Lakeland College is pleased to announce the creation of a new lecture series, free of charge, for researchers, students and members of the public to discuss contemporary issues.
You are cordially invited to our inaugural lecture.

Speaker: Daniel P. Aldrich, PhD.
Assistant Professor of Political Science at Purdue University
Visiting Scholar at the University of Tokyo’s Law Faculty in Japan

"One of the most vexing problems for governments is building controversial facilities that serve the needs of all citizens but have adverse consequences for host communities. Policy makers must decide not only where to locate often unwanted projects, but also what methods to use when interacting with opposition groups. In my project, I gather evidence from cities and villages across Japan to show that planners deliberately seek out acquiescent and unorganized communities for such facilities in order to minimize conflict. When protests arise over nuclear power plants, dams, and airports, state agencies regularly rely on the coercive powers of the modern state, such as land expropriation and police repression. Only under pressure from civil society do policy makers move toward financial incentives and public relations campaigns. Japanese civil society has had a more powerful impact on public policy than many scholars and observers realize.”

People interested in reading up on this issue can purchase Dr. Aldrich's book on this topic entitled SITE FIGHTS from Amazon. Copies will also be available for purchase at the lecture.

Biography: Daniel P. Aldrich received his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Harvard University, an M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Daniel has focused on the ways in which state agencies interact with contentious civil society over the siting of controversial facilities such as nuclear power plants, airports, and dams. He has published a number of peer-reviewed articles alongside research for general audiences. His research has been funded by grants from the Abe Foundation, IIE Fulbright Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Reischauer Institute at Harvard University, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Harvard's Center for European Studies.

The presentation will be given in English. The event is open to the public.

The Lakeland Lectures are a forum for researchers, students and members of the public to discuss contemporary issues. Lakeland College has offered a US accredited liberal arts program in Tokyo since 1991. Lakeland's main campus is in Wisconsin, USA and was founded in 1862.

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2008   •   Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: 3rd Floor of the NIC International College Building (One block west of Lakeland)
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Detailed Directions:
Easiest access is from the Marunouchi or Shinjuku subway lines. Go to Shinjuku-sanchome Station, and then leave via Exit C7. Keep going straight out the exit, walking north to Yasukuni Blvd. (there will be a police box on the corner to your right). Keep going to cross the street, and when you get to the other side, turn right and walk down Yasukuni. After about 120 meters, you will pass Yachiyo Bank on the left. Turn left at the corner just past the bank. You will go down a slight decline and then a long, narrow street. At the end of the street on the left, you will find the entrance for the NIC International College Building. Enter the lobby and take the elevator up to the 3rd floor.

Google Maps View of the Area (Yachiyo Bank not on map)

Telephone: (until April 30) 03-5285-5571 • (from May 1) 03-3225-0425