Neither Populism nor Drift: Japan’s October 2017 Election

By Yves Tiberghien, Director Of Institute Of Asian Research (IAR)  Associate Professor Of Political Science at the Universty of British Columbia and Faculty Associate at Fondation France-Japon de ‘EHESS).

Published by Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, December 7, 2017

The election campaign was replete with drama. In the course of barely four weeks, years’ worth of political evolution took place on an extremely compressed scale and in a manner that would be inconceivable in many otherwise similar democracies. Several issues of relevance for Canada hung in the balance: the future of TPP-11 (CPTPP), Japan’s role in support of the global liberal order and Paris agreement on climate change, and Japan’s role in global security.

When the results were announced on the night of October 22, they were rife with paradox. Three core outcomes stand out. Read more.


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