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Japanese politics and policy: The agenda for 2015
- Michael Cucek (ICAS Adjunct Fellow, Adjunct Professor at Waseda University and at Temple University Japan Campus (starting Spring 2016))
Following a snap election, nuclear reactor restarts, a shrinking economy, rising prices, a sinking yen, the advent of the Special Secrets Act, the revision of the Defense Guidelines, China pressures, a prime minister in a hurry…a lot lies on the plate as Nagata-cho rings in the New Year. ICAS Adjunct Fellow Michael Cucek offers his take on the state of politics and government in advance of the 2015 Regular Session of the Diet, with his forecasts of possible turning points and issues salient in the near and intermediate futures.
ICAS Adjunct Fellow, Adjunct Professor at Waseda University and at Temple University Japan Campus (starting Spring 2016)
Michael Cucek is an analyst and author who had spent half a lifetime looking at Japan and the Japanese. An alumnus of Stanford University with graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Columbia University, he has lived in Tokyo since 1994. An employee of a boutique research institute for 15 years, he now serves the diplomatic and financial communities as an independent consultant on Japanese politics and government policy. He is Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Waseda University, teaching political science and international relations. He was Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University in Spring 2015, teaching courses in globalization and political leadership. In Spring 2016 he will be teaching Japan and a Changing World Order at Temple University Japan Campus and Introduction to International Politics in Fall 2016. He is the author of the blog Shisaku: Marginalia on Japanese Politics and Society (http://shisaku.