Japanese Culture & Business Globalization in the IT Revolution

October 2, 2000
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Corporate Program past event

Corporate Luncheon/Panel Discussion
12 – 2:30 pm

Can Japan take advantage of advances in technology like the Internet and at the same time preserve its unique cultural identity? Or can Japan play the global IT game only by imitating the U.S. model? A panel of Japanese and American opinion leaders explore how the IT revolution is changing Japanese corporate culture and the society at large, including how the concept of the organization is evolving as individuals become empowered through the access to the Internet. Special attention is paid to the impact that technology is having on Japan’s networking culture, with its emphasis on face-to-face contact. Japanese and American views are contrasted on future prospects for a more open and transparent culture in Japan and for U.S.-Japan relations.

Yotaro Kobayashi
, Chairman, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.; Chairman, Keizai Doyukai
Shumpei Kumon, Executive Director, Center for Global Communications, International University of Japan
Katsuto Momii, President & CEO, Mitsui & Co., USA, Inc.
John Bussey, Foreign Editor, The Wall Street Journal, former Tokyo Bureau Chief
Alan Westin, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University; Director, Japan-U.S. Privacy and Data Protection Program, Center for Social and Legal Research

Takahiro Miyao
, Professor, Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan

Tickets for lunch & panel discussion: $55, Japan Society members $45.


  • Monday, October 2, 2000
  • 12:00 pm