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Key Country Briefing

Understanding Japan

This popular series focuses on an integrated analysis of strategic, economic, political and societal trends in a number of countries which engage vital Australian interests. It is an ideal way to gain or refresh insights into key countries in the Indo-Pacific and globally.

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the courses examine the countries’ developing characteristics, including the state of the economy, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for Australian interests.

You will take a ‘deep dive’ through a series of interactive presentations, syndicate and hypothetical sessions.

Course approach

The course will be delivered as an intensive and interactive one day course. Themes will be developed through presentations and facilitated discussion. Presenters will have deep expertise and practical experience in relation to the dynamics of change in Japan and the implications for Australian policy. The course will identify, through interactive discussion, the relevant and important issues facing the participants’ departments and agencies in relation to the broad context of the evolving Australia-Japan relationship.

Course scope and content

This course will focus on Japan. The issues to be addressed include the following:

• Japan’s developing characteristics, including its economy, defence priorities and aspirations, regional and global influence.
• Japan’s challenges including its economic growth model and political and social outlook.
• Japan’s international objectives and strategies.
• India’s international objectives and strategies.
• The implications for Australian public policy priorities.

Who should attend the course?

This course is designed for officers from all departments and agencies who would benefit from a deeper understanding of Japan and its implications for Australian public policy and Australian national security interests in particular. APS5 – SES Band 2 policy officers and equivalents in national security agencies will benefit from this course.

Next date and venue

National Security College

Crawford Building #132a

1 Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University


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Course details

This is a one day non‐residential, fully-catered course.

An ANU parking permit will be supplied.

A fee of $1200 plus GST applies to this course.


"Useful discussion on interrelationship between history, economics, politics and national security. Good overlay of what it means for Australia and our dealings with Japan. Overall a great course." (2015 Participant)


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