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Date : October 15, 2020

Video report: The New Administration and Japanese Security Policy (Prof. Nobukatsu KANEHARA, Faculty of Law Department of Political Science, Doshisha University)

post date : 2020.10.15

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe implemented new security policies such as the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy and establishing the National Security Council (modeled on the US NSC), as well as strengthening the Japan-US alliance. Intending to maintain these policies, the new Suga Cabinet inaugurated on September 16 made news by selecting Nobuo Kishi, the brother of former Prime Minister Abe, as the new minister of defense. On the other hand, the security environment in the Asia Pacific has been becoming more serious, with the escalating conflict between the US and China (referred to as a new cold war), the lack of progress on North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapon development programs, and the increased activity of Chinese government vessels around the Senkaku Islands.

The FPCJ invited Doshisha University Professor Nobukatsu Kanehara, who played a central role in drafting security policies for the Abe government, to discuss the situation. The professor worked mainly at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before appointed as Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary in December 2012. After the establishment in December 2013 of the National Security Council, he served as deputy secretary-general of the Cabinet Office’s National Security Secretariat from January 2014 when it was established until 2019.

The briefing had a total of 41 participants including journalists from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea, the UK, and the USA.

■Date: October 15 (Thurs), 2020, 11:00-12:30

■Briefer: Prof. Nobukatsu KANEHARA, Faculty of Law Department of Political Science, Doshisha University

■Language: Japanese, with consecutive English interpretation


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