CAPS lectures: Risky Business: How Japanese Corporations Shape Public Memory

Date: 

November 1, 2012 - 3:30pm

Location: 

302 Schaeffer Hall, UI Campus
http://www.uiowa.edu/~maps/s/sh1.htm

Contact Name: 

CAPS

Contact Phone: 

319-335-1305

This talk examines the role that historical narrative plays in the public relations agenda of corporate Japan. Most member companies of Japan’s 20th–century keiretsu (corporate conglomerates that included Mitsubishi, Mitsui, and Sumitomo) regularly published official histories as a means of enhancing corporate prestige and to evade critical discussion of their past indiscretions. As a result, company history narratives often obscure more than they illuminate about the corporate subject.