21st Century Technologies, Geopolitics, and the US-Japan Alliance: Recognizing Game-changing Potential

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28 September, 2020 - 15 October, 2020


Pacific Forum | U.S. Embassy, Tokyo | Center for Rule-Making Strategies

Keio University | Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Agenda

Sept. 29: 9:00 AM -10:15 AM (Japan) | Sept. 28: 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (US Eastern Time)
Opening Session: Scoping “Game-changing technologies” & Geopolitics

This session explores the concept of game-changing technologies and their place in national, regional, and global strategies. What are clear examples of game-changing technologies for geopolitics, historically and today? Which technologies enable “game-changing technologies”? What is the relationship between “foundational,” “emerging,” and “critical” technologies? Is the nature or pace of today’s game-changing technologies unique? Where do game-changing technologies fit in the domestic and strategic policies of the United States, Japan, and other countries in the region? What is the impact of these technologies on global supply chains? What are the key “game-changing technology” sectors for national and international security in the United States and Japan, and what are the relative strengths and weaknesses of each country in these fields?

Speakers:
Bob Girrier, President, Pacific Forum
Martijn Rasser, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Akira Igata, Executive Director, Center for Rule-making Strategies

The following technical sessions will explore the following questions in the context of the United States, Japan, and the US-Japan alliance:

Who makes the technologies in this field? What countries and companies are involved in the supply chain? Where do the United States and Japan stand in the global market for these technologies? What risks do these technologies pose to national and international security? What potential benefits to security do these technologies offer? What are the relevant national and international policies on these technologies? Are the civilian and the military sector well integrated in this field? Are investment/import or export controls being applied to these technologies? Are the United States and Japan currently cooperating on these technologies in the civilian or military sectors

Oct. 1: 9:00 AM -10:15 AM (Japan) | Sept. 30: 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (US Eastern Time)
Foundational Technology Session: Cybersecurity, AI, and Data Management

Speakers:
Elsa Kania, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New America Security
Mihoko Matsubara, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, NTT Corporation
Kazuya Saginawa, CEO, DataGateway

Oct. 1: 10:25 AM – 11:10 AM (Japan) | Sept. 30: 9:25 PM – 10:10 PM (US Eastern Time)
Young Leaders Roundtable 1

Hosted by:
Ariel Stenek, Director, Young Leaders Program, Pacific Forum

Featuring:
Mihoko Matsubara, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, NTT Corporation

Oct. 6: 9:00 AM -10:00 AM (Japan) | Oct. 5: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (US Eastern Time)
Game-changing Technology Session 1: Robotics

Speakers:
Kelley Sayler, Analyst in Advanced Technology and Global Security, U.S.Congressional Research Service
Yoshiyuki Sankai, Director, R&D Center for Frontiers of MIRAI in Policy and Technology; Executive Research Director, Center for Cybernics Research, University of Tsukuba; President/CEO, CYBERDYNE Inc.

Oct. 6: 10:10 AM -11:30 AM (Japan) | Oct. 5: 9:10 PM – 10:30 PM (US Eastern Time)
Game-changing Technology Session 1 Part 2: Semiconductors, 3D-printing, and Supply Chains

Speakers:
Willem Thorbecke, Senior Fellow, RIETI
Keisuke Inoue, Director, Digital Fabrication Association
Ryota Sekine, Cofounder, Cubii

Oct. 8: 9:00 AM -10:15 AM (Japan) | Oct. 7: 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (US Eastern Time)
Game-changing Technology Session 2: Development of Quantum Technology

Speakers:
Edward (Teddy) Parker, Associate Physical Scientist, RAND Corporation
Hiroki Takahashi, Assistant Professor, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
Takahiro Tsuchiya, Associate Professor, Kyoto University of Advanced Science

Oct. 8: 10:25 AM – 11:10 AM (Japan) | Oct. 7: 9:25 PM – 10:10 PM (US Eastern Time)
Young Leaders Roundtable 2

Hosted by:
Ariel Stenek, Director, Young Leaders Program, Pacific Forum

Featuring:
Edward (Teddy) Parker, Associate Physical Scientist, RAND Corporation

Oct. 13: 9:00 AM -10:15 AM (Japan) | Oct. 12: 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (US Eastern Time)
Game-changing Technology Session 3: Emerging Biotechnology, Cellular Agriculture, and Biomedical Innovation and Policies

Speakers:
Margaret Kosal, Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology
Yuki Hanyu, CEO, IntegriCulture Inc.
Kathryn Ibata-Arens, Vincent de Paul Professor of Political Science (Political Economy), DePaul University

Oct. 15: 9:00 AM -10:15 AM (Japan) | Oct. 14: 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (US Eastern Time)
Closing Session: Areas for Cooperation and Policy Recommendations

This session reviews key themes from the meeting and draws out policy recommendations for the United States and Japan on game-changing technologies. Having covered several different “game-changing technologies,” do some technologies “change the game” more than others? Do some foundational or game-changing technologies require greater levels of policy attention or coordination? In which areas might the United States and Japan enhance their collaboration? What is the role of the US-Japan alliance in managing these technologies? How do game-changing technologies fit into the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”?

Speakers:
Daisuke Sato, Director, Economic Security Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
Yuka Koshino, Research Fellow for Japanese Security and Defence Policy, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Jim Schoff, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Oct. 15: 10:25 AM – 11:40 AM (Japan) | Oct. 14: 9:25 PM – 10:40 PM (US Eastern Time)
Pacific Forum Young Leaders Panel

Pacific Forum Young Leaders will present working papers addressing game-changing technologies and its implications for US and Japanese national security, and regional security broadly. Presentations will receive comments from a senior expert and will be followed by a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Speakers:
Erick Nielson Javier, Defense Analyst, Armed Forces of the Philippines: “Keeping the Last Frontier Free and Open: Harnessing Space for Regional Security via US-Japan Space Cooperation”
Mariko Togashi, MA Candidate, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies: “Leveraging Technology Companies in Japan’s Economic Security Policy”
Mason Venturo, Independent Research Consultant: “Unifying Small-Scale UAV Regulations: Trilateral Coordination to Combat UAV Diversion and Terrorism”

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