Past event

Do Prime Ministers Make a Difference? Some Historical Reflections

Chatham House, London

Asia Programme

Participants

Speaker: Professor Arthur Stockwin, former Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies and Director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford (1982-2003)
Chair: Chris Hood, Associate Fellow, Chatham House and Director, Cardiff Japanese Studies Centre

Overview

Lunch will be available from 12.45. There will be a £10 charge.

A widespread belief about Japanese Prime Ministers in the second half of the twentieth century is that the system gravely inhibited the exercise of prime ministerial power. In this century (starting with Koizumi), it is thought that the office of prime minister is coming into its own. This talk will seek to throw doubt on this perception by reference to a few of Japan's many post-war prime ministers who really have made a difference. Some of them are not much remembered today but their contributions ought not to be forgotten.

Professor J A A Stockwin was Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies and Director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford from 1982 until his retirement in 2003. He is an Emeritus Fellow of St. Antony's College Oxford. Currently Professor Stockwin is General Editor of the Nissan Institute / Routledge Japanese Studies series, and in 1994-95 was President of the British Association of Japanese Studies. His most recent extended stay in Japan was between January and April 1997, when he was a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Social Science, Tokyo University. He was also a member of the Management Advisory Council of Tokyo University (2002-2004).

His publications include: The Japanese Socialist Party and Neutralism (1968); Japan and Australia in the Seventies (1972); Japan: Divided Politics in a Growth Economy (1975, 1982); Dynamic and Immobilist Politics in Japan (1988); The Establishment of the Japanese Constitution, by Junji Banno (translator, 1992); Governing Japan (1999, 2008). Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Japan (2003); Collected Writings of J.A.A. Stockwin (2004); Thirty-Odd Feet under Belgium: An Affair of Letters in the Great War, 1915-1916 (2005).