You can watch this event LIVE at http://wmedia.csis.org/.
Last week’s elections in Japan were an important moment for Japanese democracy – and there are questions on whether or not this transition will lead to significant changes in Japan’s national security posture.
Times have changed, and while the U.S.-Japan alliance may have once been the most significant bilateral relationship in the world, that distinction now belongs to the United States and China.
It is time for a new post-post-World War II U.S.-Japan alliance in which Japan exercises more independence and bears more of the responsibilities of great power stakeholdership. Changes to the U.S.-Japan alliance will take place gradually, but I think when historians look back they will see the election as an important catalyst for the reorientation of the relationship.
To discuss the Japanese election and its likely implications for Asia and the United States, I will be participating in a CSIS Schieffer Policy Forum on “Understanding Japan’s Elections: What the Elections Mean for Asia and the United States” tonight at 5:30 pm at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent and “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer will moderate a panel discussion among Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell, CSIS Japan Chair and Former Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council Michael Green, and yours truly.
I am told that the event is full to capacity, but you can watch it live over the net on the event’s web page.
— Steve Clemons