Two Hamline School of Business
professors, Jim Hagen and Jim Scheibel, were featured at the 27th annual meeting of the Association of Japanese Studies
(AJBS) in Vancouver, British Columbia, this past June. Professor Hagen, vice president of the association, was organizer and chair of the conference’s plenary session, a panel that explored the clustering of Japanese investment in the game development studios and other digital media enterprises in the Vancouver area.
As part of the panel, Professor Scheibel drew on his experience as mayor of Saint Paul to explore the role of sister-city ties and other local government efforts to attract foreign investment. Other panelists included executives of British Columbia’s Ministry of International Trade and of leading Japanese video game developers Namco-Bandai and DeNA. AJBS is the top academic organization in its discipline, and the scholars comprising the audience represented business schools from around the world.