The Japan Studies program was delighted to offer three roundtable discussions on the domestic challenges within Japan and their impact on Japan's foreign policy choices. The discussants included a senior strategist from Japan's uniformed services, one of the country's most esteemed international relations scholars, and a leading Japanese corporate executive. These Japanese experts shared their perspectives on current thinking within Japan and the future choices that this society now confronts. All three experts noted that domestic transformations raise new issues that would challenge Japan's ability to play an active role in international politics, and all three shared their insights on how the U.S.-Japan partnership might be strengthened.
Moving into its final phase, Dr. Sheila A. Smith convened a group of leading regional experts to discuss the prospects for cooperation on the Northeast Asia Regional Security Architecture project. The workshop, held in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2009, focused on the impact of domestic political change on the regional diplomatic agenda and the place accorded to multilateralism in each nation's foreign policy.
This project has been made possible by grants from the Robina Foundation, the United States-Japan Foundation, and the Korea Foundation, and by support from the International Institutions and Global Governance program.
North Korea's recent missile launch and subsequent threat to walk away from the Six-Party Talks calls into question the future of regional cooperation in dealing with nuclear proliferation and brings with it the attendant risk of greater instability on the Korean Peninsula. Dr. Smith presided over a panel of leading regional experts from Japan, South Korea, and the United States to discuss the impact of North Korea's behavior and their perspectives on the difficult diplomatic road ahead.
May 5, 2009, in Washington, DC
The North Korean Missile Launch and Its Aftermath: Is a Regional Approach Still Viable? with Hitoshi Tanaka, senior fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE); Sung-han Kim, professor, Korea University; and Ralph Cossa, president, Pacific Forum CSIS
April 10, 2009, in Washington, DC
Where is Japan Headed? Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy Choices Roundtable Series: A Conversation with Masamitsu Sakurai, chairman, Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) and Ricoh Company, Ltd.
March 10, 2009, in Washington, DC
Where is Japan Headed? Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy Choices Roundtable Series: Japan's Grand Strategy with Takashi Inoguchi, president, University of Niigata Prefecture
February 27, 2009, in Washington, DC
Where is Japan Headed? Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy Choices Roundtable Series: New Directions in Japan's Defense Thinking with Noboru Yamaguchi, retired lieutenant general, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force