Press Release 046/2009

The “Asian Century” Influenced by the Crisis

Japanese Consul General Will Visit KIT
Japanischer Generalkonsul Junichi Kosuge
Speaks at Karlsruhe on May 12: Consul General Junichi Kosuge. (Photo by: Japanese Consulate General, Munich)

On Tuesday, May 12, 18.00 hrs, the Japanese Consul General in Germany, Junichi Kosuge, will speak about Asia’s role in the world’s economy. His presentation at the Engesser-Hörsaal of Universität Karlsruhe (Otto-Ammann-Platz 1, building 10.81) will be open to the public, admission will be free. The event is organized by the ZAK | Center for Applied Cultural Science and Studium Generale in cooperation with the Deutsch-Japanische Gesellschaft e.V. (German-Japanese Society). It is part of the “International Forum” presentation series.

In the years before the current economic and financial crisis, many Asian states reached high economic growth. This boom also changed the Western-oriented global power structure towards multi-polar order. But what, asks Consul General Kosuge in his presentation at Karlsruhe, has to be expected from the often proclaimed “Asian century”? What will be the consequences of the current crisis and how should Japan in particular react to the immense challenges?

Junichi Kosuge, born in 1952 at Niigata, Japan, studied law at the University of Tokyo and took up work at the Foreign Ministry in 1976. After several posts at the Foreign Ministry and in the diplomatic service, he became Consul General of Japan in Germany in 2004 first at Frankfurt am Main and since 2008, at Munich.



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jha, May 07, 2009


Monika Landgraf
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Contact for this press release:

Sigrid Heneka-Peters
ZAK I Zentrum für Angewandte
Kulturwissenschaft und
Studium Generale
Tel.: +49 721 608 8027

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