Japan’s climate change policy to be discussed at lecture series


The Japanese Studies Lecture Series features Mark Tilton, associate professor of political science and Asian studies program director at Purdue University, to talk about “Japan and the Dilemmas of Climate Change Policy: How to Shift Renewables and Create a Sustainable Economy” on Monday, April 8, at 11 a.m. in Kirby Learning Center, Room 6.

Tilton will talk about how the Japanese public is concerned that world temperatures are likely to climb several degrees during this century. Like the rest of the world, he says, Japan is threatened by the prospect of rising sea levels, drops in agricultural production and increasingly erratic weather. Tilton will also discuss how Japan is struggling to produce more renewable energy to replace nuclear power and carbon-based fuels in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami and the meltdown of the nuclear reactor in Fukushima.

With a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, Tilton’s research is in the field of comparative political economy, with a specialization in Japan. He has worked on antitrust and regulatory policy and is currently researching climate change policy. His teaching is also in the area of comparative and East Asian politics.

This program is free and open to the public. For any questions contact Reiko Itoh, associate professor of modern languages – Japanese, at 217.245.3360 or


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