SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

Japan’s Southeast Asian Policy at the crossroad

Nobuhiro Aizawa
Aizawa Nobuhiro (Kyushu University)

Date: 1 December 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 1 December 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Seminar


Southeast Asia has long been regarded by both Japan’s government and businesses community as a highly important region. Unlike its relationship with the US and China, Japan’s ties with Southeast have been generally stable and uncomplicated. However, against the backdrop of the unprecedented global power shift under way, the core strategic significance of Southeast Asia for Japanese foreign policy is also changing. Japan’s Southeast Asian policy was originally an offshoot of the requirements of the US-Japan alliance. More recently, though, it has been heavily influenced by the China-Japan relationship, which means the principles and assumptions underlying Japan’s policy have been re-evaluated and sometimes revised. In view of changes in the global power balance and the rise of neo-nationalism in Southeast Asia, Japan’s policy towards the region is now at a crossroads. This situation can be illustrated by developments relating to infrastructure projects as well as cooperation in the defence industry and urban governance.

A reception will take place in S118 following the seminar.

Speaker Biography

Nobuhiro Aizawa is Associate Professor at Kyushu University’s Department of Social and Cultural Studies. He specialises in international relations, comparative politics and Southeast Asian politics.

Previously, Professor Aizawa has been a researcher at Japan’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and the Japan External Trade Organisation’s Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO). He received his PhD in Area Studies from Kyoto University. Also have been a visiting Scholar at Chulalongkorn University, Thammasat University and Cornell University.

Organiser: SOAS Japan research Centre & SOAS Centre of South East Asia

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