ICU Social Science Research Institute

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Activities of Human Rights Now to protect human rights worldwide @ H-203
Nov 2 @ 1:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Ms. Kazuko Ito (Human Rights Now)


The Shift to Renewable Energy @ H-314
Nov 11 @ 4:30 PM – 5:40 PM
Ms. Akiko Yoshida (FoE Japan)

Analyzes Japan’s energy policy with reference to electricity deregulation and the “power shift” campaign. Also discusses for the world’s situation and prospects after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.

Action Dialogues for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals @ International Conference Room, Dialogue House 2F
Dec 17 @ 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Details are availablehere.
The End of Liberal World Order? @ International Conference Room, Dialogue House 2F
Jan 30 @ 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Invitation to an International Symposium
International Christian University (ICU)

The End of the Liberal World Order?

Date: January 30, 2017 (Mon): 13:30 – 18:30
Place: International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo
Kiyoshi Togasaki Memorial Dialogue House (2F)
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo

Keynote Speakers:
John Ikenberry (Princeton University)
Kiichi Fujiwara (University of Tokyo)

The liberal international order, the core principle of the global order throughout the postwar period, based on “open trade, multilateralism, alliances, partnerships, democratic solidarity, and human rights” (Ikenberry) seems to be in crisis. While new powers such as China might challenge American dominance, John Ikenberry argues that since “liberal internationalism remains the only game in town” there is no crisis of the principles, but there might be a crisis of authority.
The recently increased appeal and electoral success of populist parties, movements and political leaders in Europe, Asia, and now in the United States raises the question whether this will undermine liberal and democratic norms on the domestic level, lead to increased isolationism, and eventually the weakening of the liberalist international order and the end of the world as we know it. This symposium wants to discuss the relevance of these challenges with special attention on East Asia.

Details are available at ICU-Sophia International Symposium website.

Legal Practice of Overseas Investment – Joint venture, M & A, Management of Subsidiary etc. @ H-353
Apr 27 @ 3:10 PM – 4:20 PM

企業買収(M&A)は、企業の戦略として非常に重要であり、かつ法律的にも様々な問題を包含する重要な事象である。講演者は、本講演において、海外投資の法律実務のなかでも、ベトナムなど社会主義国家の企業買収についても触れながら、現実のLegal Practiceとしての海外投資について議論を喚起しながら、JVやM&A、実際の子会社管理などについての紹介を行う。国際企業法務のなかでも、M&Aの問題は非常に重要な問題である。本講演は、経済、経営、国際関係や政治、法学を学ぶ学生にとって、企業と法という切っても切り離せない関係にある現実を学ぶことができる大変貴重な機会となる。講演者は、海外投資や東南アジアにおけるM&Aの専門家として日本を代表する弁護士であり、長年の経験を有している。このような、経験豊富な弁護士かつ日本を代表する弁護士事務所の一つのパートナー弁護士である内藤加代子弁護士の講演を聞き、また、様々な疑問を弁護士に対して行う機会は大変貴重なものであり、経済、経営、法律、政治、国際関係等にかかわるICUの学生、教員はもとより、その他国際関係全般に関わるICUの学生、教職員にとって貴重な学びの機会となるものと考えられる。

Religion and Politics in South Asia @ H-253
May 18 @ 11:30 AM – 12:40 PM
Prof. Wilkinson Steven(Yale University)

This lecture examines the relationship between religion and politics in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka from the colonial period to the present. Why did religion become the dominant cleavage in colonial politics? Why, at least so far, has India done a better job than Pakistan in managing the religious conflicts that many thought would destroy the new state? Why is it that Buddhism, the religion of nonviolence, has been associated with severe conflict in Sri Lanka? Will the new Hindu Nationalist wave in Indian politics today, with its cow protection vigilantes and ‘anti-Rome patrols’ succeed in permanently altering the post-independence secular state?

The New Wars since Artificial Intelligence: On Automated Killing, Drones and Killer Robots @ H-309
May 18 @ 3:10 PM – 5:40 PM
Prof. Anthony Elliott(University of South Australia)

To give ICU students and SSRI members a chance to listen to one of the most acclaimed critical social theorists in the world talk about transformations in identity and in the nature of modern warfare.

Comparative Perspectives on the World Economy and the Future of Market Economy @ International Conference Room, Kiyoshi Togasaki Memorial Dialogue House 2F
Sep 16 @ 9:30 AM – 5:55 PM
9:30-9:40 Opening Remark
William Vosse (The Director of SSRI at ICU)
Machiko Nissanke (SOAS University of London)
Taisei Kaizoji (ICU)

9:40-10:40 Session 1 MACROECONOMY 1
Chair: Jun Saito
-Jan Toporowski
Title: Japanese Banks in the International Money Markets
-Heather Montgomery
Title: The Effectiveness of Unconventional Post-Crisis Policies: Lessons from Japan

10:40-10:55 Coffee Break

10:55-11:55 Session 2 MACROECONOMY 2
Chair: Taisei Kaizoji
-Ulrich Volz
Title: Some Thoughts on the State of the International Monetary and Financial System
-Yoko Oguro
Title: Is Nominal Wage Targeting Effective?

