AUTHORS ON ASIA Japan’s Financial Revolution and How American Firms are Profiting

September 27, 2000
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Corporate Program past event

Corporate Breakfast
8:30- 10 am

“Harner’s book is an up-to-date look at the radical changes occurring in Japan’s financial system today. Anyone who thought the traditional ways were continuing will have their mind changed by this book.”

-John D. Langlois, Princeton University

An epochal shakeout and restructuring is occurring in Japan’s banking, insurance, securities, asset management and consumer finance sectors as a consequence of global competition, the post-bubble recession, and Big Bang regulatory reform. Drawing on his new book, Japan’s Financial Revolution and How American Firms are Profiting, Stephen M. Harner focuses on how U.S. firms like Citibank, GE Capital and others have made large investments and built strategic businesses in a market that was effectively closed to them only a few years ago. He profiles Japan’s major financial institutions, which are aggressively restructuring to defend their home turf from foreign competitors. Finally, he offers a view of the development of the Japanese financial marketplace over the next five years, and suggests winning business development strategies for foreign financial firms.

Mr. Harner has lived and worked in Japan and China for more than 20 years. From 1975 to 1981, he was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department, serving in Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. He worked for Citibank in Japan for seven years during the 1980s and was Chief Representative of Merrill Lynch International Bank in Tokyo from 1991 to 1993. He was Chief Representative of Deutsche Bank in Shanghai in the mid-1990s. In 1999 he helped establish American Express Financial Advisors (Japan) in Tokyo. He is currently President of S.M. Harner & Company, Ltd., a consulting firm specializing in assisting foreign financial firms to develop business in Japan and China.

Includes a continental breakfast. Followed by a booksigning and sale.

Tickets: $10, Japan Society members $8, students $5.


  • Wednesday, September 27, 2000
  • 8:30 am