JAPAN NOW Lecture Series: Centre for the Study of Global Japan Inaugural Symposium – “Escape Velocity? How to Overcome Secular Stagnation in Japan and Abroad”


From left: Dr. R. Anton Braun, Senior Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Mr. Nobuyuki Kinoshita,
former Executive Director, Bank of Japan; Dr. Mark Manger, Associate Professor of Political Economy and
Global Affairs, University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

On Nov. 29, the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs was the venue for the third instalment this academic year of the JAPAN NOW Lecture Series, a symposium entitled “Escape Velocity? How to overcome secular Stagnation in Japan and Abroad”. This was also the Inaugural Symposium of the Centre for the Study of Global Japan which was established this past July with an endowment from the Government of Japan. The symposium consisted of presentations and a panel discussion on the challenges confronting the Japanese economy and possible solutions.  The panelists were Dr. R. Anton Braun, Senior Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and Mr. Nobuyuki Kinoshita, former Executive Director of the Bank of Japan.  Dr. Mark Manger, Associate Professor of Political Economy and Global Affairs at the Munk School, acted as moderator.

Consul-General of Japan Takako Ito in her remarks stated that while the Japanese economy continues to face a number of challenges, there are many positive signs due to contibued efforts by both public and private sectors. She expressed hope that Japan and Canada, which share the same values on the world stage, further deepen mutual understanding and work together on issues of common concerns. She also stressed that, given the world situation at present, it was invaluable that the Centre for the Study of Global Japan had been established at the University of Toronto.

 

Dr. Randall Hansen, Interim Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, gives
opening remarks and introduces Consul-General of Japan Takako Ito.


Consul-General Ito gives remarks.


Dr. Manger acts as moderator.
 

Mr. Kinoshita gives his presentation.


Dr. Braun gives his presentation.

Discussion on the issue by the panelists.


A lively Q&A followed.


Dr. Louis Pauly, Interim Director of the Munk School’s Centre for the Study of Global Japan,
in his closing remarks said that although the theme of the symposium was
the economy, it actually spanned in substance across such fields as politics, social issues and
international relations. As such, it was an appropriate inauguration for the Centre for
the Study of Global Japan situated with in the Munk School, of which the activities
encompass political economy, international research and regional research.