There are two interesting exhibitions on the Jain art in New York city: Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection, which runs through Feb. 15 at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Manhattan; and Peaceful Conquerors: Jain Manuscript Painting, which runs through March 28 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For more info: Rubin Museum of Art ph. (212) 620-5000; Metropolitan Museum of Art (212) 535-7710.
The New York Times has written a review on the them, and published an online slideshow.
The Association of Japanese Institutes of Strategic Studies (AJISS) has just published the AJISS-Commentary no. 78 by Naoto Nonaka, Professor of Comparative Politics at Gakushuin University.
The End of LDP Rule and its Meaning
The recent change of government in Japan was a clear indication that the historical mission of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) had come to an end. The party had ruled post-World War II Japan almost uninterruptedly by adapting to the special postwar environment, but its governance had stalled out on many fronts. The long-believed assumption about Japanese politics that there would be no change of government was finally abandoned.