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US-Japan Security Seminar: Public Panel Session



Washington, DC


A talk with Richard Armitage, Akio Takahara, Joseph Nye, and Yukio Okamoto

March 21, 2014
Washington, DC


The Pacific Forum, Japan Institute of International Affairs, and the Japan Embassy hosted a public seminar on US-Japan Relations on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This event was free and open to the general public and media, featuring a public panel session with the following experts:

Richard Armitage has served as US Deputy Secretary of State and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, among other government positions, and has received many honorary awards. He is the president of Armitage International, co-chairman of Pacific Forum, and sits on several boards for both government bodies and private companies.

Akio Takahara is a professor at the Graduate School of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo and a senior fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs. He graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo and received his doctorate from the University of Sussex. He is currently a member of the 21st Century Committee for Japan-China Friendship.

Joseph Nye is the Sultan of Oman professor of international relations and former dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He served as Chair of the National Intelligence Council, Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He is also co-chairman of Pacific Forum.

Yukio Okamoto is president of Okamoto Associates, Inc. and has over 30 years of high-level business and government experience. He is a Robert E. Wilhelm fellow at MIT, as well as co-founder of Pacific Fund and serves as the managing director.