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Blast from the Past? A Closer Look at the Rise of Japan’s Political Right
- Chris Winkler (Senior research fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo)
Following the LDP’s landslide victories at the Lower and Upper House elections in 2012 and 2013 as well as the return of Shinzo Abe as party president and Prime Minister, many observers at home and abroad have warned about Japan drifting to the right. Constitutional reform, restriction of fundamental human rights, a more assertive defense policy and historical revision are seen as key manifestations of this ongoing trend. This talk will address these issues by placing them in the context of postwar party history and political thought.
Senior research fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo
Chris Winkler is senior research fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo. His research interests include postwar political history and party manifestos. He is author of “The Quest for Japan’s New Constitution” (Routledge, 2010). His articles have been published in Social Science Japan Journal and Japan Forum.