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Tamamoto to speak on Japan and Iraq, March 31

Masaru Tamamoto, a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, will present "A Japan That Can Go to War -- A Nightmare Scenario?" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, in 2 Robertson Hall.

The author of numerous essays on Japanese national identity and international relations, Tamamoto contributed to a report recently published by the Woodrow Wilson Center of Washington, D.C. "The People vs. Koizumi? Japan-U.S. Relations and Japan's Struggle for National Identity" includes three interpretations of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's support for U.S. activities in Iraq and the perception gap between Japanese elites and ordinary citizens. Tamamoto declares that Koizumi has pushed the public farther than it wants to go in the direction of militarization, and that casualties in Iraq could bring down Koizumis government.

The World Policy Institute is part of New School University in New York. Tamamoto, who resides in Japan, was a MacArthur Foundation fellow in international peace and security at Princeton in 1988-89.

His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination .

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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