Tokyo’s Place in the World:
Through the Eyes of Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose

Two years after the Tohoku earthquake and in the midst of Prime Minister Abe’s new economic policy approach, known as Abenomics, interest is once again increasing in Japan. Japan is reassessing its present challenges and its priorities for the future. In this program, Naoki Inose, Governor of Tokyo, discusses Japan’s future, his efforts to increase business and economic development in Tokyo (which he calls the “heart of Japan”), and just what makes Japan a contender for the 2020 Summer Olympics. He also speaks about the leadership challenges for Japan’s capital in charting the nation’s future.

Location and Date:
April 15, 2013
Japan Society
333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

(212) 832-1155

Naoki Inose, Governor of Tokyo

Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

Registration: 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Lecture and Q&A: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Reception: 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Co-organized by the Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School; The Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University


Speakers' Biographies

Naoki Inose

Naoki Inose is the current Governor of Tokyo, elected in 2012. From 2007, he served as Vice Governor of Tokyo at the appointment of then Governor Shintaro Ishihara. Since stepping into the arena of current affairs in 2000, he has also served on the Promotion Committee for the Privatization of the Four Highway-Related Public Corporations in 2002. In 2006, he was also appointed Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. In addition, Mr. Inose is also an accomplished award-winning nonfiction author. He was awarded the 1996 Bungei Shunju Reader’s Award for Nipponkoku no Kenkyu (A Study of Japan) and the 18th Soichi Oya Nonfiction Award for Mikado no Shozo (The Mikado Code) in 1987. His other books include biographies of Yukio Mishima and Osamu Dazai.


Gerald L. Curtis

Gerald L. Curtis is Burgess Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science; Director, Toyota Research Program, Weatherhead East Asian Institute; and Senior Research Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation.

Recognized as a leading scholar on modern Japanese politics and foreign policy and US policy toward Japan and East Asia, Professor Curtis has an extensive list of publications in both English and Japanese. His classes at Columbia have covered Japanese politics, Japanese foreign policy, democracy in East Asia, US policy in East Asia, and comparative political party analysis. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and honors including the Chunichi Shimbun Special Achievement Award, the Masayos hi Ohira Memorial Prize, and the Japan Foundation Award. In 2004 Professor Curtis was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by the Emperor of Japan.

Naoki Inose



Gerald L. Curtis


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