ICJS Event: Korea Japan Dinner — Hit by reality: The short life of Japan as "the England of the Far East"

Date
Monday, December 17, 2007
Time
7:00 p.m. (talk will start at 7:30 p.m.)
Venue
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 302 (Access)
Admission
Open to general public. There will be a buffet dinner available for a fee.
Seating is limited. RSVP recommended.
RSVP
Registration closed

We are happy to invite you to a discussion on "Hit by reality: The short life of Japan as 'the England of the Far East'". Our speaker will be Robert Dujarric of Temple University, Japan Campus. Weston Konishi, Visiting Fellow, Institute for International Policy Studies, Tokyo, will be the discussant.


About the Event

The Nye-Armitage report proclaimed in 2000 that "We see the special relationship between the United States and Great Britain as a model for the alliance." Policymakers hoped that Japan would become a global security partner of the United States beyond Northeast Asia. The deployment of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to the Indian Ocean and Iraq showed that Japan could play a security role far from its shores in support of US goals.

The Air Self Defense Force remains active in Iraq, and the Maritime forces might return at one point to the Indian Ocean. Yet, the DPJ's ability to end the Indian Ocean operation offers an opportunity to rethink Japan's global role. Japanese voters have little interest in increasing defense appropriations. In fact even under the LDP's leadership, Japan's SDF have not seen an increase in their budget despite rising Chinese and North Korean capabilities. Given these realities, and the need for Japan to focus its military resources on confronting possible crises in the region, can Japan be a major player in international security beyond "areas surrounding Japan?"


About ICJS

The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.

About ICJS

The ICJS is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.