Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Speaker Program: Dr. Bernard Saint-Jacques on "Japan as Number Three" at Davis LLP - Mon. Mar 28 (12-1pm)

Mokuyokai is pleased to introduce Dr. Bernard Saint-Jacques, UBC Linguistics Professor Emeritus and a recent recipient of Japan's Order of the Rising Sun, as the speaker for the upcoming Speakers Program on Monday March 28.


Dr. Saint-Jacques will discuss Japan's economic power shift from Number Two to Number Three by examining Japan's foreign and economic policy with China and the US.  Then he will focus on certain problematic aspects of Japan which were made more evident by this shift in power, specifically the declining birth rate and the lack of immigration. Lastly Dr. Saint-Jacques will argue that Japan will be able to create a new identity and find solutions to the declining population. There will be time allotted for Q&A and discussions.


Speaker: Dr. Bernard Saint-Jacques, UBC Linguistics Professor Emeritus

Topic: "Japan as Number Three"

Date: Monday March 28, 2011

Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm

Location: Davis LLP Boardroom, 28th Floor, 666 Burrard Street, Vancouver (Corner of Burrard & Dunsmuir Street)

We wish to acknowledge with thanks the generous support of Davis LLP


Costs: Free for members of Mokuyokai and Canada-Japan Society; $5 for guests and future members

RSVP: by March 27 to Emily Wu by email at: speaker[at]mokuyokai.bc.ca [at]=@


Coffee and water will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own lunch!


About Dr. Bernard Saint-Jacques

Dr. Bernard Saint-Jacques is Linguistics Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. His research of the last years has been about Intercultural understanding and communication, Japanese culture and Japanese politics. Through his scholarly research, teaching, and writing over a long and prominent career, Dr. Saint-Jacques has advanced greater understanding of the language of Japan and advanced its learning abroad. He has promoted mutual understanding between Japan and Canada to students and colleagues alike as professor and Acting Head of Linguistics Department at UBC and as the Director of the Institute of Language and Culture at Aichi Shukutoku University in Japan. He has been continually active in Japan-related affairs both in the academic world and in the wider community.


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