U.S.-Japan Alliance Conference: Strengthening Strategic Cooperation

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March 14-15, 2016


Monday, March 14 – 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


RAND Corporation
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Complimentary parking at RAND

About the Program

Last April, U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced dramatic revisions to the U.S.-Japan alliance's defense guidelines. These revisions were crafted under the guidance of Chuck Hagel (U.S. Secretary of Defense, 2013-2015) and Onodera Itsunori (Japanese Minister of Defense, 2012-2014), and reflected the need to modernize the alliance to deal with new threats from cyberspace, a nuclear North Korea, and an increasingly assertive China.

On March 14 and 15, Onodera Itsunori and Chuck Hagel will speak at RAND to address why the United States and Japan revised the alliance's defense guidelines. They will also discuss what the new guidelines mean for cooperation in areas such as enhancing allied cybersecurity and deepening cooperation with India and Australia while building partner capacity with countries in Southeast Asia.

The event will be moderated by Scott W. Harold, Associate Director, RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy. Light refreshments will be served.

Day One: Monday, March 14

1:30 p.m. – Registration

2:00 p.m. – Keynote: "Why We Decided to Revise the Defense Guidelines"
The Hon. Onodera Itsunori, Japanese Minister of Defense, 2012-2014

3:15 p.m.Break

3:30 p.m. – "Panel Presentations: The Evolving U.S.-Japan Alliance: Cooperation on Cybersecurity"

  • A U.S. View of Allied Cybersecurity Cooperation
    Martin Libicki, Senior Management Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • A Japanese Perspective on Japan-U.S. Cooperation on Cybersecurity
    Tsuchiya Motohiro, Professor, Keio University
  • Japan's Public-Private Approach to Cybersecurity
    Ito Yurie, Director, Global Coordination, JPCERT

5:00 p.m.Adjourn

Day Two: Tuesday, March 15

8:30 a.m. – Registration

9:00 a.m. – Keynote

  • Introduction by Michael Rich
    President, RAND Corporation
  • "Leveraging the U.S.-Japan Alliance to Keep the Peace in a Changing Asia"
    The Hon. Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense, 2013-2015

10:15 a.m.Break

10:30 a.m. – Panel Presentations: "U.S.-Japan Cooperation on Building Partner Capacity in the Asia-Pacific"

  • U.S. and Japanese Security Assistance to Regional Partners in the Indo-Pacific
    Roger Cliff, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Asia Security Initiative, Atlantic Council
  • Australia and the U.S.–Japan Alliance
    Tatsumi Yuki, Senior Associate, The Stimson Center
  • Japanese Efforts to Build Partner Capacity in Southeast Asia
    Jimbo Ken, Professor, Keio University

12:00 p.m.Adjourn

About the Keynote Speakers

The Hon. Onodera Itsunori

Itsunori Onodera
Former Minister of Defense; Acting Chairman, Policy Research Council, Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

The Hon. Onodera Itsunori was appointed Minister of Defense in December 2012 after serving as Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs in August 2007. Prior to this, Min. Onodera worked in the Liberal Democratic Party as the Deputy Chairman of the Diet Affairs Committee and as Acting Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Division.

Min. Onodera was first elected to the House of Representatives from Miyagi’s 6th District in December 1997. He holds a degree from Tokyo University of Fisheries and a graduate degree in Law and Politics from the University of Tokyo.

The Hon. Chuck Hagel

Charles Hagel
Former Secretary of Defense of the United States of America; former U.S. Senator from Nebraska

The Hon. Chuck Hagel served as the 24th Secretary of Defense from February 2013 to February 2015. During his tenure, he directed significant steps to modernize America's partnerships and alliances, advance the rebalance in Asia-Pacific, bolster support for European allies, and enhance defense cooperation in the Middle East while overseeing the end of America's combat mission in Afghanistan.

In addition, he led major initiatives for service members and their families, including increasing resources for suicide prevention, combating sexual assault, and accounting for missing personnel. He is the only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense. Prior to his stint as Secretary of Defense, he served two terms in the United States Senate (1997-2009) representing the state of Nebraska.

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