• Japan's Decision to Defend Taiwan: Opportunities and Challenges

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversation (Misawa)

    11 September 2023 – 17:30-20:00 (JST)

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    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 Dr. Narushige Michishita, Professor and Executive Vice President of The National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies (GRIPS), who will join us to discuss both the opportunities and challenges involved in Japan's decision to defend Taiwan.


    With the introduction of three security policy documents in December 2022, Japan became committed to the defense of Taiwan and ready to build the capabilities necessary to achieve that goal. If war breaks out across the Taiwan Strait, Japan will provide bases to the U.S. forces fighting for Taiwan and commit the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to defend Taiwan. However, China will likely do everything to prevent Japan from helping Taiwan in case of war. What would this mean for the U.S.-Japan Alliance?



    • 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: Google form


    *IMPORTANT* This event will be an in-person seminar.According to local government recommendations, mask usage will be optional; however, we ask that you 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.




    Narushige Michishita is executive vice president and professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo. He has served as a National Security Secretariat Advisory Board member and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He acquired his Ph.D. from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. A specialist in Japanese security and foreign policy as well as security issues on the Korean Peninsula, he is the author of “The US Maritime Strategy in the Pacific during the Cold War,” in Sebastian Bruns and Sarandis Papadopoulos, eds., Conceptualizing Maritime and Naval Strategy: Festschrift for Peter M. Swartz, Captain (USN) retired (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2020); Lessons of the Cold War in the Pacific: U.S. Maritime Strategy, Crisis Prevention, and Japan’s Role (Woodrow Wilson Center, 2016) (co-authored with Peter M. Swartz and David F. Winkler); and North Korea’s Military-Diplomatic Campaigns, 1966-2008 (Routledge, 2009).

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

    Registration: Google form
    Moderator: Jeff Mazziotta

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

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