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80th Conflict Studies Seminar in the Humanities -- "The Emergence of Populism in Regional Areas and the Awareness of Voters"

2011-12-2 (Fri) 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

80th Conflict Studies Seminar in the Humanities -- Global COE Program, Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities -- "The Emergence of Populism in Regional Areas and the Awareness of Voters" will be held on Friday, December 2, 2011. In this seminar, MATSUTANI Mitsuru, a sociologist, will speak about the emerging populism in local politics.

Registration is not required. No admission fee is charged for attending this seminar. Please come if interested.

Lecturer: MATSUTANI Mitsuru, Sociologist, Associate professor, Chukyo University

Venue: Lecture Room L4, 3rd floor, Liberal Arts Research Building, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University


Celebrities have won elections and gained strong power by skillfully using the media. Such politicians' activities have become prominent in local politics since the 2000s. The typical examples are Governor of Tokyo ISHIHARA Shintaro, mayor of Nagoya KAWAMURA Takashi and (as of November 16) former Governor of Osaka HASHIMOTO Toru. What is supporting their popularity?

Mr. Matsutani is a up-and-coming sociologist, struggling to clarify the reality of populism by using methods for weighting his survey.

In this seminar, he will speak basing his remarks on analysis of opinion surveys conducted in Tokyo and Osaka in 2009.

The mayoral and gubernatorial double elections of Osaka are typical populist elections. Although election outcome is not known at the time of planning this seminar, organizers hope that this seminar will be an opportunity in Osaka just after the election for participants to discuss the situation of populism, its challenges and the relation between politics and something or someone being popular.

Interested individuals are welcome to attend.

Brief bio of Dr. MATSUTANI Mitsuru, Associate Professor, Chukyo University

His specialties are political sociology and social psychology.

Dr. Matsutani graduated from the Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences, Osaka University, and completed the second year of his doctor's course at the School of Human Sciences.

Recent publications:

  • "The Failure of Grass Roots Democracy -- Voting Behaviors in Mayoral Election in 2004" in The Political Sociology of Reflexive Modernization edited by KUBOTA Shigeru, et al., 2008, Minervashobo
  • "Populism -- What Characteristics are seen in Supporters of Governors Ishihara and Hashimoto?" in A Look toward Foreigners and Political Awareness edited by TANABE Shunsuke, 2010, Keisoshobo

This year, he contributed articles on surveys to the magazines Sight #48 published by Rockin'on and the April version of The World published by Iwanami Shoten.

M.C.: FURUKAWA Takeshi, Specially appointed assistant professor, GCOE, Osaka University

Date: 2011-12-2 (Fri) 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Organizer: GCOE Program A Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities, Crossing Popular Culture Research Project, Osaka University
Contact: Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, FURUKAWA Takeshi

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