Japan's Democracy: Lessons and Reflections

2021–2022

As part of our program on Expanding Support for Democratic Governance, JCIE launched a project on “Japan’s Democracy: Lessons and Reflections.” Led by Dr. Harukata Takenaka, Professor at the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), the project facilitated three discussions among leading Japanese scholars and practitioners to reflect on Japan’s own experience in building a democratic society post-WWII, examine the resilience of the elements that support democratic governance in Japan today, and identify possible ways to strengthen it further into the future. JCIE is releasing write-ups of each of these discussions, which can be found below. For information about the project in Japanese please see our Democracy for the Future Website.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Participants

KENNETH MORI MCELWAIN, Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

KENSUKE TAKAYASU, Professor of the Faculty of Law and Director of Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, Seikei University

NAOKO TANIGUCHI, Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University

Moderator

HARUKATA TAKENAKA, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

 

2nd Panel Discussion | Government Systems
Participants

YOSUKE SUNAHARA, Professor, Kobe University Graduate School of Law

SATOSHI MACHIDORI, Professor, Kyoto University Graduate School of Law

TAKAKO HIKOTANI, Professor, International Centre, Gakushuin University

Moderator

HARUKATA TAKENAKA, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

3rd Panel Discussion | Civil Society, Diversity, and Media
Participants

TOSHIKI ABE, Representative, Ridilover Incorporated Association

RIEKO KAGE, Professor, University of Tokyo Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

KAORI HAYASHI, Professor, University of Tokyo Graduate School of Interfaculty Initiative in  Information Studies / Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

Moderator

HARUKATA TAKENAKA, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)