Japan as a Maritime Power
Getting to Know Japan Webinar (via Zoom) -- 1900 (JST) 10 February 2022
Japan is a quiet maritime power. It is an archipelagic nation that controls a large shipping fleet and maintains one of the world’s most powerful naval forces. Tokyo was recently ranked as the world’s 5th most important global maritime city, despite having a port that is dwarfed by those elsewhere in Asia. Yet, dichotomies exist in that much of Japan’s culture is relatively inward-looking and focused on terra firma elements such as mountains and agricultural elements. John Bradford will provide an overview of Japan’s weight as a maritime state focusing on a historical narrative from 1945 to the present.
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John F. Bradford is the executive director and founding president of the Yokosuka Council on Asia- Pacific Studies (YCAPS). He is concurrently a senior fellow in the maritime security programme, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He previously served as a Navy officer for twenty-three years. His at-sea assignments included deputy director, Maritime Headquarters, U.S. 7th Fleet; regional cooperation coordinator, U.S. 7th Fleet; and commanding officer, USS Stethem (DDG-63). In the Pentagon, he served as country director for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) and Asia- Pacific Politico-Military Branch Chief on the Navy staff. As an Olmsted scholar, he studied in the department of political science at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia and completed an MSc in Strategic Studies from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He is also a graduate of Japan’s National Institute of Defense Studies, U.S. National Defense University, U.S. Naval War College and Cornell University.
Format: This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded.
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Moderator: Michael Okamoto
Webinar Cost: Free of charge
Co-sponsors: Center for Global Partnership
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