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Myths and Realities of Japanese Security Policy

Friday, April 18, 2014   19:30 - 21:00

Speaker:
  • Narushige Michishita (Professor and the Director of the Security and International Studies Program at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS))

Professor Narushige Michishita will lead a discussion on “myths and realities of Japan’s security policy.” Here are some of the myths he will seek to refutate.

Myth: The SDF is not a military force.
Reality: The SDF is a full-fledged military force and one of the most powerful in the world.

Myth: Japan is committed to a nuclear-free world.
Reality: Japan regards US extended nuclear deterrence as an indispensable element of its security policy.

Myth: Japan is moving away from pacifism toward militarism.
Reality: Japan is moving away from isolationism (and exceptionalism) toward internationalism.

Myth: Japan will start playing a major role in global security affair if the constitution is reinterpreted.
Reality: Japan will start playing a slightly more important role if the constitution is reinterpreted.

Date & Time:
Friday, April 18, 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:

Narushige Michishita

Professor and the Director of the Security and International Studies Program at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Narushige Michishita is professor and the director of the Security and International Studies Program at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS).  Previously, he served as senior research fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Ministry of Defense and assistant counsellor at the Cabinet Secretariat for Security and Crisis Management of the Government of Japan.  He acquired his Ph.D. from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.  A specialist in Japanese security and foreign policy as well as security issues on the Korean Peninsula, his works include North Korea’s Military-Diplomatic Campaigns, 1966-2008 (Routledge, 2010). For more info visit: https://twitter.com/NaruMichishita
https://grips.academia.edu/NarushigeMichishita