Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Columbia University
Moderated by: David E. Weinstein, Director, CJEB; Carl S. Shoup Professor of the Japanese Economy, Columbia University
With Prime Minister Abe's sudden resignation in September, his powerful chief cabinet secretary, Suga Yoshihide, obtained the support of the party's most powerful faction leaders to become Japan's new prime minister. Suga was elected to serve out the remainder of Abe's tenure as LDP president. Come next September he will have to win a party presidential contest if he is to remain as prime minister. After almost two months in office his future is uncertain. He has pushed for some popular reforms but he has not been able to articulate an overarching vision or strategy. He has faced widespread criticism for his decision relating to the appointment of new members of the prestigious Science Council. His popularity has been going down. One thing we know is that the skill set that makes for a powerful chief cabinet secretary is not the same as is required of a successful prime minister. Will Suga remain prime minister after next September or will power pass into the hands of a new generation of political leaders? Is there likely to be a continuation of stable government as there was under Abe or is Japan perhaps heading into another phase of rapidly changing occupants of the prime minister's residence? These are some of the questions Professor Curtis will be addressing in this webinar.
The event is co-sponsored by the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at the Columbia Business School
and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University.