Japanese Politics and Policy in the 21st Century

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    • Friday March 14, 2014
      4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Location: Bill Moore Success Center, Presidential Suite C
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Dr. Janelle Knox-Hayes



Summary Sentence: Visiting guest speakers and panel discussion on Japanese Cross-Strait Relations with China and Party Politics and Policy Change

Full Summary: Visiting guest speakers and panel discussion on Japanese Cross-Strait Relations with China and Party Politics and Policy Change. Sponsored by Sasakawa Peach Foundation and Social Science Research Council Young Japanese Specialists US-Visit Program in collaboration with Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.

  • Associate Professor Brian Woodall Associate Professor Brian Woodall
  • Jarrod Hayes Jarrod Hayes

The rise of China has raised the level of tension throughout Northeast Asia, intensifying competition between China and Japan. Taiwan is often seen as caught between the two, pressured on the one hand by China for closer relations, and lured by shared interests with Japan on the other. This presentation will analyze the current state of Japan-Taiwan relations, explaining why relations have continued to develop despite Chinese pressure and the improvement of cross-straits relations with China. Perhaps the most important factors in the continued development of close Japan-Taiwan relations—despite friction over historical and territorial issues—are the shared liberal and democratic values of the two societies.

Japanese politics has been rocked by major political changes over the last decade, including the reform policies under Prime Minister Koizumi, the subsequent weakening of the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the birth of a government under the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, and the recent return to power of the LDP. The dramatic changes of this first decade of the 21st century also reflected major changes in the policy positions and governing theories of major politicians in both parties. This presentation will use data from the joint University of Tokyo-Asahi Survey to analyze the changing political positions of leading politicians and the major political parties.

• Dr. Jarrod Hayes (INTA) as panel chair
• Dr. Brian Woodall (INTA) as panel discussant
• Professor Toshihiro Nakayama (Aoyama Gakuin University), opening comments
• Dr. Madoka Fukuda (Hosei University), speaking on Japan’s policy toward Cross-Strait Relations
• Dr. Chihiro Okawa (Kanagawa University), speaking on Party Politics and Policy

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In Campus Calendar

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

Invited Audience
Undergraduate students, Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students
China, INTA, Japan, SPP, taiwan
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