Japan Election 2009: Political, Economic & Security Implications for the Future

In a historic election on August 30, 2009, the Democratic Party of Japan achieved a landslide victory over the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). With the exception of a 11 month period from 1993-94, this election marks the first time the Liberal Democratic Party has lost control of the Prime Ministership since 1955. In this roundtable discussion, Jun Saito, assistant professor of Political Science at Yale University and former Member of Parliament representing the Democratic Party of Japan, Edward Lincoln, director of the Center for Japan-US Business Relations and professor of Economics at New York University Stern School of Business, and Christina Davis, associate professor in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, analyze the potential impact of the new government on Japanese international relations, domestic politics, and economics. Moderated by Ken Karube, New York bureau chief of Jiji Press.

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