• Has Japan Finally Become a Reliable Partner? A Look at the Evolution of Japan's Security Policy

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversation (Misawa In-Person)

    23 January 2023 – 17:30-20:00 (Japan)


    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the next event in the Community Conversations seminar series focused on the Misawa Community! This event will feature professor and author, Dr. Keiji Nakatsuji of Ritsumeikan University, who will lead us in a journey through the evolution of Japan's security policy.


    The Eisenhower administration was worried about Japan’s neutralism even during the 1950s. In addition, the powerful feelings of pacifism within Japan kept the Japanese military budget low. Such a policy was allowed to continue because the US was powerful, and it did not have to expect any military contribution by Japan. As a result, in 1978, Japan and the US crafted defense guidelines to defend Japanese territories but they barely discussed what to do with neighboring areas. Such times of contented acceptance of Japan’s passivity ended many decades ago and the US now expects Japan to share responsibilities, especially for regional security. This talk by Dr. Nakatsuji will explore and clarify the current state of Japan-US security collaboration and discuss the evolution of Japan’s security policy.





    • 17:30-18:30 Refreshments & Networking (food & drinks)
    • 18:30-20:00 Presentation and Q&A




    Misawa International Center


    Sonosawa-230-1 Misawa, Aomori 033-0022

    〒033-0022 青森県三沢市三沢園沢230-1


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    Registration: Not required however it can help us to have a more accurate estimate for preparing food, beverages and seating.

    If you would be so kind, you can let us know if you will/may attend by entering your name and email into this google form.


    *IMPORTANT* This event will be an In-Person Seminar. Please note that during the seminar, all attendees, presenters and staff are required to wear a face mask due to health and safety policies. *During the socializing time before the lecture begins, masks may be removed while eating and drinking but we request that when you are not eating and drinking, please keep your face mask on. Additionally please refrain from attending if you have Flu-like symptoms. All attendees will be asked to sign in for the purposes of contact tracing. Thank you for keeping this event safe for everyone.




    Keiji Nakatsuji earned his Ph. D. at the University of Chicago in 1985 on Eisenhower’s Taiwan policy. In 1988, he became an Assistant Professor of Hiroshima University and a few years later an Associate Professor. He moved to Ritsumeikan University in 1998 and became Professor in 1999. In the past, he was a visiting professor for University of Malaya and University of British Columbia. In 2006-7, he was a visiting scholar to Reischauer Institute at Harvard University. His works are mostly related to Asia-Pacific international relations and among others, he published a book about China’s entry to WTO and a few books on the regional integration in the Asia-Pacific region. He was Dean of Graduate School of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University from April 2014 to March 2016 and he was an Executive Committee Member of worldwide Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) until April 2017.He is currently specially appointed professor of Ritsumeikan University. He published an edited volume entitled, Japan’s Security by Routledge on January 6, 2023.

    Format: This event will be off-the-record.

    Registration: None required but optional and helpful rsvp: this google form
    Moderators: Jeff Mazziotta

    Co-Sponsor: Sasakawa Peace Foundation
    Seminar Cost: Free of charge

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