“Society 5.0”: Japan’s Growth Strategy under Abenomics or the “Reset”-Party of Hope

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Friday, October 13th, 2017

Friday, October 13, 20171:30PM - 3:00PMMunk School of Global Affairs
Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility
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2017 JSAC Conference


This keynote lecture is a part of the 2017 Japan Studies Association of Canada conference (https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/csgj/jsac2017/). The JSAC conference is a paid event, and this keynote is offered free of charge.


What is “Society 5.0” (“ a super smart society”) and why is it important for Abenomics as its main pillar of the economic growth strategy? Can Japan go through socio-economic reforms necessary to realize a world-leading “super smart society”? Now, the Party of Hope (a new party led by Governor Koike) is campaigning against Prime Minister Abe and the LDP to “reset” and to “create a new political structure that is not tied down to vested interests.” Is this an indication of the difficulty in realizing Society 5.0 without facing a most dramatic political change?


Professor Sunami holds BSFS from Georgetown University. He obtained MIA and PhD in Political Science from Columbia University. He is currently Professor, and Vice President at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan. He is serving as Special Advisor, Cabinet Office responsible for Science and Technology and Innovation and President and Executive Director, the Ocean Policy Research Institute , the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

Before joining GRIPS, he was a Fellow at Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan between 2001 and 2003. He also worked as a researcher in the Department of Policy Research at Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. From 1989 to 1991. He was a visiting researcher at Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, and Tsinghua University, China. He is also a members of the Advisory Board for the Promotion of Science and Technology Diplomacy in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Council for Science and Technology in Ministry of Education, Culture ,Sports, Science and Technology and the Expert Panel on Basic Policy in Council for Science, Technology and Innovation of Cabinet office.


Eileen Lam


Atsushi Sunami
Vice President and Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Carin Holroyd
Associate Professor of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan

Main Sponsor

Centre for the Study of Global Japan


Japan Studies Association of Canada


Asian Institute

CASSU - Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union

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