September 27, 2018

A lecture was held at the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) on Tuesday, September 27, exploring the formation of the liberal and democratic Japanese society, delivered by Prof. Kaoru Iokibe from Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, of the University of Tokyo.

The lecture, organized by CSS under the title: "Modernization of Japan and its Background", focused on the process of forming of Japanese democracy, modernization, and the history of Meiji era (1868-1912), the origin of Japanís fundamental values of democracy and the rule of law.

During the lecture, Prof. Iokibe explained the political situation in Japan in the period of the Meiji Restoration, which was an event that ended the Edo (Tokugawa shogunate) period (1603-1867) and restored practical imperial rule to the Empire of Japan in 1868 under Emperor Meiji.

It also outlined the transition process where Japan successfully transformed itself from decentralized, feudal Edo era to a unified, modern nation.
 
The lecture, according to Prof. Iokibe, comes on the occasion of 150th anniversary from the starting of Meiji era. He said that gaining an understanding of how the Japanese society modernized and gained more inclusiveness can help in understanding the implications of modernization on the Jordanian society.

Prof. Kaoru Iokibe holds a PhD in Law from the University of Tokyo. His research majorly focuses on the political and diplomatic history of modern Japan.
 
The lecture saw the attendance of the Ambassador of Japan to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Mr. Hidenao Yanagi and his first secretary Mr. Fukuzaki Koji, and was moderated by Prof. Musa Shteiwi, CSS Director.