Thursday, September 10th, 8pm, Wig Lounge
Japan has been suffering from 2 decades of sluggish economy since the 80′s, yet its government has continually failed to address its failing economy. In national elections held on August 30 this year, the incumbent Liberal Democratic Party was decisively removed from office, signaling the Japanese’s frustration with the economy and governance that has failed to address the needs of the people.
The question is, will the new government, the Democratic Party of Japan, actually bring real change that Japan desperately needs or will it continue more of the same failed policies that the previous party has perpetuated for half a century? Will Japan ever deal with its aging population? Will it establish a credible and sustainable safety net for its people? Can it restore the vigor and inventiveness of its economy so abundant in the 80′s?
Join Professor David Arase from the International Relations Department and specialist in Japanese politics for a discussion on the recent Japanese Elections and its implications for Japanese and world politics and economics. Delicious Trader Joe’s Snacks will be provided!
Click here for an article on the elections written by Professor Arase.