Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series – Andrew Horvat

Andrew Horvat

UBC Asian Studies graduate, BA’68, MA’71
Tokyo-based reporter for the Associated Press, Southam News, the Los Angeles Times and American Public Radio
Director  of Stanford University’s Japan program in Kyoto

Is Japan in Permanent Decline – or Just Keeping Quiet while Doing Well?

Twenty years ago, Japan’s name was synonymous with success. Today the country is undergoing political turmoil and territorial disputes. Ties with US and China are a mess. The Nikkei stock market stands at a quarter of 1989 levels and life-time employment has been replaced by mass lay-offs of temporary workers who pitch tents in public parks. At the same time, life has never been better for the average Japanese: affordable housing is now available for many couples, the gender gap is disappearing, borders are being opened up for immigration.

Which is the real Japan? Or are there two Japans and if so why do we not hear about the other?
And which one will emerge triumphant in the decades to come?

Event Schedule:
Date: Friday, October 22
Location: Asian Centre Auditorium (1871 West Mall),
University of British Columbia

6:00-7:00 pm Catered reception
7:00-8:00 pm Lecture, Q&A
8:00-9:00 pm Closing reception

Catered by: ShuRaku Sake Bar and Bistro & Artisan Sake Maker
Note: This event is by invitation only