Beyond US-China Relations: Japan Embraces the Indo-Pacific


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When: Mar 21 2017 - 12:00pm until Mar 21 2017 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

Beyond US-China Relations: Japan Embraces the Indo-Pacific

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Dr. Tsutomu Kikuchi
Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University; Senior Adjunct Fellow,
Japan Institute for International Affairs

Hirobumi Kayama (Discussant)
Special Advisor, Ministry of Economic, Trade, and Industry (METI), Japan AND Director, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), New York

Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Discussant)
Director, East-West Center in Washington

Beyond US-China Relations: Japan Embraces the Indo-Pacific from East-West Center on Vimeo.

Left to right: Dr. Tsutomu Kikuchi and Hirobumi Kayama. Image: Karen Mascarinas, Research Intern, East-West Center in Washington

Japan has been struggling to enhance relations with “the rest of Asia (countries and institutions) in the Indo-Pacific” under the Abe administration. What drives Japan’s activism? Contrary to the conventional view, the future of Asia (Indo-Pacific) will be largely defined by “the rest of Asia”, not either the US or China or the US-China relations. Japan’s active engagement with “the rest of Asia” will greatly contribute to strengthening the US-Japan alliance which remains the cornerstone for regional peace and prosperity.


Dr. Tsutomu Kikuchi is a professor in the Department of International Politics at Aoyama-Gakuin University, and has been an adjunct fellow at JIIA for more than 20 years. He was a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, and a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Dr. Kikuchi has been actively engaged in various “Track 2” activities and international research projects, and has published many books and articles on international political economy of the Asia-Pacific. He obtained his doctoral degree from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan.

Hirobumi Kayama is a Special Advisor to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) and the Director of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)’s headquarters in New York. He has previously held many government positions, including Director of the Office for International Nuclear Energy Cooperation Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) in METI (2011-2015), Senior Deputy Director of the Policy Planning and Coordination Division in the Minister’s Secretariat (2009-2011), and the Deputy Director of the Petroleum and Gas Division of ANRE (2002-2005). Mr. Kayama received his Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Tokyo in 1995 and his dual Master’s degrees of International and Public Affairs and Law (LL.M.) from Columbia University in 2002, a year in which he also pass the Bar in New York.

Dr. Satu Limaye is director of the East-West Center in Washington and Senior Advisor at the CNA Corporation, a non-profit research and analysis organization in Alexandria, VA. He is the creator and director of the Asia Matters for America initiative, an interactive; Founding Editor of the Asia-Pacific Bulletin series, and an editor of the journal Global Asia. Dr. Limaye was an Abe Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, a Luce Scholar, and head of programs on South Asia at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo. He received his PhD. from Oxford University where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar.

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Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 2023279755