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The 1960 Anpo Protests and the Origins of Contemporary Japan
In 1960, Japan was rocked by the largest popular protests in its history, as citizens from across the political spectrum took to the streets to oppose the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty (known as "Anpo" in Japanese). Ultimately, the protests failed to stop the treaty, and U.S. military bases remained on Japanese soil. But they did force the resignation of conservative prime minister Kishi Nobusuke and the cancellation of a planned visit by U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower. As Nick Kapur explains in this conversation, they also helped facilitate a variety of transformations in Japanese politics, society and culture that endure to this day.

• Nick Kapur, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University-Camden
• 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.

Oct 5, 2021 04:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Nick Kapur
Associate Professor of History @Rutgers University-Camden
Nick Kapur is a historian of Japan. His research interests focus on modern Japanese political, cultural, and social history, with an emphasis on transnational and comparative perspectives. Having received his Ph.D. in Japanese history from Harvard University, Kapur teaches broadly on Japanese and East Asian history at Rutgers University.
Ulrike Schaede
Professor and Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology @UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy
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.