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Thursday - November 8, 2012 - 5:30 PM
K&L Gates, LLP
4 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA 94105

shinkansenShinkansen and Asia’s High-Speed Trains: Lessons for California

Though high-speed trains have been zooming across Asia and Europe for decades, the state of California has finally approved the first phase of construction for the much-anticipated yet highly controversial high-speed rail project. The nation’s first high-speed rail system will cover 800 miles of track and reach speeds of up to 220 mph, allowing passengers to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 2.5 hours. Cheered on by many as a boon for the economy and a step toward environmental sustainability, others view it as project “doomed to fail” when the state is on such shaky fiscal legs.

This program will first examine Japan’s Shinkansen as well as models from Korea and China to understand how high-speed rail systems have impacted travel, business, and the environment. Next, the panelists will consider questions on how these precedents may offer lessons for California. Join our expert panel for a discussion.

* Rod Diridon, Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute
* John Eddy, Principal, America’s Infrastructure Practice Chair, Arup (moderator)
* Tian Feng, District Architect, SF Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

This program is presented by Asia Society Northern California. Co-sponsored by JPRI and the Mineta Transportation Institute.

$10    Asia Society members; Cosponsor affiliates *
$15    Non-members *

Note: JPRI readers (just mention “JPRI”) are eligible for the discounted rate.

To register online, visit the following link. https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=810597


Wednesday - October 31, 2012 - 5:45 PM
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall
Enter from Parker Street between Golden Gate & Fulton

coffeelifeCoffee Life in Japan
A book talk by Merry White

JPRI is pleased to host leading Japan scholar Professor Merry White of Boston University who will discuss her latest book Coffee Life in Japan. Part ethnography and part memoir, this fascinating book traces Japan’s vibrant café society over one hundred and thirty years. Merry White explores how coffee and coffee spaces have been central to Japanese notions about the uses of public space, pleasure, and modernity.

Professor White’s past work includes books on Japanese education (The Japanese Educational Challenge, Free Press), internationalization (The Japanese Overseas, Free Press and Princeton University Press), adolescence and popular culture (The Material Child, Free Press and University of California Press), and family and social policy (Perfectly Japanese, University of California Press). She has also published work on education and international development, women in Japan, and even two cookbooks, Noodles Galore and Cooking for Crowds (both Basic Books). In addition, her work includes essays on food and culture published in Gastronomica, (University of California Press), and in other media.

A special bonus: Byard Duncan of Blue Bottle Coffee will join us to talk about Blue Bottle and to demonstrate Japanese-inspired coffee-brewing techniques!

For reservations call (415) 422-6828.

This event is presented as part of the JPRI Asia Pacific Book Series. Co-sponsored by the Asia Society Northern California, Blue Bottle Coffee, and the USF Asian Studies Program.


Tuesday - October 30, 2012 - 5:30 PM
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall
Enter from Parker Street between Golden Gate & Fulton

NotforsaleFighting Human Trafficking in Asia: Dynamics Methods to Combat a Flexible Criminal Industry
A panel discussion

JPRI is pleased to partner with Not For Sale to present this preview event for the 2012 Global Forum on Human Trafficking.

* Modern-day abolitionist Kru Nam will talk about her experiences of rescuing stateless children from the streets of Thailand and innovative methods of providing a future for trafficking survivors in a politically hostile environment.

* Christiaan Bosman, CEO of Open Hand, will address how his social enterprise is stopping the cycle exploitation/trafficking before it begins by providing life skills, occupational training, and job placements to empower women from vulnerable communities in New Delhi.

* David Batstone, president and co-founder of Not For Sale will moderate.


For reservations call (415) 422-6828. This event is presented as part of the JPRI Pacific Rim Peace-Justice-Sustainability Series. Co-sponsored by the Asia Society Northern California and the USF Asian Studies Program.


