Hiroyuki Yamamoto

Tokyo International University

Hiroyuki Yamamoto is assistant professor in Political Science at Tokyo International University. Dr Yamamoto taught at various academic institutions including the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Washington. He received his PhD in Government from the University of Virginia in 2009. His primary research interest is the historical origins of democratic breakdown in interwar economies.

Articles by Hiroyuki Yamamoto


Democratic Backsliding: Lessons from Interwar Japan

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Japan’s interwar period between 1925 and 1937 was marked by a gradual backsliding in the liberal democratic political system that had developed since the Meiji Constitution was adopted in 1889. Hiroyuki Yamamoto of Tokyo International University draws parallels between the heightened partisan politics of that time that gave way to anti-democratic forces and the unchecked party competition today in many countries including the US.