Forum Report

On August 10, 2016, Reexamining Japan in Global Context's 10th seminar took place at the Suntory Foundation in Osaka. The theme of the event was "Civil-Military Relations."

The first presentation was given by Dr. Matthew Moten, former Professor and head of the Department of History at the United States Military Academy, West Point. His presentation was titled "U.S. Civil-Military Relations: The Myth of ‘Objective Control’." The second presentation, by Dr. Takako Hikotani from the National Defense Academy in Yokosuka, Japan, was titled "From Containment to Engagement: Japan’s Civil-Military Relations in a Time of Change". (Click on the Final Report for further details)

A Special Lecture was held after the forum. Professor David A. Welch, CIGI Chair of Global Security at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, gave a presentation titled "Reexamining Japan in Global Context," in which he talked about the significance of this project and why the rest of the world has an interest in watching and helping Japan.