Contemporary Quebec Course at Meiji University: “What Japan Can Learn from Quebec” Takahiro Miyao (Emeritus Professor, University of Tsukuba)
Date/Time: January 17, 2012; 1:00-2:30pm Place: Liberty Tower Room 1143, Meiji University, Tokyo Coordinator: Professor Yoshikazu Obata
Based on students’ responses to a questionnaire on what Japan can learn most from Quebec, Prof. Miyao lectured on the strengths of Quebec compared to Japan in each of the following areas: political leadership, economic vitality, frontier technology, public relations diplomacy, social reform, cultural strategy, and language policy. It was concluded that in all of these areas, especially the political initiative for the project of a generation “Plan Nord”, Japan could learn a lot from Quebec in order to overcome the two decades of stagnation and revitalize its economy and society. After the lecture, the students’ interests in Quebec seem to be broadened from culture and languages to include political, economic and social aspects, according to their revised responses to the same questions given before the lecture.