Japan Series To Focus on Economy, Recent Disaster and History

Takao Kato
Takao Kato

“Disaster in Japan: Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Power Plant Crisis” will be the subject of a series of events in April. The events, which are free and open to the public, are made possible with the support of the Dean of Faculty Office, Diversity Office, Asian Studies Program, Japanese Program and the Levitt Center.


Monday, April 4, beginning at 4:15 p.m. in the Kirner-Johnson Building’s Bradford Auditorium


  • Lecture, “Long-term Employment and Job Security over the Last Twenty-Five Years: A Comparative Study of Japan and the U.S.” by Takao Kato, the W.S. Schupf Professor in Far Eastern Studies and professor of economics at Colgate University.
  • Roundtable discussion on the current crisis in Japan featuring Professor Kato and Haeng-ja Chung, assistant professor of anthropology, and Kyoko Omori, associate professor of Japanese.


Friday, April 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in Kirner-Johnson room 102


  • Think Tank roundtable discussion on Japan’s history, politics and people with professors Chung and Omori and Masaaki Kamiya, associate professor of Japanese; Wakana Maekawa, visiting instructor of East Asian Literatures and Languages; and Ted Lehmann, assistant professor of government.


Wednesday, April 13, from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the Days-Massolo Center, 206 College Hill Road


  • Roundtable discussion on the science, philosophy and culture of Japan with Professor Omori; James Ring, the Winslow Professor of Physics Emeritus; Gordon Jones, professor of physics; and Richard Werner, the John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy.


Back to Top