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Old Politics in a New (Media) Environment — Presentation

The Columbia University Club of Japan will hold a presentation in English, featuring Professor Keiko Tabusa, PhD (political science) Columbia University, on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at 19:00.  The event is open to all Columbia University alumni and their guests, as well as members of other U.S. university alumni organizations in Japan.  Please plan to arrive a few minutes early, as the event will take place at a U.S. Embassy facility which requires a guest list and security bag checks, though a picture ID will NOT be required.  The event will end at 20:30, when Professor Tabuse and others will head toward dinner at ARK Hills. 




Time:  19:00-20:30, Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, followed by dinner with the speaker at Choice! Akasaka

Cost:  The Presentation is Free!  Dinner will be a la carte, split bill format.

Place:  American Center Japan

               NOF Tameike Building, 8F

               1-1-14, Akasaka

               Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052

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Topic:  “Prime Minister Abe Revisited: Old Politics in a New (Media) Environment?”

·        The first time Abe became Prime Minister in September 2006, The Japan Times wrote; “To fathom Abe, just look at his grandfather.” He certainly acted on his conservative ideology, stressing more               assertive Japan in international relations including military affairs, a smaller-government Japan in welfare policies like pension reforms, and a beautiful Japan (utsukushii kuni) in social and cultural affairs including education. And many of his actions, as well as his aides’, met severe criticisms from the opposition parties and the mass media. This time, what he pursues seems to have changed little, but the responses of the opposition parties and the media apparently have. He has been enjoying a relatively high level of support since his second inauguration. What does he do better this time? Has he changed, or have his critics? If anyone has changed, how? In this lecture, I will discuss some changes in political and media environment in an attempt to understand Abe’s politics better.

Speaker:  Professor Keiko Tabusa, PhD (political science), Columbia University; BA, MA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

               Professor, Jumonji University 2004~

               Lecturer, The Australian National University 1993~2002

               Publications (translation)          『自由と市場の経済学』2013 (Mark Skousen Vienna and Chicago; Friends or Foes)

                                                                       『フリードリヒ・ハイエク』2012 (Lanny Ebenstein, Friedrich Hayek: a Biography

Dinner (split bill format):  Choice! Akasaka

           Third Floor, ARK Mori Building

           1-12-32, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo


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