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Japan’s Emerging Security Role in East Asia

The Brookings Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) will convene a two-panel discussion on the recent developments in Japanese security affairs and the regional reaction to Japan’s increased security role. Brookings President Strobe Talbott will provide introductory remarks.

Since the events of September 11, Japan has incrementally removed many of the self-imposed obstacles to participating in collective security, including sending 300 troops to Iraq. The first panel will discuss how Japan views its security environment; how far this process is likely to go, particularly as it relates to Japan supporting the United States; and whether the Japanese public will continue to support these changes.

The second panel will examine the reaction of Japan’s neighbors to its increased security role. The discussion will focus on China and Korea, which have preserved memories of Japan’s behavior during the Second World War and are reading the worst into current trends. Panelists will also discuss reactions from Taiwan, which had different experiences in the twentieth century and has its own perceptions of Japan’s security responsibilities today.

A question and answer session will follow the close of each panel discussion.



Moderator (Revolution in Security Affairs)

Moderator (Views from the Region)


James B. Steinberg

Former Brookings Expert

University Professor, Social Science, International Affairs, and Law - Maxwell School, Syracuse University



Ayako Doi

Editor, The Japan Digest Publications

David C. Kang

Professor, International Relations and Business - University of Southern California

Director, Korean Studies Institute - University of Southern California

Eric Heginbotham

Principal Research Scientist, Center for International Studies - Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Sak Sakoda

Senior Associate, Armitage International

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