Japan’s Global Diplomacy: Views from the Next Generation

The Stimson Center’s latest publication Japan’s Global Diplomacy offers a collection of policy briefs identifying key relationships that have emerged under Prime Minister Abe’s “diplomacy that takes a panoramic view of the world map” (chikyuugi wo fukan suru gaiko) initiative. The briefs have been written by Japanese leading experts, who have each examined Japan’s relations with India, Russia, Australia, and Europe while addressing Japan’s national interests and policy goals, the background and context of each relationship, the challenges and obstacles to Japan’s policy goals, prospects for US-Japan engagement and policy recommendations for issue areas.  

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WHAT: The release of a new report and presentation on Japan’s global diplomacy with leading, next-generation experts. Copies of the report will be available. 

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Michito Tsuruoka is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Ministry of Defense, Japan. He is concurrently a Research Fellow (nonresident) at The Tokyo Foundation. Before joining NIDS in 2009, he was a Resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and served as a special advisor for NATO at the Embassy of Japan in Belgium from 2005 to 2008. From April 2012 to April 2013, Dr. Tsuruoka was seconded to the Ministry of Defense as a Deputy Director of the International Policy Division, Bureau of Defense Policy, where he was in charge of multilateral security and defense cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, mainly the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). Following this until March 2014, he was based in London as a visiting fellow at Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. Dr. Tsuruoka studied politics and international relations at Keio University and Georgetown University, and received a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. His areas of expertise include European security, NATO, European integration, European foreign policy (particularly Europe-Japan/Asia relations), defense diplomacy, nuclear policy and Japan’s foreign, security and defense policy.

Yoko Hirose is an Associate Professor at Keio University. Her area of research is the countries in the former Soviet Union, with particular focus on the Caucasus region. Between 2013 and 2014, she was a Visiting Fellow at Harriman Center of Columbia University. She was awarded the Special Award for the 21st Asia-Pacific Award with her book Caucasus-Kokusai Kankei no Juujiro [Caucasus-Crossroad of International Relations) (Shuei-sha, 2008). Dr. Hirose earned her BA from Keio University, MA from University of Tokyo and PhD from Keio University. 

Takaaki Asano is a Research Fellow with the Tokyo Foundation. His general area of expertise is Japanese foreign/national security policy and international trade policy. Previously, he was Policy Research Manager at Japan Association of Corporate Executives (JACE or Keizai Doyukai), an influential business organization in Japan, where he was responsible for JACE’s international programs and edited various policy proposals. Prior to joining JACE, he was the senior research analyst at the Washington, DC, Representative Office of the Development Bank of Japan, where he authored policy reports on a wide range of issues, from politics to financial/economic policy. He earned his BA in sociology from University of Tokyo and received his MA in international relations from New York University.

Tomohiko Satake is a Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) located in Tokyo. He specializes in alliance studies, Asia-Pacific security and Japanese security policies. Between 2013 and 2014, he worked for the International Policy Division of the Defense Policy Bureau of the Japan Ministry of Defense, where he worked as a Deputy Director for International Security. He earned his BA and MA from Keio University and PhD in international relations from the Australian National University. His publications include the following: “Japan, Australia and International Security Burden-sharing with the United States,” in William Tow and Rikki Kersten (eds.), Bilateral Perspectives on Regional Security: Australia, Japan and the Asia-pacific Region (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); “The Origin of Trilateralism? The US-Japan-Australia Security Relations during the 1990s,” The International Relations of the Asia-Pacific11, no. 1 (2011); and “Japan’s Nuclear Policy: Between Non-nuclear Identity and US Extended Deterrence,” Austral Policy Forum, 09 12-A (2009).

Ben Self (Discussant) is currently an Adjunct Fellow at the Japan Chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University. He specializes in Japanese foreign and defense policy, and previously worked at Stanford University, the Henry L. Stimson Center, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  He did graduate work at Johns Hopkins-SAIS and has published 4 books (including The Dragon’s Shadow: The Rise of China and Japan’s New Nationalism) and a dozen chapters and articles in such publications as The Washington Quarterly, Survival, and World Politics Review.

Yuki Tatsumi (Moderator) was appointed Senior Associate of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center in September 2008 after serving as a research fellow since 2004. Before joining Stimson, Tatsumi worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and as the Special Assistant for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. In September 2006 Tatsumi testified before the House Committee on International Relations. She is a recipient of the 2009 Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award. In 2012 she was awarded the Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of National Policy of Japan for her contribution in advancing mutual understanding between the United States and Japan. A native of Tokyo, Tatsumi holds a B.A. in liberal arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. in international economics and Asian studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington.

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