Japan’s Democratic Alliances
Tetsuo Kotani, Senior Research Fellow, The Japan Institute of International Affairs
Nobuhiro Aizawa, Associate Professor, Kyushu University
Michito Tsuruoka, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Defense Studies
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.