Shareholder Primacy in Japan Jan22

Shareholder Primacy in Japan...

Friday, Jan 22. 3-4:30. Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, UBC. Free Event. Shareholder Primacy in Japan: Layoff, Dividend Cuts and Corporate Governance. Speaker: Dr. Katsuyuki Kubo (Waseda University) Top managers in large Japanese firms are considered to focus on the interests of stakeholders rather than on those of shareholders. We examine employment reduction and dividend cut behaviour and find a significant shift in firm behaviour. Since 2000, firms have been more likely to reduce employees and less likely to reduce dividends. We also examine the effect of corporate governance on firms’ choice. Firms that have conducted director reforms tend to reduce employment and have a low likelihood of reducing their dividend. These results are consistent with the assertion that firms have moved toward emphasizing shareholders’...

Dark Tourism

Wednesday, Jan 20. 12-2 pm. Room 120, C.K. Choi Building. UBC. Free event. Speaker: Dr. Kaori Yoshida (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University) The Complexity of Dark Tourism: Packaging ‘Edutainment’ of War Tourism in Japan  Sponsors: Centre for Japanese Research Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park and the Nagasaki Peace Park are internationally recognized war-related tourist destinations. While these ‘A-bomb’ sites have been often criticized for relying on “victim consciousness”, the discussion of interpretation and presentation of these sites has become extremely complex. Comparing two war-related destinations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this talk discusses contrasting relationships of memorial and touristic sites presented at the destinations. It explores how the memory of A-bomb tragedy has been constructed, interpreted, publicized, and embedded in war tourism, by examining various tourist materials including brochures and school trip promotional materials. Certainly both cities remain focal destination for historical education for the young generations of contemporary Japan. Yet, while Hiroshima seems to take an approach to highlight the destination as the symbol of national of tragedy, Nagasaki well blends educational component of war memorials in an aesthetic cultural landscape of a historic city. The findings from the study further our understanding the complexity of war and tourism at the two destinations....

John Howes Lecture

Monday, January 18th, 2016. 5-8pm. UBC Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall. Free Event 5PM Reception with refreshments. 6PM Lecture. Speaker: Dr Norma Field, University of Chicago March 11, 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the triple disaster, the Great East Japan Earthquake that brought with it a tsunami and nuclear catastrophe. In 2013 Prime Minister Abe won the 2020 Olympics for Tokyo by declaring the spread of radioactively contaminated waters “under control,” to widespread disbelief back home. And yet, that declaration has been steadily converted into truth through the collaboration, witting and unwitting, of bureaucratic mandate and citizen need-to-forget. The process is aided and abetted by the accelerated redefinition of the character of the postwar Japanese nation. Still, to provide a merely dystopian account would be to commit a falsehood and an injustice. Let us, rather, consider the efforts being made, with intuitive or disciplined suspension of disbelief, and in defiance of the multifarious tentacles of the late Mrs. Thatcher’s dictum, to struggle for an alternative world. Those efforts take on especially precarious, contradictory, and determined form in Fukushima, and it is to them that the heart of this talk will be dedicated. Please note that you must register for this...

Who Benefits? Canada or TPP? Jan12

Who Benefits? Canada or TPP?...

Tuesday, Jan 12. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Multipurpose Room, Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC. Free event. RSVP required Speaker: Chrystia Freeland (Minister of International Trade and Liberal MP, University-Rosedale) Please join us for a panel discussion on the TPP with The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade and MP for University-Rosedale. Part of a national consultation tour. Light refreshments will be offered. Welcome by Moura Quayle, Liu Director, Co-Director, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs Panel: Yves Tiberghien, Associate Professor, Political Science & Director, Institute of Asian Research, Co-Director, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (Moderator) John Ries, Professor, Strategy and Business Economics Division, Sauder School of Business Matilde Bombardini, Associate Professor, Vancouver School of Economics Bio: The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade and MP for University-Rosedale was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre in a by-election in November 2013, and then as the Member of Parliament for University–Rosedale in October 2015. She was the Critic for International Trade in 2014. She was born in Peace River, Alberta, received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and continued her studies on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University. After cutting her journalistic teeth as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist, Chrystia went on to wear many hats at the Financial Times, including deputy editor, UK news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of its weekend edition, and editor of FT.com. Between 1999 and 2001, she served as deputy editor of The Globe and Mail, before becoming a managing editor at the Financial Times. In 2010, Chrystia joined Canadian-owned Thomson Reuters as editor-at-large. She most recently worked as Managing Director and Editor of Consumer News. Chrystia was a weekly columnist for The Globe and Mail, writing extensively about the challenges facing the...

Amb. Clugston Lunch Dec15

Amb. Clugston Lunch

Tuesday, December 15. 11:30am-1:30pm. Four Seasons Hotel. Ticketed Event. HOLD THE DATE Lunch with Mackenzie Clugston, Ambassador of Canada to Japan. Details to follow. Event hosted by Canada Japan Society of BC, community supporter of the Golden...