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Public seminar

Pivotal alliance? US-Japan relations and East Asian security

Speaker: Professor Mike Mochizuki
Date: Tuesday 28 May 2013
Time: 5.45pm – 7.00pm, refreshments served from 5.30pm
Venue: Weston Theatre
Vodcast: Watch the seminar
Seminar flyer: Pivotal Alliance? US-Japan relations and East Asian security (PDF 238KB)

Mike Mochizuki

Professor Mike Mochizuki, will first discuss the recent evolution and likely trajectory of US-Japanese security relations by focusing on the return of the Liberal Democratic Party and Shinzo Abe to power in Japan as well as the Obama Administration’s “rebalancing” toward Asia. Some of the specific issues that will be highlighted include potential revision of the bilateral defense cooperation guidelines, Abe’s push to reinterpret and revise Japan’s constitution, the impact of fiscal constraints on US and Japanese security policies, and the Futenma Marine Air Station relocation plan and Okinawan politics.

Issues Professor Mochizuki will address include bilateral defense cooperation, Abe’s push to reinterpret and revise Japan’s constitution, the impact of fiscal constraints, and the Futenma Marine Air Station relocation plan and Okinawan politics.

Professor. Mochizuki will also explore the role of the US-Japan alliance, the rise of China and the impact of uncertainties in the Korean peninsula. He will explore the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute, the challenges of maritime security, the Taiwan question, and the US-China nuclear balance and extended deterrence. He will look at options for dealing with North Korea and explore the implications of various scenarios for both Japanese security policy and the US-Japan alliance.

This presentation is part of the National Security College’s public seminar series and is presented in conjunction with the Japan Institute, ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, Department of Political & Social Change, and the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre.

The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and ANU.

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