At the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Japan stands at an important juncture to reflect its postwar development as a peace-loving nation. As Japan reaffirms its pledge to continue to augment its contribution to international peace, this year presents an opportune time to reflect on Japan’s efforts in peacebuilding through the United Nations. The project “Japan as a ‘peace enabler’: Views from the Next Generation” aims to illuminate the evolution of Japan’s contribution to international peace through the United Nations. Rising Japanese scholars and experts with first-hand experience in peacebuilding will engage with the policy community in Washington, DC to provide a platform for enhanced discussion and understanding between the two countries on Japan’s contribution in this field.
The project will address key elements in Japan’s contributions to international peace, including peacekeeping operations, peacebuilding, Japan’s diplomatic efforts through the UN, human security, and post-conflict reconstruction assistance. Project scholars include Dr. Toshiya Hoshino, Osaka University; Col. Michio Suda, United Nations; Mr. Kazuo Tase, Osaka University; Mr. Kazuto Tsuruga, Osaka University; and Dr. Yuji Uesugi, Waseda University. Following two public seminars and private workshops, the project will culminate in a final publication launch event at the Stimson Center in March 2016. The report will be edited by Stimson Center Senior Associate Yuki Tatsumi.