USMC Force Design 2030: New Deterrence Strategy Views from Japan

On August 24, Sasakawa USA hosted a virtual event a keynote by LtGen. Koichi Isobe, JGSDF (Ret.), 37th Commander of the Eastern Army (2013-2015); and commentary provided by LtGen Chip Gregson, USMC (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs (2009-2011); and LtGen Larry Nicholson, USMC (Ret.), Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Force (2015-2018) discussing discussed what the USMC Force Design 2030 means to Japan from the Japanese perspective and its impact on the ever-important U.S.-Japan security alliance.

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Adm. Dennis Blair’s Chairman’s Message covered by Japanese media

Author: Asahi Shimbun

Categories: In the News, Sasakawa USA Blog

Asahi Shimbun recently provided Japanese-language coverage of Sasakawa USA Chairman Adm. Dennis Blair’s comments in his Chairman’s Message, published in May. An article published to the newspaper’s website highlighted Adm. Blair’s thoughts on the need for a revision to Japan’s constitution, and the development of Japan’s Self Defense Forces.

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Public remains undecided on constitutional revision

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse, Sasakawa USA Blog

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated that he would prioritize the revision of Japan’s constitution by 2020, reordering the political agenda and staking his government on the pursuit of the prime minister’s longtime goal. Yet, the need to win a referendum means that public opinion will cast a shadow over the entire process

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An expanding role for Japan: An interview with Admiral Dennis Blair


Categories: In the News, Sasakawa USA Blog

Developments including Chinese military buildup, the Brexit issue in Europe, and the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President provide Japan with a range of challenges going forward. As Japan responds to these concerns, Admiral Dennis Blair sees the nation’s relationship with the United States remaining a bulwark in the Asia region and expects it to increasingly take a leading role in such areas as defense, diplomacy, and the world economy.

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