Japanese-American Tax History: Questions of Comparative Methodology

Oct 10, 2012 12:00pm

Japanese-American Tax History: Questions of Comparative Methodology

Tokyo, Japan (October 10, 2012)

Eric San Juan (Georgetown University Law Center and Meridian 180 Core Idea Group Member) organized this workshop in Tokyo which included presentations by Eric San Juan; two Japanese specialists, Professor Eisaku Ide, Associate Professor of Economics, Keio University and Professor Morinao Iju, Associate Professor of Economics, Yokohama National University; and two American specialists, Ajay K. Mehrotra, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Indiana University and Dr. Joseph J. Thorndike, Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University and Director of the Tax History Project, Tax Analysts, Virginia; who joined in by Skype.

The workshop revolved around three main discussions: 1) In which ways are tax reforms viewed differently in post-WWII Japan and the U.S.? 2) Has the Japanese-American history of fiscal policy had reciprocal effects in each country? 3) What unique lessons can we learn from trans-Pacific dialogue?