Past eventResearch Event

Japan’s ‘Proactive Contribution to Peace’: Implications for Regional Security

5 June 2014 - 13:00 to 14:00

Chatham House, London


Akio Miyajima, Senior Visiting Academy Fellow, Chatham House; Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan to the UK
John Swenson-Wright, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House



Since the end of the Cold War, Japan's foreign and security policy has undergone steady and incremental change, allowing the country to acquire a more active and engaged profile in regional and global affairs. Following the re-election of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December 2012, there has been much speculation regarding how far and in what direction this trajectory of change will continue. In 2013, Japan’s first ever national security strategy was announced, stating that Japan should contribute more actively to the peace and stability of the region and the international community, while coordinating with other countries, including the US. This meeting will consider these developments, with brief presentations by and discussion between the panellists.  

This event is funded by the Nippon Foundation and held in partnership with them and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.