2008 Year Ahead Part I: Japanese Society and Culture

What: 2008 Year Ahead Part I: Japanese Society and Culture

Why: The Japan Society of Northern California, with the generous support of the Union Bank of California, presents a two-part review of cultural, societal and political developments in Japan.

Discover where Japanese society and culture is headed in the New Year and what social trends may shape Japan's future. From the latest pop culture developments to changing Japanese attitudes toward women and families, our panelists will provide an up-to-the-minute readout on Japanese society today and beyond.

Who: Roland Kelts - Author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S. is a keen observer of the Japanese pop culture scene and the U.S. anime invasion. He is a lecturer at the University of Tokyo, columnist for The Daily Yomiyuri, and an editor of the New York-based literary journal, A Public Space.

Mariko Fujiwara - Research Director of Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living (HILL) is one of Japan's best known trend spotters. She is a partner in the consultancy Business Futures Network (London), Executive Director of Mobile Marketing Inc.; and serves on ministerial councils including the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Finance, and the Supreme Court.

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2008
6:00 pm Reception & Registration
6:30-8:00 pm Panel and Q&A

Where: Delancey Screening Room
600 Embarcadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Admission: $5 Japan Society members and members of co-sponsoring organizations
$15 General Admission
Free for Japan Society Student Members

For reservations, please visit the events link at www.usajapan.org or call 415-986-4383.

Founded in 1905, the Japan Society of Northern California is the West Coast's leading forum on Japan and US-Japan relations. Its mission is to strengthen cooperation and understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan by providing programs that help to expand knowledge, increase personal interaction and facilitate discussion of important issues.

Union Bank is among the 25 largest banks in the United States, based on assets. The bank has 321 branch offices in California, Washington and Oregon; two international offices; and facilities in six other states. Union Bank is a full-service commercial bank, providing a broad mix of financial services to businesses and individuals. Among the bank's markets are consumer, small business, middle market, real estate, corporate, correspondent, and trade finance. The bank also offers investment and financial management, trust services, private banking, insurance services, and global custody services.

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