"Regulatory Reforms in Strategic Special Zones" by Professor Tatsuo Hatta, President of the International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development, Director of Center for Policy Study and Analysis, Keizai Doyukai and Professor Emeritus, Osaka University
Dr. Hatta has served as a member of various government committees including the Building Code Council of the Ministry of Construction and the Energy and Resource Council of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He was a Chairman of the Housing and Land Council of the Ministry of Construction, Acting Chairman of Regulatory Reform of the Cabinet Office, and a member of the Committee for the Reform of Electricity System, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He is currently a member of the Council of National Strategic Special Zones, and Chairman of the Working Group for National Strategic Special Zones, the Cabinet Office. Dr. Hatta received B.A. in Economics from International Christian University, Tokyo in 1966 and Ph.D. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University in 1973. Previously he held positions of Assistant Professor at Ohio State University, and Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor at the Johns Hopkins University. Upon returning to Japan in 1986, he became Professor of Osaka University, Tokyo University, and International Christian University. He served as the President of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) until 2011. He has been Professor Emeritus of Osaka University since 2001. In addition to his academic post, Dr. Hatta was President of the Japanese Economic Association. He has written and edited widely on micro economics, urban economics, and Japanese economy, including How to Go About the System Reform of the Electricity Market in Japan, published by Nikkei in 2012.
Structural reforms for Japan's economy is an important issue in the implementation of the third arrow of Abenomics growth strategy. In the meeting of the Council on National Strategic Special Zones in May 2014, Prime Minister Abe said Japan commends the swift and active developments in the six National Strategic Special Zones as the front runners of economic revitalization and will swiftly achieve regulatory reforms. PM Abe says Japan can break through the solid rock of vested interests. In the presentation, we would like to hear first-hand Professor Hatta's view on the outlook for regulatory reforms in labour market, medical technology, agriculture and sightseeing in the special economic zones.
Date: Monday, July 7th, 2014
Time: 6.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Drink & Snack (served before lecture)
7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion
Place: Alfred Nobel Auditorium, Embassy of Sweden
10-3-400 Roppongi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032