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October 2014

The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism

Tuesday October 28, 2014
3:30-5:00 PM
Thomson Hall Room 317

Sébastien Lechevalier, L'École des Hautes Études (EHESS)

Sponsored by UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Job & Gertrud Tamaki endowment

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

In contrast with the dominant vision which perceives Japan as suffering from "arthritis," an affliction that may have caused the long stagnation that began in the early 1990s,  Sébastien Lechevalier uses a political economy analysis at three levels (corporate, institution, and social compromise) to contend that Japanese capitalism has experienced a great transformation since the early 1980s. He argues that liberalization has come with increasing corporate diversity and inequalities.

Sébastien Lechevalier is Associate Professor at L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). He is also President of Fondation France Japon de l’EHESS (EHESS Paris日仏財団) and director of the French network of Asian Studies (GIS “Asie”). His research focuses on the Japanese economy, corporate diversity, evolution of welfare systems in Asia, and inequalities. His recent publications include: The Great Transformation of the Japanese Capitalism (Routledge, 2014; forthcoming edition in Japanese from Iwanami Shoten), Bringing Asia into the Comparative Capitalism Perspective, a special issue of Socio Economic Review (co-edited with B. Amable, S. Casper & C. Storz, 2013), and Wage and Productivity Differentials in Japan. The role of Labor Market Mechanisms (with Y. Kalantzis, & R. Kambayashi; Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, 2012). He will also edit a special issue of Review of World Economics on Globalization and labor market outcomes: de-industrialization, job security, and wage inequalities in 2015.

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November 2014

My Teacher, Watanabe Sadao

Thursday November 6, 2014
4:00-5:00 PM
Allen Auditorium, Allen Library

Anne H.H. Pyle

Sponsored by the UW Libraries

For more information contact azusat@uw.edu

Anne Pyle will talk about her experience, the printing method and memories of her teacher, Watanabe Sadao.

Anne H.H. Pyle is a graduate of Skidmore College and has a master's degree in art education from Columbia University. She studied oil painting at the Fontainebleau School of Fine Arts and with Hobsen Pittman of the Philadelphia Academy. In Japan she studied printmaking with two of Japan's leading print artists, Yoshida Toshi and Watanabe Sadao. She was Watanabe's only private student and presently owns one of the largest collections of his work. She has written extensively and lectured to various church and university groups on his life and art.

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Natural and Unnatural Disasters: 3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan’s Modern World

Friday November 7, 2014
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Savery Hall Room 166

Brett Walker, Montana State University

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

The massive earthquake of 2011 unleashed a tsunami that swept away entire communities. Along with an enduring nuclear legacy, it also left an estimated 25 millions tons of rubble, much of it contaminated with asbestos and other carcinogenic toxins. Indeed, the unnatural disaster of cleaning up Japan’s pulverized and aerosolized built environment remained. This talk investigates asbestos in the construction and, more importantly, destruction of Japan’s built environment, with a focus on the impact of the 3/11 disaster and the later clean up. (Part of a larger Guggenheim-funded project concerned with the unmaking of the modern built world, and what it means for the future of human health.)


Brett L. Walker is Regents Professor and Michael P. Malone Professor of History at Montana State University, Bozeman. His research and teaching interests include Japanese history, world environmental history, and the history of science and medicine. He is author of The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590-1800, The Lost Wolves of Japan, Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan, and the forthcoming A Concise History of Japan, from Cambridge University Press. He has also co-edited two volumes. He spends most of his time in southwestern Montana and the San Juan Islands, where he enjoys the outdoors.

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Korean Peninsula Forum 2014: The Regional Dynamics in Northeast Asia and the Future of US-South Korean Alliance

Wednesday November 12, 2014
5:30-9:00 PM
Kane Hall – Walker-Ames Room

Christopher Hill

Center for Korea Studies



5:30 – 7:00 PM: Reception
7:00 – 8:00 PM: Ambassador Hill’s talk
8:00 – 9:00 PM: Panel discussion, Q&A session

For the first ground-breaking event for the Korean Peninsula Forum, which aims at enhancing the understanding and visibility of issues related to the Korean peninsula in the Northwest America and beyond, Center for Korea Studies invites Christopher Robert Hill, the former United States ambassador to the Republic of Korea, to give a public presentation. Ambassador Christopher Hill will discuss the current events surrounding Northeast Asia, drawing on his foreign service experience to elucidate underlying causes as well as consequences on the region’s geopolitical dynamics and the US-South Korea relations.

The presentation will start at 7:00 PM and last approximately an hour, following the reception at 5:30 PM. Moderated by Professor Donald Hellmann, Professors Kenneth Pyle, David Bachman, and Clark Sorensen will discuss the dimensions and implications of his talk. Finally, the forum will be open for questions and answers from the general public.

Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill is the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at The University of Denver, a position he has held since September 2010. In addition to overseeing the Josef Korbel School, Ambassador Hill is author of the forthcoming Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir, a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate, and a highly sought public speaker and voice in the media on international affairs. Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq, April 2009 until August 2010. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, He was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.  

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Should the Translator Work Alone? – Thoughts on Translating Haruki Murakami

Friday November 14, 2014
5:00-6:30 PM
Communications Room 226

Anna Zielinska-Elliott, Boston University

Co-sponsored by the UW Japan Studies and China Studies Programs

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

Haruki Murakami once wrote, “I often receive questions from the translators translating my books, which I reply to. There are many cases when I myself do not understand what I wrote. [. . .] If a translation can be read smoothly and effortlessly, and thus enjoyably, then it does its job as a translation perfectly well—that is my basic stance as the original author.” Given these sentiments, one may well ask whether the translator should consult with the author at all, especially when he does not understand the target language. This presentation will discuss a different kind of collaboration – one not involving the author – between translators of Haruki Murakami’s work translating into languages other than English, and will explore some of the ways in which the absence or presence of an English translation influences the choices made by Murakami translators into other languages.

Educated in Poland and Japan, Anna Zielinska-Elliott teaches Japanese language, literature, and translation studies at Boston University, where she is head of the Japanese language program. She is also a translator of modern Japanese literature into Polish. Best known as a translator of Murakami Haruki, she has also translated Mishima Yukio, Yoshimoto Banana and other writers, and is the author of a literary guidebook to Murakami’s Tokyo as well as articles on Murakami and on European translation practices relating to contemporary Japanese fiction. Currently, she is editing a forthcoming special issue of Japanese Language and Literature on translating Murakami in Europe.

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Pivot to Asia: Business Implications and Opportunities

Thursday November 20, 2014
5:30-7:00 PM
Anthony’s Forum, Dempsey Hall

Ambassador John Roos, Ambassador to Japan 2009-2013

Sponsored by the Foster School of Business' UW Global Business Center with the generous support of the Tateuchi Foundation.

For more information contact jgkraft@uw.edu

In 2011, the Obama Administration announced its priority to “pivot” U.S. relations focus to the Asia-Pacific Region. Ambassador Roos will discuss his perspective on U.S.-Japan relations, economic opportunities and the role of the tech industry in the Asia-Pacific region. The event will be moderated by Dr. Joe Massey, Dartmouth Professor Emeritus and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China from 1985-1992.

Ambassador Roos is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Salesforce.com and Sony Corporation and the Global Advisory Board of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. Previously, Ambassador Roos served as CEO and Senior Partner at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati, the leading law firm in
the U.S. in the representation of technology, life sciences, and emerging growth companies.

RSVP online: http://bit.ly/Tateuchi2014

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Yamagiwa and the Origins of Chemical Carcinogenesis

Friday November 21, 2014
3:30-5:00 PM
Allen Library, Allen Auditorium

James Bartholomew, Emeritus Professor Ohio State University

Sponsored by he UW Japan Studies Program and Seattle Art Museum Garden Center for Asian Art and Ideas. Bartholomew will also present at the Seattle Art Museum November 22 in the Stimson Auditorium. For ticket information visit: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/GardenCenter/default.asp

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

During World War I whose centennial we presently acknowledge, a little-known professor of pathology at Tokyo University – Katsusaburo Yamagiwa – proved for the first time that chemical exposure can cause cancer in human beings and some other animals. He and his associate, Koichi Ichikawa, generated cancer in a laboratory setting by painting coal tar on the epithelial tissue of rabbits’ ears. This was a path-breaking achievement in the history of modern medicine and its implications resonate to this day. The generation of tumors took about 22 months. Convincing everyone they had succeeded took another eight years. And proper recognition took considerably longer (perhaps a dozen more). What did it mean? And why should we care? The reasons are multi-faceted and complex, and will be explored in this seminar.


Professor Bartholomew is a specialist in modern Japanese history, chiefly interested in the history of science, medicine, higher education, and business in Japan. In 1985-86, he held a research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. His 1989 book, The Formation of Science in Japan received the 1992 Pfizer Award of the History of Science Society and was issued in paperback in February 1993. In March 2001, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship to write a book on Japan and the Nobel science prizes, 1901-1949.

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December 2014

Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture 2014: Japan’s New “Jury” System: A Five-Year Progress Report

Wednesday December 3, 2014
7:00 PM
Kane Hall 225

Daniel H. Foote, Professor of Law University of Washington and University of Tokyo

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture Endowment

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

In May 2009, following a five-year period for planning and preparation, Japan’s new so-called jury system went into operation. The talk will begin with a discussion of the background and debates leading up to introduction of the new system, including the motivations for introduction and concerns surrounding the system before it went into effect. The talk then will turn to an appraisal of the system based on its first five years in operation.

