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Japan Update Series: Immigration Challenges for Japan and the United States

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • 5:15 PM - 8:00 PM
  • William H. Gates Hall UW of Law -4293 Memorial Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98195


  • Members: No charge if you have paid membership for 2018
  • Members: No charge if you have paid membership for 2017
  • Students planning to attend the reception who are not JASSW members, sign up as this type.

“Immigration Challenges

for Japan and the United States”

Yoshio Ishizaka, Former President of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., and

UW Law Professor Anita Ramasastry

Despite nearly 2.5 million foreign residents, Japan does not have a comprehensive policy or philosophy for the acceptance of foreigners. At its current trajectory, Japan will become more and more reliant on immigrants to maintain its domestic economy. Immigrants built the USA, but the new governing administration champions a change in policy towards immigration. We all understand the world is changing quickly. What is the principle of foreigner acceptance?

                                              Who will be speaking?                                              

Mr. Yoshio Ishizaka 

Professor Anita Ramasastry, University of Washington

  • Dean Emeritus Roland L. Hjorth Professorship in Law
  • Director, Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development
  • Faculty Director, International, Comparative, and Transnational Programs
  • Worked as the senior adviser to the Assistant Secretary of Market Access and Compliance in the International Trade Administration of the US Dept. of Commerce from 2009-2012

The Japan Update Series (JUS) started in 2014 with a business roundtable event featuring three eminent figures in U.S.-Japan relations -- Koichi Hamada, Professor Emeritus at Yale University, Robert M. Orr, former President of Boeing Japan, and Marc Knapper, former Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. First sponsored by our longtime corporate member, Delta Air Lines, JUS demonstrates the quality of our mission, connections to some of the top sectors of the U.S.-Japan alliance, and drive to bridge members to the best knowledge and network base.

This month's JUS event is generously sponsored by a grant from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the National Association of Japan-America Societies. 

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