What is Japan’s economic, political and foreign policy future?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

10:30 - 11:20 Ballroom 1



Fumio Kishida

Chairperson, LDP Policy Research Council, Japan; Member of the House of Representatives; former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Japan's economic mood is bright. Investors are betting on modest but stable growth for the economy, fueled by a mix of internal and external demand. But for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, besides proving that his policies can sustainably revive the Japanese economy, he also faces a daunting in-tray of challenges this year. These range from coping with persistent tension over North Korea's missile and nuclear arms program, to handling delicate relations with China, the US, Russia and South Korea, to tackling the issue of a low birth rate and caring for its elderly population, to preparing for presidential elections and initiating a possible referendum on amending the post-World War II Constitution. Fumio Kishida is a key economic policy advisor to the Government and Japan’s longest serving Foreign Affairs Minister, a role he held until August 2017. And, should he run for election, he is seen as the most likely candidate to succeed Prime Minister Abe when his current three-year term as Liberal Democratic Party President ends in September. In a make-or-break year for Japan, Mr. Kishida joins us to share his views on the key economic, political and foreign policy challenges facing the country and how they can be overcome.

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