Foreign Policy Initiative SEED Trip

From October 19 to 23, 2015, the group met with members of the Japanese Diet, media, ministries, Cabinet Secretariat, the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) and the National Security Council as well as representatives of leading corporations and defense industry representatives to discuss developments in U.S.-Japan defense cooperation.

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The group also visited the Iruma Air Base, the largest Japanese Air Self-Defense Force base, to learn about Japan’s missile defense capabilities. The trip concluded with a roundtable discussion with Japanese scholars on U.S. and Japanese domestic challenges and regional security affairs.

Check out more posts from the trip on Twitter: #SEEDJapan

Click here for participants’ biographies.

Click here to read Rachel Hoff’s report on U.S.-Japan Missile Defense Cooperation based on the trip; click here to read Thomas Storch’s blog about his experience; here to read Alexander Alden’s blog about the trip; and here for a blog from participant Phillip Lohaus.

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