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Global Britain and Japan
7 March @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
For the past decade, Japan and the United Kingdom have been forming a closer strategic partnership, to extent that the two countries declared that they regard one another as each other’s “closest security partners respectively in Asia and Europe.” As two of the world’s leading powers, Britain and Japan have the power to lay the path towards a more secure and prosperous future, particularly through closer cooperation in relation to security in the Indo-Pacific.
By kind invitation of Lord West, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to join Dr Tomohiko Satake, a Fellow in Defence Policy at the Policy Studies Department in the National Institute for Defence Studies, Dr Sidarth Kaushal, a Research Fellow in Seapower at the Royal United Services Institute, and Mr James Rogers, Director of the Global Britain Programme at the Henry Jackson Society, to discuss the future of Global Britain and Japan in the twenty-first century. Takashi Okada, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Embassy of Japan in the United Kingdom, will also present brief remarks at the event.
Minister Takashi Okada is the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of Japan. He was formerly the Deputy Director for the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office as well as the Assistant Vice-Minister (Parliamentary Affairs) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dr Sidarth Kaushal is RUSI’s research fellow for seapower. His work on the subject examines, among other things, the impact of technology on maritime doctrine in the 21st century and the role of sea power in a states grand strategy. In addition to his work at RUSI, Sidharth holds a doctorate in International Relations from LSE, where his research examines the ways in which strategic culture shapes the contours of a nations grand strategy.
Tomohiko Satake is a senior research fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) located in Tokyo. He specializes in Asia-Pacific Security, Japan’s regional security policy, and the US-Japan-Australia security cooperation. Between 2013 and 2014, he worked for the International Policy Division of the Defense Policy Bureau of the Japan Ministry of Defense as a deputy director for international security. He earned B.A. and M.A. from Keio University, and PhD in international relations from the Australian National University. His publication includes: “Japan-Australia security cooperation in the bilateral and multilateral context” (co-authored with John Hemmings), International Affairs, Volume 94, Issue 4, 1 July 2018; “Japan-Australia security cooperation: emerging challenges and opportunities”, CSIS Strategic Working Paper, April 2017; and “The New Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation and an Expanding Japanese Security Role”, Asian Politics & Policy, 8: 27–38, 2016.
James Rogers is Director of the ‘Global Britain’ Programme at the Henry Jackson Society, of which he is a founding member. Formerly, he held a number of positions at the Baltic Defence College in Estonia and has worked at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris.
Lord Alan West has served in fourteen ships and commanded three and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. He served three years as head of Naval Intelligence and three years as Chief of Defence Intelligence during which time he provided intelligence for the Kosovo war. He was Commander-in-Chief Fleet for the invasion of Afghanistan and First Sea Lord for the invasion of Iraq. On retiring he advised both Conservatives and Labour on defence and foreign policy before becoming the Minister responsible for national security and counter-terrorism as well as cyber security. He produced the nations first National Security and Cyber Security Strategies.
On the 7th of March, the Henry Jackson Society hosted a panel discussion with Lord Alan West of Son the topic of ‘Global Britain and Japan’. The panel consisted of Minister Takashu Okada, Dr. Sidarth Kaushal, Tomohiko Satake, and HJS’ own James Rogers.
Lord West opened the panel by welcoming and introducing the speakers. He spoke of the significance of the 2017 Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation signed by Japan and the UK. Lord West also expressed his view that there is a need for a common analysis of security between Japan and the UK including cyber security, maritime policy, artificial intelligence, climate change, as well as many other current and pressing issues.
Minister Takashu Okada then offered his opening statements. Minister Okada stressed that peace and security are vital in the indo pacific region as it continues to grow. He also expressed Japan’s desire for freedom of navigation and of trade. His vision for the UK’s role in the indo pacific region in the future is to have an increased military presence, to strengthen the region’s infrastructure, and to strengthen maritime monitoring. Minister Okada closed his remarks by describing the UK-Japan relationship as the “closest of friends and partners” who, as island nations, share a common love of the sea.
Tomohiko Satake spoke next insisting that the UK-Japan relationship is much more than military and infrastructure, but is about shared values of democracy and anti-corruption built on free trade. Satake contended that what is changing about the indo pacific region is the stakeholders. The US alone cannot ensure the security of the region, and Japan along with Australia have stepped up to assume more of the burden for peace keeping in the area. He finished by saying that if Japan can no longer rely on the US, they must now rely on the UK.
Dr. Sidarth Kaushal gave his perspective that both states are at an inflection point. While the regional architecture of Europe has been a multilateral NATO approach, the indo pacific has largely had a “hub and spoke” relationship with the US at the centre. He concluded that the UK and Japan should cooperate in the region, but their cooperation should be segmented by issue and by actor type.
Last to speak was HJS’ James Rogers. Rogers gave an analysis on how UK-Japan relations will change post-Brexit. In his opinion, the relationship has been building since before the decision to leave the EU and will continue to do so. His proposed actions moving forward were to look at how indo pacific development will affect both countries’ interests, for Japan and the UK to work together to achieve freedom and openness of the sea and for the two countries to increase coordination of international development assistance.
The event closed with a round of questions and answers.