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The Center for Global Innovation Studies Holds International Symposium, “The Changing Global Order—New U.S.-Japan Relations in the Age of Innovation”//国際シンポジウム「変容する国際秩序-イノベーション時代の新しい日米関係」を開催

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From 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the Center for Global Innovation Studies held its symposium titled “Changing Global Order—New U.S.-Japan Relations in the Age of Innovation” at the Hotel New Otani, welcoming more than of 500 participants from outside the University.


福川理事長The symposium began with an opening address by Shinji Fukukawa, chairman of Toyo University. In his address, Mr. Fukukawa stated that having marked its 130th anniversary, the University is currently instituting reforms under the motto “promote globalization and innovation,” and that this symposium is being held in celebration of the full-fledged commencement of the Center for Global Innovation Studies established last year. In addition, he stated, “With global governance currently weakening, we must all consider how the present globalized world should be restructured,” and stressed the need for reorganizing the free trade system, promoting innovation, and increasing efforts by major countries pursuing policies that best accommodate global interests and their national interests. In closing his address, Mr. Fukukawa spoke about education and research pursued at the University, emphasizing the importance of stimulating research aimed at establishing a new global regime designed for such purposes as reforming the present era and promoting world harmony in collaboration with representative organizations and companies.

ゼーリック氏Following the opening address, the keynote speech was delivered by Robert B. Zoellick, previously president of the World Bank and currently non-executive chairman of the board of AllianceBernstein (AB). Mr. Zoellick pointed out the importance of viewing the current world from a historical perspective, saying, “Japan has been a global country interacting with many regions in Asia since the 1300s and has a history of outstanding achievements.” In addition, he touched on the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) expressing his thoughts on the possibility of continued international order, saying, “Although the United States withdrew from the TPP, Japan has the potential to provide leadership, and there’s always the possibility that the next president of the United States may announce participation.” In closing, Mr. Zoellick spoke about education in Japan, stating, “The important thing for the future of Japan and the world is that Japanese students study abroad and Japanese schools welcome international students and learn from each other.” Furthermore, Mr. Zoellick said, “Although the world is currently in a fluid and changing situation, Japan and the United States should be able to cooperate as partners with special respect for each other.”

The keynote speech was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Heizo Takenaka, director of the Center, and a panel comprising the following experts: Robert B. Zoellick; Yoshihiko Miyauchi, senior chairman of the Orix Group; Takashi Kawamura, chairman emeritus of Hitachi; and Shinji Fukukawa.
At the beginning of the discussion, Mr. Fukukawa commented on Mr. Zoellick’s basic view presented in his keynote speech on the U.S. Trump Administration. This sparked lively discussion, with all the panelists actively contributing their opinions on how Japan should solve its current issues, primarily focusing on the theme “How should Japan Improve Its Productivity—Particularly in the Tertiary Sector of the Economy?”

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Mr. Miyauchi pointed out that, to increase wealth throughout the nation, Japan essentially needs to liberalize its “bedrock regulations” (fossilized regulations due to strong political opposition against their removal) and that citizens must embrace the changes that will accompany such deregulation. In addition, he mentioned the need for deregulating labor markets in ways that will create fluidity of labor and liberalize employment practices.
Mr. Kawamura drew attention to the importance of revitalizing society by improving productivity and developing society’s ability to raise money and said that, to do this, we all need to put ongoing efforts in studying how companies can shift toward growth. Furthermore, Mr. Kawamura expressed his thoughts on the recent trend toward working multiple jobs, which he expects will grow further, stating, “It’s a welcome trend not only for workers but also for companies.”
Mr. Fukukawa stressed the importance of creating new market value, cultivating people with a strong will to become entrepreneurs, and using artificial intelligence to create culturally rich markets responsive to society’s diversifying needs, and said that the keys to achieving these goals are one-on-one vocational training and recurrent education.

After the symposium, a reception was held for the presenters, guests, and representatives from organizations and companies, and concluded with great success.

全体平成29年6月14日(水)午後2時より、ホテルニューオータニにて「Changing Global Order─New US-Japan Relations in the Age of Innovation // 変容する国際秩序─イノベーション時代の新しい日米関係」(主催:グローバル・イノベーション学研究センター)と題してシンポジウムを開催、学外より約500名以上の出席者を迎えた。








続くパネル討論では、パネリストにゼーリック氏、オリックスグループ シニア・チェアマンの宮内義彦氏、日立製作所名誉会長の川村隆氏、福川伸次理事長を、モデレーターに竹中平蔵センター長を迎え、ディスカッションが行われた。













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