“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 a discussion 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.
The Honorable Yoshihiko Noda, the 95th Prime Minister of
Japan, spoke as the inaugural speaker for the series. His speech at the Stimson
Center – his first high-profile public address since he stepped down as Prime
Minister in December 2012 – was titled, “Vision for Japan’s Future:
Strength with Compassion, Commitment to the US-Japan Alliance and Peace and
Stability in the Asia-Pacific region.”
Here is the full speech with English translation:
The event drew an audience of more than 120 and was covered
by 5 Japanese television networks. The audience included government officials
from both the United States and Japan as well as Japanese officials from
industry, academia, and other think tanks.
Mr. Noda served as Prime Minister from September 2, 2011
through December 26, 2012. Prior to becoming the prime minister, he served as
the finance minister for the Naoto Kan cabinet in 2010, after serving as
parliamentary vice minister of finance in 2009. Mr. Noda describes himself as “an
idealist without illusions,” referring to President John F. Kennedy’s
self-description when he was asked about his political leanings.
Led by Senior Associate Yuki Tatsumi since 2004, Stimson’s
Japan program seeks to deepen the understanding of Japan’s evolving role in
international community and its implication for the US-Japan alliance. The
program continues Stimson’s 24-year tradition of providing expert analysis on
key global security issues.
We’d like to thank our partners for their assistance with this successful event: