Security Studies Program Seminars

Ukraine Crisis and International Prospects - Perspectives from Japan, Perspectives from Europe -

SPF-IFAT Joint Webinar

Organized by: Sasakawa Peace Foundation
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) cordially invites you to a public webinar entitled “Ukraine Crisis and International Prospects - Perspectives from Japan, Perspectives from Europe -” in collaboration with the Hungarian think tank Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT).

Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, is an extremely serious situation that shakes the foundation of international order not only in Europe but also in Asia. With NATO concerned that President Putin's objectives do not stop at Ukraine, support and solidarity for Ukraine as well as economic and social encirclement against Russia are being built in the international community. In this context, Central Europe, which was once embedded in the Eastern camp, analyzes the current situation as more critical and more imminent.

IFAT, Hungary's leading think tank, has a long history of supporting Hungarian and European foreign policy decision-making preparations, together with new national and international perspectives and unbiased knowledge. For several years, IFAT has cooperated with SPF to share awareness and perspectives on Japanese and European foreign policies from three different angles: politics, economics, and diplomacy and security.

In this webinar, Japanese and Hungarian experts will talk about NATO and Central European perceptions of this Ukraine crisis and its future prospects, as well as the impacts on the Indo-Pacific region, aiming to deepen understanding of the Ukraine crisis from both perspectives.
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19:00 JST Opening remarks
Ms. Junko Chano, Executive Director, SPF
19:06 JST Presentation
19:26 JST Discussion and Q&A session
Moderator: Bonji Ohara, Senior Fellow, SPF
20:00 JST Closing


Lieutenant General (Ret.) Jun Nagashima

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Jun Nagashima

Former Commandant of Air Command and Staff College JASDF, currently Graduate School of Security Studies, National Defence Academy


Lieutenant General (Retired) Jun Nagashima was born in 1960 in Tokyo, Japan. He served as a Government of Japan Cabinet Councillor starting in August 2013 and also as Deputy Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary, National Security Secretariat, from January 2014. He is the first military officer to hold the position of Cabinet Councillor in Japan. As an intelligence expert, his extensive career includes critical assignments as Defense Attaché, Liaison Officer to NATO and the EU, Embassy of Japan in Belgium; Director, Logistics (J-4), Joint Staff Office; and Defense Intelligence Officer, Defense Intelligence Headquarters. He retired in August 2019. He is a graduate of the National Defense Academy and earned his Master’s Degree (European Security) from Tsukuba University. He attended the “Generals, Flag Officer and Ambassador Course” at NATO Defense College and “Transnational Security Cooperation Course” at APCSS.

He is a prolific writer of academic essays, including “Proliferation of Ballistic Missile and Security of East Asia,” Journal of National Defense (November 1994), which won the prestigious 1994 Kamiya Fuji Prize; and “Integrated Air Missile Defense (IAMD) -Rivalry between Offense and Defense-,” Air Power Studies (2020). “UK–Japan cooperation in response to electronic warfare,” Conference Report Security at the frontier UK–Japan perspectives on cyberspace, outer space, the Arctic and electronic warfare, Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, March 2021.

Ken Jimbo

Ken Jimbo

Professor, Faculty of Policy Management Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University


Areas of Expertise: International Security, Security in the Asia-Pacific, Regionalism in East Asia, Japan's Defense and Security Policy

Mr. Brigien Suhaendra

Prof. General (Ret) Zoltán Szenes, Ph.D

Former Chief of the Hungarian Defense Forces

Bonji Ohara

Bonji Ohara

Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation


Graduated from the National Defense Academy of Japan in 1985 and completed his Master’s program (area studies) at the University of Tsukuba in 1998. Joined the Maritime Self‐Defense Forces in 1985 and became a helicopter pilot. Stationed in China between 2003 and 2006 as a naval attaché. Became chief of the intelligence section, MSDF Maritime Staff Office, Ministry of Defense, in 2006 and commanding officer of the 21st Flight Squadron, MSDF, in 2009. Worked at IHS Jane’s from 2011 as an analyst and business development manager and joined The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research in 2013, and became the Director of Policy Research in 2016 before assuming his present position in June 2017. His works include Chugoku no gunji senryaku (China’s Military Strategy), Toyo Keizai Inc., co-author of Magari kado ni tatsu chugoku (China at a Turning Point), NTT Publishing, Beichu shin reisen no makuake (After Sharp Power), Toyo Keizai Inc., and Yoku wakaru gendai chugoku seiji (Contemporary Chinese Politics), Minervashobo.

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