of China” on the Japanese economy and the Japanese government’s response in the context of regional economic integration in the Asia Pacific.

Speaker Bio

Dr Hiroaki Richard Watanabe serves as the Kiriyama Professor for Asia Pacific Studies at the Center for the Asia Pacific Studies at the University of San Francisco for Spring 2019. He is based in the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK and is currently on sabbatical. His research interests include comparative political economy in East Asia in relation to labor issues and the international political economy in the Asia Pacific in relation to the political aspects of free trade agreements.

Co-sponsored by: MA in Asia Pacific Studies program