Date: Thursday, July 06, 2023 6:00 PM
Location: Room 301, Temple University, Japan Campus, 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004


  • Michael Cucek (Temple University Japan)


  • Robert Dujarric (ICAS Co-Director)


Throughout the spring of 2023, Prime Minister Kishida seemed to be making the last moves toward a Diet dissolution and early general election, with a performance as global statesman at the G7 Summit as the final flourish of a grand campaign. Yet even as he hosted a successful gathering of the leaders of the major industrial democracies, invigorated political ties with South Korea, and provided a stage for Ukraine’s president Zelensky, Kishida’s plan to swivel from international success to domestic political victory collapsed. The Liberal Democratic Party’s electoral alliance with the Komeito, the bedrock political relationship in Japanese politics, plunged into crisis. Facing a sudden storm of public criticism Kishida had to fire his political secretary, who happens to also be his eldest son and the presumed heir to the Hiroshima District #1 Diet seat.   

What has happened and what is going to happen now? Temple University Japan’s Michael Cucek leads a discussion of the current state of Japanese politics. 

Date & Time:

Thursday, July 6, 2023 18:00 - 19:00


Room 301
Temple University, Japan Campus/テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス (Access/アクセス)
1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Exact location of the entrance:
Enter "35.642317133254295, 139.6738373586528" in the Google Maps search box.
Metro: Sangenjaya Station/三軒茶屋駅. Exit South A/南口A


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This event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.

Speaker Profile:

Michael Cucek is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at Temple University, Japan Campus (1/2020 - Present). He is a fellow at Temple University Japan’s Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (2014 - Present) and a senior advisor for consultancy Langley Esquire. Prior academic positions include Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Temple University, Japan Campus (9/2016-12/2019), Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Waseda University (10/2016-2/2020) and Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University (4/2015 - 8/2015). For 15 years he was Senior Research Analyst at Okamoto Associates, a strategic and business consulting firm to Japanese multinationals and government affiliated agencies (1/1995 - 6/2010). Before that he was a Research Associate at the Asahi National Broadcast Company (10/1992 - 9/1994). Professor Cucek's specializations include the history of China and Japan, Japanese politics, U.S. relations with Northeast and Southeast Asia, international politics and the history of racism.

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