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The Japan Zoominar @ UC San Diego brings together new insights, knowledge and opinions on current events in Japan. Experts from around the globe are invited as speakers and contributors, with the goal to create a vibrant exchange and deepen our understanding of Japan’s role in the world.

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Power Recalibrations in Northeast Asia
Oct. 11, 2022 at 4 p.m. PDT | Register
Power balances are shifting in Northeast Asia. Some of the changes are obvious, while others are unfolding quietly below the surface. Russia may be seeking a new role, while the Taiwan situation is becoming more uncertain. As the leading players recalibrate friends and foes, and transform their military strategies and political and geopolitical stances, Japan is also looking for new ways to position. Join Admiral Robert Thomas to discuss the outcomes of the 30th Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD), a Track 1.5 forum of academics, policy experts, and military and foreign ministry officials from China, Japan, North Korea, Russia, South Korea, and the United States. Held in Seoul in September 2022, and hosted by the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and the ASAN Institute, Adm. Thomas will share key insights from the dialogue and what they portend for Japan’s military future.

The New Japan and Changing U.S.-Japan Relations – Insider Impressions from Tokyo
Oct. 25, 2022 at 4 p.m. PDT | Register
A lot has changed in Japan since the 1990s, when policy-makers in Washington D.C. last paid very close attention to the country. Since then, Japanese politics, political economy, and geopolitical standing have evolved significantly. The former “junior colleague” of U.S. military interests in Asia is suddenly a partner with its own agenda and geostrategies. As Asian power dynamics are evolving, how has the interaction at the State Department level changed? What does the newly emerging partnership look like? Join a discussion with John Nylin, Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.