11:55-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 KEYNOTE SPEACH 1
Chair: Taisei Kaizoji
-Machiko Nissanke
Title: Inequality and Poverty Trends under Globalisation:
Comparative Development Experiences of Africa and Asia through GVC Analyses

14:30-15:30 Session 3 WORLD ECONOMY AND POLICY 2
Chair: Heather Montgomery
-Satoshi Miyamura,
Title: Rethinking Labour Market Institutions in Indian Industry’
-Jun Saito
Title: Abenomics: Its Achievements and the Remaining Agenda

15:30-15:45 Coffee Break

15:45-16:45 KEYNOTE SPEECH 2
Chair: Ulrich Volz
-Katsuhito Iwai
Title: Capitalism and Cultures-Universality and Particularity o the Corporate System across Societies

The Rise of Populism as a Backlash Against Globalization Around the World
Chair: Heather Montgomery
Panelists: Machiko Nissanke
Jan Toporowski
Jun Saito
Katsuhito Iwai

17:45-17:55 Closing Remark
Yuichiro Kanazawa

Medical Progress and Society @ H-364
Sep 28 @ 1:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Prof. Youichiro Murakami (ICU)


The Era of Uncertainty Leadership: East Asian responses to a G-Zero World and the role of Middle Powers @ International Conference Room, Dialogue House 2F, International Christian University
Oct 20 @ 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

symposium synopsis
The United States’ declining capacity to exert leadership in the global arena will have regional and global consequences in the realms of economics, politics, security and peace and prosperity. The repercussions of this trend are still not understood well but we have seen countries within East Asia offer alternatives. China is promoting the One Belt One Road initiative (BRI) and the Regional Comprehensive Partnership (RCP) as a win-win strategy to build peace and prosperity in the region. Japan, along with 10 other signatories of the TPP are hoping to shape the region through a new trade agreement that sets new trade rules. We have also seen an expansion in the number and quality of security cooperation with countries in the region to deal with growing uncertainty. Even the geographic concept of the Indo-Pacific has gained prominence as different countries are trying to reconceptualise what the region’s shape will be in the decades to come.
With these trends in mind, this workshop goal is twofold. First, it aims to examine how East Asia nations are responding to this decline or as what some scholars call a G-Zero world, one in which no single country can exert leadership. Speakers from India, China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia will explore what the G-Zero world means for their countries and how they perceive the vacuum in global leadership will be filled by new great power arrangements. This discussion is especially salient now in which populism in the US has led to the election of a President who actively campaigned against globalization and the expansion of trade ties.
Second, this workshop aims to explore the roles of middle power countries in navigating and finding leadership opportunities during an era of uncertainty. At a normative level, middle powers such as Canada and South Korea offer novel paradigms to foster cooperation and understanding that lie outside the security sphere. Developing a deeper understanding of the role of middle powers in inculcating stability into the region can contribute to reducing instability in the region as well as.

Time Schedule
Panel 1: Perspectives from Northeast Asia (9:30-11:30)
Changing East Asian Security Architecture and the Role of Middle Powers like South Korea
Professor Chaesung CHUN, Professor at the Department of International Relations in Seoul National University

Japan as a Staunch Pro-U.S. Middle Power
Dr. Masashi NISHIHARA, President of the Research Institute for Peace and Security

Changing East Asian Power Structure and China’s Choice
Professor Qingsi LI, Professor, School of International Studies, and Chair, Department of Diplomacy, Renmin University of China

Korea as a Middle Power? Stuck between the Eagle and the Dragon
Professor JJ Suh, Professor of Politics and International Studies, International Christian University

Panel 2: Perspectives from South and Southeast Asia (13:00-15:00)
Middle Powers and Regional Trade: TPP, RCEP and the Indian Perspective
Dr. Amitendu Palit, Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead (Trade and Economic Policy) at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) in the National University of Singapore

Seeking Partnership with the Philippines in Maritime Security: The Case of the Special Japan-Australia Strategic Partnership
Professor Renato Cruz De Castro, Professor in the International Studies Department, De La Salle University, Manila, and holder of the Charles Lui Chi Keung Professorial Chair in China Studies

Vietnam’s foreign policy in the current era of uncertainty
Dr. Viet Nguyen, Department of International Politics & Diplomacy of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

G-Zero World and Trade: A Return to Bilateralism and Self-interest
Professor Bryan Mercurio, Professor and Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Panel 3: Perspectives from Western Countries (15:15-17:15)
G-Zero World realities and Canada as a Middle Power
Professor Stephen Nagy, Professor of Politics and International Studies, International Christian University

The role of Germany in an Era of Uncertainty
Professor Wilhelm Vosse, Professor of Politics and International Studies, International Christian University & Director of Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)

How a Traditional Middle Power Adapts To a G-Zero World: The Case of Australia
Dr. Thomas Wilkens, Senior Lecturer Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney

The US-Japan-India Relationship: Mini-lateralism in Indo-Pacific
J. Berkshire Miller, Visiting fellow with the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Senior fellow with the Tokyo-based Asian Forum Japan and the director of the Ottawa-based Council on International Policy

Closing Remarks (17:15-17:30)