Wednesday – October 3. 2012– 5:45 PM
Fromm Hall, USF Main Campus

mishraThe Revolt against the West and the Remaking of Asia
A talk by Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire

Prominent writer and public intellectual Pankaj Mishra visits the USF Center for the Pacific Rim to discuss his latest book, From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia. Mr. Mishra is also the author of An End to Suffering (2004) and Temptations of the West (2006), as well as a novel, The Romantics. His essays appear in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, and The Guardian. He lives in London and Mashobra, India, and is a member of the Royal Society of Literature.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For reservations call 415 422-6828.

Presented by the Japan Policy Research Institute and the Master of Asia Pacific Studies Program at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim.

Cosponsored by Asia Society Northern California, the USF History Department, and the USF Asian Studies Program. gray

Wednesday – May 23, 2012 – 5:30 PM
K&L Gates
4 Embarcadero Center
Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jugaad Innovation: Lessons for America from Asia-Pacific Emerging Markets
Navi Radjou, Simone Ahuja and Jaideep Prabhu studied innovation in India and around the world, and found a formula for breakthrough growth in today's global economy. According to the authors, U.S. corporations, entrepreneurs, and policymakers must learn to innovate faster, better, and in less costly ways in today's volatile business environment – and they can, by adopting a frugal and flexible approach to innovation called jugaad prevalent in emerging markets such as India, China, and Brazil. Jugaad — a Hindi word meaning an innovative fix, an improvised solution born from ingenuity and resourcefulness — is also known as DIY in the United States, gambiarra in Brazil, zizhu chuangxin in China and Systeme D in France. Leading firms such as 3M, Apple, Facebook, Google, GE, and PepsiCo are already using jugaad innovation. But jugaad is not just a new business concept. It is also a groundswell movement unfolding across America led by millennials, progressive officials, and forward-thinking scholars that is enabling “bottom-up” innovation to effectively deal with pressing issues in healthcare, energy, and education in the United States. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.   Panelists
* Dr. Simone Ahuja, Founder, Blood Orange (a marketing and strategy consultancy); Co-author, Jugaad Innovation
* Reena Jana, Executive Editor, frog (a global innovation consultancy)
* Navi Radjou, Fellow, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge; Co-author, Jugaad Innovation
* Sean Randolph, President, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
* Jon Snydal, Principal Director, frog
* Peter Weng, Director, Search Quality Evaluation, Google

Event Schedule
5:30 – 6:00 PM             Registration
6:00 – 7:30 PM             Panel Discussion / Q&A
7:30 – 8:00 PM             Wine Reception and Book Signing

Registration Cost
* $10 Asia Society members; USF faculty, staff, and students (with ID card) and JPRI Network members also can register at the member rate!
* $20 Others

To register in advance, visit

This book event is presented by the Asia Society Northern California and K&L Gates, and co-sponsored by the American India Foundation, Bay Area Council Economic Institute, Japan Policy Research Institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim, and Taiwanese American Professionals.

Wednesday – May 16, 2012 – 5:30 PM
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
The Orrick Building
405 Howard St. #11
San Francisco, CA 94105

China's Booming Healthcare Market
China has dedicated hundreds of billions of dollars to reforming its healthcare system, aiming to provide accessible and affordable health services to its citizens and thereby reduce huge disparities in healthcare between rural and urban areas.   The pursuit of these worthy goals is expected to also bring new opportunities to foreign investors who are eager to tap into China's healthcare market – projected to reach $700 billion by 2015.   A panel of healthcare experts and executives from both China and the United States will provide the latest market analysis, focusing on two sectors: service providers and medical devices.   Join us to learn about China's healthcare policy reforms, concomitant business opportunities, and projected social impacts.

