• Shaping and Operationalizing Joint Strategies and Readiness: Challenges for Japan's Defense Planning

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversation (Yokosuka In-Person)

    21 June 2023 – 17:30-19:45 (Japan)


    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the next event in the Community Conversations seminar series in the Yokosuka Community! This event will feature Dr. Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi.


    In recent years, the military threats posed by China and North Korea are strengthening and changing in nature, leading to more complex implications for Japan. While Japan is taking some important steps in its defense planning under the National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy, and the Defense Buildup Plan issued last year, Tokyo still faces myriad challenges going forward in sharpening and strengthening its defense strategies and readiness – particularly in the context of joint operations. In this seminar, Ryo will talk about the current and emerging threats and vulnerabilities for Japan, and more importantly, the key questions in its strategies and defense planning.



    • 17:30-18:15 Refreshments & Networking (food & drinks)
    • 18:15-19:30 Presentation and Q&A
    • 19:30-19:45 Post Event Conversing




    Werk Yokosuka
    Japan, 〒238-0006 Kanagawa, Yokosuka

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    Registration: Optional via this form.





    Ryo HINATA-YAMAGUCHI is a Project Assistant Professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, and is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Pacific Forum. Ryo has presented, published, and consulted on a variety of topics relating to defense and security, and transport governance in the Indo-Pacific. Ryo previously served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (reserve) and also held positions at the Pusan National University, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, FM Bird Entertainment Agency, International Crisis Group Seoul Office, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Embassy of Japan in Australia, and the Japan Foundation Sydney Language Centre. Ryo received his PhD from the University of New South Wales, MA in Strategic and Defense Studies and BA in Security Analysis from the Australian National University and was also a Korea Foundation Language Training Fellow.



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

    Registration: Optional: google form
    Moderators: Jeff Mazziotta

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