Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka will offer reflections on why the Japan-U.S. Alliance has been particularly successful despite the allies’ contrasting cultural and historical backgrounds. He argues that the Alliance’s enduring value is less a matter of responding to threats, but in more deeply rooted in creating opportunities to promote freedom and democracy. The presentation will help American seminar participants gain a deeper understanding of Japan and will provide Japanese participants with a perspective that the Alliance is not at all the extension of occupation, but a “destined” partnership between “the most non-western western country and the most western non-western country.” This will be a particularly valuable discussion as it will take place shortly before the inauguration of Donald Trump, whose Presidential administration may review the Alliance’s role in responding to near-term challenges.
Start the evening by joining a 5:30-6:30 p.m. reception, featuring a light meal, drinks and excellent conversation. Find seats at 6:30 for this second YCAPS-JUMP Seminar.
VADM Otsuka is the President of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Command and Staff College. His long and distinguished career has included service as Chief of Staff to Commander in Chief Self Defense Fleet, Japan’s Senior National Representative to U.S. Central Command, and commanding officer of the JMDSDF Training Squadron. His is a graduate of The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University.
JUMP is excited to support this event hosted by The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS).
When: Thursday, January 19, 6:30-9 p.m. (UTC+09)
Where: Yokosuka Honcho Community Center 〒238-0041 2-1, Honcho, Yokosuka-shi
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