Conference on Europe, Japan and Asian Security

8 Apr 2014 14:00
8 Apr 2014 17:30

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in association with the Institute for European Studies (IES), organised a conference on Europe, Japan and Asian Security, which took place at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel on 8 April 2014. This joint initiative aimed at promoting European-Japanese dialogue on security issues.


14:00 – 14:15  Registration
14:15 – 14:20 Welcome Remarks: Luis Simón, Research Professor in European Foreign and Security Policy, Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
14:20 – 14:30  Keynote Address: Japan-European Relations in a Changing World, Mr. Takehiro Kano, Director, National Security Policy Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

14:30 – 15:45 

Panel Session: “The Evolving Strategic Context in East Asia”

Chair: Miguel Ceballos Barón, Office of the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Geopolitical Change in East Asia: a Japanese perspective, Mr. Bonji Ohara, Research Fellow, Tokyo Foundation

The “Rebalance” and the Future of U.S. Strategy in East Asia, Mr. Zack Cooper, Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington

Security in East Asia: a View from Europe, Mr. Gilles Vander Ghinst, Head, Contact Countries, Global Partners Section, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, NATO

15:45 – 16:15  Coffee break

16:15 – 17:30

Roundtable: "Should Europeans Play a Role in Asian Security? European and Japanese perspectives"

Chair: Prof. Luis Simón, Research Professor, Institute for European Studies

Mr. Daniel Keohane, Research Director, FRIDE

Dr. Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

Dr. Michito Tsuruoka, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Defense Studies, Ministry of Defense, Tokyo

Prof. Hidetoshi Nakamura, Associate Professor, Waseda University

17:30 – 18:30  Reception 


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Blvd Géneral Jacques 271
1050 Brussels


Prof. Dr. Luis Simón
Research Professor in European Foreign and Security Policy
Institute for European Studies

+32 2 614 80 01
Ms. Lynn Tytgat
Manager, Educational Programmes
Institute for European Studies

+32 2 614 80 05