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21st Century Technologies, Geopolitics, and the US-Japan Alliance: US & Japanese Economic Security Strategies and “Game-changing” Technologies



Public Virtual Event


October 22, 2020 (US)  | October 23, 2020 (JST)

Panel: 9:00 pm – 10:15 pm US ET | 10:00 am – 11:15 am JST
Informal Networking Session: 10:15 pm – 10:45 pm US ET | 11:15 am – 11:45 am JST
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Live Online via Zoom

Simultaneous Interpretation (English – Japanese) Available


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Registration deadline: Tues., Oct. 20, 2020 (US ET) | Weds., Oct 21, 2020 (JST)
This event is free but space is limited, so please register early.


Akira Igata
Executive Director, Center for Rule-making Strategies

Elsa Kania
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program
Center for a New America Security

Takahiro Tsuchiya
Associate Professor, Kyoto University of Advanced Science

Moderated by: Brad Glosserman, Tama University Center for Rule Making Strategies; Senior Advisor for Pacific Forum

About the Panel

At this public symposium, three economic security experts on Japan, the United States, and China will explore international trends on “game-changing” technologies and their impact on the economic security strategies of Japan and the United States. They will consider how major countries in the Indo-Pacific region such as Japan, the United States, and China are incorporating various advanced technologies into their strategies and policies. They will also discuss the role of the US-Japan alliance in managing these technologies.


About the Informal Networking Session

This session is available for participants who would like to stay after the formal program concludes for an opportunity to chat with the speakers in a more casual format. Speakers will join different Zoom meeting rooms for discussion with participants (links will be shared via chat near the end of the formal program).


About the Speakers


 width=Akira Igata is currently the Executive Director and Visiting Professor at the Center for Rule-making Strategies, Tama University. He is also a Senior Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum, a US-based think tank. He advises the Japanese government, bureaucracy, and the private sector in various capacities. His research expertise includes: Economic statecraft; Influence operations; International Politics in the Indo-Pacific; and Japan-US relations.



 width=Elsa B. Kania is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and a Research Fellow with the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on Chinese military innovation and technological development. At CNAS, she contributes to the Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Initiative and the “Securing Our 5G Future” program, while acting as a member of Digital Freedom Forum and the research team for the Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security. Elsa was a 2018 Fulbright Specialist and is a Non-Resident Fellow with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre. Elsa has been invited to testify before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and the National Commission on Service. Currently, Elsa is a PhD student in Harvard University’s Department of Government.


 width=Takahiro Tsuchiya is currently an Associate Professor at Kyoto University of Advanced Science, Japan. He served as a researcher in Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong (2015-2017), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (2013-2015), and a lecturer in the department of Policy Management at Shobi University, Japan (2010-2014), where he taught the Chinese Economy, etc. Dr. Tsuchiya received his Ph.D. in Security Studies from the National Defense Academy, Japan. He earned the equivalent of a BA in Environmental Information from Keio University, a MA in Economics from University of Hitotsubashi. His research focuses on Industrial Policy on Advanced Science and Technology, Civil-Military relations, Foreign Policy, Security Studies, and International Relations. Areas of specialization include China and East Asia. His major written work is “Military System of Modern China: The party, the government, and the army relations involving national defense expenditure and military expenditure,” Tokyo: Keiso Shobo, 2015 (in Japanese).

This event has been made possible thanks to the support of the US Embassy Tokyo and our local partner, Tama University Center for Rule-making Strategies (CRS)