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US-Japan Australia Security Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges

Friday, October 17, 2014
The United States’ alliances with Japan and Australia are among its most robust in the Asia-Pacific and serve as critical pillars to the US’ rebalance strategies in the region. The security relationship between Japan and Australia has also grown more intimate in recent years. Prime Minister Tony Abbott called Japan Australia’s “closest friend in Asia” last October, and in July, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Australia and signed an agreement regarding the transfer of defense equipment and technology. Most recently, Abbott and Abe reaffirmed the importance of US-Japan-Australia cooperation at a summit meeting in September…More>>

Japan’s Emerging Security Partnerships

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Since his inauguration, Prime Minister Abe’s determination to expand Japan’s diplomatic presence around the world is reflected in the “diplomacy that takes panoramic view of the world map” (chikyuugi wo fukan suru gaiko) initiative. Actively engaging in top-level diplomacy to foster relationships that have grown stagnant in recent years, Abe has especially focused on Europe and Australia…More>> 

Japan-Russia Relations: Prospects and Challenges

Thursday, September 9, 2014
Japan’s relationship with Russia has historically been a complicated one.  Tokyo has been trying to manage its relations with Moscow by a double-track approach: pursuing the resolution of the territorial dispute over Northern Islands while trying to develop its diplomatic relations with the consideration to energy, relations with China, etc.  When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe first returned to the office in 2012, Russia was one of the countries that Abe considered to have great potential in advancing its relations…More>> 

US-Japan-India Relations: Prospects and Challenges

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Japan-India relations have traditionally been strong since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1952, particularly so since the beginning of India’s “Look East” policy in the 1990s. Strong bilateral trade and aid relations have expanded toward security-based relations alongside the declaration of the Japan-India Global and Strategic Partnership in 2006. In 2013, the Emperor and Empress of Japan visited India, followed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2014, signaling Japan’s intentions to further strengthen the relationship. India’s newly-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Tokyo in August…More>> 

Voices of Japan National Security Speaker Series with General Ryoichi Oriki

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Voices from Japan: National Security Speaker Series” is
an annual public symposium that aims to bring high-profile, senior-level
Japanese individuals to Washington, DC for discussions about how the US and
Japan can tackle today’s global security challenges under the US-Japan alliance
and in partnership with like-minded nations. It aims to provide a unique
platform for senior-level Japanese officials to share their insights and
concerns on a range of international issues…More>>

Japan-ROK Relations: Prospects and Challenges

Thursday, March 20, 2014
As President’s Obama’s visit to Japan and the ROK draws
close, there is a heightened hope that the presidential visit will enable Japan
and the ROK to once again move forward with a future-oriented agenda based on
shared interests in East Asia and beyond. Yoshihide Soeya, Scott Snyder and Woo Jung-Yeop discussed the prospects and challenges in Japan-ROK relations, and whether the United
States can facilitate rapprochement between its critical allies in Asia…More>>

Japan’s New National Defense Program Guidelines: Roadmap for Deeper US-Japan Defense Cooperation

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Visiting Fellows Col. Yuuki
Sakata (JGSDF) and Col. Takuya Saito (JASDF) presented their research findings to conclude their
visiting fellowship at the Stimson Center.

Japan’s Challenges in East Asia: Views from the Next Generation

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Stimson Center’s newest publication Japan’s Challenges in East Asia: Views from the Next Generation offers a collection of policy briefs on Japan’s key policy challenges in East Asia – its relations with China, South Korea, North Korea and Southeast Asia. These briefs are written by Japanese leading experts, all of whom have participated in various advisory commissions established by the Japanese government…More>>  

Deciphering Japan’s Security Strategy: Abe Administration’s Security Policy Agenda with Dr. Ken Jimbo of Keio University

Monday, January 13, 2014
In December, the Japanese government issued its first-ever National Security Strategy. It also announced a revised National Defense Program Guideline (NDPG) and Mid-Term Defense Program (MTDP). Now with these critical documents released, what are Prime Minister Abe’s security policy agenda for 2014 and beyond? Dr. Satoru Mori, Professor of Hosei Univeristy, served as discussant…More>>

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