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Defending Japan

Monday, March 17, 2014   19:30 - 21:00

Speaker:
  • Grant Newsham (Senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies)

East Asia has become a tougher neighborhood in the last several years and friction between Japan and China shows no sign of abating.  Japan’s defense policies have consequently shifted towards a more active defense and upgraded Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) capabilities.  This talk will evaluate Japan’s new defense strategies in terms of effectiveness and prospects for regional stability and the US-Japan security alliance.

Date & Time:
Monday, March 17, 2014   19:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 19:00)
Venue:
2F, Azabu Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Moderator:
Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)
Registration:
If possible, we ask you to register by E-mail (icas@tuj.temple.edu) , but we always welcome participants even you do not register. / 参加登録はなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

Speaker:

Grant Newsham

Senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies

Retired US Marine Colonel Grant Newsham is a senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo.  He served as the first US Marine Liaison Officer to the Japan Ground Self Defense Force and was instrumental in the development of the JSDF’s nascent amphibious capability.   He is also a former US diplomat and served at the US Embassy, Tokyo in the 1990’s, and later returned for a stint as Marine Attaché.   His research focuses on Asian defense and his articles have been published in the Christian Science MonitorDaily Yomiuri, Sentaku, USNI Proceedings, and other periodicals.  His latest article is “How to get tough with China” in The National Interest (http://nationalinterest.org/feature/how-get-tough-china-15928) written with Kerry Gershaneck.  He holds a JD from the University of California, Los Angeles.