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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Event date: 
Monday, 29 November, 2021 - 17:30 to 19:00


Japanese Politics after Abe: Abe, Suga, Kishida and Beyond

When Shinzo Abe decided to step down from the post of Japan’s prime minister in August 2020, he became the longest serving prime minister in Japanese political history.  During his tenure as prime minister, both domestic politics and foreign policy had experienced several drastic changes.  Yoshihide Suga became Abe’s successor as Japan’s prime minister in September 2020, but his reign lasted just a little over one year.  In this talk, how Japanese domestic politics and foreign policy are being transformed will be examined, focusing on the direction of Fumio Kishida’s new administration.
Yuichi Hosoya, Ph.D., is professor of international politics at Keio University, Tokyo.

He is currently Visiting Fellow at Downing College, the University of Cambridge.  Professor Hosoya is Managing Director & Research Director at the Asia-Pacific Initiative, Tokyo.  He is also Senior Researcher at the Nakasone Peace Institute (NPI), Senior Fellow at The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research, and also Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA). Professor Hosoya was a member of Prime Minister’s Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security (2013-14), and Prime Minister’s Advisory Panel on National Security and Defense Capabilities (2013). Professor Hosoya studied international politics at Rikkyo (BA), Birmingham (MIS), and Keio (Ph.D.).  He was a visiting professor and Japan Chair (2009–2010) at Sciences-Po in Paris (Institut d’Études Politiques) and a visiting fellow (Fulbright Fellow, 2008–2009) at Princeton University. His research interests include the postwar international history, British diplomatic history, Japanese foreign and security policy, and contemporary East Asian international politics. His most recent publications include Security Politics: Legislation for a New Security Environment (Tokyo: JPIC, 2019); History, Memory & Politics in Postwar Japan (Co-editor, Lynne Rienner: Boulder, 2020); and “Japan’s Security Policy in East Asia”, in Yul Sohn and T.J. Pempel (eds.), Japan and Asia’s Contested Order: The Interplay of Security, Economics, and Identity (Palgrave, 2018). His comments often appeared at major Japanese media.