Date: Monday, October 16, 2023 6:30 PM - Monday, October 16, 2023 8:00 PM
Location: Temple University, Japan Campus 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004


  • Lieutenant Colonel John Wright, US Air Force Foreign Area Officer


  • Robert Dujarric, ICAS Co-Director


Military posture and policy continues to develop and change quickly in the Indo-Pacific. Japan, a state which has long attempted to minimize its post-war military activity, has enacted several major policy and posture changes recently which seem to indicate this era is definitively over. These include Japan's significant defense budget increases, unprecedented in the twenty-first century, and its dedication to acquiring new capabilities which appear will bring Japan's military capabilities more in line with those commonly found within its allies and NATO countries. Similarly, defense exports are being given a re-examination, with unknown consequences for the region and Tokyo's involvement in future conflicts. Finally, the triumph of "minilateral" diplomacy, particularly in the Quad and the US-Japan-Republic of Korea relationships, stand to reshape Indo-Pacific diplomacy for the foreseeable future. After taking a closer look at the issues, these changes reveal the US-Japan Alliance will continue to drive regional power and the subsequent military responses to it. 

Date & Time:

Monday, October 16, 2023 18:30


Temple University, Japan Campus Room 402 (Access)


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This event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

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Lieutenant Colonel John Wright

US Air Force Foreign Area Officer

Lieutenant Colonel John Wright is a US Air Force Foreign Area Officer assigned to Fifth Air Force, headquartered in Japan. He has previously served as a Mike and Maureen Mansfield Fellow, and interned with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, and the National Diet, including an internship with the current Minister of Defense. Lieutenant Colonel Wright is a pilot and has flown multiple combat missions all over the world, including campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. His views during this discussion are solely his own, and not those of the US government or any other government. 

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