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Eiichi Shibusawa’s Legacy and Japan’s “New Form of Capitalism”

February 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Can capitalism be beneficial for all? Prime Minister Kishida has announced a plan to ensure just that for Japan, foreseeing a “New Capitalism” that spurs economic growth while building social equality and equity. Japan hopes that growth in commerce will achieve a “triple win” for business, society, and the economy.

One of the most famous entrepreneurs in Japanese history, Eiichi Shibusawa (1840-1931), had exactly this vision some 100 years ago. Shibusawa led the first large-scale business mission to the United States in 1909, sailing to Seattle on the American ship the Minnesota. In this event, we will look back on Shibusawa’s legacy for new ideas on how to address current and future challenges, facing Japan and Japan-US business relations.

Ken Shibusawa presents the motivation behind and key elements of Kishida’s “New Capitalism” plan for the Japanese economy. He will ground his discussion in the legacy of Eiichi Shibusawa and traditions of socially conscious capitalism.


Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle


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