Japan’s defense policy is subject of online debate

Japan is a key player in East Asia’s regional security dynamics and it is among the world’s top 10 defense spenders. Since the 1990s, the missions undertaken by Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) have expanded a lot, highlighting the country’s growing role in international security matters
International Relations
11 December 2020
Japan’s defense policy is subject of online debate

On Wednesday, December 16, at 8 pm, Fundação Getulio Vargas’ School of International Relations (FGV RI) and Japan House São Paulo will hold the fifth event in a series of talks about Japan. This time, the speaker will be Dr. Takako Hikotani, a professor of modern Japanese politics and foreign policy at Columbia University. She will talk about “Defense Policy-Making in Japan.” The webinar will be moderated by the deputy coordinator of FGV RI, Pedro Brites, and assistant Luana Margarete Geiger. The event will be broadcast live on FGV’s YouTube channel in English, without any simultaneous interpretation.

Japan is a key player in East Asia’s regional security dynamics and it is among the world’s top 10 defense spenders. Since the 1990s, the missions undertaken by Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) have expanded a lot, highlighting the country’s growing role in international security matters. In addition, in recent years, Japan’s legislature has participated more actively in security and defense matters. What can we expect for Japan’s defense policy in the coming years? What should be the role of the legislative branch in constructing this policy?

Takako Hikotani is currently serving as Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy at Columbia University, New York. She has taught at the Japan National Defense Academy, at the General Staff Faculties of the Ground Self-Defense Force and at the Air Self-Defense Force, as well as at the National Institute for Defense Studies. She is also a former Visiting Professional Specialist at Princeton University as Social Science Research Council / Abe Fellow (2010-2011), as Suntory Foundation Torii Fellow (2000-2001) and Fellow of the USA-Japan Leadership Program, run by the USA-Japan Foundation (2000-). Her research is mainly focused on Japan’s foreign and domestic policy, civilian-military relations and comparative civilian-military relations.

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