[Book Talk] National Security Implications of Japan’s Space Policy

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19:30 (Doors open at 19:00)
  • Saadia Pekkanen (Professor, University of Washington)
  • Paul Kallender-Umezu (Tokyo correspondent, Space News and Defense News)
Azabu Hall, Temple University, Japan Campus
Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)
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Saadia Pekkanen and Paul Kallender-Umezu will discuss their recently published book: In defense of Japan: From the market to military in space policy (Stanford University Press, 2010) In Defense of Japan provides the first complete, up-to-date, English-language account of the history, politics, and policy of Japan’s strategic space development. The dual-use nature of space technologies, meaning that they cut across both market and military applications, has had two important consequences for Japan. First, Japan has developed space technologies for the market in its civilian space program that have yet to be commercially competitive. Second, faced with rising geopolitical uncertainties and in the interest of their own economics, the makers of such technologies have been critical players in the shift from the market to the military in Japan’s space capabilities and policy. This book shows how the sum total of market-to-military moves across space launch vehicles, satellites and spacecraft, and emerging related technologies, already mark Japan as an advanced military space power. (for a review in Foreign Affairs see


Saadia Pekkanen

Professor, University of Washington

Saadia Pekkanen, University of Washington, Seattle is the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor at the Jackson School of International Studies, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Law. She received her Master’s from Columbia University and Yale Law School, and her doctorate from Harvard University. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of Picking Winners? From Technology Catch-up to the Space Race in Japan (Stanford University Press, 2003); Japan’s Aggressive Legalism: Law and Foreign Trade Politics Beyond the WTO (Stanford University Press, 2008); and co-editor of Japan and China in the World Political Economy (Routledge, 2005). In 2010, she was selected in a nationwide competition to the First Class of National Asia Research Associates and Fellows for the National Asia Research Program (NARP), launched by the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Paul Kallender-Umezu

Tokyo correspondent, Space News and Defense News

A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Paul Kallender-Umezu is Tokyo correspondent for Space News and Defense News. In 2000, Kallender won the Horgan Prize for Excellence in Science Writing in 2000. He is currently researching several books on space development and other issues.