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Head of Japan's Newly Formed National Security Council Outlines Global Effect of Policy Changes

Japan’s New National Security Strategy & Its Impacts on Regional Stability

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:30 pm, at Japan Society


「日本の安全保障戦略と東アジア安定への影響」

New York, NY -- The 21st century has seen significant changes in the global balance of power alongside the emergence of serious regional threats, such as North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, and transnational threats, such as cyber-terrorism. In response to these potential threats, last December Japan established a new National Security Council and adopted its first National Security Strategy, centralizing its existing security apparatus under the new policy of “Proactive Contribution to Peace.” While it is yet to be seen how this new system will operate, it has already changed the landscape of security in East Asia.

In Japan’s New National Security Strategy & Its Impacts on Regional Stability, Dr. Masashi Nishihara, President of the Research Institute for Peace and Security, discusses the implications of these changes in national security policy on regional security and the Japan-U.S. alliance. Presided by United States-Japan Foundation president George R. Packard, the talk takes place Thursday, March 27, at Japan Society.

Agenda: 6:00 pm, registration; 6:30, lecture and Q&A; 7:30-8:00, reception.

Admission: This is a free event open to the public; pre-registration is mandatory. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. To register or for more information, please email register@japansociety.org, visit www.japansociety.org/corporateevents, or call 212-715-1208.

Masashi Nishihara is President of the Research Institute for Peace and Security. Until March 2006 he served as President of the National Defense Academy, Yokosuka, for six years. In 1977-99 he was Professor of International Relations at the Academy. During that period, he also served as Director of the First Research Department of the National Institute for Defense Studies, Tokyo, in 1993-95, and as Dean of the Academy’s School of Social Sciences in 1996-2000. In 1979 he was Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra, and in 1981-82 he also was Visiting Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation, New York. In 2001-03 he was a member of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s Task Force on External Relations, and in 2004-06 a member of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (chaired by Hans Blix). In February 2013 he became a member of Prime Minister Abe’s consulting committee on the establishment of National Security Council. His recent publications include: Nichibei Doomei saikoo (Reconsidering the Japan-U.S. Alliance) (co-editor, 2010), and “Asian Perspectives in 2011: China’s ‘Coercive’ Diplomacy Leads to New Power Realignments,” RIPS Policy Perspectives, No. 11 (August 2011), and “East Asian Security and Japan’s Response,” in Guroobaruna kiki no kozo to Nihon no senryaku (The structure of global crisis and Japan’s strategy), eds. Kazuo Yoshida and Shigeru Fujimoto (2013). In February 2013 he was awarded The Sankei Shimbun’s best columnist prize for 2012. He graduated from the Law Department of Kyoto University and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.

George R. Packard (Presider) has been President of the United States-Japan Foundation since July 1998. A private and independent grant-making organization with $84 million in assets, the Foundation is committed to promoting stronger ties between the U.S. and Japan through greater mutual knowledge and understanding, to increasing broad awareness of important public policy issues, and to addressing common concerns in the Asia-Pacific region. Packard is also Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, where he offers a graduate seminar on U.S.-Japan Relations from Pearl Harbor to the Present. His latest book, Edwin O. Reischauer and the American Discovery of Japan, was published by Columbia University Press in April 2010. Packard received from the Japanese Government the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Stars in November 2007 for his service in strengthening friendship and understanding between the US and Japan.

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This event is presented with support from Citi, Deloitte, United Airlines, Mizuho Financial Group, Toyota Motor North America, and WL Ross & Co. LLC.

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