GRIPS-Abe Fellowship Seminar - "The Diet and the SDF: Oversight in Japan in Comparative Perspective"

, 5:30pm –

SPEAKER: Stephen Saideman
Paterson Chair in International Affairs, Carleton University / Abe Fellow (2015)

DISCUSSANT: Keiro Kitagami
Member of the House of Representatives

MODERATOR: Narushige Michishita
Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) / Abe Fellow (2006)

What role do legislatures play in overseeing the armed forces of democracies around the world? When we talk about democratic control of the military, in some countries that means both the executive and legislative branches, but in several, it really only means the executive. In the talk, Professor Saideman will explain why legislative oversight is important for civil-military relations, discuss the role of institutions, and look at the case of Japan. The seminar will draw on his current research as an Abe Fellow on “The Role of Parliamentarians Overseeing Armed Forces.” While he is still researching the issue, Saideman finds it strange that as Japan’s Self-Defense Forces become more important with increased regional threats, a less reliable United States under President-elect Trump, and new peace and security legislation, the Diet may become less relevant as Japan becomes increasingly similar to Canada. He will conclude with some questions and implications arising from his research.

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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

LOCATION: Research Meeting Room 4A (4th floor), GRIPS
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

NOTES: The seminar will be conducted in English. Admission is free.