The security environment in Northeast Asia has become increasingly complex since 2013, when Japan last revised its National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG). Moreover, the United States is shifting towards a sharper rivalry with China and Russia across multiple domains. At this symposium, a bilateral group of scholars and former defense officials assessed Japan’s policy priorities and defense capabilities through the lens of its newly revised guidelines and Mid-Term Defense Plan. The discussion also considered implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance and regional security in the future.
This event was co-sponsored by Sasakawa USA and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Canegie Endowment for International Peace live-streamed the event. Watch a video here.
9:00 a.m. | Opening Remarks
9:15 a.m. | Operational Aspects of the NDPG
10:45 a.m. | Policy Implications of the NDPG
• Dr. Eric Heginbotham, Principal Research Scientist, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; Director, International Security Program, CSIS
• Lt.Gen. Koichi Isobe, Fellow, Harvard University Asia Center
• Mr. Masanori Nishi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Defense; Senior Advisor, Nippon Life Insurance Company
• Mr. Kaleb Redden, Director for Strategy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
• Dr. Sayuri Romei, Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs, Sasakawa USA
• Mr. James Schoff, Senior Fellow, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
• Ms. Yuki Tatsumi, Co-Director, East Asia Program, Director, Japan Program, Stimson Center
• Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa USA