Waseda's Dr. Aiji Tanaka at a conference last September

Waseda's Dr. Aiji Tanaka at a conference last September (Source: USJI)

Between February 4th and 11th, the US-Japan Research Institute, a consortium of five major Japanese universities (Keio, Tōdai, Kyōdai, Waseda and Ritsumeikan), will be holding a series of events on Japanese-US relations. While all the events on the first are full, there are several of interest to JSW readers from the 7th:

Seminar 2: East Asian Security Environment and the Future of Japan-US Alliance (Feb 7th, 2011,  9:30am-11:40am)

Summary: The scope the U.S.-Japan alliance covers is now broader than ever before. While the recent North Korean military assault against its southern sibling is a wake up call that in North East Asia the alliance is faced with threats of traditional, modern kind, it must also tackle a complex set of non-traditional, post-modern risks: cyber security, climate change and resultant natural disasters to name only a couple. Geographically the alliance already covers Diego Garcia, yet its range will become even wider as the century proceeds. As a central pillar for the provision of peace and security throughout the region, the U.S.-Japan alliance should also broaden its horizon to more effectively engage other partners such as Australia, India, Korea, and possibly even NATO. Whether the alliance has a cohesive core in its leadership, organizational structure, and operational doctrine to better face up to the challenges both old and new is a central question this seminar aims to answer. Attempted is to lay out the steps Tokyo and Washington should urgently take.

Seminar 3: Reactivating US – Japan Relations in A Changing Asia (Feb 9th 2011,  3:00pm-5:30pm)

Summary: Recent events in the U.S., Japan, and Asia have prompted a need to reassess the longstanding bilateral and regional relationships. This program will consider how to build upon the relationship between the U.S. and Japan in managing legal, regulatory and political risks in the Asian Pacific region, and how to effectively facilitate the exchange of human resources between the U.S. and Japan. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the oldest graduate school of international affairs in the U.S., through its LLM (Master of Laws) Program in International Law and the Hitachi Center, together with the U.S. Japan Research Institute (USJI), a collaboration of five Japanese universities, will join with the global law firm of K&L Gates LLP for a panel discussion of these issues.

Seminar 5: A Japan That Can Say Yes: Maintaining Japan’s Presence in the United States and Elsewhere (Feb 10th 2011,  2:00pm-4:00pm)

Summary: Is Japan declining? Some seem to believe so. They cite her shrinking and aging population, lingering economy, and increasingly introverted youth, among other factors, as evidence of this. The issue, however, is not whether this perception is correct, but what Japan can do to reverse the trend and how to convince people of the United States and other countries that Japan continues to matter. This seminar will take a fresh look at the images and realities of Japan’s place in the world today and explore ways in which Japan can change and correct a seemingly growing popular perception that Japan no longer has the will nor the power to compete in the world arena. It will do so in the context of Japan’s roles and missions in security, economy and culture, with emphasis upon the implications of such a perception for the future of U.S.-Japan relations.

(H/T: Asia Policy Point)

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A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blog Defending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan. His primary interests include the so-called 'normalization' of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.
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