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Japan and the Great Powers Lecture Discusses Japan’s Status in Recession

“Old and New Conflicts: Japan and the Great Powers, ” is the topic of a Nov. 15  lecture by Tsuneo Akaha, Ph.D., director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif. The lecture is from 12:30 to 1:30p.m. in room 105 of the Skutt Student Center and is free to the public.

Akaha will offer an overview of the historical and contemporary developments and the old and new conflicts they have spawned involving Japan and other great powers in the region and the prospects for resolving the most serious among them. Regional events that have had important impacts in East Asia in recent years include China’s spectacular rise, nuclear and missile development in North Korea, the Asian financial crisis, the deepening economic integration driven by marketforces, and the growing multilateral security cooperation centered around The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as well as the impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the coastal communities in northeast Japan triggering a nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture.

Akaha specializes in Japanese foreign and security policy, international relations of the Asia Pacific, the international political economy and international marine affairs. He was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Tokyo and Seikei University and a Japan Foundation Research Fellow at Hokkaido University's Slavic Research Center. He is the author of several books, articles and has served as president of Asian Studies on the PacificCoast and the Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies Section of the International Studies Association.

This event is jointly sponsored by Creighton’s Asian World Center, the Werner Institute and the Department of Political Science and International Relations.