The Changing Society of Contemporary Japan: Lecture by Dr. YvesTiberghien

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The Changing Society of Contemporary Japan: Lecture by Dr. YvesTiberghien

Post  JF on Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:09 am

Lecture on the Changing Society of Contemporary Japan


The Japan Foundation , Toronto

Japan is currently experiencing major changes in its political and social landscape, but in most cases these events are not widely reported or discussed in Canada . The intention of this lecture is to present this information through the eyes of a Canadian Japanese Studies scholar in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of the present situation in Japan . During his lecture, Dr. Yves Tiberghien, a political science specialist at the University of British Columbia , will discuss and analyze the recent changes in the political scene in Japan .

“Regime Change in Tokyo ?: Promises, Stakes and Realities of the Revolutionary Hatoyama Administration”

By Dr. Yves Tiberghien

Associate Professor, Political Science
Faculty Associate at the Centre for Japanese Research
University of British Columbia

Date: Thursday, February 11, 7:00 pm (doors open 6:30)

Location: The Japan Foundation , Toronto , 131 Bloor St. W. (second floor of the Colonnade)

RSVP REQUIRED: or (416) 966-1600 x103

Admission: FREE

On August 30, 2009, the green-shoot Democratic Party of Japan swept aside 54 years of domination by the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. Yukio Hatoyama became Prime Minister on September 16 and immediately unveiled an unprecedented cabinet that promised sweeping change on all dimensions:governance, social policy, economic policy, and foreign policy. What, exactly, has happened? Who are the new rulers of Japan ? Where do they want to take Japan and can they deliver? What are the implications for the world, and for Canada , of their brand new foreign policy? Nearly 5 months after the Hatoyama government took office, it has become clear that the promises and new initiatives have increasingly hit the walls of reality. This talk will attempt to balance the initial promises and the confrontation between promise and realities.


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