Portland State University Master of International Management (MIM) Program and the Center for Japanese Studies present the lecture "The Koizumi Surprise: Japan Moves to a New Politics" with Dr. T. J. Pempel, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies.
Prime Minister Koizumi came to power in 2001 vowing to "reform Japan" and to reinvigorate its economy which, under the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party, was in disarray. Although his "reforms" failed to materialize, in the surprise election of September 2005, Koizumi led the LDP to an unprecedented victory. Professor Pempel will examine the election and the conditions leading up to it, arguing that it may well represents a fundamental change in Japanese politics and economics.Brought to you with the support of Azumano Travel and Japan-America Society of Oregon
When: 6-8 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2006
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, Browsing Lounge, Room 238 (1825 SW Broadway St.)
Cost: This lecture is free and open to PSU students, Faculty and the Community.
Light refreshments will be served following the lecture.