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What is Japan? Its National History until 1868

Time & Location

April 26, 9pm EDT (April 27, 10am JST)


As part of YCAPS’ Getting to Know Japan Series, Michael Cucek (Temple University Japan) will deliver an overview of Japanese national history until 1868 and the start of the Meiji Restoration. His presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion.

This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded. The event is free, but registration is required.

Click here to register. Visit the YCAPS website to learn more.

The webinar series is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.


Michael Cucek is an analyst and writer who had spent half a lifetime looking at Japan and the Japanese. A graduate of Stanford University with graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Columbia University, he has lived in the Tokyo Metropolitan District since 1994. An employee of a boutique research institute for 15 years, he now serves as an independent consultant on politics, government policy and trans-cultural understanding. He is the author of the beloved blog Shisaku: Marginalia on Japanese Politics and Society and a contributor to Foreign Policy, the East Asia Forum Al-Jazeera, and the International Herald Tribune’s Latitude blog. He also serves as an advisor to Langley Esquire K.K. in their government affairs business. His research interests include the economic development of prewar Japan, the politics of personality and lineage, land management, the manual arts, and the Japanese sense of humor.

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