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Japan’s Political Landscape

Time and Location

April 13, 7:00pm JST


April will be election time in many towns, cities and prefectures in Japan. There will be sound trucks repeating the candidate’s names, thinly attended rallies at train stations entrances and boards going up in front of the local elementary school with posters of politicians displaying varying degrees of determination and friendliness. Michael Cucek explores some of the larger issues dividing Japan’s political classes: decreasing populations, relative decline in economic strength, an increased defense budget, marriage equality, and more.

The event will be recorded and published in YCAPS’ web archive. Questions are encouraged during the live event.



Michael Cucek is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at Temple University, Japan Campus. He is a fellow at Temple University Japan’s Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies and a senior advisor for consultancy Langley Esquire. For 15 years he was Senior Research Analyst at Okamoto Associates, a strategic and business consulting firm to Japanese multinationals and government affiliated agencies.

Visit Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) website.

This event is supported through the Japan Foundation New York’s Salary Assistance Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

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