Japan’s National Security Policy in the Changing Geopolitical Landscape

A Talk by Former Vice Minister of Defense Masahiro Akiyama, President of the Tokyo Foundation

As the surrounding geopolitical landscape has much changed since the end of the Cold War, Japan's national security policy is at a turning point. Please join the Harvard community for a talk by Masahiro Akiyama, President of the Tokyo Foundation, who has played a key role in the defense policy formulation of Japan including the reviews of the Japan US guidelines for Defense Cooperation, on the role and future directions of Japan to ensure stability and development in the Asian-Pacific region in the new 21st century environment.


DATE and TIME: Monday, October 5th, 19:00 – 21:00 (Doors open at 18:30.)

PLACE: Roppongi Hills Club, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 51st Floor, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku 

ADMISSION: 6,000 yen, including buffet dinner with cash bar for all beverages.

REGISTRATION: Please use the form at the upper right side of this page. After you have registered, A CONFIRMATION WILL APPEAR ON-SCREEN, but NO CONFIRMATION EMAILS WILL BE SENT.

Please register by September 30th. All cancellations after that date and no-shows will be invoiced WITHOUT EXCEPTIONS. Your understanding is appreciated.

Profile of Mr. Masahiro Akiyama: 

Mr. Masahiro Akiyama graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tokyo in 1964 and entered the Ministry of Finance. His professional career in government includes budget examiner of Budget Bureau and head of Banking Investigation Division of Banking Bureau in MOF, chief of the Nara Prefectural Police Headquarters, director general of Tokyo Customs House and councilor in MOF’s Secretariat. He moved to the Defense Agency in 1991, serving as director general of the Defense Policy Bureau and the Finance Bureau, and administrative vice-minister of defense before resigning from the agency in 1998. He was a visiting scholar at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University in 1999, and was chairman of the Ocean Policy Research Foundation from 2001 to 2012. He has also served as a professor at Rikkyo University and a visiting professor at CISS, Peking University.  He assumed his current position in June 2012, and is also a member of the Tokyo Foundation advisory committee for CSR research.