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Monday, November 21, 2016, 12:00 - 14:00

The state of LDP (and Japanese) politics from an insider

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation


Donald Trump's stunning victory in the US presidential election has stung Japan into rethinking its strategy vis-à-vis its biggest ally with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hastily arranging a meeting with the billionaire businessman.

Shigeru Ishiba, who has held such key government and party posts as defense minister and Liberal Democratic Party secretary general, may shed a light on the global power shake-up. “We need to be aware that our country itself is called into question,” he writes on his blog.

The 59-year-old politician has accepted an invitation to speak at the Club on the state of LDP politics dominated by Abe who is in his second three-year term as the party's leader. He may also touch on such topics as the country's constitution, consumption tax and local regions.

In the absence of outright resistance, the LDP convention in March is expected to rubberstamp a proposal to extend the party chief's maximum tenure to three terms. The change will enable Abe to reign beyond the current limit of September 2018, provided he wins the next party leadership election, boosting his bid to change the post-war pacifist constitution while in office.

Ishiba narrowly lost to Abe in a five-way race for the party's top post but was named secretary general in September 2012, a few months before the LDP regained power. As a second-time prime minister, Abe reshuffled his cabinet in 2014, giving a new but somewhat lesser post, as minister for regional revitalization, to Ishiba who is nicknamed a “military geek” for his expertise in defense affairs and his love of military aircraft and ship models. Abe retained his party presidency uncontested last year.

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