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How Will the US Presidential Election Affect the Future of Japan-US Relations?

The US presidential election on November 3 is fast approaching. The FPCJ invited Keio University professor Dr. Yasushi Watanabe to hold an online briefing after the first televised debate between Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden.

He discussed the outlook for this US presidential election which is being watched around the world, what impact it will have on the international community, and in particular how it will affect future Japan-US relations.

Video report: The US Presidential Election and Japan-US Relations
*English interpretation follows Japanese.

The New Administration and Japanese Security Policy

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe implemented new security policies such as the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy and establishing the National Security Council (modeled on the US NSC), as well as strengthening the Japan-US alliance. Intending to maintain these policies, the new Yoshihide Suga Cabinet made news by selecting Nobuo Kishi, the brother of former Prime Minister Abe, as the new minister of defense. On the other hand, the security environment in the Asia Pacific has been becoming more serious, with the escalating conflict between the US and China, the lack of progress on North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapon development programs, and the increased activity of Chinese government vessels around the Senkaku Islands.

The FPCJ invited Doshisha University Professor Nobukatsu Kanehara, who played a central role in drafting security policies for the Abe government as deputy secretary-general of the Cabinet Office’s National Security Secretariat, to discuss the situation.

Video report: The New Administration and Japanese Security Policy
*English interpretation follows Japanese.

■ The Korean Peninsula and Japan in 2020

While relations between Japan and South Korea, Japan and North Korea, and the US and North Korea show no signs of improvement, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has admitted the country’s economy has been performing poorly due to economic sanctions and COVID-19.

The FPCJ invited Dr. Junya Nishino, a professor at Keio University and Director of the Keio Center for Contemporary Korean Studies, to speak about the situation in the Korean Peninsula and its impact on Japanese foreign and security policy.

▽Video report: The Korean Peninsula and Japan in 2020
*English interpretation follows Japanese.

□ Noteworthy Press Releases from Japan

We introduce press releases which have been posted using the FPCJ’s Press Release Listing Service.  

FPCJ Newsletter October 21, 2020 Issue

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