Hybrid Japan Innovation Lab

Faculty Member: Duncan Williams

This lab is focused on generating innovative solutions to the question of Japan’s role on the global stage in the 21st-century. Featuring future-oriented visioning through exchange between Japanese and global thought leaders, we highlight three critical areas to Japan’s future: 1) cultural power (Bunkaryoku both in pop culture and the engagement of deep culture to the world), 2) Green Japan (leadership in ecological policy, product development, and philosophy of nature), and 3) Multiethnic Japan (towards coordinating a more open and immigration-friendly Japan to seriously tackle the demographic future emerging from the graying of society). Williams will produce a book-length manuscript both in English and Japanese titled “Hybrid Japan” and a website dedicated to these ideas that will include video recordings of all the workshops, lectures, and conferences held at USC around this theme.