Kent Calder, the Director of Asia Programs and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, DC, presented a talk, “Japan’s Moment of Truth: Globalism and Parochialism in a Japanese Election Year” on November 7th as part of the East Asian Studies Speaker Series.
Before arriving at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2003, Dr. Calder taught for twenty years at Princeton University and four years at Harvard University. He also held visiting positions at Seoul National University, Yangon University, and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang University as the Rajaratnam Professor of Strategic Studies. Dr. Calder has served as Special Advisor to the US Ambassador to Japan (1997-2001), Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1989-1993 and 1996), and as the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations from 1979-1980. A specialist in East Asian political economy, Dr. Calder has spent eleven years living and researching in Japan and four years elsewhere in East Asia. Dr. Calder received his PhD from Harvard University in 1979, where he worked under the direction of Edwin O. Reischauer. He was aware the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in the fall of 2014.