Divided Societies in the US and Europe: Prognosis for Japan (G1 Global 2019)

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G1 Global Conference @GLOBIS Tokyo, Sept. 16, 2019.
Three years after the Brexit vote and election of President Donald Trump, the waves of populism show no signs of slowing down. Issues that once simmered below the surface—immigration, health care, job creation—have boiled over to disrupt traditional political alliances, divide societies, and even rattle families at the dinner table. As each side becomes more extreme, compromised levels of politeness and decency erode political discourse, centrism, and collaboration. What are the issues driving this populism? Is it too late to turn back? Will this happen to Japan, too, or can Japan avoid it? Our panelists share their insights.

Abdul El-Sayed (Public Health Expert & Progressive Activist)
Nick Herbert (MP for Arundel & South Downs, House of Commons, UK)
Mieko Nakabayashi (Professor, School of Social Sciences, Waseda University)
Moderator: Abigail Friedman (Founder and CEO, The Wisteria Group)