* Hong Chen, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Hina Group
* Chris Cooper, National Leader, Chinese Services Group, Deloitte (moderator)
* Regis Kelly, Director, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), UCSF
* Junning Lee, Vice President, Technical Operations, Theravance
* Kevin MacDonald, Managing Director, Advanced Medical Devices, Ltd.
* Eric V. Zwisler, President, Cardinal Health China

Event Schedule
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Registration & Networking
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion / Audience Q & A
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Reception

$30 Asia Society members; USF faculty, staff, and students (with ID card) and JPRI readers also receive the member rate!
$55 Others
To register in advance, visit https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=9b76b3

This event is sponsored by Asia Society Northern California, Cardinal Health China, Deloitte, and the San Francisco Business Times . JPRI is pleased to serve as a promotional co-sponsor.

Monday - May 14, 2012 - 5:45 PM
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall
http://www.usfca.edu/pacificrim/location/ U.S.–East Asia Relations: As Seen from Tokyo
A lecture by Glen S. Fukushima, Chairman and Director, Airbus Japan

Japan remains America's most important ally in Asia; Tokyo's views remain critical for the region. No one knows this better than Glen Fukushima, a Japanese-American business leader who has also served with distinction in the U.S. government – most notably as Director for Japanese Affairs (1985-88) and Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China (1988-90) at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President. After USTR, Mr. Fukushima served as president or vice president of Japan operations for AT&T Corporation, NCR Corporation, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., and Arthur D. Little, Inc. In 2005, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Japan K.K., and in 2010 its Chairman and Director. He has been president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and served on numerous corporate boards and government advisory councils in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Mr. Fukushima was educated at Deep Springs College, Stanford University, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School. Glen Fukushima is also a member of the JPRI Board of Advisors.

FREE and open to the public. For reservations call 415-422-6828. Patrick L. Hatcher, Ph.D., Kiriyama Distinguished Fellow at the Center will moderate.

This lecture is part of the Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speakers Series, presented by the USF Center for the Pacific Rim in cooperation with the USF Department of Economics.

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, the Japan Society of Northern California, and the World Affairs Council of Northern California.

Thursday – April 5, 2012 – 5:30 PM
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall
http://www.usfca.edu/pacificrim/location/ Presidential Contests and Peace in the Pacific: Implications of the 2012 Taiwan Election and Leadership Challenges in China and the United States
A lecture by Clayton Dube , Executive Director of the US-China Institute at University of Southern California

2012 is witnessing leadership challenges in Taiwan, China, and the United States – a situation which can destabilize Cross-Strait and U.S.-China relations. In recent years Taiwan's strategy for Cross-Strait relations with China has been to encourage economic and cultural integration in the hope of eventually negotiating a peace agreement that freezes the political status quo. This difficult balancing act pursuing interdependence as well as autonomy has been firmly backed by two successive U.S. presidential administrations. Will this transpacific cooperation survive a new round of electoral politics and elite infighting? Focusing on his experiences as election observer at the recent Taiwan presidential contest, Clayton Dube discusses the implications of possible leadership transitions in Taipei, Beijing, and Washington.

Thomas B. Gold, leading China expert and Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley, will serve as discussant. Chiho Sawada, Director of the Japan Policy Research Institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim, will moderate.

This event is part of the opening ceremony for the 2012 Strait Talk Symposium Berkeley-San Francisco, a week of workshops and public events to promote peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait and Pacific Rim. Strait Talk is a student-centered “non-partisan dialogue program that seeks to transform Cross-Strait and broader Asia-Pacific relations by connecting young people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait and from the United States,” and by “empowering them” through conflict resolution training to become the next generation of peacemakers.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reservations recommended; call (415) 422-6828.

