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Layne Lectures, Meets with Official in Japan

October 15, 2010

Last week Professor Christopher Layne visited Japan at the invitation of the Saskakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), one of Japan’s leading foreign policy foundations.  Professor Layne gave a talk to the SPF-sponsored workshop that is drafting a report on “Japan’s Strategic Horizon and U.S.-Japan Relations,” which is co-directed by Professors Satoru Mori (Hosei University, Tokyo) and Ryo Sahashi (Kanagawa University, Yokohama).  Layne discussed the dynamics that will cause the U.S. to adopt an offshore balancing strategy in coming decades, the effect this change will have on U.S.-Japan relations, and the outlook for security relations in East Asia as China rises and the U.S. declines in relative power.

While in Tokyo, Professor Layne also had individual meetings with leading Japanese policymakers, politicians and scholars, including Testsuro Fukuyama, who is Chief Deputy Secretary to the Japanese Cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan.  Other leading officials with whom he met were: Mr. Nobushige Takamizawa (Director General, Bureau of Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence);  Ambassador Masafumi Ishii (Deputy Director General of the Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs); and Akihisa Nagashima (Parliamentary Secretary of Defence, and Democratic Party of Japan member of the House of Representatives).  Professor Layne also met with Mr. Yoshimasa Hayashi, who formerly was Minister of Defence, and now is a Liberal Democratic member of the House of Councilors (the upper house of Japan’s parliament),; Lt. General (retired) Noboru Yamaguchi, Professor, National Defence Academy; and Ambassador (retired) Hishahiko Okazaki, former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Thailand..

In addition to participating in the workshop on “Japan’s Strategic Horizon,” Professor Layne also delivered a lecture on “The Future of U.S. Grand Strategy” to an invited audience at SPF that included officials from the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, journalists from leading Japanese newspapers, representatives from think tanks and foundations in Tokyo, and scholars from Japanese universities.

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