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Follower No More: Japan’s Role in Shaping the Liberal Trading Order
Over the last decade, Japan has emerged as a major champion of the liberal economic order. The record is impressive: playing a leading role in the creation of mega trade deals, codifying rules for the digital economy, and orchestrating an infrastructure investment push in developing Asia. However, the fracturing of the world economy due to great power competition and resurgent economic nationalism presents new challenges for Tokyo in balancing its economic internationalism with defensive concerns over economic security. What is Japan’s global power position today?

• Mireya Solis, Director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution
• Ulrike Schaede, Professor and Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology, GPS UC San Diego
This Japan Zoominar @ UC San Diego is organized by the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT) at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. For more information on JFIT activities, as well as recordings of previous Japan Zoominars, please visit jfit.ucsd.edu.

Jun 15, 2021 04:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Mireya Solis
Director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies @The Brookings Institution
Mireya Solís is director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and Knight Chair in Japanese Studies at the Brookings Institution. An expert on Japanese foreign economic policy, U.S.-Japan relations, and economic integration in the Asia-Pacific, her latest book "Dilemmas of the Trading Nation: Japan and the United States in the Evolving Asia-Pacific Order" received the 2018 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Award.
Ulrike Schaede
Professor and Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology @GPS UC San Diego
Ulrike Schaede is Professor of Japanese Business at GPS, UC San Diego, and the Director of JFIT. Her research focuses on Japan’s changing corporate strategies, including business culture, change management, and business organization. Her 2020 book “The Business Reinvention of Japan” analyzes how Japanese companies are responding to the rise of China and the changing global competition.