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Abe-Mansfield Fellowship Symposia

 

Global Carbon Reduction:  Developing New Strategies and Deploying New Technologies in Japan and the United States

 

September 6, 2007, Tokyo, Japan

A symposium co-sponsored with the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership

 

Mansfield Fellowship alumna Diane Hooie's symposium presentation (in English)

 

Mansfield Fellowship alumna Diane Hooie's symposium presentation (in Japanese)

 

Event Report (English/Japanese)

 

 

Public Symposium: “Industrial Strategy and Global Competitiveness in Japan and the U.S.”

 

Public Symposium, September 26, 2006, Tokyo, Japan
More in English

 

Links to symposium video:English; Japanese

On September 26, 2006, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation co-sponsored a symposium in Tokyo entitled “Industrial Strategy and Global Competitiveness in Japan and the U.S.

 

This symposium featured two Abe Fellows and two Mansfield Fellows: Dr. Takahiro Fujimoto (1995 Abe Fellow), Professor, Department of Economics, University of Tokyo; Dr. Kathryn Ibata-Arens (2004 Abe Fellow), Professor, Department of Political Science, DePaul University; Mr. Keith Krulak (2001-2003 Mansfield Fellow), U.S. Department of Treasury; and Mr. Christopher Winship (2003-2005 Mansfield Fellow), U.S. Department of Treasury. Dr. Masaru Yoshitomi, President and Chief Research Officer, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, served as moderator. Mr. Masaaki Sato (Journalist, Nikkei BP “REAL SIMPLE” Publisher) gave a presentation at the beginning of the panel discussion.

 

 

"Non-traditional Security: Transforming the Japan-U.S. Alliance"


July 19, 2005.

Symposium in Tokyo, co-sponsored with with the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and featuring alumni of the Mansfield and Abe Fellowship Programs.

 

Introduction Speech (By Hideya Taida)

 

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation respectively implement the Abe and Mansfield Fellowships, personnel development programs that contribute to the enhancement of U.S.-Japan relations.

 

Together, the Center and the Foundation organized this public symposium, "Non-traditional Security: The Transformation of Cooperation between the United States and Japan.”


Concurrent with the end of the Cold War, prior conceptions of national security began to undergo transformation. Since the 1990s, the progression of globalization and the information revolution have significantly widened the area currently coming under national security. In these new circumstances, a diverse range of criminal acts, including terrorism and piracy, population issues and environmental destruction have emerged as new threats. At today's symposium, Japanese Abe fellows and U.S. Mansfield fellows debated, from both theoretical and practical perspectives, how Japan and the United States should implement joint initiatives and cooperation in order to clarify the nature of these new threats and develop national security policies for countering them, as well as to enhance security in the Asia-Pacific region and support the reconstruction of collapsed states. Around 120 people participated in the symposium including researchers, officials working in diplomacy and defense, journalists and other representatives of the media, students and members of the general public. This document summarizes the content of the symposium.

 

The symposium began with an address by honored guest Yoshimasa Hayashi, a member of Japan's House of Councilors (chairman of the diplomacy and defense committee). Mr. Hayashi spoke in detail about the importance of Japan-U.S. intellectual exchange on policymaking, including national security, in addition to the necessity for mutual understanding between Japanese and U.S. policymakers, including practitioners and researchers. In his address, Mr. Hayashi also told attendees about his experiences working as an intern for the late U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr., when he was involved in the legislative process leading to the establishment of the Mansfield Fellowship program.

 

Mr. Hayashi was followed by rapporteur Colonel Koichiro Bansho, former Chief of the Public Affairs Office, Ground Staff Office at Japan's Defense Agency, who led the first contingent of Ground Self Defense Force Troops dispatched to Iraq to participate in post-war reconstruction. Colonel Bansho told attendees about the activities of the Ground Self Defense Force in Samawah, which focused on constructing water supply facilities and actually supplying water. He also spoke about showing respect for Islamic culture during the implementation of the mission, and about the role of the Self Defense Force in the initial stages of establishing sustainable reconstruction activities. Colonel Bansho presented an objective report on the peacekeeping activities of the Self Defense Force, which are being implemented not just in Iraq but throughout the world, while referring to the concept of non-traditional security issues, which have been incorporated into Japan's Defense Program Outline since the 1990s.

 

The following panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Naoyuki Agawa (1994 Abe Fellow) Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University, and former Japanese Ambassador to the United States. Panelists were Mr. John Hill (1995-1997 Mansfield Fellow), Senior Director for Japan, Regional Director for Northeast Asia, U.S. Department of Defense; Dr. Etel Solingen (2001 Abe Fellow), Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Irvine; Commander Mark Staples (1999-2001 Mansfield Fellow), Director, C4I & Naval Sea Systems Programs, Mutual Defense Assistance Office, American Embassy Tokyo; and Dr. Motohiro Tsuchiya, (2000 Abe Fellow), Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University. The four panelists engaged in spirited debate on current issues in traditional and non-traditional national security fields, with reference to the closeness of Japan-U.S. relations and the changing national security landscape in the Asia-Pacific region. The four panelists used presentation materials as they spoke to address the following issues from a variety of standpoints: 1) The meaning of the right to collective self-defense in a globalized security environment; 2) The relationships between various regional systematic frameworks and non-traditional security issues; 3) The information technology revolution and the issues of information sharing and interoperability among military organizations involved in non-traditional security issues; 4) National security issues and cultural conflicts in the age of the Internet.

 

Debate among the panelists throughout the three and a half hour symposium can be summarized in a single point: Reaffirming the importance of continual Japan-U.S. joint involvement in non-traditional security issues, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.


The symposium is the first event organized by the Center for Global Partnership and the Mansfield Foundation. We hope the symposium was able to return to society the shared knowledge of the Abe Fellows and Mansfield Fellows, intellectual assets of the United States and Japan, as well as to promote networking among the alumni communities of both programs. We also trust that this report will be of use to many people with an interest in U.S.-Japan relations and issues of national security.

 

Finally, we would like to thank the speakers, moderator and panelists for taking some of their precious time to participate in the symposium and share their specialized knowledge and insights.

 

Hideya Taida, Director, The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership

Transcript of the remarks

 

Article by Paige Cottingham-Streater

 

 

 

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