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[Webinar] A Prime Minister and his Legacy

  • 08 Sep 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom


Japan will soon have a new Prime Minister following Mr Abe’s record breaking stint in office. Mr Abe won three Lower House elections and became a familiar figure internationally – in itself, an unusual achievement for a Japanese Prime Minister. His Abenomics programme and the Three Arrows promised much – but what did they really achieve and how will history judge this interesting figure? And what happens next – where do his successors propose to lead Japan?

This webinar will feature speaker Tobias Harris, Executive Vice President and Japan analyst in Washington, DC, for Teneo Intelligence. His biography ‘The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan‘ was published by Hurst on 27 August and has been very well received.

He is an expert on Japanese politics, and worked in 2006-2007 on the staff of Keiichiro Asao, at that time a member of the upper house of the Japanese Diet and shadow foreign minister for the Democratic Party of Japan, for whom he conducted research on foreign policy and Japan’s relations with the United States. He is also the Fellow for Economy, Trade, and Business at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA.

Tobias’ review will be followed by an open Q&A facilitated by ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus Melanie Brock, CEO of Melanie Brock Advisory and one of Japan’s best known APAC specialists.


Date: Tuesday 8 September, 2020

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm (JST)

Location: Zoom

Price: Free (ANZCCJ Members only)

※ Non-ANZCCJ members can register for this event from the BCCJ Website (Price: 2,000JPY)


Tobias Harris | Executive Vice President, Teneo Intelligence

Tobias Harris earned an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in Politics and History from Brandeis University. He has also conducted graduate research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and, from 2011-2012, at the Institute for Social Science at the University of Tokyo as a Fulbright scholar.

Tobias has written about Japanese politics for publications including the Financial TimesWall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs and regularly provides on-air analysis for CNBC, Bloomberg, and other networks.


Melanie Brock | CEO, Melanie Brock Advisory 

Melanie Brock is one of Japan’s best-known APAC specialists. She uniquely combines language skills, high level political, media and business networks, and practical commercial business leadership. She consistently delivers on business, regulatory and partnership outcomes for Japanese and Australian corporations in both a global and domestic context.

Highlights of Melanie Brock’s 20 year plus experience include leading nationwide marketing campaigns, successful bilateral free trade agreement and architect of regional Japan CSR activities. Melanie is currently engaged by several companies as a senior advisor including Tanarra, AIG, the Western Sydney & Aerotropolis Authority and several Japanese companies. She is on the board of Sega Sammy, has been a member of the Australia-Japan Research Centre Advisory Board since July 2019 and an Advance Global Ambassador since October 2019.

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