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Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 12:00 - 14:00

The latest from a man who has spent a long career calling it how he sees it

Shintaro Ishihara
Co-leader of the Japan Restoration Party
Language:The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation
The event will be streamed live on 

 For anyone who has even a passing familiarity with Japanese politics, Shintaro Ishihara hardly needs an introduction. His diverse career dates back to the 1950s and spans the worlds of literature, cinema, and, ultimately, politics. He remains a controversial figure, with a legion of admirers but often an even larger number of critics and enemies. 

 After four landslide victories and a thirteen-year reign as Tokyo governor, Shintaro Ishihara decided in November 2012 to return to national politics as head of the Sunrise Party and then, days later, as co-leader of the much larger Japan Restoration Party, which he formed with Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto. 

 Although the JRP came close to overthrowing the Democratic Party of Japan as the nation's largest opposition force, it's now difficult to see it as anything other than a failure, as infighting between the party’s eastern and western Japan factions is rampant. Almost every analyst sees the break-up of the Japan Restoration Party as simply a matter of time. 

 Now age 81 but as ambitious and pugnacious as ever, what does Ishihara intend to do next? How does he view the Abe administration? Hashimoto? Relations with China, South Korea, and the United States? Come to the FCCJ and hear from the man who has spent a long career calling it how he sees it, and pulling few punches. 

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/members' guest is 1,700/2,600 yen; non-members including guest-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu: grilled swordfish served with onion salad) Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:25.

 *Working Pressは1時間、Associate, non-memberは24時間以内のキャンセルはフルチャージとなりますのでご注意ください。なおキャンセルは電話でのみ承ります。

Mar 26 14 PL Shintaro Ishihara048                                                       Professional Activities Committee



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