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The first year of the Abe Administration and Directions for the Future: Diplomacy and Security Strategy

December 12,2013


[Summary]

The Liberal Democratic Party achieved a landslide victory in Japan’s general election in December 2012 and reinstated a coalition government with New Komeito. At the Upper House election in July 2013 as well, the ruling parties enjoyed a sweeping victory, ending the situation of a divided Diet. With these victories, no national election is planned for the next few years, and Prime Minister Abe has gained a foothold to deliver long-term stable government. Looking now to the United States, we note a clear decline in the power of that nation in international politics, as revealed by its relations with China and other emerging economies as well as the confusion in its handling of the Syria issue and the deadlock over the government budget for fiscal 2014.
 Amid the rising expansionism of China with its rapid increase in military power and Japan’s deepening confrontation with its neighbors over territorial matters and the perception of history, Prime Minister Abe is establishing a new economic order in the Asia Pacific region, taking advantage of Japan’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and is developing a comprehensive diplomatic strategy that could rightly be called a global diplomacy (Eurasian diplomacy) that encompasses both diplomacy and security policy.
 This symposium will review and evaluate the diplomacy and security strategy of the Abe administration at this time when the administration is about to complete its first year. Amid the tense international relations of the Asia-Pacific region today, this symposium will look from a broad perspective at the diplomatic policy of the Abe administration, based on the premise that the Japan-U.S. alliance, which was bruised under the DPJ administration, is repaired. Discussions will focus in particular on the future direction of security policy, issues likely to be faced, and responses to those issues.
 The purpose of this symposium is to discuss the current situation as well as issues and future direction through the participation of leading speakers from political and academic circles.

Date and Time

Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:30pm-5:00pm (Door Open Time: 12:45pm)

Venue

International Conference Center (1F, Bldg. 18), Waseda University, Tokyo

Admission

Free

Program: 12:45pm-1:30pm: Doors Open, Registration Start
Master of Ceremonies
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Jiro Kokuryo
Vice Chair, U.S.-Japan Research Institute / Vice-President, Keio University
1:30pm-1:35pm: Opening Remarks
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Masako Egawa
Chair, U.S.-Japan Research Institute / Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo
1:35pm-2:35pm: Keynote Speeches
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Michael H. Armacost
Advisory Board, U.S.-Japan Research Institute / Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow, Stanford University / Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan
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Itsunori Onodera
Minister of Defense / Member of the House of Representatives, The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan
2:35pm-2:45pm: Break
2:45pm-4:55pm: Panel Discussion
Moderator
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Koji Murata
President, Doshisha University
Introduction
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Shotaro Yachi
Special Advisor to the Cabinet / Visiting Professor, Waseda University
Presentations (Order)
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Fumiaki Kubo
Director, U.S.-Japan Research Institute / Professor, The University of Tokyo
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Chikako Ueki
Operating Advisor, U.S.-Japan Research Institute / Professor, Waseda University
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Hiroshi Nakanishi
Professor, Kyoto University
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Takashi Terada
Operating Advisor, U.S.-Japan Research Institute / Professor, Doshisha University
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Satoshi Ikeuchi
Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo
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Akihisa Nagashima
Member of the House of Representatives, The Democratic Party of Japan (Absence for Official Business)
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Michael H. Armacost
Advisory Board, U.S.-Japan Research Institute
(3:55pm-4:05pm: Break)
Discussion among the Panelists, Q&A
4:55pm-5:00pm: Closing Remarks
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Yutaka Tsujinaka
Vice Chair, U.S.-Japan Research Institute / Executive Advisor to the President, University of Tsukuba

* Details of the symposium are subject to change without notice.
* The video of the event is distributed simultaneously, and it will open on our website later.
* Simultaneous translation (Japanese and English) is available.

Cooperated by

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Supported by

All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd, East Japan Railway Company, JX Holdings, Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, Panasonic Corporation, Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd, Sumitomo Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation

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