SOLD OUT Toward a Knowledge Society: U.S.-Japan Perspectives

March 1, 2006
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Corporate Luncheon Panel
Wednesday, March 1
12 – 2:30 pm

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Ian Condry, Assistant Professor of Japanese Cultural Studies, MIT Douglas McGray, Freelance writer
Kostas Terzidis, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Motohiro Tsuchiya, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University

Ken Belson, Business Reporter, The New York Times

Since the 1980s, corporate America has made a pointed effort to bolster protection of its intellectual property rights, invest in science and technology infrastructure and shift toward a knowledge-based society and away from reliance on industrial productivity. At the same time, post-bubble Japan has become better known for its cultural influence than for the manufacturing might it displayed in earlier decades. Japan’s $110 billion content industry, which includes the creation and distribution of comics, animation and computer game software, has grown to half the size of the automobile industry and twice the size of the steel industry.  With the IT revolution accelerating this trend in both countries, our speakers examine the rewards and economic implications that await Japan and the United States as they move toward knowledge societies.

12 – 12:30 pm Registration & reception
12:30 – 1 Luncheon
1 – 2:30 Panel presentations

Admission: This is a free event open to the public.  Luncheon seats are available on a first come, first served basis.


  • Wednesday, March 1, 2006
  • 12:00 pm