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Online book talk with Bill Emmott – the former Editor in Chief of The Economist magazine and the author of “Japan’s Far More Female Future”


The UBC Centre for Japanese Research is delighted to welcome Bill Emmott, the former Editor in Chief of The Economist magazine (1993-2006) and the author of Japan’s Far More Female Future: Increasing Gender Equality and Reducing Workplace Insecurity Will Make Japan Stronger. Join this book talk and learn more about gender (in)equality in Japan and its impacts on the Japanese socio-economic state.



Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM (PDT)

Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM (EDT)

Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 8:00 – 9:30 PM (BST)



The event will be hosted via Zoom. Participants will receive the Zoom link to access the event 24 hours prior to the event via email. Please register in advance.

If you do not receive the access link 24 hours prior to the event, please email Saya Soma at sayasoma@mail.ubc.ca.



Please register in advance – https://emmott.eventbrite.ca 



Book Author – Bill Emmott

Bill Emmott is a writer best known for his time as editor in chief of The Economist in 1993-2006 but also for his many books on Japan, which began with the bestselling “The Sun Also Sets” (1989). He is now chair of the Japan Society of the UK, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and of Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub for Arts & Humanities, and is co-director of the Global Commission for Post-Pandemic Policy. In 2017-18 he was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and is a Fellow of Tokyo College at the University of Tokyo. Bill was presenter and co-author of a documentary film about Italy, “Girlfriend in a Coma” (2013) and executive producer of “The Great European Disaster Movie” (2015), both shown on the BBC. He is the author of 14 books on Japan, Asia, the 20th century and Italy, the latest of which was “Japan’s Far More Female Future: Increasing Gender Equality and Reducing Workplace Insecurity Will Make Japan Stronger” (OUP, 2020). In 2016 Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for services to UK-Japan relations.


Introductory Remarks – Joseph Caron

Joseph Caron is a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and a Professor and Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Asian Research of the University of British Columbia. He is a former Canadian High Commissioner to India and former Canadian Ambassador to China and Japan. He has also previously been responsible for coordinating Canada’s activities at major international summits, such as the G8. He serves on the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial Corporation.


Moderator – Yves Tiberghien

Yves Tiberghien (Ph.D. Stanford University, 2002; Harvard Academy Scholar 2006; Fulbright Scholar 1996) is a Professor of Political Science, Director Emeritus of the Institute of Asian Research, and Co-Director of the Center for Japanese Research at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. Yves is Distinguished Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada and a Senior Fellow at the University of Alberta’s China Institute. He is an International Steering Committee Member at Pacific Trade and Development Conference (PAFTAD). He is a visiting professor at Tokyo University and at Sciences Po Paris. He co-founded the Vision 20 initiative in 2015.

Yves’ research specializes in comparative political economy and global economic and environmental governance, with an empirical focus on Japan, China, Korea, and Europe. His latest book is The East Asian Covid-19 Paradox (forthcoming 2021, Element Series, Cambridge University Press). In 2020, he edited an online collection of papers on Japan’s leadership in the Liberal International Order.


Graduate Discussant – Sun Park 

Sun Park is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and a Liu Scholar (2021-2022) in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia. Her research topic centers around protectionism, non-tariff measures, and US-China rivalry in global trade governance. She is interested in analyzing what drives countries to steer away from multilateral trading rules in ways both explicit and implicit, while still officially supporting free trade.


For more information about the book and ordering details, visit the author’s website – http://billemmott.com/books/japans-far-more-female-future/


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