Presented by the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI) at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim. Co-Sponsored by Asia Society Northern California; Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California Berkeley; Strait Talk Berkeley-San Francisco Chapter; and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Tuesday – April 3, 2012 – 4:15 PM
USF Main Campus, McLaren 252
http://www.usfca.edu/pacificrim/location/ Atomic Mom: Film Screening and Conversation with Director M. T. Silvia
(Film starts at 4:15 PM; conversation with director starts at 5:45 PM) Atomic Mom is a feature-length documentary about two women, both mothers, who have very different experiences of the atom bomb. One is a retired American scientist who worked on the U.S. Nuclear Testing Program, and the other an atomic bomb survivor in Japan. The film weaves an intimate portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship into a larger narrative about a fraught connection between Japan and the United States. Pauline Silvia, the filmmaker's mother, confronted a crisis of conscience about her work in nuclear testing and became a whistle-blower, only to be cowed into silence for decades. In exploring her own mother's long suppressed memories, filmmaker M.T. Silvia meets Emiko Okada, a Hiroshima survivor, who is likewise revisiting her own difficult past. The film follows these mothers, each on a different end of atomic warfare, as they meet and attempt to understand the other.

M.T. Silvia is an independent filmmaker. Her first documentary Picardy Drive (2002) aired on KQED's ImageMaker series, FreeSpeechTV and is available on home video. She has worked professionally as an engineer in the film industry for over twenty years at both Skywalker Sound and Pixar Animation Studios.

This event is part of the spring 2012 University of San Francisco Davies Forum on “Citizenship in Japan and the United States.”

Thursday – March 8, 2012 – 5:00 PM 
Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
3333 Coyote Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304 Tohoku Transformation: Update and Trans-Pacific Cooperation
On March 11, 2011, a cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan's northern coastal Tohoku region, ravaging countless communities and changing in an instant the world's image of Japan. A year later, Tohoku's recovery process is ongoing and poses a great humanitarian challenge. Many observers also see Tohoku's recovery as a symbol and barometer of Japan's ability to shake off its long malaise and reinvent itself—to once again flourish in a world transformed by new technologies and the rise of powerful new competitors. Our distinguished speakers will discuss what has been accomplished in recovering from the 3.11 disaster and what lies ahead in the drive to transform Tohoku and Japan. They will focus, in particular, on U.S.-Japanese cooperation in the Tohoku Transformation—addressing everything from rescue and relief to philanthropy, redevelopment, and the emerging Trans-Pacific synergy in hi-tech industries. Speakers include:
*   Hiroshi Inomata , Consul General of Japan in San Francisco
*   Frank Clark , Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army; U.S. Fellow, Japan's National Institute of Defense Studies; leader in U.S. Armed Forces rescue efforts in Tohoku—Operation Tomodachi
*   Richard Dasher  (moderator), Director, U.S.-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University
*   Stu Levy , Founder & CEO, TOKYOPOP; writer, producer & director of a new documentary film Pray for Japan
*   John Raymont , President & CEO, Kurion, a Technology Company for Safer Nuclear Power
*   Gaku Ueda , Head, International Team & Mobile Growth Group, Twitter, Inc.         
*   Ka-Ping Yee , Engineer, Philanthropic Initiatives in Energy and Crisis Response, Google, Inc. Event Schedule
5:00-6:00 p.m. Registration/Networking
6:00-8:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
8:15-9:30 p.m. Reception/Networking Registration Cost
$30: Early Registration by March 2, 2012 (11:00 p.m.)
$20: Full-time Student Early Registration (Student ID required)
$45: Late Registration by March 7, 2012 (5:00 p.m.)
$70: Walk-in Registration (Seats are limited and may not be available)

To register, please visit http://tohoku-transformation.eventbrite.com/

Food, including sushi and beverages, will be served. This special event is presented by the Japan Society of Northern California and Keizai Society, and co-sponsored by the Japan Policy Research Institute.

Thursday – March 5, 2012 – 6:00 PM 
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall (Maraschi Room)
Enter from Parker Street between Golden Gate & Fulton

Total War and National Belonging: Japanese as Americans and Koreans as Japanese during WWII
A lecture by Dr. Takashi Fujitani This talk examines the ways in which understandings of national belonging in the United States and Japan shifted amidst efforts to mobilize ethnic minorities and colonial subjects for total war. Focusing on the cases of Japanese Americans and of Koreans within the Japanese empire, Professor Fujitani argues that the United States and Japan became increasingly alike during the course of the war, most tellingly in their common attempts to disavow racism even as they reproduced it in new forms. Takashi Fujitani  is the Dr. David Chu Professor and Director in Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. His books include Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan  (University of California Press, 1996),  Perilous Memories: The Asia Pacific War(s)  (Duke University Press, 2001), and Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans in WWII  (University of California Press, 2011). This lecture is part of the Spring 2012 University of San Francisco Davies Forum on “Citizenship in Japan and the United States.”

