Japan and Britain Today: interactions and business relations in a globalising world
|Starts:||18:00 24 Oct 2008|
|Ends:||18:00 24 Oct 2008|
|What is it:||Theatre/Performance|
|Organiser:||Martin Harris Centre|
Japanese studies at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in the UK, commemorates 150 years of Anglo-Japanese relations with this major event. During the Japanese economy's roaring 1980s, 'learning from Japan' was all the rage in Britain and throughout the Western world. The so-called Japanese model of business and economic management was often seen as the future. (However, after Japan's 'bubble economy' burst and ushered in a 'lost decade' of flat economic growth, restructuring, and rising unemployment, the tide of influence turned. British models became part of a wider phenomenon in which Japanese business and economic policymakers were urged to learn from resurgent Anglo-American capitalism. Today, in 2008, economic policies and business practices are under question both in Japan and the Western world. Bankers have proved as fallible in the West as in Japan, debates rage about how to combine dynamism and fairness in business and the economy, and the world confronts the challenges of global competition, climate change and resource shortage. What can Britain and Japan learn from one another's business and economic practices, to enable both countries to make progress in an age of uncertainty? Professor Ronald Dore, pre-eminent expert on Japanese business, will give a lecture entitled 'Japan's Love Affair with Anglo-Saxon Capitalism'. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion with Professor Dore, representatives from the Japanese Embassy, the Japanese business community and from the University, on the topic, 'What can Japan and Britain still teach each other about business and the economy?'
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