Thanks for your ongoing support of Harvard Club of Japan’s events. We are pleased to invite your members to a talk “Japan and the American Embrace” by R. Taggart Murphy, Professor of International Political Economy at the MBA Program in International Business at the University of Tsukuba. A former investment banker and author of many books and articles on Japan (including an Op-Ed piece in the NY Times on the eve of the recent Japanese elections), Murphy will draw on his most recent book, Japan and the Shackles of the Past, published by Oxford University Press.
The event will be held at Roppongi Hills Club on Monday February 9 and includes a standing buffet dinner with cash bar for all beverages. The cost per person is 5,000 yen. Details including registration can be seen in the announcement below or at http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=268 We hope you and some of your members can attend.
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Since 1945, Japan has been enfolded – voluntarily or otherwise – in an American embrace, to borrow John Dower’s term. In his recent book Japan and the Shackles of the Past, R. Taggart Murphy identifies this embrace as one of the shackles that serves to block the transformation Japan needs. In his talk, Murphy will discuss the origins of the American embrace and its perpetuation. He will also argue that a shoulder-to-shoulder alliance of fully sovereign states would be better for both the US and Japan than the suffocating, paternalistic embrace that now characterizes relations between the two countries.
Of added interest is that the Harvard community has produced some of the leading architects of the embrace Murphy describes as well as some ardent critics.
DATE and TIME: February 9th, Monday, 7:00 – 9:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
VENUE: Roppongi Hills Club
Admission 5,000 yen includes standing buffet at Roppongi Hills Club with cash bar.
REGISTRATION: Please use the form on the page http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=268
SPEAKER BIO: Taggart Murphy is Professor of International Political Economy at the MBA Program in International Business at the Tokyo campus of the University of Tsukuba. He is the author of award-winning books on modern Japan including the Weight of the Yen (Norton, 1996) and, with Akio Mikuni, Japan’s Policy Trap (Brookings, 2002). His articles have appeared in publications from The New Republicto the National Interest, The New Left Review and the London Review of Books and he has contributed a number of op-eds for the New York Times, most recently on the eve of the Dec. 14 election. A former investment banker, he has also taught at the university’s main campus, was a Non-Resident Senior Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and was a coordinator of the web’s leading clearing-house for serious writing on Japan, Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. He will be discussing his most recent book, Japan and the Shackles of the Past, published at the end of 2014 by Oxford University Press.