Japan’s Political Leadership in Foreign Policymaking Open lecture with Prof. Tomohito Shinoda.
Open lecture with Prof. Tomohito Shinoda.
Abstract: Under the Liberal Democratic Party government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs played a pivotal role in the foreign policy making. In the 1990s, the need for strong leadership was emphasized due to national crises and bureaucratic scandals. Hashimoto’s efforts for administrative reform brought institutional changes to strengthen the Cabinet’s authority. Prime Minister Koizumi took advantage of the changes to exercise strong leadership in the national security. However, the post-Koizumi leaders, including the prime ministers under the Democratic Party of Japan government failed to effectively take advantage of the expertise of bureaucrats in the area of foreign policy and national security.
Shinoda Tomohito is Professor of International Relations at the International University of Japan, located in Niigata, Japan. He received Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. His publication includes Leading Japan: The Role of the Prime Minister (Praeger, 2000), Koizumi Diplomacy: Japan’s Kantei Approach in Foreign and Defense Affairs (University of Washington Press, 2007), and Japanese Politics Then and Now: Institutional Changes and Power Shift (Columbia University Press, forthcoming).
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Place: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Scheelevägen 15, room Alfa 1010
Contact: Karl Gustafsson
Friday, September 7, 2012 - 10:15 to 12:00