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Japan's Foreign and Security Policy Options
1996–1997

This project was launched in June 1996 as the first of the study groups organized to promote policy-related contributions from Japanese researchers under the Global ThinkNet Fellows Program. Under the guidance of Professor Masashi Nishihara of the National Defense Academy of Japan, six young and promising political scientists examined Japan's foreign and security policy options for the 21st century. The group regularly met for in-depth discussions on various security-related topics, attended lectures and briefings by experts directly involved in security policy making, and participated in overseas workshops in Southeast Asia (Oct. 1996) and the United States (Oct. 1997).

The participants' new policy proposals for Japan's foreign and security policy were published in the volume listed below.

(This project is part of the Global ThinkNet Fellows initiative.)

Publication

Old Issues, New Responses: Japan's Foreign and Security Policy Options, Masashi Nishihara, editor

Participants and Synopses of Papers

Project Leader:
Masashi Nishihara Professor of International Relations, National Defense Academy of Japan
Paper Writers:
Ryo Asano Associate Professor, Himeji Dokkyo University
[Synopsis] Ryo Asano has been Associate Professor of International Relations and Chinese Affairs at Himeji Dokkyo University since 1989 and Councilor of the Japan Association for Asian Political and Economic Studies. He is a graduate of the International Christian University. His recent publications include "The Changing Role of PLA, Police and Legal Organs After December 1978" and "China's Military Power After the End of the Cold War."
 
Eiichi Katahara Associate Professor, Kobe Gakuin University
[Synopsis] Eiichi Katahara has been Associate Professor of International Relations in the Faculty of Law at Kobe Gakuin University and Lecturer at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Asian International Studies from Griffith University. His recent publications include "Japan's Concept of Comprehensive Security in the Post-Cold War World" in Susan L. Shirk and Christopher P. Twomey (eds.), Power and Prosperity: Economics and Security Linkages in Asia-Pacific(1996).
 
Masahiro Matsumura Associate Professor, Momoyama Gakuin
[Synopsis] Masahiro Matsumura has been Associate Professor of International Relations in the School of Social Sciences at Momoyama Gakuin University after receiving his Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. He was a visiting fellow at the Research Institute of Peace and Security. His recent publications include "A Desirable TMD Policy for Japan" in Seiron (1996) and "Problems of the U.S. Global Strategy Under Clinton" in This Is Yomiuri (1995).
 
Osamu Miyata Associate Professor, University of Shizuoka
[Synopsis] Osamu Miyata has been Associate Professor in the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Shizuoka. He received his M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, before joining the University of Shizuoka in 1987. His publications include "The Tudeh Party Split" in Annals of Japan Association for Middle East Studies (1988) and "The Tudeh Military Network during the Oil Nationalization Period" in Middle Eastern Studies (July 1987).
 
Isami Takeda Professor, Dokkyo University
[Synopsis] Isami Takeda has been Professor of International Relations in the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Dokkyo University. He received his Ph.D. in International History from Sydney University. His recent publications include Politics of Migration, Refugees and Foreign Aid (1992), which won the 1992 Asia Pacific Prize for the best work in Asia Pacific Studies and "Possibility of Multilateral Security in the Asia Pacific Region—New Policy Agenda for Japan and the United States" in Sekai (1996).
 
Yasuhiro Takeda Associate Professor, National Defense Academy
[Synopsis] Yasuhiro Takeda has been Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences of the National Defense Academy of Japan. His recent publications include "Redefining Japan's National Security" in The Evolving Pacific Power Structure (1996) and "Political Dynamics of Foreign Assistance: U.S. Economic Aid and Domestic Reforms in South Vietnam" in Studies on International Relations (1995).