Virtual Talk: "Japanese Capitalism in Multiple Crises"

When and Where

Friday, March 26, 2021 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Professor Emeritus Makoto Itoh (The University of Tokyo)


"Japanese Capitalism in Multiple Crises" poster. White text on a red background with the department's logo.

The Department of East Asian Studies (EAS) at the University of Toronto is happy to present an upcoming virtual talk titled “Japanese Capitalism in Multiple Crises” by Professor Emeritus Makoto Itoh from The University of Tokyo. EAS Associate Professor Ken Kawashima will be facilitating. The talk will be held via Zoom on March 26, 2021 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (EST). Registration is required. Please see below for the talk’s official abstract:

Japanese capitalism represents a typical case of a decay in advanced countries under neoliberalism. It has formed a vicious circle within multiple socio-economic crises. In this talk, we will re-examine the historical origin of these crises in structural relations and identify their core, fundamental issues. It will be shown how three different types of natural disasters have also deepened the socio-economic crises, thereby endangering the metabolic reproduction of human lives and nature. How can we overcome such an age of deep crises? More than ever, it is indispensable to reconsider the historical significance and task of transforming neoliberal capitalism in the world and in Japan.

This event is free and open to the public. If you require an accommodation related to accessibility to join this virtual session, please email as soon as possible.

Please be advised that the event will be recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel. Your decision to attend and participate in the event acts as your consent to have your name and/or image posted publicly.

Contact Information

Rebecca Mangra