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[Lunchtime Lecture] Politics and Challenges in Myanmar ~Driving Forces and Obstacles to Change~


  • Lecturer: Nemoto Kei (Professor, Sophia University)
  • Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 12:15-1:30 pm (Doors open at 11:45 am)
  • Venue: Kabayama-Matsumoto Room, International House of Japan
  • Language: Japanese (without English interpretation)
  • Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen, IHJ members: Free)
  • (Reservation required) *Lunch is NOT included.
  • Seating Capacity: 70

As the long-lasting military government of Myanmar (Burma) made compromises with Western countries and opposition parties, the country became a focus of world attention. Aung San Suu Kyi returned to politics in April 2012, and it is reported in the media that Myanmar is now rapidly moving toward democratization under the Thein Sein administration. At the same time, Myanmar is attracting the attention of overseas companies as the “last frontier of Asia” with its opening of the economy.
What is the current political and social situation in Myanmar, one and a half years after the advent of the new administration? Professor Nemoto will comprehensively explain the present situation of Myanmar, clarifying the challenges the country faces.

Nemoto Kei

Photo: Nemoto KeiStudied in the doctoral program at International Christian University. Professor Nemoto specializes in history, especially modern history in Southeast Asia concentrating on Myanmar. He assumed his current position in 2007.