Smith illuminates "generational change" in Japanese LDP

October 07, 2021

Following the election of Fumio Kishida as Japan's prime minister, Professor Daniel Smith contextualized his ascension in The Washington Post. Although Kishida pledged a "regenerated" Liberal Democratic Party, Smith writes, "one of the ironies of Japanese politics . . . is that 'generational change' in the LDP often means the sons, grandsons and other relatives of outgoing politicians step in to replace them. Kishida is a prime example--his father and grandfather were also lawmakers."

Smith's research investigates why dynasties dominate political leadership in Japan and elsewhere around the world. Please click here to read the op-ed.