Misato Matsuoka: Inheriting Abe’s Legacy? Japan’s Security Discourse under the Kishida Administration

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The Sigur Center for Asian Studies will proudly host Misato Matsuoka, Associate Professor at Teikyo University, for the next edition of our 2021 Sigur Center Lecture Series.

In October 2021, Fumio Kishida emerged as Japan’s new prime minister and Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) secured general election victory. While he has pledged to further Japan’s foreign policy strategy under the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy and showed his support for sustaining the liberal international order, Kishida also raised the potential for Japan to acquire the capability to strike enemy bases. Taking into account the current political atmosphere in Japan, this talk unravels knowledge production of Japanese security thinking by examining whether the stronger realistic attitude of Japan is being attributed to conservatism in Japan or vice versa.

After sharing her commentary, Professor Matsuoka will then turn to audience Q&A, moderated by Gregg Brazinsky, Sigur Center Acting Director and Professor of History and International Affairs at GW.