December 9, 2010: Dr. Yasuhiro Matsuda

(Click to enlarge) Dr. Yasuhiro Matsuda discusses the current state of Sino-Japanese relationship.

Sino-Japanese Relations under the DPJ Government: A Japanese Perspective


(Washington, DC) Since the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) came to power in 2009, it has tried to emphasize the need for a more equal relationship between Japan and the US, proposed the creation of an East Asian Community and stopped visits to the Yasukuni shrine by cabinet members for the sake of improving relations with its neighbors, especially China. However, after the Chinese fishing boat incident near the Senkaku islands in September, 2010, Sino-Japanese relations have suddenly become chilled— even more so than relations during the Koizumi administration, when relations with the Bush administration were extremely good and visits to the Yasukuni shrine were still taking place. Dr. Matsuda discussed this sudden turn in Sino-Japanese relations and explained the implications for the US-Japan relationship.


Yasuhiro Matsudais currently a visiting scholar at Yale University and has been an associate professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (previously Institute of Oriental Culture), University of Tokyo, since 2008. Dr. Matsuda spent sixteen years with the National Institute for Defense Studies in the Japan Defense Agency/Ministry of Defense, as assistant and then senior research fellow. He received his PhD from the Graduate School of Law at Keio University in Tokyo. While he was a doctoral candidate, Dr. Matsuda served as a visiting research fellow at the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong (1994-1996), Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Hawaii (2000), the Henry L. Stimson Center (2000), Division of Strategic and International Studies, Taiwan Research Institute in Taipei (2001), US-Asia Institute (2006), and the Center for Japanese Studies, Fudan University in Shanghai (2007). Dr. Matsuda specializes in political and diplomatic history of Asia, the politics and external relations of China and Taiwan, as well as cross-Strait relations.