Sun & Star Symposium: Are Reforms Dead in Japan? The Legacy of Prime Minister Koizumi

Thursday, November 8, 2012 (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Vester Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall, Lyle School of Engineering (map)

Scholars, policy experts, and diplomats will analyze the state of economic, political and foreign policy reforms in Japan today through the lens of PM Koizumi’s dramatic and anomalous reforms from 2001-2006 in an effort to decipher lessons learned, and to craft policy recommendations for Japan’s future.

Agenda & Speakers


Registration & Continental Breakfast


Welcome & Introduction


Panel 1–Prime Minister Koizumi & Japan’s Economic Reforms

  • Hiroki Takeuchi(Discussant), Tower Center, SMU
  • Marie Anchordoguy, University of Washington
  • Patricia Maclachlan, University of Texas at Austin
  • Len Schoppa, University of Virginia

Panel 2– Prime Minister Koizumi & Japan’s Political Reforms

  • Ko Maeda (Discussant), University of North Texas
  • John Campbell, University of Michigan
  • Kenneth Mori McElwain, University of Michigan
  • Linda Hasunuma, Franklin & Marshall College

Keynote Luncheon– The Honorable J. Thomas Schieffer, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan


Panel 3– Prime Minister Koizumi & Japan’s Foreign Policy

  • Mike Strausz(Discussant), Texas Christian University
  • Yoshihide Soeya, Keio University
  • Andrew Oros, Washington College
  • Tomohito Shinoda, International University of Japan

This event is held in partnership with:

  • SMU Cox School of Business
  • Sun & Star Japan Studies Fund
  • Japan-America Society of Dallas/Forth Worth
  • Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Keio Research Institute at SFC (KRIS), Japan Studies Platform Laboratory