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East Asian community and U.S.-Japan Relations

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Leader Toru Oga (Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Kyushu University)
Researcher Yoneyuki Sugita (Osaka University), Eiichi Sakai (Kansai University of Foreign Studies), Yuki Ooi (Nanzan University), Toshihiro Higuchi (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Term April 2013 - March 2014
Research Outline

 The aim of the research proposal is to examine the role of the U.S.-Japan alliance in the comprehensive security of East Asia by reviewing the related fields of traditional and non-traditional security studies, including human security, economic security, and energy security, and the future prospects for U.S.-Japan relations. Although there has already been a huge amount of existing literature written about non-traditional security in general and human security in particular, it does not focus on the relationship between traditional and non-traditional security in terms of U.S.-Japan relations and the East Asian community.
 This research will explore the complications involved in traditional and non-traditional security in terms of U.S.–Japan relations and the East Asian community. It also examines how U.S.–Japan relations contribute to the construction of the East Asian community and how the East Asian community influences U.S.–Japan relations. It does so by examining the complex relationships among human security, economic and energy security, and traditional security policies.
 U.S.–Japan relations have been one of the most important bilateral relationships for Japan and the East Asian community. They have been the main diplomatic agenda that the Japanese government has pursued since the 2000s. The reexamination of U.S.–Japan relations and the East Asian community, therefore, has massive significance in the crucial field of Japanese foreign policy. Although there have been many policy debates on this issue, comprehensive academic outcomes have remained limited: it is a quite significant to explore the comprehensive studies on the East Asian community based on U.S.–Japan relations through this research. Regarding research methods, each research member takes charge of one issue, such as security relations among the U.S., China, and Japan; the security community in East Asia, security threats in the Korean Peninsula; human security; economic security; energy security; or international terrorism, and examines the role of the East Asian community and U.S.–Japan relations in each issue.

Report

Leader Toru Oga (Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Kyushu University)
Researcher Yoneyuki Sugita (Osaka University), Eiichi Sakai (Kansai University of Foreign Studies), Yuki Ooi (Nanzan University), Toshihiro Higuchi (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Term April 2013 - March 2014
Achievements Outline

 The research project is planned to proceed until March 2015. In its second year of 2013, we change some project members in order to pursue specialized research themes in U.S.- Japan relations. Also we organized two panels of the USJI week of February 2014 concerning the research themes of the prohect: “Technological Innovation and Expansion of the Asia-Pacific,” and “Transformation of the U.S.-Japanese Relations in Global Governance”.

Activity Contents

 In February 2014, we organized two panels during the USJI Week.
On the panel entitled “Technological Innovation and Expansion of the Asia-Pacific,” I (Oga) took the chair, and Prof. Yuki Ooi (Nanzan University) and Prof. Munehiro Miwa (Kyushu University) presented the cases of steamship and Aviation Gasoline Technology as a technological innovation and enlargement of the Asia-Pacific region from the view of the regional security. Presentations covers that the steamship creates a more linked world. There are more contacts between the U.S. and Asia, and Japan has been relying too much on the U.S. for the oil production. After presentations, Prof. David Painter of Georgetown University, and Prof. Daqing Yang of George Washington University provided comments and discussion. Although the panel has been less policy-oriented this year, the next year will much focus on policy-oriented presentations.
 Also, on the panel entitled “Transformation of the U.S.-Japanese Relations in Global Governance,” two students of Kyushu University presented themes about media and power, and environmental issues. After presentation, U.S. students of Washington D.C. participated in questions and discussions. While this panel is organized as a student session, the next year will organize and arranged the professors’ lectures and students’ presentations, including educational elements.

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http://www.us-jpri.org/en/week/feb2014#event5

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