Japan’s Democratic Alliances
On July 17th, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) convened a day-long event examining Tokyo’s strategy to diversify its democratic partnerships beyond the continuing anchor of the U.S.-Japan alliance by forging closer relations with like-minded powers in the Indo-Pacific and Europe. The morning workshop brought together a select group of 30 officials and thought leaders from the United States, Japan, and Europe. Discussion focused on Japan’s outreach to Indo-Pacific democracies – particularly India, Australia, and South Korea – as well as to Europe and examined how these partnerships will contribute to maintaining the current global balance and liberal order.
Following the morning workshop and networking lunch, GMF hosted a public event to discuss Japan’s democratic outreach and the implications for Asia, the United States, and Europe. The afternoon event was attended by 50 intellectuals, journalists, government officials, and young professionals. Featured speakers included visiting Japanese scholars, Tetsuo Kotani from the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nobuhiro Aizawa of Kyushu University, Michito Tsuruoka from the National Institute for Defense Studies, and Aaron Friedberg from Princeton University and Senior Non Resident Fellow at GMF.
The workshop and the public event served to show that Japan’s resurgence, China’s rise, Southeast Asia’s dynamism, and India’s growth potential make Asia a region of growing interest to Europe. Opportunities exist for Japan and Europe to partner together to promote values and deepen cooperation on issues that will increase peace and prosperity regionally, as well as globally.
Watch the video to check out the event and see interviews with the speakers.