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Innovation Systems in Japan: Past Strengths and Current Problems

March 21, 2019 - 15:00-16:30

The 81st Stockholm Seminar on Japan

Growth of the Japanese manufacturing industry, throughout the 80s and 90s, was realized by enduring innovation processes, in which large diversified firms had persistently invested in projects surrounded by significant uncertainty. What mechanism enabled this innovative endeavor in Japanese firms? What does this tell us about the challenges to pursue innovative activities today? How can these challenges be overcome?

Yaichi Aoshima is Professor and Director of the Institute of Innovation Research at Hitotsubashi University. His research interests include the management of innovation and new product development, focusing on the justification processes of mobilizing resources for innovation, and co-evolution of industry, technology, and firm capabilities. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from MIT Sloan School.

Moderator: Marie Söderberg, Professor and Director, European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics

Discussant: Ryoko Kondo,New Business Development, Stockholm Liaison Representative, Mitsubishi Corporation

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Innovation Systems in Japan: Past Strengths and Current Problems


March 21, 2019


European Institute of Japanese Studies at Stockholm School of Economics
The Asia Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs
The Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies at Stockholm University and the Swedish Defence University


Stockholm School of Economics, Room 350, Sveavägen 65, Stockholm