Japan-NATO Relations: Assessing the Status Quo and Mapping the Future
Ambassador Masafumi Ishii, Japanese Ambassador to Belgium; Japan Representative to NATO
Chair: John Swenson-Wright, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House
The speaker will argue that Japan and NATO share a number of common security challenges and interests. Drawing on current examples of cooperation, such as the 2013 joint political declaration and the 2014 agreement on counter-piracy, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, the speaker will assess the relevance and likely future of Japan-NATO relations, exploring the implications of both potential differences and increasing cooperation.