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Population Aging, Productivity, and Technology in Japan

December 10, 2019

Japan faces a rapid population decrease and aging. Workers’ aging is negatively associated with labor productivity.

Aging Japan as Global Opportunity? How Japan’s Extreme Demographics are Shaping Technological Trajectories

October 23, 2019

The demographics of Japan’s aging society has galvanized a wide range of corporate efforts, supported both directly and indirectly by the government, to aggressively develop artificial intelligence...

The Logistics Operations Underlying Retail: US, China, and Japanese Models Compared

September 12, 2019

This event is part of the Stanford Silicon Valley-New Japan Project Public Forum Series. Consumption is a major driver of national economies, and scholars often study important differences across...

Japan in the Bay Area: From Competition to Collaboration

February 26, 2019

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute and the Walter H.

Innovative Japanese Companies Harnessing Silicon Valley - Part 2

December 20, 2018

This is part 2 of a talk presenting how innovative large Japanese companies are harnessing Silicon Valley.

An Insider’s Vantage on 20 years of Japan’s Startup Ecosystem, its Current Challenges, And Attempts to Harness Silicon Valley

November 19, 2018

Hiroaki Yasutake has had a front row seat in the development of Japan’s startup ecosystem for the past 20 years as he joined Rakuten as one of its earliest employees, spending many years at its CTO...

A New Perspective on News: The SmartNews Approach and Political Balancing

October 5, 2018

In 2012, as giants such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google began to position themselves as the go-to places to read news, a little-known news app called SmartNews emerged and started gaining...

HARNESSING SILICON VALLEY: THE STRATEGIES, STRUCTURES, AND ACTIVITIES OF INNOVATIVE LARGE JAPANESE FIRMS IN SILICON VALLEY

September 11, 2018

Large Japanese firms have a long history of having offices in Silicon Valley, mostly starting in the 1980s and 1990s in the heyday of semiconductors, early computing, software, and communications...

Towards a New Japan: Connecting Japan’s Biggest Challenges with Global Technology Solutions

March 14, 2018

As the Tokyo-based co-founder and managing partner of global VC fund Fresco Capital, Allison Baum is frequently asked “Why are you in Japan?”  Indeed, with a global network of corporate partners,...

The Rise and Fall of Giants: ICT Disruptions from Silicon Valley, Nokia, China, and Japan

March 8, 2018

The rise of Nokia as a global ICT leader in the 1990s and early 2000s was dramatic, as a company from the small Nordic country of Finland became a global titan.

Patterns of Innovation in Asia: Large Companies Harnessing the Power of Small Firm Innovation

October 10, 2017

*/ We have reached venue capacity.  RSVPs are no longer being accepted.In China, Japan, and Korea, large companies have historically played predominant roles in their economies.

Human Autonomy in the Age of Automation: Envisioning 2045

September 29, 2017

The conference is brought to you by the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Japan Program's Stanford Silicon Valley-New Japan Project and Mistletoe, Inc.This event is at full capacity.

GROW: Using Artificial Intelligence to Screen Human Intelligence

September 25, 2017

GROW is an automated solution to evaluate job candidates, developed by Tokyo-based people analytics startup, Institution for a Global Society (IGS).

SAFECAST AND FUKUSHIMA FALLOUT: THE POWER OF CITIZEN SCIENCE

August 22, 2017

This event is co-sponsored by the Stanford Silicon Valley-New Japan Project and the Japan Society of Northern California.When the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant experienced a meltdown after...

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Perspectives from Chile

May 12, 2017

Chile, being positioned on the Pacific-facing rim of South America, has a natural tendency toward Asia, not only geographically, but also politically, culturally and economically.

Silicon Valley Does it Repeatedly: From Fairchild to Uber and Beyond

March 8, 2017

Martin Kenney is a Distinguished Professor of Community and Regional Development at the University of California, Davis; a Senior Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International...

Is Financial Inclusion only an emerging markets, bottom-of-the-pyramid problem or is it also a challenge for the middle class and in developed countries too? 

November 21, 2016

Over two billion adults in the world (38% of all adults) are unbanked. Several more are underbanked and may have basic accounts but do not have access to credit or insurance services and not ...

Managing Open Innovation: Lessons from Harnessing Silicon Valley

May 9, 2016

For firms around the world, the question of how to harness Silicon Valley's innovation engine is increasingly important.

Big Data: Lessons from the Field

May 4, 2016

Gaurav Kataria is a Big Data leader at Google who is responsible for driving Production Adoption initiatives across various Google for Work product lines - Gmail, Drive, G+, Hangouts, Google Docs,...

Overcoming Economic Malaise: Strategic, Educational and Social Innovation for South Korea

May 4, 2016

South Korea has relied on its export-oriented development model to become an economic powerhouse, but has now reached the limits of this model.

Back to the Source: Yamaha Motor's Challenges on Business Development

March 9, 2016

Hiroshi “Hiro” Saijou is CEO and Managing Director at Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley.

Chronicles of the Silicon Valley - Japan Relationship and Lessons Learned: An insider's view of large firms, startup firms, and entrepreneurs since the 1970s

February 4, 2016

Masa ISHII is founder and a Managing Director of AZCA, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in US-Japan corporate development for high technology companies.  To date, AZCA has helped...

Understanding Silicon Valley and Startup Ecosystems: New research and academic classics you should know

December 3, 2015

Kenji Kushida will provide an overview of canonical works of Silicon Valley, including work of Martin Kenney and his classic co-edited volume "Understanding Silicon Valley" and other more recent...

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Portrait of Prof. Andrew Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Headshot of Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Portrait of Kenji Kushida Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar at APARC
Benjamin Cedric Larsen Visiting Student Researcher