Has Japan Finally Become a Reliable Partner? A Look at the Evolution of Japan's Security Policy
Community Conversations Seminar Series
Co-hosts : Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS)
The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) are pleased to announce the next event in the Community Conversations seminar series focused on the Misawa Community! This event will feature professor and author, Dr. Keiji Nakatsuji of Ritsumeikan University, who will lead us in a journey through the evolution of Japan's security policy.
The Eisenhower administration was worried about Japan’s neutralism even during the 1950s. In addition, the powerful feelings of pacifism within Japan kept the Japanese military budget low. Such a policy was allowed to continue because the US was powerful, and it did not have to expect any military contribution by Japan. As a result, in 1978, Japan and the US crafted defense guidelines to defend Japanese territories but they barely discussed what to do with neighboring areas. Such times of contented acceptance of Japan’s passivity ended many decades ago and the US now expects Japan to share responsibilities, especially for regional security. This talk by Dr. Nakatsuji will explore and clarify the current state of Japan-US security collaboration and discuss the evolution of Japan’s security policy. We look forward to seeing you there.
*Please kindly note that this is an in-person event taking place in Misawa City, Aomori Prefecture. It will not be streamed online.
This event will be an in-person seminar. Please note that during the seminar, all attendees, presenters and staff are required to wear a face mask due to health and safety policies.
*During the socializing time before the lecture begins, masks may be removed while eating and drinking but we request that when you are not eating and drinking to please keep your face mask on. Additionally, please refrain from attending if you have Flu-like symptoms. All attendees will be asked to sign in for the purposes of contact tracing. Thank you for keeping this event safe for everyone.
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