Thursday – March 1, 2012 – 6:00 PM 
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall 
Enter from Parker Street between Golden Gate & Fulton Dialectical Images of History after Fukushima: Cold War Amnesia and Transpacific Anti-Nuclear Counter-Citizenry
A Lecture by Dr. Lisa Yoneyama

The Fukushima nuclear disaster has inspired much criticism of the U.S.-Japan relationship, which remains deeply colored by Cold War era security doctrines. These critiques have shed light, notably, on how the power elites of the two countries collaborated to promote the “Atoms for Peace” programs across the Pacific. The question remains whether such critiques will in time be marginalized—as happened to the vibrant civic discourse of the 1960s. What has allowed the amnesia to persist so powerfully to the extent that we must continue to this day to relearn the history of such complicity? This paper discusses the mechanism of forgetting and then attempts to locate within the dialectical images of history deployed in the post-3.11 anti-nuclear civic protests a possibility for fundamental shifts in trans-pacific political formations. 

"Tears of the Earth"—a photographic slide show about human struggles in post-quake Japan, by photographer Satoshi Ueda—will be viewed at this event.  For more information about "Tears of the Earth", please visit  http://artworkage.com/tsunami/index.html.

Dr. Lisa Yoneyama  is a professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at University of Toronto. She received her B.A. in German Language Studies and M.A. in International Relations at Sophia University, Tokyo, and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Stanford University. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she taught Cultural Studies and U.S.-Japan Studies at University of California, San Diego, where she also served as Director in Japanese Studies and Critical Gender Studies Programs.  Her research interests center on the memory politics concerning war and colonialism, issues related to gender and militarism, and the cultural dimensions of trans-nationalism, neo-colonialism, and nuclearism, as well as the Cold War and post-Cold War U.S. relations with Asia. She is the author of Hiroshima Traces: Time, Space and the Dialectics of Memory (University California Press) along with many other highly acclaimed books and articles.

This lecture is part of the Spring 2012 University of San Francisco Davies Forum on “Citizenship in Japan and the United States.”

Tuesday – February 28, 2012 – 6:00 PM
Mechanics' Institute Library
(Fourth Floor Meeting Room) 
57 Post Street, San Francisco

The Rise and Fall of America's Imperial Dream in the Philippines
A book talk by Gregg Jones

Pulitzer Prize-finalist Gregg Jones discusses his book Honor in the Dust: Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America's Imperial Dream – which revisits the largely forgotten story of America's drive for an overseas empire on the eve of the 20th century, and the brutal consequences for those subjected to foreign domination.

Honor in the Dust  brings to life one of the most pivotal moments in U.S. history. It tells the story of a military torture scandal in the midst of a transition in U.S. foreign policy from liberating to colonizing the Philippines; examines the critical election of 1900 when Americans confronted economic anxieties as well as the costs of a controversial overseas war; and recalls America's dramatic rise as a world power and the cast of characters behind it. The issues at the heart of this earlier debate about the emergence of the United States as a world power will sound familiar to anyone who has followed contemporary discussions about the perils of military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gregg Jones is a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and Gerald Loeb Award. His work has appeared in the  Dallas Morning News Los Angeles Times , Washington Post Guardian , and  The Observer  (London), as well as other papers throughout Australia and the United States. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Asia Society, Mechanics' Institute, and JPRI members FREE. Non-members $12. 

Hosted by the Mechanics' Institute. Co-sponsored by Asia Society Northern California and Japan Policy Research Institute.

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