16:30-17:00, Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Leader of the Green Wind Party
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster did not reshape the Japanese political scene as much as some analysts had initially expected, but it would be wrong to believe that it had no impact on Japanese party politics at all. One of the clearest examples of Fukushima's impact can be perceived in the rise of a small but distinct green movement encompassing several small parties, with the Green Wind Party the strongest in terms of Diet representation.
Kuniko Tanioka is the leader of the Green Wind Party and she has agreed to come to our club and to explain her party's purposes and policies ahead of the looming House of Councillors elections.
Tanioka comes from a distinguished academic family from Osaka, with her grandfather having founded a major university. After studying in North America, Tanioka was elected in the Nagoya District as a Democratic Party of Japan candidate in 2007. Disappointed with former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's pro-nuclear policies, she left the DPJ and, with a number of colleagues, formed their own parliamentary caucus, and eventually the Green Wind Party itself. Tanioka is the party's first leader.