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1/30/14: (FREE EVENT) NEC w/Kenichi Kawasaki, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (3 p.m.)

  • 30 Jan 2014
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Japanese Information and Culture Center (JICC)--not the Embassy, 1150 18th St NW Ste 100 Washington DC 20036-3838
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  • Members of SGE, NABE and certain other groups
  • This category of registration is for our larger institutional members only for registration. Regular members of NEC please use the MEMBER category to register. If you are an Institutional Member, please login to initiate the registration.
  • Registrant is a current member of the NEC.
  • Fulltime Students with ID at the door

(As an NEC Member benefit, reservations are open to NEC Members with first priority through Sunday, 1-26-14.  We will then open Monday morning, 1-27-14 to others. Reservations are required to attend.  Wine and Cheese Reception to follow the presentation)

KAWASAKI Kenichi Photo

Kenichi Kawasaki

Senior Fellow

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

"The Relative Significance of EPAs in Asia-Pacific"

The National Economists Club and the Embassy of Japan announce a seminar to discuss research findings on Free Trade Agreements given by Dr. Kawasak', a preeminent Japanese economist. Dr. Kawasaki will discuss the impact of the Government of Japan's efforts to "open up the country" and "pioneer a new future" through the implementation of high-level economic partnerships with major trading powers, which is one key element of the third arrow of Abe-nomics.

Dr. Kawasaki will discuss the Relative Significance of EPAs in Asia-Pacific quantitatively estimating the economy-wide impacts of tariff removals and the reductions of non-tariff measures (NTMs) using an economic model. Dr. Kawasaki will comment on whether the TPP and the RCEP will be a competitor of the other or complements each other. Moreover, it will be clarified which economy -- the US, China, Japan or others -- would generate the largest income gains of the APEC economies from those EPAs. It is suggested that it will be essential to reform domestic markets to enjoy major economic benefits from international EPAs.

Kenichi Kawasaki is a senior fellow of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. He is a consulting fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, and an adjunct fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs.

Dr. Kawasaki spent more than two decades in the Japanese government, including the Department of Economics and Statistics of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He has contributed to numerous policy studies, working for the research projects of the Economic Committee of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on the impacts of trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, participating during the last decade and a half in the joint study groups of the Japanese government and trading partners on Japan's Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA), and most recently, estimating the impacts of Japan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

Dr. Kawasaki was an associate professor at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo and has maintained a long-term association with the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) at Purdue University. He received the Alan A. Powell Award in 2005 for outstanding service on the GTAP Advisory Board. He holds a PhD in economics from Osaka University and a BS in mathematics from the University of Tokyo.

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Located near Farragut North on the Red line and Farragut West on the Orange and Blue lines. (NOT at the EMBASSY)

Parking: There is after-business-hours street parking along 18th St NW and the surrounding area. There are also multiple parking garages on 18th Street NW and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, we are unable to validate these tickets.

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