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Home > Special Topics > Activity Report Last Updated: 15:10 03/09/2007
Activity Report #28: December 15, 2003

GLOCOM Montreal Forum Summary

Takahiro MIYAO (Professor, GLOCOM, and Head, Japanese Institute of Global Communications)



GLOCOM Montreal Forum:
Date/Time:November 24 (M), 13:15 17:30
November 25 (T), 12:00 13:30
Place:November 24: Board Room, University of Quebec at Montreal
November 25: Ritz Carlton Hotel in Montreal
Program:November 24: UQAM-GLOCOM Forum (Sponsored by UQAM & GLOCOM)
Main Theme:
"Identity and Globalization - Common Challenge for Japan and Quebec"

Opening Remarks:
13:15-13:30
Greetings by Francois Bouihac, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of International Relations (MRI), Quebec Government
Opening remarks by Takahiro Miyao, Professor, GLOCOM and Claude-Yves Charron, Vice-rector, UQAM
[Video: 300k / 60k]
(English contents follow greetings in French/Japanese.)

Session 1: Social & Political Change and Globalization
13:30-15:15
Chair's Introduction by Daniel Toutant (Vice-president, Dessau Soprin)
Main presentations:
Merle Aiko Okawara (Chairperson, JC COMSA)
[Video: 300k / 60k] "Changes in Social Fabric of Japan"
Therese Paquet-Sevigny (Senior Advisor to ORBICOM)
[Video: 300k / 60k]
Francoise Bertrand (President, Quebec Federation of Chamber of Commerce)
[Video: 300k / 60k]
Comments by Takahiro Miyao and Claude-Yves Charron
Open discussion

Session 2: Economy & IT Revolution and Globalization
15:30-17:00
Chair's Introduction by Ann Leahy (Director, Institute of International Studies)
Main presentations:
Keikichi Honda (Chairperson, NCR Japan)
[Video: 300k/ 60k] "Will the Sun Rise Again?"
Marcel Messier (Senior Vice-president, Bell Canada)
[Video: 300k / 60k]
Comments by Takahiro Miyao and Claude-Yves Charron
Open discussion

Conclusion:
17:00-17:30
Chair's closing remarks by Michael Decary (President, CORIM)
Concluding comments by Takahiro Miyao and Claude-Yves Charron
Closing address by Tetsuo Shioguchi (Consulate General of Japan in Montreal)
Closing address by Jacques Plamondon (President, UQAM)
[Video: 300k / 60k]


November 25: Luncheon Speech (Sponsored by Quebec Chamber of Commerce & Ministry of International Relations, Quebec Government)
12:00-13:30 Luncheon
Main Theme: "Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunities"
Main presentation by Merle Aiko Okawara Comments by Keikichi Honda
Q&A session
VideoProvided by UQAM & posted above with the help of Lawrence Cosh-ishii (WWJ)

The GLOCOM Platform represented by Dr. Takahiro Miyao and the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) represented by Dr. Claude-Yves Charron have worked together to hold an international forum on "Identity and Globalization: Common Challenge for Japan and Quebec" in Montreal, Canada, on November 24 and 25, 2003. Mrs. Aiko Okawara (Chairperson, JC Comsa) and Mr. Keikichi Honda (Chairperson, NCR Japan) joined the forum as main speakers from the Japan side.

After Dr. Charron's opening remarks, Mr. Francois Bouihac (Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of International Relations, Quebec Government) gave a welcome speech in French with Japanese translation by Ms. Misa Hirai (UQAM). Then, Dr. Miyao and Dr. Charron explained the main purpose of the forum, that is to highlight common challenges for Japan and Quebec in the age of globalization.

In Session 1, chaired by Mr. Daniel Toutant (Vice-president, Dessau Soprin), the subject of social and political change and globalization was explored. Ms. Okawara gave the main presentation, where she emphasized recent changes in Japanese society such as aging population with fewer children, higher female participation and changing lifestyle. In response, comments were made by Ms. Therese Paquet-Sevigny (Senior Advisor to ORBICOM) and Ms. Francoise Bertrand (President, Quebec Federation of Chamber of Commerce), who pointed out the presence of similar trends in Quebec.

Session 2 was chaired by Ms. Ann Leahy (Director, Institute of International Studies), and the focus was on the economy and the IT revolution in the context of globalization. The main presentation was given by Mr. Honda, who maintained that the sun would rise again, as Japan could overcome the long-standing balance-sheet problem and introduce IT into various sectors of the economy for revival in the near future (http://www.glocom.org/debates/20031215_honda_mf_rep/). Mr. Marcel Messier (Senior Vice-president, Bell Canada) commented on Mr. Honda's presentation, emphasizing the importance of R&D in Quebec as well as in Japan. In contrast to Mr. Honda's relatively optimistic view on the Japanese economy, Dr. Miyao mentioned the trend of polarization with negative aspects such as deflation with decreasing wages, declining land values and worsening local economies in the age of globalization (http://www.glocom.org/debates/20031215_miyao_com/).

On the second day, Ms. Okawara delivered a luncheon speech, where she told her own story as a woman entrepreneur, who faced all kinds of difficulties from finance to legal problems and overcame them to be successful in the food business in Japan. She concluded by saying that "it is encouraging to know that 65,000 women are creating job opportunities and are beginning to become a vibrant force" and "the future belongs to those who are not part of the establishment, but it belongs to those who will succeed because they dare to be different." Mr. Honda also gave a brief speech to describe a macroeconomic picture of the Japanese economy, where new businesses could flourish in the foreseeable future.

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