Japan and the outside world: A revisited history

Saturday, 09 September 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM [TST]

83 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan


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Saturday, 09 September 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM [TST]

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Despite the fact that the book is written in French, Pierre Sevaistre will guide you in English through the complex relations that Japan had with other nations through his extensive research of Japanese sources and research studies. On one hand, the author will analyse how the often violent contacts with the West forced Japan to evolve in directions that were not initially imagined or chosen, and on the other hand, he will explain how all these events allow us to shed light on the revisionism of entire blocks of the actual politicians in power. To accomplish this, the author will retrace the first Portuguese contacts with Japan and Christianity in Japan in the fifteenth century, and will continue with the ensuing two centuries of self-imposed isolation, until forced renewed contact with the outside world precipitates the Meiji era. The Second World War, followed by the American occupation, are not without ambiguity and reinforced some pro-western tendencies, but also reinforced some very Japan-specific and traditional movements and shaped some fundamental issues such as war and democracy. The Japanese today: shall we consider them today as homo-sapiens or homo-japonicus ?

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Dans cet essai, Pierre Sevaistre relit l'Histoire du Japon à travers des sources et des études japonaises, et plus particulièrement les relations complexes de l'Archipel avec le reste du monde. D'une part, l'auteur analyse comment les contacts souvent violents avec l'Occident ont forcé le Japon à évoluer dans des directions qu'il n'avait pas forcément choisies ; d'autre part, comment ces événements permettent d'éclairer le révisionnisme de larges pans de la classe dirigeante actuelle. Pour cela, l'auteur remonte aux contacts avec les Portugais et le christianisme au XVIe siècle, à l'isolement qui s'ensuivit pour deux siècles, avant que le contact occidental forcé ne précipite l'évolution du Japon à l'ère Meiji. La Seconde Guerre mondiale, puis l'occupation américaine, ne sont pas sans ambiguïtés, et ont renforcé des tendances, certaines pro-occidentales, mais aussi des courants propres au Japon et à sa tradition : ainsi les enjeux fondamentaux que sont la guerre, et la démocratie. Les Japonais d'aujourd'hui, homo sapiens, ou homo japonicus ? 

ABOUT our speaker

Pierre Sevaistre graduated in 1972 from HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris -- a major European business school), and was subsequently sent to Rio de Janeiro as the Commercial Attache for the French Consulate General. He returned to France in 1975 to join Michelin Tire in their International Department. From 1977 to 1983 in Japan he was administrative and financial director for the Japanese subsidiary of Nihon Michelin Tire. In 1983 he then returned to the head office as Head of the Global Pricing Department for four years. In 1988, he joined Essilor as the Asia-Pacific Manager, first in Paris, and then in Hong-Kong. It was in 1994 that he returned to Japan to head the Aerospatiale office (which became the Aerospatiale Matra Company in 1988, and then EADS in 1999). He finally joined Nissan Motor in 2000 as Chief Internal Audit Officer until 2005.

Since 2005, Pierre continues to help companies evaluate their business strategy risks and helps them develop sound “Business Continuity Plans” in case of major disaster.


Diplômé d'HEC en 1972, Pierre Sevaistre part à Rio de Janeiro en tant qu'Attaché Commercial au Consulat Général de France. En 1975, il revient en France pour intégrer Michelin Tire au Département International. De 1977 à 1983, en poste au Japon, il occupe les fonctions de Directeur Administratif et Financier de la filiale japonaise Nihon Michelin Tire. Il revient ensuite à la maison-mère pendant 4 ans en tant que Head of Global Pricing Department.

En 1988, il rejoint la société Essilor d'abord en poste à Paris en tant que responsable de la région Asie-Pacifique puis à Hong-Kong. C'est en 1994 qu'il retourne au Japon pour diriger le bureau d'Aerospatiale (devenu Aerospatiale Matra en 1998 puis EADS en 1999). Il occupe enfin depuis 2000 le poste de Chief Internal Audit Officer au sein de Nissan Motor jusqu'en 2005.

Depuis 2005, il aide les entreprises au Japon à évaluer leurs risques et établir leur plan de continuité d'activité en cas d'incident majeur.

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