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East Asian Security Challenges and Japan's New Strategy under Abe

Shinichi Kitaoka, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Shinichi Kitaoka
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Kane Hall 210

Renowned author, diplomat and scholar, Dr. Shinichi Kitaoka will talk about Japan’s first-ever National Security Strategy as well as the restructuring of the legal basis for Japan’s national security.

Shinichi Kitaoka is a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, and Executive Director of Research for the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS). He is a leading scholar in modern Japanese political and diplomatic history and has published on topics such as security issues, foreign policy, domestic politics, constitutional revision, and the United Nations. He earned degrees from the University of Tokyo (BA 1971, MA 1973, and Ph.D. 1976) and was a visiting fellow at Princeton University (1981-83). Dr. Kitaoka’s activities as a public intellectual include the participation in bilateral talks with the U.S., China (Japan-China 21st Century Friendship Committee), Korea (Japan-Korea Joint Study of History), Germany, India, and Singapore. Currently he is the Chairman of the Japanese scholars in Japan-China Joint Study of History that was established by President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2006.

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Part of the Mitsubushi Corporation 2013-2014 Lecture Series. Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Mitsubishi Corporation.