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For many decades, Japanese governments and businesses have taken a keen interest in Southeast Asia, first as a market and then as a location for Japanese manufacturers. Recently, there has been a growing focus on the security aspect of the Japan-Southeast Asia relationship. Tokyo now supplies military equipment to some ASEAN states, participates in regional exercises, and perceives the region as an arena where it must compete with China for influence. Southeast Asia, in turn, seems open to closer security relations with Japan, but not at the cost of threatening their economic ties with China.
To help us understand the political economy and geoeconomics of Japan-Southeast Asia relations, Ryan Ashley will lead an ICAS session on the intersections of Japanese economic and security interests in Southeast Asia, tracing Japan's high levels of strategic trust in the region today to the slower, deliberate process of economic trust-building in the region beginning with the 1977 Fukuda Doctrine.
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 18:30
Temple University, Japan Campus Room 309 (Access)
Registration is required (e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org).
This event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).
Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.
Ryan Ashley is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force with extensive operational experience in East Asia and Japan and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He is also a lecturer with the Air Force Special Operations School. He has previously published on East Asian security and international relations with War on the Rocks, Nikkei Asia, and The Diplomat.
Paul Nadeau is an adjunct assistant professor at Temple University's Japan campus, co-founder & editor of Tokyo Review, and an adjunct fellow with the Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He was previously a private secretary with the Japanese Diet and as a member of the foreign affairs and trade staff of Senator Olympia Snowe. His research focuses on the intersection of domestic and international politics, with specific focuses on political partisanship and international trade policy. His commentary has appeared on BBC News, New York Times, Nikkei Asian Review, Japan Times, and more.
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