Voices from Japan: National Security Speaker Series

Voices from Japan: National Security Speaker Series

The Stimson Center's Japan Program is proud to present the annual Voices from Japan: National Security Speaker Series. Each year, senior-level Japanese opinion leaders are invited to Washington, D.C. for a public symposium to discuss how Japan intends to address the various security challenges that it faces today, many of which are shared concerns with the United States. The series creates an opportunity for senior Japanese policymakers to share their views on the security relationship between the United States and Japan, and facilitates the development of relationships between the Japanese and American defense policy communities.

The seventh symposium was held on October 15, 2019 at the Stimson Center. To watch the symposium online, please click the following link:

"Japan's National Security Policy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance in the 2020s," October 15, 2019
Featuring Honorable Itsunori Onodera, 12th, 17th, and 18th Minister of Defense of Japan

Past Symposia

"Japan's Strategic Outlook," September 11, 2018
Featuring Honorable Tetsuro Kuro, Special Advisor to the National Security Secretariat of Japan and former Vice-Minister of Defense, and LTG Koichi Isobe (JGSDF, ret.), former Commander of the JGSDF Eastern Army and former Vice Chief of Staff of the JSDF Joint Staff

"Visions for Japan's Future Defense Posture," September 15, 2017
Featuring General Kiyofumi Iwata (ret.), 34th Chief of Staff of the Ground Self-Defense Force, Admiral Tomohisa Takei (ret.), 32nd Chief of Staff of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, and Lt. Gen. Masayuki Hironaka (ret.), Senior Fellow at the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation

"Third Offset Strategy: Defense Innovation and the U.S.-Japan Alliance," September 26, 2016
Featuring Honorable Masanori Nishi, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Defense and former Vice-Minister of Defense, and Dr. Hideaki Watanabe, Commissioner of the Ministry of Defense's Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency

"Japan's New National Security Policy," September 9, 2015
Featuring Honorable Itsunori Onodera, 12th,17th, and 18th Minister of Defense of Japan

"Japan's Approach to Security and Defense Policy: For the Deepening of Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation," June 3, 2014
Featuring General Ryoichi Oriki (ret.), 3rd Chief of Staff of Joint Staff of the Self-Defense Force

"Vision for Japan's Future: Strength with Compassion, Commitment to the U.S.-Japan Alliance, and Peace and Stability in the Asia-Pacific Region," October 1, 2013
Featuring Yoshihiko Noda, 95th Prime Minister of Japan