It has been over 50 years since the US-Japan security treaty took effect in 1960. During this period Japan has achieved economic prosperity, in part by providing bases and ports for the US to station its forces in Japan. The stationing of US forces in Japan also enabled the US to project its power into the Western Pacific and realise its strategic interests. Moreover, the bases in Japan, particularly those in the island of Okinawa, have supported the US' global strategy as important hubs for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Given this, the US hopes to keep its presence in Japan as a strategic foothold for the new Asia-Pacific strategy. However, the local issues surrounding the US bases in Japan are politically very sensitive, with the recent disputes over a base relocation and the plan to deploy tilt-rotor planes in Okinawa indicative of this. Indeed, at present Okinawa is filled with a sense of distrust and the anti-base movement has gained momentum. Drawing on the speaker's nuances knowledge of the subject, this seminar will present a cutting-edge analysis of the current politics of the US-Japan Security Treaty, with particular reference to Okinawa. The seminar will also highlight some lessons to be learnt from the situation.
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Mr. Masaki Suda, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
- Thursday, 30 August 2012
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-4
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road