The ABE government has recently recalibrated Japan’s security policy in some important aspects: the government now defines Japan as a “proactive contributor to peace”; it has inaugurated a National Security Council upon US-model and endorsed a new National Security Strategy. It also decided upon new defence guidelines.
This overhauled direction of the Japanese security policy is embedded in a globalized environment and a challenging political environment in the Asia-Pacific region.
In Germany also, a new security approach has surfaced recently, notably during the Munich Security conference, to commit itself in foreign and security policy earlier and in a more decisive manner. The debate how to transform this commitment into politics however is still an open process.
Both countries are therefore facing the question what a new security policy means for their respective role in the world. However, the German public needs to better understand the readjustments of Japanese politics in order to strengthen a partnership of shared fundamental values, perceptions and approaches. In the same vein, the Japanese side needs to get a more sound understanding what the current German debate is about in order to draw a more precise picture on the future of the German and European role in global politics.
In this panel discussion, Mark HAUPTMANN, Member of Parliament CDU/CSU, and Volker PERTHES, Director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), will discuss the above mentioned issues with MIYAKE Kunihiko from the Canon Institute for Global Studies and MARUYAMA Norio, Deputy Director General in the European Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
They will analyse the question how Germany and Europe can work together with their Asian partners and, thus, contribute to making the world a safer and better place by building a more stable and more secure political environment in the East Asia region. The discussion will be chaired by Matthias NAß, Chief Foreign Correspondent, DIE ZEIT. The discussion will be followed by a reception.
For further information please contact Rabea Förstmann, Head of Section Northeast Asia at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. (030) 26996-3435.