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Changing Asia – a Japanese Perspective: How to Read Asia Today

October 14, 2014 - 17:30

Asia is currently experiencing a period of extensive political and economic change. Recent leadership transitions in China and North Korea have bred both challenges and opportunities. The US has announced a pivot toward the Asia–Pacific region, but remains preoccupied by events in the Middle East. Japan’s economy appears to be recovering after a long period of stagnation, while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seemingly altering the fundamental tenets of the country’s security policy, which has remained unchanged for more than half a century. This presentation will provide a Japanese view of such key recent developments across the region.
Ichiro Fujisaki is President of the America–Japan Society, Inc., Distinguished Professor and Chairman of International Strategies at Sophia University, and Distinguished Professor of Keio University. Educated at Keio University, Brown University and Stanford Graduate School, he went on to become a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Following his entry into the Foreign Ministry in 1969, he held posts in Jakarta, Paris and London before taking on more senior roles. These included Political Counsellor at the Embassy of Japan in London, Political Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC, Director General for North American Affairs and Deputy Foreign Minister. From 2005 to 2008 he served as Ambassador of Japan to the UN and World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva, before taking up the post of Ambassador of Japan to the United States from 2008 to 2012.
Chair: Wrenn Yennie Lindgren, Research Fellow, NUPI .
You can follow this seminar directly on YouTube
Venue: NUPI , C.J. Hambros plass 2 D 
Changing Asia – a Japanese Perspective: How to Read Asia Today


October 14, 2014