Australia-Japan Society of Tasmania Inc.


Japan Update 2022

  • 7 Sep 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Online

Japan Update 2022 features expert insights into Japan's social, political and economic challenges and opportunities beyond COVID. The full program is now available (below) and features panels on Japan and the global economy, Japanese society post-COVID and Japan’s strategic choices.

Register for this free event here.

Event Schedule

Welcome and introduction (9 - 9:30am AEST)

The Japanese economy keynote (9.30-10am AEST)

Masaaki Shirakawa, Former Governor of the Bank of Japan

Chair: Bruce Miller AO, Former Australian Ambassador to Japan

Panel: Japan and the global economy (10.30 - 11.45pm AEST)

How is Japan navigating an uncertain global economy and managing its own inflation and demographic transition? This panel will discuss the trends in the Japanese economy and the priorities and prospects for reform.


Masaaki Shirakawa, Former Governor of the Bank of Japan

Noriyuki Yanagawa, the University of Tokyo

Chair: Jennifer Hewett, The Australian Financial Review

Japanese society keynote (1 - 1.30pm AEST)

Sawako Shirahase, The University of Tokyo.

Panel: Japanese society post-COVID (1.30 - 2pm AEST)

Japan was one of the most successful countries in managing the health and economic response to Covid-19 without lockdowns, but the social costs have been high with the pandemic exposed and exacerbated some of Japan's social problems.


Sawako Shirahase, The University of Tokyo.

Hiroshi Ono, Hitotsubashi University Business School

Carol Hayes, The Australian National University

Chair: Lauren Richardson, The Australian National University

Panel: Japan’s strategic choices (3- 4.30pm AEST)

Japan faces difficult strategic choices in response to the return of great power politics and war in Europe. Will Prime Minister Kishida continue former Prime Minister Abe's foreign policy legacy?


Evelyn Goh, The Australian National University

Ryo Sahashi, The University of Tokyo

Yoshihide Soeya, Keio University

Iwama Yoko, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Chair: Amy King, The Australian National University

Closing remarks (4.30-4.40pm AEST)

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