The TUJ Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies celebrates its new name with a showcase mini-symposium
December 11, 2009

The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), will change its name to the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) as of January 2010. To commemorate the name change and celebrate the Institute’s 5th anniversary, TUJ will hold a special mini-symposium “Promoting Research & Debate on Asia” on the evening of January 19. The mini-symposium will feature six Asian and Japanese Studies specialists, a mix of guest speakers and TUJ professors, who will combine to give a one-hour presentation on a range of contemporary Asian and Japanese topics. Their presentation will be followed by a networking reception.

The ICJS was established at TUJ in September 2004. Since its inception it has hosted 30-40 lectures and symposiums each year, all open to the public and free of charge. Lecture topics focusing on contemporary Japan range from politics, the economy, and foreign and military affairs, to cinema and pop culture. The Institute’s change of name in 2010 reflects the broadening of its mission to cover wider issues in the Asian region. It also recognizes a commitment to study Japan from a regional as well as national perspective, and the growing internationalization of TUJ’s faculty and student body.

ICAS is a unique institute, using its base on the Japan campus of an American University to provide a platform for scholars worldwide to present their studies and facilitate academic discussions. Under its current director *Robert Dujarric, who was appointed to the position in 2007, the Institute has further expanded its scope, inviting top-class experts and specialists to speak on a wide range of contemporary subjects such as healthcare topics and environmental issues. TUJ and ICAS look forward to continuing to serve as an intellectual hub for Asian specialists in Japan.

The mini-symposium will feature three guest speakers and three TUJ faculty members who will each make a short presentation on an Asia/Japan-related topic. This will be followed by a cocktail reception which will provide an excellent opportunity for attendees to network. Both the mini-symposium and the reception are open to the public and free of charge.

TUJ Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies 5th Anniversary Celebration

“Promoting Research & Debate on Asia”

Date & Time:
Tuesday, January 19 (Doors Open at 18:00)
Azabu Hall, Temple University, Japan Campus (2-8-12 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku) (Access)
Registration Closed
18:00-19:00 Welcome drinks
19:00-20:00 Mini-symposium
20:00-21:00 Networking Reception

Presentation topics (all presentations will be made in English)

  • The Rise of Nation Branding in Asia
    Keith Dinnie, Associate Professor, TUJ
  • How does Japan fare in the global competition for talent from Asia
      Ayumi Takenaka, Associate Professor of Sociology, Bryn Mawr College
  • Should Japan welcome more Chinese immigrants?
      Gracia Liu-Farrer, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
  • Depopulating Akita prefecture. Japan’s present, Asia’s future?
      John Mock, Visiting Professor, TUJ
  • Asian Art: Phantom or Reality?
      Noriko Murai, Assistant Professor, TUJ
  • Ja-pan-Asia – A Match Made in Heaven
      Jesper Koll, Managing Director and Head of Japanese Equity Research, J.P. Morgan Securities.

Robert Dujarric

Director, the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies

Mr. Dujarric took his current position of Director at the Institute of Asian Studies at TUJ in 2007, after working closely with the university on organizing events for several years. Raised in Paris and New York, Mr. Dujarric worked in banking in the United States, Japan, and Europe prior to joining a think tank in Washington in 1993. He first lived in Tokyo in 1986-87, returning in 2004 as a Council on Foreign Relations (Hitachi) International Affairs Fellow, stationed at the Research Institute of Economy Trade and Industry (RIETI) of the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI). From 2005-07 he was a visiting research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo.

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