[An edited version of this lecture is available in the IHJ Bulletin, Vol.27, No.1, 2007.]
- Speaker: Arthur Stockwin
- Emeritus Director, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies;
- Emeritus Fellow, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford
- Date & Time: Thursday, November 16, 2006, 1:30-3:00 pm
- Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
Professor Arthur Stockwin is a renowned professor of modern Japanese studies, who clearly interprets the dynamics of Japanese politics and makes them comprehensible to the non-Japanese. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford, Professor Stockwin taught at the Department of Political Science of the Australian National University, where he was awarded his Ph.D. From 1982 until his retirement in 2003, he was a Fellow of St. Antony’s College and became the Director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford. He has published many books, including The Japanese Socialist Party and Neutralism (1968), Dynamic and Immobilist Politics in Japan (1988), and Governing Japan-Divided Politics in a Major Economy (3rd ed., 1999). In this lecture, Professor Stockwin will evaluate Japanese politics from an European perspective and discuss foreign policy during the past decade, comparing Tony Blair and Junichiro Koizumi as political leaders. He will also provide insights into the direction to which Japan might be heading with the change of administration. Dr. Koichi Nakano, associate professor of Sophia University and an up-and-coming political scientist, who has just published Yasukuni to mukiau (Facing up to Yasukuni, Mekong Publishing, 2006), will preside and comment.