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Powerful or powerless Japan? Investigating the full extent of the world’s third-largest power
- Satoru Nagao ((Discussant) Research Fellow at the Institute for Future Engineering, Visiting Research Fellow at the Research Institute for Oriental Cultures at Gakushuin University, Research Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, and Lecturer at Aoyama-G)
- Guibourg Delamotte (Associate Professor of Political science at the French Institute of Oriental Studies (Inalco)’s Japanese studies department)
Is Japan powerful? This is the question which this talk will address and is at the center of a volume to be published by Routledge this fall, edited by Professor Delamotte. In this book, many of Japan’s most prominent security experts discuss various aspects of Japanese power (see table of contents below).
Until the end of the 1980s, Japan’s power, its ability to weigh internationally, appeared considerable in the economic and financial spheres. At the same time, its influence in the security arena was deemed so minuscule that the country was seen by many, including Japanese officials, as an economic giant but a diplomat and military dwarf. Though this description was already well out of date in the 1980s, recent years have seen Tokyo raise its profile in security and military affairs. From Djibouti, where Japan now has a small permanent base, to Tokyo, where the Diet passed laws revising national security legislation, Japan now projects another image.
Dr. Delamotte will discuss these questions and Dr. Nagao will provide some comments to be followed by a discussion with the audience.
Book’s table of contents:
Title: Japan’s Power and Influence
Part one: Japan and the international order: a historical outlook
- Kiichi FUJIWARA, Tokyo University, “Between East and West, how Japan sought to gain power and influence on the international stage”
- Kazuhiko YAGO, Waseda University, “Contemporary Japan’s Power within International Financial Organisations: a Historical Assessment”
- Nobumasa AKIYAMA, Hitotsubashi University, “Exercising power within an international organisation: Japan’s Diplomacy toward the United Nations Reform in the 1990s and 2000s”
Part two: Japan’s security strategy: the challenges ahead
- Nobukatsu KANEHARA, Deputy Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan, “The Power of Japan and its “Grand Strategy”
- Shin.ichi KITAOKA, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency: “Proactive Contribution to Peace” in context: the long path to normalisation
- Matake KAMIYA, National Defense Academy Professor: “The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Enhancer or Brake on Japan’s power?”
- Masayuki TADOKORO, Keio University: “Japan’s Economic Strength and Weaknesses”
Part three: Internal politics as a source of weakness
- Yoshinobu YAMAMOTO, PHP, Senior fellow: “How History impacts Japan’s image and interests, and what to do about it”
- Naoto NONAKA, Gakushûin University: “From Weak Prime Minister to Proactive Prime Minister: Domestic Political Conditions and their Transformations”
- Akihisa NAGASHIMA, Former Vice-Minister for Defence, and Kenji SASAKI: “Politics Should End at the Water’s Edge. For A National Security Policy Beyond Party Lines”
(Discussant) Research Fellow at the Institute for Future Engineering, Visiting Research Fellow at the Research Institute for Oriental Cultures at Gakushuin University, Research Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, and Lecturer at Aoyama-G
Satoru Nagao is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Future Engineering, Visiting Research Fellow at the Research Institute for Oriental Cultures at Gakushuin University, and Research Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies and other institutes. He also teaches at Aoyama-Gakuin and Komazawa universities. Dr. Nagao was awarded his PhD by Gakushuin University in 2011 for his thesis on “India’s Military Strategy,” the first such research thesis on this topic in Japan. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington D.C, The Tokyo Foundation and other institutions. Dr. Nagao has served as a Security Analyst at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA); he was also a First Lieutenant of the Japan Ground Self Defense Forces. He has authored numerous books and articles on security issues, and also writes a column on related topics for Nikkei Business.
Associate Professor of Political science at the French Institute of Oriental Studies (Inalco)’s Japanese studies department
A French and Australian dual citizen, Dr. Guibourg Delamotte is an Associate Professor, of Political science at the French Institute of Oriental Studies (Inalco)’s Japanese studies department where she teaches International relations and Japanese politics. She also lectures at Sciences Po Paris. She is a Research Fellow at Inalco’s Centre d’études japonaises (CEJ). From May to July 2010 she was NIDS Fellow at the National Institute of Defense Studies (Tokyo) and prior to this, in April 2006, a Visiting Fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs. She is an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute for Contemporary Asian Studies (Temple University Japan Campus), a Visiting policy fellow of the European Council on Foreign Relations (London), a Visiting research fellow at Sciences Po’s CERI.
She holds an HDR (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) from the University of Paris. She received her PhD from Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (Shibusawa-Claudel Award), doing research on a Lavoisier scholarship at the University of Tokyo’s School of Law and Politics. She graduated from the University Paris-Assas where she read Law, from Inalco (MA in Japanese), Science Po Paris and the University of Oxford (M. Jur in European and Comparative Law).
Her publications include a book on Japan’s defence policy (PUF, 2010). In 2007, she coedited a book with François Godement, Geopolitique de l’Asie (Armand Colin). Her publications also include contributions in books published by Philippe Picquier Publishing (Le Monde vu d’Asie, 2013, Démocraties d’Asie, 2015), Hermann Publishing (La Démocratie et la guerre au XXI esiècle, 2011), Global Oriental (Seapower and Maritime Strategy in Britain and Japan, 2012) and Routledge (Globalisation and Defense in the Asia-Pacific, 2009), and articles in peer-reviewed journals – Revue des deux mondes, Critique internationale, La Vie des idées, The HAPR, The, KRIS, The APR and others.