There are two must-not-miss presentations at Temple University, Japan this month -- neither of which, paradoxically, I can attend.
But you, dear reader, possibly can.
- The one tonight (Link) has Richard Smethurst speaking about the man whose face should be on the 10,000 yen bill (pax, Fukuzawa Yukichi admirers). I have heard on the authority of one of the best lecturers I know that Dr. Smethurst is a solid speaker. As for Takahashi Korekiyo, about whom Dr. Smethurst wrote the book, his brilliance, humanity and death haunt me. That the government of Abe Shinzo has sought to align itself and its economic policies on the side of the angels by linking Abenomics to Takahashi is both thrilling and disquieting.
- On November 29, Naomi Fink, CEO of Europacifica Consulting, will be speaking on Abenomics and the wealth gap. (Link)
Why you should go, even if the subject matter or time slot are outside your comfort zone?
Simple: wherever the room and whatever its size, Ms. Fink is almost certainly the smartest person in it.
You will learn about this blessed land.