The U.S.-Japan Alliance and Roles of the Japan Self-Defense Force: The Past, Present, and Future

Japan and the United States have maintained an alliance for over sixty-five years in the postwar period, with a core relationship consisting of asymmetrical cooperation between U.S. Armed Forces’ activities and Japan’s land and facilities resources. The U.S. military’s cooperation with the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) also is a core element in the U.S.-Japan alliance. Most JSDF personnel believe their own performance has greatly contributed to sustaining and expanding the alliance. However, no one before has laid out or quantified these contributions.

In this context, Sasakawa USA launched a research project focusing on roles of the JSDF and how the JSDF, since its establishment, has contributed to sustaining and expanding the U.S.-Japan alliance. The research is based on discussions among three former JSDF senior officers, all of whom are currently assigned as national security fellows in the United States. This research also examines new roles and missions shouldered by the JSDF and future challenges for the U.S.-Japan alliance in the changing international security environment.

 

Publications

The U.S.-Japan Alliance and Roles of the Japan Self-Defense Forces: Past, Present, and Future
By Yoshikazu Watanabe, Masanori Yoshida, and Masayuki Hironaka; January 30, 2017

 

Events

Symposium: The U.S.-Japan Alliance and Roles of the Japan Self-Defense Force
July 30, 2016
Sasakawa USA and PHP Institute co-hosted an event in Tokyo at the ANA Intercontinental Hotel bringing together three senior former Japan Self-Defense Force members to discuss the role of the JSDF within the U.S.-Japan Alliance.

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