Did the Japanese Election Matter? CSIS Forum with Bob Schieffer, Kurt Campbell, Michael Green and Steve Clemons


You can watch this event LIVE at http://wmedia.csis.org/.
hatoyama arm.jpgLast 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


5 comments on “Did the Japanese Election Matter? CSIS Forum with Bob Schieffer, Kurt Campbell, Michael Green and Steve Clemons

  1. JohnH says:

    To counter Japanese independence from Washington, the US warmongers are counting on building a Japanese constituency by sharing some of their lucrative and wasteful projects with Japanese defense contractors. They already got an exemption to Japan’s ban on arms exports by getting them to agree to joint development of a missile defense system (pure pork) with the United States. Now there is talk of doing away with the ban on arms exports altogether, so that they can jointly produce weapons.


  2. ... says:

    but brigid, if you haven’t noticed the usa became a military industrial complex a long time ago, and this is just a small example of it… when you let contractors and corporations call the shots, (haliburton or lockheed being just 2 examples) this is what you get… american military outposts are everywhere, and THEY’VE BEEN ON AN EXPANSIONARY TRACK for some time! you are advocating economic suicide for all the people reliant on them… far better to be constantly prepared for war, anywhere and everywhere… this is a page out of kotzabasis’s book… just think of how you are being protected!!!!!!!


  3. Tom Betz says:

    I almost forgot — because of a prior commitment, I can’t be at my PC at 5:30 PM.
    Will video of the event be archived anywhere?
    The web page you cited doesn’t mention anything about that, or even a link to the live video.


  4. Tom Betz says:

    Too bad Chalmers Johnson isn’t participating.
    And brigid, it’s not like the Japanese people really want our 50,000 troops on their soil.
    Like I said, it’s too bad Johnson won’t be there.


  5. brigid says:

    I would like to see a Japan that shoulders more of its own security responsibilities. Stationing 50,000 U.S. troops at American expense is not sustainable nor justifiable to U.S. citizens. Time to bring most of those home, and leave a smaller contingent force on Guam.


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