LUNCH 11:45 a.m. LECTURE 12:15 p.m.
Koizumi won his gamble - the LDP gained far more seats than it went into the election with. What led Japan to this critical election? What short and long-term trends culminated in this unparalleled series of events and allowed Koizumi to take this gamble and win it so decisively? What does this mean for the future of Japanese politics, society and Japan's relations with the U.S.? Ellis S. Krauss, a political scientist specializing on Japanese politics who has been conducting research on the LDP and was in Japan observing the election, will attempt to answer these questions.
Ellis S. Krauss is Professor at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego. He is the author of many books and articles on Japanese politics and U.S.-Japan relations, his most recent book being Beyond Bilateralism: U.S.-Japan Relations in the New Asia Pacific (Stanford University Press, 2004), co-edited with T.J. Pempel. Krauss received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Krauss' lecture is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.