The first big-budget Chinese fiction film to deal with the Rape of Nanking, City of Life and Death paints an epic portrait of wartime conflict, filled with an ensemble of conflicted characters caught in the crossfire. Director Lu Chuan based the film on the recorded witness testimony from real-life survivors of the massacre, meticulously recreating the infamous reign of terror conducted by the occupying Japanese army in the Chinese capital of Nanking in 1937. This series is presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Germany’s Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context,” on view in the Great Hall of O’Shaughnessy from September 28 to October 16.
Korea is often eclipsed by its more powerful neighbors, China and Japan. But historically Korea has made, and continues to make world-class, first-class contributions to world civilization. In this presentation, we will look at some of the things Korea does best, and some of the things it has done first in the world.…
Location: Giovanini Commons C (lower level Mendoza)
“Doing Business in Japan: Mysterious. Frustrating. Rewarding”
How can you deliver disruptive technology in a market that seeks to eliminate variation? How do you inspire standout performance where everyone simply wants to fit into the flow? How do you expand shareholder value when the local language doesn’t offer a translation?…
Filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki is scheduled to appear in person.
Filmed over three years on China’s railways, The Iron Ministry traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journeys come together into one, capturing the thrills and anxieties of social and technological transformation. The Iron Ministry immerses audiences in fleeting relationships and uneasy encounters between humans and machines on what will soon be the world’s largest railway network.…
Location: Eck Hall of Law, Room 2130 Notre Dame Law School
The Notre Dame Law & Economics Program presents:
Mark Ramseyer, Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies, Harvard Law School
Nuclear Power and the Mob: Extortion and Social Capital in Japan
Nuclear reactors entail massive non-transferrable site-specific investments. The resulting appropriable quasi-rents offer the mob the ideal target. In exchange for large fees, it can either promise to “protect” the utility (and silence the reactor’s local opponents) or “extort” from it (and desist from inciting local opponents). Using municipality-level (1742 cities, towns, villages) and prefecture-level (47) Japanese panel data covering the years from 1980 to 2010, I find exactly this phenomenon: when a utility announces plans to build a reactor, the level of extortion climbs.