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Celebrated Japanese economist will lecture, March 15

Koichi Hamada, PhDOne of the world’s most celebrated economic minds and an architect of Japan’s present economic approach will visit Creighton University for Japan 360, a series of discussions, lectures and cultural exchanges.

Koichi Hamada, PhD, is Tuntex Professor Emeritus of Economics at Yale University and a special adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for whom he helped craft the ideals of Abenomics in 2012, helping spur a bump in Japan’s economic growth through monetary easing, fiscal stimulus and structural reform.

Hamada is a fellow of the Econometric Society and founding president of the Japan Law and Economics Association. His 1976 study of international monetary relations is among the first to apply game theory to interdependent monetary policies among nations.

March 14, the Asian World Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Heider College of Business, the Institute for Economic Inquiry, the School of Law, the Anna and Donald Waite Endowed Chair and the McGrath North Endowed Chair will host a conversation between Hamada, Creighton management professor Trent Wachner, PhD, Robert Kumaki, a member of the US-Japan Council, and Andrew Schilling, operations officer with First National Bank of Omaha. “Japan in the Global Marketplace: A Dialogue with Professor Koichi Hamada,” will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Room 3028 of the Harper Center.

March 15, Hamada will deliver a lecture, “Assessing Abenomics: Prospects for Growth in a Global Economy,” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium of the Harper Center. A panel discussion will be part of the talk, with Creighton economics professor Kristie Briggs, PhD, and Creighton law professor Edward Morse participating. Hamada will address challenges and opportunities in the current economic environment, including prospects for trade affecting Japan and the United States.

“We are so privileged to be able to host Dr. Hamada at Creighton for this wonderful and historic two days,” said Maorong Jiang, PhD, professor of political science and director of the Asian World Center. “Dr. Hamada is one of the most important living economists and should provide us with some discerning insights into international and Japanese economics, and we look forward to a full and vibrant cultural exchange.”

That series of cultural exchanges and conversations demonstrating the friendship between the U.S. and Japan will be taking place March 15 in the Ahmanson Ballroom in the Harper Center.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a set of podcasts from Japanese journalists and Creighton students in Asian and Japanese studies and business marketing will be sharing stories. In that same timeframe, “Elegance Forever: Friendship through Flowers” will display a live flower exhibit and broadcast ikebana — the Japanese art of floral display — demonstrations through live galleries originating in Tokyo and around the world.

Tea ceremonies, sushi demonstrations and a musical performance will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., in the ballroom. And between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., “Journeys to Japan Cherished — Conversations of Appreciation” will feature talks from Creighton students and professors and community members with deep bonds to Japan.

This event is also made possible by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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