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Osaka University Future Talks #13

2014-10-20 (Mon) 5:00 p.m. -

Osaka University Future Talks

niwaIn an effort to create a new vision for the University under the guidance of President Toshio HIRANO, Osaka University established the Institute for Academic Initiatives. In its Leading Programs in Doctoral Education, students are currently pursuing studies in 5 programs, working to make their dreams come true. At the same time to assist their growth as world-leaders, Osaka University has set up classes "Osaka University Future Talks" in which individuals active in a variety of fields speak about the latest in their area of specialization to these next-generation leaders. "Osaka University Future Talks" imparts hints about what be carried over into the future and what we will develop in the future.

In this 13th talk, "Real China -- What will happen to Japan's future?" NIWA Uichiro who knows the real China on a grassroots level from his experience as a Japanese Ambassador to China and a business man at a trading company will speak. Viewed from the situation in the world, how should Japan associate with China? His talk about China will be based not on sentimental reasons, but on an understanding of reality.

To view Future Talks in the past, go here.

All persons connected with OU as well as members of the general public are cordially invited to attend.

Please let us know if you need special needs for participating in this event.

Advance registration is not necessary. There is no charge for attending these events. Seating is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Date & Time: Monday, October 20, 5:00 ~ 6:30 p.m.
The doors open at 4:30.
Venue: Convention Center, Suita campus
In addition to the main venue for this event, additional rooms noted below will be made available for viewing the lecture on closed circuit TV.


NIWA Uichiro, former Japanese Ambassador to China, former President and Chairman of Itochu Corporation, Specially Appointed Professor, Waseda University

Lecture title: "The rise of China and the future of Japan"
In the last 25 years, the Chinese economy has increased twentyfold and is still growing. Also, what is noteworthy is China's soft power, which has increased similarly, approaching the top. On the other hand, the worst Japan-China relationship in postwar history shows no sign of improvement and has begun to negatively affect the economic relationship between them. At the same time, Japan's population is expected to continue to decline. In such a setting, he will talk about what path the Japanese economy should take and what the key to success is.

Information about Osaka University Future Talks, October '14 through January '15

Talk #14 -- Thursday, November 13, 2014, KOBAYASHi Makoto, Distinguished Professor, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Nobel Prize in Physics
Talk #15 -- Monday, December 15, 2014, AKASHI Yasushi, Director, International House of Japan; former UN Undersecretary General
Talk #16 -- Friday, January 23, 2015, NOYORI Ryoji, Director, Riken, Nobel Prize in Chemistry


For more information, contact

General Affairs staff, Office for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University
Email: mirai-talk*
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