Japan’s Political Leaders
Time & LocationSeptember 23, 6am EDT (7pm JST)
The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) presents a weekly webinar series on Japanese culture and society, Getting to Know Japan Series.
What are the significant characteristics of recent Japanese prime ministers and how has Japan changed under their respective administrations? Tobias Harris, author of The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan, will shed some light on these questions as he gives an introductory overview of Japan’s political leaders before opening the floor for Q&A. Harris is a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future.
This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded. The event is free, but registration is required.
The webinar series is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.
Tobias Harris is senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where he oversees the National Security and International Policy team’s work on Asia. From 2013 to 2021, he was a political risk analyst covering Japan and the Korean Peninsula at Teneo Intelligence, as well as a research fellow for economy, trade, and business at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA from 2014 to 2020. He is also the author of The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan, the first English-language biography of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. Prior to joining Teneo Intelligence, Harris worked for a Japanese legislator, authored the blog Observing Japan, and conducted graduate research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in politics and history from Brandeis University.