THE DECEMBER 16, 2012 JAPANESE ELECTION -THE NEW ABE CABINET - AND WHAT IT MAY ALL MEAN FOR JAPAN, EAST ASIA, AND THE WORLD IN 2013

INTRODUCTORY WELCOME BY: YVES TIBERGHIEN IAR DIRECTOR AND JULIAN DIERKES CJR DIRECTOR MODERATOR: AMBASSADOR JOSEPH CARON PANELISTS AND TOPICS: PROFESSOR BEN NYBLADE (UBC Political Science): Overview of the Election: Factors Behind the DPJ’s Collapse and the Role of Prime Minister Leadership PROFESSOR IKUO KUME (Waseda University, Visiting Scholar at Institute of European Studies and Political Science, UBC): Policy Positions and Party Cohesion in Japan: results from a pre-election candidate survey and policy space analysis GO MURAKAMI PhD Candidate (UBC Political Science): Public Opinion Clues behind a Lopsided Election; what happened to third-force parties? PROFESSOR YVES TIBERGHIEN (UBC IAR and Political Science): Abenomics and the new trajectory of Japan’s Economy; fiscal policy, BOJ autonomy, TPP, and energy policy PROFESSOR TSUYOSHI KAWASAKI (SFU Political Science): Abe’s Foreign Policy – what can we expect?