Securing Japan: Tokyo’s Grand Strategy and the Future of East Asia 

December 12, 2007
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Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science; Director of the Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

George R. Packard, President, United States-Japan Foundation
For the past sixty years, the U.S. government has assumed that Japan’s security policies would reinforce American interests in Asia. The political and military profile of Asia is changing rapidly, however. Korea’s nuclear program, China’s rise, and the relative decline of U.S. power have prompted strategic review in both Tokyo and Washington. What does the future hold for Japan’s security policy? Will confluence with U.S. interests–and the alliance–survive intact? Or will Japan become more autonomous? 

Professor and author Richard J. Samuels demonstrates that over the last decade, revisionist policymakers have consolidated power in Japan, and as reflected in the policies of the Koizumi administration, have taken bold steps to position Japan’s military to play a global security role. Successor administrations have continued to further define and legitimate Japan’s new grand strategy, sparking vigorous debate both at home and in the region.
6 – 6:30         Registration
6:30 – 7:30    Lecture and Q&A
7:30 – 8:00    Reception and book signing

Admission: Corporate members are entitled to a designated number of free admissions to this event, based on their company’s current membership level. These reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.  Additional corporate registrants and Japan Society individual members at the Patron level and above pay the discounted corporate member rate of $10 for the panel discussion. Nonmember admission is $15.  The academic and government admission rate is $10. When payment is required, prepayment must be made, or registration secured, with a credit card. All registrations and cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Substitutions are welcome. Register for this event online above or email to [email protected]

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2007
  • 6:00 pm