ICJS Event: Panel Discussion "Japan's Security Policy and Constitutional Reform"

Friday, October 15, 2004
7:00 p.m.
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 206/207 (access)
This lecture is free and open to the general public, but space may be limited. RSVP is not required: seating is on a first come, first served basis.

This panel will address Japan's evolving strategic alliances in the international arena as it reassesses its constitutional constraints and security concerns. Japan's role in the Iraqi wars and its increasing military engagements are provoking a reconsideration of its political and defense policies. With ongoing disputes related to Japan's historical legacy with Korea and China raising concerns about regional stability, there is considerable public debate about Japan's military and political agendas.

The panel will evaluate Japan's reconsideration of article 9 of the constitution, in the context of the redeployment of US military forces, humanitarian crises, energy shortages and the international war on Al-Qaeda and its allies.


Roger Buckley, (moderator) is Professor of International Relations at Temple University, Japan Campus. Dr. Buckley (Phd London School of Economics) has taught at International Christian University (Mitaka-shi), and at the International University of Japan (Niigata-ken) and London University. He is the author of'The United States in the Asia-Pacific since 1945'(Cambridge University Press, 2002); 'Japan Today' ( 3rd ed., Cambridge, 1999);'Hong Kong: The Road to 1997'(Cambridge, 1997);'US - Japan Alliance Diplomacy', 1945-1990' (Cambridge,1992); 'Nippon: New Superpower' (with William Horsley) (BBC, 1990)'Occupation Diplomacy: Britain, The United States and Japan, 1945-1952', (Cambridge, 1982).

Robert Dujarric is a Visiting Scholar at the Research Institute for Economy Trade and Industry, Tokyo Council on Foreign Relations Hitachi Fellow, and a senior Associate of the National Institute for Public Policy (USA). Dujarric is co-author with William E. Odom of'America's Inadvertent Empire' (Yale University Press, 2004) and'Commonwealth or Empire? Russia, Central Asia, and the Transcaucasus' (Hudson, 1995) and principal author and editor of 'Korea: Security Pivot in Northeast Asia' (Hudson, 1998). His other books include: 'Korea After Unification: Challenges for U.S. Strategy' (Hudson, 2000), and 'The Future of Korea-Japan Relations' (Hudson, 2001). He is coauthor, with Gary L. Geipel, of a series of Hudson Executive Briefing Papers on security issues related to the U.S., Russia, Europe and Northeast Asia, and has also contributed articles to Commentaire, Los Angeles Times, Roll Call's Asia Policy Briefing, International Politics and Society, and Strategic Review.

Robyn Lim is Professor of International Relations at Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan. Professor Lim is a former head of the Asia-Pacific section of the International Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra, Australia. She also was a staff member in the Office of National Assessments, Australia's foreign intelligence assessment agency. She has held academic positions at the University of Tokyo and at Hiroshima Shudo University, and in Australia, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She is the author of 'The Geopolitics of East Asia: The Search for Equilibrium' (CurzonRoutledge (UK), 2003), and is a frequent media commentator on international security issues.

About ICJS

The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.