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Online Seminar: Japan’s Missile Defense Debates—A Multipolar World, Collective Defense, and Leadership Transition

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Time/date:

Friday, August 7, 2020 07:00 - 08:00

For:

Open to the public

Venue:

Zoom Webinar

Language:

English

Entry:

Free

Application deadline:

Friday, August 7, 2020 05:00

Sponsors:

East-West Center (https://www.eastwestcenter.org/)

Application / Inquiries:

https://www.eastwestcenter.org/events/japan%E2%80%99s-missile-defense-debates-multipolar-world-collective-defense-and-leadership-transition

The cancellation of the planned Japanese deployment of the Aegis Ashore system in June 2020 necessitates a revision of the country's missile defense plan. This occurs in the context of a rapidly changing missile threat and defense landscape globally as well as the emergence of a multipolar world. Japan's initial participation in the missile defense was intended as limited defense against North Korea, but this factor no longer defines the new debate over Japanese missile defense. Leadership transition within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the dynamics of its coalition with Komeito (the Clean Government Party) now also bear on this debate. So, too does the US-Japan alliance. This presentation will address how these factors are shaping Japan's new directions on missile defense and foreign policy.

Please note this event will be conducted entirely in English.

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