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Japan’s foreign policy under DPJ: What has changed and what not?


Wednesday, September 21th, 2011 10:30am-12:00pm


Conference Room, JSPS/JST Washington, D.C. Office
2001 L Street, N.W. Suite 1050 Washington, D.C. 20036 U.S.A.

Admission Fee: Free of charge



Two years have passed since the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) took power in September 2009, ending the LDP’s political dominance of more than half a century. Many have speculated whether this now represents the nascent emergence of a two party political system in Japan, with alternating domestic and international policies. An interesting question is whether DPJ has modified Japan’s foreign policy from that of the LDP, and, if so, how? A number of substantial issues have emerged in the international and regional arenas over last two years, including the military rise of China, intensified competition over FTAs, and the overall role and presence of the US in East Asia. This seminar will focus on how Japan under DPJ has responded to these structural changes in the region, and whether or not these responses can be characterised as marking radical change or continuity in Japanese foreign policy.


Moderator & Speaker

Dr. Takashi Terada
Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Faculty of International Research and Education, Waseda University/Adjunct Researcher, Waseda University Organization for Japan-US Studies, Waseda University/Adjunct Researcher, Organization for Asian Studies, Waseda University
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Dr. Christopher W. Hughes
Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies, Department of Politics and International Studies University of Warwick
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Overall Host

Dr. Yoshiaki Abe
USJI Operating Adviser/University Professor, Waseda University

Organized by

U.S.-Japan Research Institute (USJI), Waseda University Organization for Japan-US Studies (WOJUSS)

Supported by

Keio University, Kyoto University, Ritsumeikan University, The University of Tokyo, Waseda University

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