2008 Presentations (Communicative Events)
Japan's Politics: Current Realities, Future Possibilities
The Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB) of Columbia Business School and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI) of Columbia University cosponsored a special lecture given by Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University, titled "Japan's Politics: Current Realities, Future Possibilities. The event was moderated by Hugh Patrick, director of CJEB and R. D. Calkins Professor of International Business Emeritus, Columbia Business School. Approximately 180 people were in attendance to hear Professor Curtis's eminent views on Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's resignation, the current Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) cabinet and its leadership under Prime Minister Taro Aso, the likely consequences of the upcoming election, and the challenges for Japanese politics in the long run. This report is a summary of Professor Curtis's presentation.
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