• The Japan-U.S. Alliance and the Senkaku Islands: A Source of Conflict or Strategically Important?

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversation (Sasebo)

    31 January 2023 – 18:30-20:15 (Japan)

    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the next event in the Community Conversations seminar series focused on the Sasebo Community! This event will feature Dr. Kyoko Hatakeyama, of the University of Niigata who will lead us in a discussion around the importance and volatility of the Senkaku Islands.



    The Japan-US alliance is facing a new challenge: China’s growing military presence in the maritime domain. China’s assertiveness challenges the current regional order and Japan’s territory—the Senkaku Islands. Examining the impacts of the Senkaku issue on the

    alliance, Dr. Hatakeyama will argue that the Senkaku islands are strategically important for the alliance but are also a source of conflict.



    • 18:30-19:00 Welcome Reception (food & drinks)
    • 19:00-20:15 Seminar and Q&A




    6-1 Tokiwacho, Sasebo, Nagasaki 857-0053

    〒857-0053 長崎県佐世保市常盤町6−1


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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.






    Kyoko Hatakeyama is Professor of International Relations at Graduate School of International Studies and Regional development, University of Niigata Prefecture. Her research interests include Japan’s foreign and security policy, international relations in Asia, and International relations theory. She is the author of Japan’s Evolving Security Policy: Militarization within a Pacifist Tradition, Routledge, 2021.

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

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

    Moderator: Brian Waidelich

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

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