Understanding Japan's Role in a Global Economy

The Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB) is the preeminent US academic center focused on promoting knowledge of Japanese business systems in domestic, East Asia, and international contexts.

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Collaborating on Japan, the US and the Global Economy

Each year, CJEB organizes and hosts numerous major conferences, symposia, lectures, and seminars featuring outstanding speakers. These programs bring together students, academics, members of the private sector, and policymakers from Japan and the United States.

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Actively Encouraging Research

CJEB is a research organization widely recognized for its international symposia, conferences, and lectures held both in New York City and Tokyo, which provide prominent speakers from the public and private sectors a forum for collaboration and reflection on Japan, the United States, and the global economy.

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A Preeminent Academic Center

Over the course of the last 28 years, CJEB has developed, grown, and evolved in order to carry out its mission effectively in a changing Japan and a changing world. CJEB has offered and continues to offer an impressive variety of resources to the research community, building and maintaining its status as the preeminent academic center in the United States on Japanese business and economics.

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CJEB’s 2015 Tokyo Conference, May 21st, ends with big success! Summary report, videos & photos are now up!

CJEB's annual Tokyo Conference was held on May 21st at Otemachi Financial City Conference Center. With prominent keynote speakers, Mr. Yasuchika Hasegawa, Chairman of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd. and Professor Bruce Greenwald, Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management of Columbia Business School, and many distinguished guest panelists, the conference ended with great success. As corporate governance continues to be a hot topic in Japan, many are watching carefully on how corporate governance will develop and change over the years. At the conference, each of our guest speakers and panelists shared their own fascinating perspectives and insights on this topic. Videos and reports from this conference are now available on our website.

For a summary report, videos, and photos of this event, please click here.

"Japan and the World Economy: Challenges Over the Coming Decade" Broadcast on NHK World in Early May

CJEB's recent seminar, "Japan and the World Economy: Challenges Over the Coming Decade" was broadcast on NHK World's program, Global Agenda on May 1st - May 2nd.

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CJEB's Upcoming Annual Tokyo Conference

Our annual Tokyo Conference will be held on May 21st at Otemachi Financial City Conference Center. Our keynote speakers will be Mr. Yasuchika Hasegawa, chairman of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd. and Professor Bruce Greenwald, Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management at Columbia Business School. Join us as we debate and discuss the changes of corporate governance in Japan.

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2015-2016 "Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Scholarship” application for Columbia students is now open

For the academic year of 2015-2016, the "Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Scholarship” application is now open for Columbia students. The application deadline is February 27, 2015.

This Scholarship offers full tuition coverage for study in Japan. For more details, visit our website here.

Professor Takatoshi Ito Will Join CJEB As Associate Director Of Research In January 2015

CJEB’s research associate and long time friend, Takatoshi Ito, former dean of The University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) will join CJEB as Associate Director of Research and as a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in January 2015.

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CJEB’s Annual Tokyo Conference, May 15th, ends in success

Our annual Tokyo Conference was held on May 15th at Otemachi Financial City Conference Center. With Governor Kuroda from the Bank of Japan and Dr. Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics as keynote speakers, the conference gathered speakers and guests from a wide range of fields to discuss and debate the future of the Japanese Economy. The video and reports from the conference will be available soon on this website. The sold-out event was covered by multiple media sources.

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Professor Patrick Co-edits New Book

Professor Patrick has recently co-edited a book with Professor Yung Chul Park, titled How Finance is Shaping the Economies of China, Japan, and Korea.

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CJEB Director Featured in Wall Street Journal

CJEB Director of Research Professor David Weinstein was featured in Wall Street Journal "CPI: noise Pollution at Low Altitudes."

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Research Projects

Professor Takatoshi Ito's latest paper with Satoshi Koibuchi, Kiyotaka Sato, and Junko Shimizu, "Exchange Rate Exposure and Risk Management: The Case of Exporting Firms," is now available in CJEB's Working Paper Series along with  "Japanese Monetary Policy and International Spillovers" by Robert Dekle and Koichi Hamada and "Japan's Foreign Economic Policy Strategies and Economic Performance" by Shiro Armstrong and Peter Drysdale.

We have also recently made available Professor Ito's latest paper with Masayoshi Honma, "Rethinking the Growth Strategy: Competition is the Way Toward Strengthening Agriculture," in CJEB's Occasional Paper Series along with Professor Hugh Patrick's annual essay on the Japanese economy, "Japan's Abenomics: So Far So Good, But Will It Prevail?".

These papers and all other Working and Occasional Papers, as well as other research supported by CJEB, is available on our Research Projects page.

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Lessons from Japan: How Abenomics Can Provide Solutions for Advanced Economies

Prime Minister Abe Honored CJEB and Professor Patrick For Their Long Time Service

"...Columbia University has institutes like the Center on Japanese Economy and Business…and…outstanding professors who have been involved in Japanese Studies for a long time. I would like to take this opportunity to honor…Professor Gerald Curtis and Professor Hugh Patrick, for what they have achieved over the years.”

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Prof. Takatoshi Ito's New Book

Professor Takatoshi Ito, Associate Director of Research of CJEB & Professor of SIPA, has published a book titled "Japanese Fiscal Condition: The Final Decision" (日本財政「最後の選択」).

The book is available online here.


Professor Masazumi Wakatabe's New Book

Professor Masazumi Wakatabe, former CJEB Visiting Fellow and Professor of Economics at Waseda University, has published a book titled "Japan's Great Stagnation and Abenomics: Lessons for the World"(「租税戦略の解明」)".

An English copy can be found here.

A Japanese copy can be found here.


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