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Japan's Disaster Diplomacy: Fostering Military to Military Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region

Sponsored by the Rising Powers Initiative

Thursday, March 28, 2013
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Commons, 1957 E Street, NW; Room 602
Washington, DC 20052

Through strategically evolving disaster diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan will be able to contribute to a more stable and peaceful international order in the region. Alongside principal humanitarian objectives, disaster relief operations that utilize military assets have the potential to institutionalize a framework for military to military cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region where there is little tradition of multilateral security cooperation. This presentation will begin with an analysis of Japan's current disaster diplomacy, focusing on cooperation with the United States and Southeast Asian countries, and explore China's growing naval capabilities in disaster-related operations. With this background in place, Mr. Hideshi Futori will then discuss Japan's strategic initiative in the field and explain how international contributions through disaster diplomacy is a crucial core concept in considering Japan's future national vision and identity.

Mr. Hideshi Futori is a Japan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has been a Research Associate for the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 2011 to 2012 and a chairman of the Harvard Commemorative Cherry Tree Planting Initiative for the 100th anniversary of cherry trees given to the United States from Japan. Also Mr. Futori worked as a Japan Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, Sasakawa Peace Foundation Research Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS, and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Japan Studies and Cooperation at Vanderbilt University. Prior to his fellowship in the United States, Mr. Futori served as Chief of Staff at the office of Akihisa Nagashima, a House of Representatives member of Japan.

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