Daniel Foote teaches Fall and Winter Terms at the University of Washington and Summer Term at the University of Tokyo. Since becoming professor at the University of Tokyo in 2000, Foote has been a close observer of the overall justice system reform process and an active participant in legal education and other reforms. He has served on numerous governmental and professional committees, including the Roundtable Discussion Group on Criminal Policy convened by the Public Prosecutor General of Japan and the Citizens’ Council of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

Space is limited, please register HERE.

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Doubled Languages and the Divided “I” in the Early Fiction of Kim Talsu

Friday December 5, 2014
3:30-5:00 PM
Savery Hall Room 132

Christina Yi, University of British Columbia

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

The unconditional surrender of Japan to the Allied Powers in 1945 introduced a decisive discursive break for what had previously been an empire spanning across Northeast and Southeast Asia. The Allied Occupation of Japan (1945–1952) witnessed lasting changes not only in the political arena, but also in the ways “Japan” and “the Japanese” themselves were defined and discussed. This talk illuminates some of these postwar changes – as well as some prewar continuities – by looking at the writings of Kim Talsu (1919–1997), one of the most prominent zainichi (resident Korean) writers of his generation. Born in Korea but raised primarily in Japan, Kim remained in Japan after the war and became heavily involved in leftist politics and literary culture there. While his post-1945 fiction celebrated the end of the Japanese empire, the forms those narratives took ironically underscored the impossibility of fully separating the colonial from the “post”-colonial.


Christina Yi is Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese Literature at the University of British Columbia. In 2011, Christina was awarded the William F. Sibley Memorial Translation Prize for her translation of Kim Saryang’s “Tenma” (Pegasus). She is currently working on a book manuscript that investigates how linguistic nationalism and national identity intersect in the formation of modern literary canons in East Asia.

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Christianity in Japan: Some Observations on Sadao Watanabe's Faith

Monday December 8, 2014
4:00-5:00 PM
Allen Auditorium, Allen Library

Fred G. Notehelfer

Sponsored by the UW Libraries

For more information contact azusat@uw.edu

Tracing the background of Christianity in Japan from its introduction to the present, Dr. Notehelfer will make note of the challenges that Christians faced in Modern Japan, World War II, and the Postwar period and will highlight Sadao Watanabe's links to the Mingei Movement and its efforts to counter the pressures of a modern, industrialized society.


Fred G. Notehelfer was born to German Missionary parents in Japan in 1939. He grew up in Tokyo, graduated from the American School in Japan, and received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1962. His Ph.D. was taken at Princeton University in 1968 in Japanese History. After teaching briefly at Princeton he joined the UCLA History Department in 1969. From 1975-1995 he served as the UCLA Director of the USC-UCLA Joint Center in East Asian Studies and since 1992 he has directed the UCLA Center for Japanese Studies.

Notehelfer specializes in the late Tokugawa and Meiji periods. He is particularly interested in the social and intellectual history of Japan's transition from a "traditional" to a modern society. He is also interested in what Japanese have done with universal systems of thought imported into Japan from the West and Asia. His books include Kōtoku Shōsui: Portrait of a Japanese Radical (Cambridge, 1971); American Samurai: Captain L.L Janes and Japan (Princeton, 1985); and Japan Through American Eyes, the Journal of Francis Hall, Kanagawa and Yokohama, 1859-1866 (Princeton, 1992). He has recently completed an abridged edition of the Francis Hall journal which has been published by Westview Press 2001.” (http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/history/notehelfer/)

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Exhibit: Art Prints of Watanabe Sadao: Christianity through Japanese Folk Art

Monday October 27, 2014 to Tuesday December 30, 2014

Exhibit held in Allen Library's North Lobby and in the East Asia Library (Located at Gowen Hall 3rd Floor)

For more information contact azusat@uw.edu

This exhibit shows works of Japanese printmaker and artist Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), famous for his biblical prints which were influenced by the mingei-undo, the Japanese folk art movement of the late 1920s and 1930s. This exhibit showcases Watanabe's stencil prints, original stencils, tools of the artist, and monographs from the UW East Asia Library collection on mingei and mingei artists.

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January 2015

Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series 2014-15: Japan's Energy Challenges after Fukushima

Monday January 26, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Kane Hall 220

Taro Kono, Japan Diet House of Representatives

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Mitsubishi Corporation

For more information contact japan@uw.edu


Check back for more information in the coming month.

Taro Kono of the Japan Diet House of Representatives will give a talk about Japan's changing energy dynamics in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Rep. Kono is currently serving his 6th term in office. Kono has championed consumer issues in LDP and successfully established the new labeling rules on Genetically Modified Organisms. He sponsored the Consumer Protection Law of 2004 and enacted the Anti-Skimming Law of 2005, and has played a leading role in the passage of legislation on various environmental issues including leading the debate on global warming issues. His criticism of Japan's nuclear policy and his opposition to the building of new nuclear power plants has been in the spotlight since the 2011 disaster.

Free and open to the public.

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