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Thursday, November 28, 2013, 12:30 - 14:30

Three scholars examine the rise and fall of the Democratic Party of Japan

Yoichi Funabashi, Chairman, Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation

Phillip Y. Lipscy, Assistant Professor, Stanford University

Koichi Nakano, Professor of Political Science, Sophia University

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

The general elections of August 2009 were seen by almost every analyst of Japanese politics as the end of the "1955 System" by which a single conservative political party, the Liberal Democratic Party, dominated the landscape and contributed almost all of the nation's prime ministers.

But the great victory of the progressive Democratic Party of Japan, initially led into power by Yukio Hatoyama and Ichiro Ozawa, did not lead to a stable regime that could fulfill the promises of the 2009 "Regime Change." Indeed, four years later we live in an era in which a reborn Liberal Democratic Party's dominance of Nagatacho may be stronger than it ever was in the past, and now it is certainly more ideologically conservative than it ever used to be.

The FCCJ is proud to host three superb scholars to examine the rise and fall of the Democratic Party of Japan, and in doing so will also address the prospects for this political party to ever rise again and once again seize the reigns of government.

Yoichi Funabashi is former editor-in-chief of the Asahi Shimbun and author of a well-regarded book on Japanese diplomacy vis-a-vis North Korea. Koichi Nakano is Professor of Political Science at Sophia University, and a regular guest speaker at our Club due to unfailingly keen and stimulating observations of the political scene. Phillip Y. Lipscy is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and his work addresses both the domestic and international dimensions of the Japanese state.

Don't miss this unique event which is sure to produce fresh insights on the past, present, and future of Japanese politics.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/non-members is 1,700/2,600 yen; non-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu: hamburger steak and seasonal 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 12:55.

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Yoichi Funabashi                       Philip Y. Lipscy                        Koichi Nakano


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