Jackson School Professor Robert Pekkanen, an expert on Japan and electoral systems, has co-edited a new book, “Japan Decides 2021: The Japanese General Election,” (Palgrave Macmillan, Dec. 2022). It is the fourth in a series of election volumes co-edited by Pekkanen in the last ten years.
The book features more than two dozen chapters analyzing the October 31, 2021 national parliamentary election in Japan. Several analyses focus on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on politics and society, while others look at the postponed Tokyo Olympics, monetary policy, Black Lives Matter (in Japan), Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s legacy, women’s representation, as well as political and social developments. It is designed to be the comprehensive analysis of this election.