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Japan after the Change: Perspectives of Western Opinion Leaders

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December 22, 2009

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The unprecedented reversal of government from the Liberal Democrats to the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) also implies the challenges faced by the DPJ as it navigates a perilous transition and attempts to bring the bureaucracy to heel. How are people outside Japan viewing the change in Japan?
The Tokyo Foundation jointly organized a forum featuring leading British and American researchers and journalists with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).

Time and Date:
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Place:
The Nippon Foundation Bldg., 2nd Floor, 1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Speakers:
Roger Cohen, Columnist, New York Times and International Herald Tribune
Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page Editor, Washington Post
Philip Stephens, Associate Editor, Financial Times
Jean Pisani-Ferry, Director, Bruegel
Daniel Twining, Senior Fellow for Asia, the German Marshall Fund of the United States

Moderator:
Tsuneo Watanabe, Director for Foreign & Security Policy Research and Senior Fellow, Tokyo Foundation


 

Thirty-Second Tokyo Foundation Forum

Japan after the Change:
the  Perspectives of Western Opinion Leaders



CHAPTERS (External link)

WATCH ALL
01. Roger Cohen
07min 50sec

Columnist, New York Times and International Herald Tribune
02. Fred Hiatt
08min 03sec

Editorial Page Editor, Washington Post
03. Philip Stephens
12min 55sec

Associate Editor, Financial Times
04. Jean Pisani-Ferry 14min 07sec

Director, Bruegel
05. Daniel Twining
09min 40sec

Senior Fellow for Asia, the German Marshall Fund of the United States


Articles written based on their fact-finding visit to have been published in their respective dailies:

Fred Hiatt, “Does Japan Still Matter?” Washington Post

Philip Stephens, “US-Japan: an Easy Marriage Becomes a Ménage à Trois,” Financial Times

Roger Cohen, “Obama's Japan Headache,” New York Times


German Marshall Fund of the United States:
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a nonpartisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between North America and Europe. Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has seven offices in Europe: Berlin, Bratislava, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, and Bucharest.

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