Japan Update 2019: Leadership in a time of uncertainty

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics | Australia-Japan Research Centre | ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 04 September 2019


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


Amy King, Ippei Fujiwara, Kiichi Fujiwara, Lauren Richardson, Mariko Sakakibara, Melanie Brock, Murray McLean, Nana Oishi, Nobuhiro Aizawa, Purnendra Jain, Reuben Keehan, Rumi Aoyama, Sally Wheeler, Shiro Armstrong, Takashi Kozu, Tomoko Akami, Veronica Taylor, Yasuyuki Todo, Yoko Kamikawa


Australia-Japan Research Centre
+61 2 6125 8247

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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