[Nichibunken-IHJ Forum] Three Decades of Political Debates on Japan’s Foreign and Security Policy: Revisiting the Heisei Era and the Post-Cold War Period

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  • Lecturer: Ayako KUSUNOKI (Associate Professor, Nichibunken)
  • Commentator: Harukata TAKENAKA (Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)
  • Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:30-8:00 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
  • Coorganized by International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)
  • Language: Japanese (without English interpretation)
  • Admission: Free
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The Heisei era overlaps the three decades after the Cold War. During this generation the structure of international relations significantly changed, mainly caused by the emergence of China as a power, the gradual shrinking of the U.S. commitment to international peace and security, and globalization as well, in accordance with which Japan’s foreign and security policy has been gradually shifting. On the other hand, the arguments over security issues seem to be static, typically shown by the debate on the Legislation for Peace and Security enacted in 2015. This presentation would like to demonstrate the transition of Japan’s security policy throughout the post-Cold War period by examining such political debates.
Ayako KUSUNOKI (Associate Professor, Nichibunken)
Ayako KusunokiDr. Kusunoki specializes in Japanese political and diplomatic history, and security studies. She was an Associate Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University before joining Nichibunken. She is the author of Yoshida Shigeru to anzen hosho seisaku no keisei: nichibei no anzen hosho koso to sono sogo sayo, 1943-1952 [Yoshida Shigeru and the Making of Japan’s Postwar Security Policy: The Interaction of Ideas for Peace and Stability between the United States and Japan, 1943-1952] (Minerva, 2009), Senryo kara dokuritsu e [Occupation and the Peace Treaty with Japan] (Yoshikawa Kobunkan, 2013) and “‘Ushinawareta 20 nen’ ni okeru gaiko anzen hosho ronso [Security Debates During the ‘Lost Two Decades’],” Sohatsu suru nihon e: posuto “ushinawareta 20 nen” no dessan [Toward the Emergent Japan: The Sketch of the post “Lost Two Decades”] (Andrew Gordon and Kazuhiro Takii, eds., Kobundo, 2018).
Harukata TAKENAKA (Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)
Kataharu TakenakaProf. Takenaka specializes in Japanese Politics and Comparative Politics. He has been affiliated with the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies since 1999, during which he also served as a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He earned his BA in law from the University of Tokyo, and his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. His publications include Shusho shihai [Prime Minister’s Rule] (Chuokoron Shinsha, 2006), the award-winning Sangiin towa nanika [What Is the House of Councillors?] (Chuo-koron Shinsha, 2010), Failed Democratization in Prewar Japan (Stanford University Press, 2014), and “Expansion of the Prime Minister’s Power in the Japanese Parliamentary System” (Asian Survey, 59:5, Sept/Oct 2019).