Japan’s New Security Legislation: A Rupture with its Postwar History?
Makoto Iokibe, a renowned expert of Japanese diplomatic history and security policy, will offer his insight on Japan’s new security legislation.
Japan recently adopted a new security legislation that expands the international activities of its Self-Defense Forces. The legislation sparks controversies as some consider it as a departure from the pacifist norm that dominated the country’s defense and security policy since 1945. However, the debate should not be set in black and white as Japan has actually implemented a gradual normalization of its military posture and is now accelerating this trend in front of growing regional and global security challenges.
Makoto Iokibe, a renowned expert of Japanese diplomatic history and security policy, will offer his insight on this issue.
Speaker: Makoto Iokibe, Chair, Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute and President, Kumamoto Prefectural University
Discussant: Céline Pajon, Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
Chair: Françoise Nicolas, Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
The event will be held in English
Makoto Iokibe (born in 1943) is a Japanese expert on security legislation and policies. After his PhD in Law at the Kyoto University, he taught in numerous Japanese universities and completed research programs in Harvard and the London School of Economics. From 2006 to 2012, he was President of the National Defense Academy of Japan. In the past, he worked both for the Prime Ministers Obuchi’s and Koizumi’s cabinets, focusing on defense and security policy. Nowadays, he presides over the Kumamoto Prefectural University and the Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute. Among his books stand “History of Post-war Japanese Diplomacy” (Yuhikaku, 1997) and “Decaying country, Japan” (Chikura Shobo, 2014).
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