Tonight at 7 p.m., Dr. William Brooks, adjunct professor of Japanese Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, will discuss current political developments under the Noda Cabinet as well as U.S.-Japan relations, including the ever-complicated Okinawa/Futenma issue.
Dr. Brooks earned a doctorate in Japanese history from Columbia University and is the author of numerous articles and two books. He retired from the U.S. State Department in 2009 after a 35-year career as a diplomat, research analyst, and linguist.
The lecture, Japan Under the Democratic Party of Japan, is sponsored by the Smith College Program in East Asian Studies and the Department of Government. It will be held in Seelye Hall 101, and is free and open to the public.