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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 16:00 - 17:00


Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Michael Thomas Cucek, Assistant Professor, Temple University
 Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English.
*Mr. Cucek is joining this event online.
"Post-Abe Japan"

Shinzo Abe surprised political observers last month when he announced his planned resignation, a few days after overtaking the record tenure of his uncle, Eisaku Sato, as Japan's longest serving leader. Abe helped to lead the LDP back from the political wilderness in 2012 when his second term began, with a string of general election victories. Now that he is resigning as prime minister, key questions are who will follow and what comes next for Japan?

Abe's most likely successor, Yoshihide Suga, has signaled no major policy shift if he takes power, but that may be wishful thinking. Abe was lucky to have inherited an upswing in the global economy, but even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, economic indicators were weakening. In his time in office, Abe made no significant headway in reversing the nation’s deflation, despite years of effort and focused central bank policies.

Even if the economy rebounds by 2022, as many predict, the cost of recovery from the virus is likely to further weaken Japan's woeful fiscal situation – as with all major economies. Suga, who has little foreign policy experience, must also grapple with old diplomatic headaches, such as Japan's territorial disputes left over from the War with Russia, China and South Korea.

We have invited two veteran analysts to discuss expectations for the new prime minister. Michael Cucek is assistant professor at Temple University in Tokyo, and a long-time watcher of Japanese politics. Tsuneo Watanabe is a senior fellow with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. His publications include "Powers out of Control: Why the US, China & Russia are Threats to the World?"

How to attend:

Please register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, name of media outlet, FCCJ membership number. Due to space restrictions, please note there will be a limited number of reservations to attend. Doors open at 15:30. Please sign in your name and contact details at the reception with your own pen and to have your temperature taken before proceeding. 

How to watch online:

Livestreaming of the press events will be available and video of this event will be uploaded to our FCCJ YouTube channel.

How to ask questions:

Members watching the event online can submit questions for the speakers in advance using this submission form (English only).

TV crew: Please make a reservation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Door open for TV crews only at 15:15. There will be five positions available for livestreaming. 

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