LECTURE: Michael Cucek, The Japanese Upper House elections, results and implications

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The Japanese Upper House elections  Results and implications

Speaker: Michael Cucek, Temple University Japan.

Moderator: Robert Dujarric, Temple University Japan.


Thursday 14 July 2022 09:30-10:30 Tokyo/Seoul

08:30 Beijing/Taipei/Singapore -- 10:30 Sydney


Wednesday 13 July 2022: 14:30 Hawaii - 17:30 California - 20:30 DC

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Japan will hold an election for half the seats of the House of Councillors (Japan’s Upper House) on 10 July 2022.  This will be the first real electoral test of the premiership and LDP party leadership of Fumio Kishida.  The election takes place in an international and economic environment significantly altered from the one existing just a few months ago.   To help us understand the results and their domestic and foreign implications, we are fortunate to have as our guest speaker Michael Cucek, Assistant Professor at Temple University Japan and one of the leading observers of Japanese political life.  Following Professor Cucek's presentation, we will have a moderated Q&A session. 


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 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. 



Robert Dujarric, Co-Director, Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University Japan.

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