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ANU Crawford School of Public Policy presents


Japan Update 2019: Leadership in a time of uncertainty


Conference by Australia-Japan Research Centre



4th September 2019
9.00am - 5.00pm


Molonglo Theatre , Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Kiichi Fujiwara, Yasuyuki Todo, Rumi Aoyama, Lauren Richardson, Nobuhiro Aizawa, Shiro Armstrong, Ippei Fujiwara and Veronica Taylor



The Australia Japan Research Centre and ANU Japan Institute is proud to host the 2019 annual Japan Update conference — Leadership in a Time of Uncertainty — on Wednesday 4 September in the Molonglo Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy.

Japan has entered a new Reiwa era with the new Emperor.

Japan is the world’s third largest economy with a stable government — Shinzo Abe is about to become Japan’s longest serving prime minister. But the country is dealing with domestic challenges of a shrinking and ageing population, a weak opposition and huge government debt. Internationally, Japan is navigating a path between China and the United States, a relationship with South Korea that is in free fall, and a North Korean neighbour with nuclear weapons.

The G20 summit in Osaka is concluded but uncertainty remains regionally and internationally. Prime minister Abe’s ruling party won the recent upper house elections but uncertainty remains domestically.

What will Japan look like, as Tokyo hosts the Olympics next year?

This year’s update brings together distinguished experts in the fields of politics, policy, and economics from Japan and Australia for the latest research and debates on these issues.

Seats are limited.

Take a look at previous Updates, podcasts, and speakers via the links below.

Japan Update 2018

Peak Japan

Japan Update 2017

Seeking new directions

Japan Update 2016

Reinventing Japan

Japan Update 2015

Political, economic and social change

Japan Update 2014

Political, economic and social change

Japan Update 2013

Looking forward in economics, politics, and trade

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