Editorial by David Fouse, Ph.D. The long and winding road to building a replacement facility for the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture has hit another substantial obstacle with victory of Former Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga in the recent Okinawa governor’s election. Onaga won a convincing victory over incumbent Hirokazu Nakaima, gaining 360,820 votes, nearly 100,000 more than Nakaima, who received 261,076. Onaga campaigned against the planned relocation and is now well positioned to throw some major kinks into a process that was already scheduled to take another eight to nine years to complete. Although Japan’s [...]
The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) announced the release a report today examining the possibilities of and also challenges to trilateral cooperation between the U.S.-Japan-Australia in international disaster relief in the Asia-Pacific region. The title of the report is "Enhancing Trilateral Disaster Preparedness and Relief Cooperation between Japan, U.S. and Australia: Approaches from Various Civil-Military Perspectives." This research project was funded by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) as well as supported by the three bodies responsible for the report’s contents: Association for Cooperation between Japan, U.S. and Australia (ACJUA), the Asia-Pacific Center for Security [...]
APCSS professor Dr. David Fouse recently had an edited volume and chapter published in a book entitled "Emerging Powers in a Comparative Perspective" by Bloomsbury Publishing. -END- The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of APCSS, the U.S. Pacific Command, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.
“Japan’s 2010 National Defense Program Guidelines: Coping with the “Grey Zones” is the latest paper written by Dr. David Fouse at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. In this publication Dr. Fouse states that “Japan has placed new emphasis on developing its own capability to deter China in the ‘gray zones’ of disputed territories and waters near its southern island chain.” […]
-+ “Issues for Engagement: Asian Perspectives on Transnational Security Challenges,” edited by David Fouse, is the latest book published by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. According to Fouse, “The chapters in this volume analyze security priorities at the individual country level and gauge each country’s attempts at bilateral and multilateral security cooperation on transnational security challenges. Our intention is to provide policymakers and other government officials with a useful and convenient reference tool to draw upon to engage specific countries in the Asia-Pacific region.” […]
Dr. David Fouse recently published a new brief analytical paper entitled: Japan’s Dispatch Of The Ground Self Defense Force To Iraq: Lessons Learned. The paper discusses the challenges and learning opportunities gained by Japan’s Ground Self Defense Force (GSDF) during their deployment to Iraq. All previous missions for humanitarian aid and reconstruction had been carried out under a UN peacekeeping operations framework. […]
HONOLULU -- Dr. David Fouse, APCSS assistant professor, and Dr. Yoichiro Sato, APCSS associate professor, have published a new paper entitled "Enhancing Basic Governance: Japan's Comprehensive Counterterrorism Assistance to Southeast Asia." According to the paper, "Japan's support for counterterrorism in Southeast Asia (SEA) partly reflects its commitment to the U.S.-Japan alliance, but is also part of a wider strategy for enhancing its political and security role in the region." The paper also reviews Japan's focus to develop a comprehensive set of initiatives aimed at enhancing SEA countries' basic governance capabilities in areas such as law enforcement, export control, money laundering, anti-piracy, [...]