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Reinventing Development Cooperation: Japan's New "Science and Technology Diplomacy" Initiative

Japan's popular comic book character, Doraemon, is presented with dorayaki by Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura after Komura named Doraemon Japan's first Anime Ambassador on March 19, 2008. Doraemon will promote Japan's pop culture to the world.
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Reinventing Development Cooperation: Japan's New "Science and Technology Diplomacy" Initiative

Seminar
Series: Science, Technology, and Globalization Project Seminar Series
Open to the Public - Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
November 3, 2008
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development, Harvard Kennedy School

Related Projects: Science, Technology, and Globalization, Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Description:

Governments around the world are increasingly recognizing the critical role that science and technology plays in diplomatic relations. Japan's "Science and Technology Diplomacy" initiative represents one of the most elaborate efforts to strengthen the scientific and technological content of its diplomatic activities. This shift in foreign policy is occurring at a time when global economic trends are less favorable to traditional development assistance models. The initiative is likely to have far-reaching implications on Japan's cooperation with developing countries. This seminar will: (a) review the evolution of the role of science and innovation in development cooperation; (b) examine the relevant features of Japan's "Science and Technology Diplomacy" initiative; and (c) outline new avenues for development cooperation in light of the current global economic crisis.

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Please join us! Light luncheon provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

This event is co-sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

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