Date and Time
Sep. 5 (Thu.) 10:00am-12:00pm

Venue
South American B, 2nd Floor, Capital Hilton
1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Abstract
This seminar will examine how Japan and the United States could establish an in-depth and wide range of possible strategic partnerships in the “renewed” political context in Japan, with a focus on security issues. Abe Administration apparently has made significant changes in security policy from the predecessors, by buttressing the Kantei (the Prime Minister’s Office) to lead diplomatic moves and policy coordination, rebuilding trust with the U.S., standing firm against Chinese challenges on the seas, and announcing its greater role in regional security. How can Abe take an advantage of current political stability to exert his leadership in security issues? How can the United States and Japan cooperate to engage constructively with China in maintaining maritime security, resources and above all the regional order?
In this seminar, both Japanese and the U.S. government representatives will review their security strategy, priorities and challenges under the current administration, and experts on security issues in Asia will elaborate on possible strategic partnerships between the U.S. and Japan in the regional context, including the issues such as maritime security, cyber threats, military/defense cooperation, denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and humanitarian cooperation. Professor Yachi, facilitator and commentator of this session, will facilitate discussions by making critical comments and inviting the floor to the Q and A session with the panelists.

Moderator
Shotaro Yachi, Visiting Professor, Waseda University

Speakers
Michael E. O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow and Director of Research, The Brookings Institution
Jun Osawa, Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution / Senior Research Fellow, Institute for International Policy Studies
Hon. Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America
James Zumwalt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

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