YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to launch the Community Conversations seminar series in Yokosuka. This event will feature Tetsuo Kotani discussing the strategically important decision to forward-deploy the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Midway to Yokosuka, the significance of upgrading that to a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, and the conversion of JS Izumo into a vessel capable of operating F-35B fighters.
VADM Koda (JMSDF, ret.) will provide comments before an "all hands" question, answer, and discussion session.
This event will be a webinar. Future Community Conversations events will be held in person so long as health and safety conditions permit.
Tetsuo Kotani is a professor of global studies at Meikai University and a senior fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA). His research focus is Japan’s foreign/security policy, the US-Japan alliance, and international relations and maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region. He won the 2003 Japanese Defense Minister Prize. He has published numerous articles both in English and Japanese, and his recent English publications include "Crisis Management in the East China Sea" (SIPRI Policy Brief, 2015) and "China’s Military and Paramilitary Activities in the East China Sea: Implications for the U.S-Japan Alliance" (National Bureau of Asian Research, 2020). Tetsuo Kotani received a master’s degree from Doshisha University.
Format: This event will be off-the-record.
Moderator: John Bradford
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