In Japan (as well as in other countries) before World War II, people had been suffered from infectious
diseases – such as the Spanish flu, Tuberculosis (TB), or Dysentery and resulting high risks of losing
their lives, health or money. Japanese companies as well as their stakeholders – such as employees,
consumers and shareholders – had to cope with such risks and a future uncertainty caused by them.
In this seminar, I will investigate how they dealt with such risks and uncertainty, and try to show
that they built mutual trusts and established cooperative relationships to manage such risks and
uncertainty. I will also discuss what are lessons we can learn from history to survive in the era of COVID-19.
Professor, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Takashi Shimizu (Ph.D. in economics, The University of Tokyo) is Professor of the Graduate School of
Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo. He is a scholar of management and business history who
is specialized in corporate systems and interactions between legal systems and corporate behaviors.
Recently he published a book titled “感染症と経営：戦前日本企業は「死の影」といかに 向き合ったか
(Infectious Diseases and Management: How Japanese Companies coped with the Shadow of Death before
WWII)” from Chuo-Keizaisha Publishing.
|Time & date(s)||2021.05.12(Wed)
09:00 - 10:00
|Venue||Online (Zoom Webinar) / オンライン（Zoomによるwebinar）
|Who should participate||Open to the public / 一般向け|
|Language||English / 英語|
|Registration||Please complete the online registration no later than Tuesday May 11 at noon (JST) from URL below.
|Hosted by||UTokyo Center for Contemporary Japanese Studies(TCJS), The University of Tokyo / 東京大学現代日本研究センター|
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