Geopolitics of East Asia: the Future of Japan-China Relations

As the year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, East Asia’s security landscape faces a set of challenges with continuing and unresolved tensions, while improvements can be seen in relations between some of the countries. There are signs of a thaw in Japan-China diplomacy, but the state of Japan-South Korea relations remains unsettling. Against this background, what should be Japan’s foreign policy priorities? How would PM Abe’s objectives of strengthening Japan’s security impact on the shifting balance of power in East Asia? The panel of experts from Japan, China and the U.S. will map out East Asia’s current geopolitical landscape and address key questions on regional security relations.

Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow
Center for American Progress

Kuni Miyake
President, Foreign Policy Institute
Research Director for Foreign and National Security Affairs
Canon Institute for Global Studies

Tao Xie
Professor of Political Science & Associate Dean
School of English and International Studies
Beijing Foreign Studies University

Nik Gowing (Moderator)
International Broadcaster and Journalist

Come join us!

The 6th annual G1 Global will gather leaders from government, business and academia for networking and discussion on Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world. This year's theme is "Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable," based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator & former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing.

- G1 Global Conference 2016 -
19:00-22:00, Friday, October 21 at GLOBIS University, Tokyo, Japan
Fee: 40,000 JPY (Deadline Sept 15th)
Language: English.
Click here for the G1 Global Website. Register here.

Expected speakers include:
-David Asher, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
-Abigail Friedman, CEO, The Wisteria Group
-Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
-Nik Gowing, Visiting Professor, King’s College London & Nanyang University, Singapore; former BBC Broadcaster and Journalist
-Ken Jimbo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
-Yoshito Hori, President, GLOBIS University, Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
-Hiroaki Kitano, CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories
-Jesper Koll, CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan
-Taro Kono, Member, Japanese House of Representatives
-Hiromichi Mizuno, Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
-Meri Rosich, CMO, Marketing Business Intelligence, Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc
-Timothy Langley, President & Representative Director, Langley Esquire
-Shinichi Takamiya, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer, GLOBIS Capital Partners
-Mio Takaoka, Executive Director, Monex Group
-Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Advisor to Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet
-Tak Umezawa, Japan Chairman and Partner, A.T. Kearney

About this year's theme:
In June, the Brexit triggered an avalanche of events for which most leaders were unprepared: the resignation of UK PM Cameron, a possible second referendum on Scottish independence, and havoc in the global markets, not to mention the implications for immigration, business, and the world order.

Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom.

The Brexit was once "Unthinkable." To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan.

See here for details about Mr. Gowing's report.

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