Japan’s Foreign Policy Option in the Trump Era

During the second Abe administration, Japan has experienced a major shift in its foreign policy outlook – the result of changing perceptions of regional dynamics and Abe’s willingness to take proactive steps reforming national security policy and infrastructure.

Initially somewhat sceptical, by the end of Obama’s second term, his administration was in total support of the Abe initiative and the Japan – American alliance was better than it had ever been.

Will this continue under Trump? So far, the US has confirmed the core mission of the alliance, but will the shadow of retrenchment encroaching on American internationalism threaten it?

Prof Nakayama is Catalyst Trust’s third Kippenberger Chair speaker from Victoria University’s Centre for Strategic Studies. He is Professor of American politics and foreign policy at Keio University and an Adjunct Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs.

His talk will focus on understanding the foreign policy options for Japan in the Trump era and how Japan sees America’s role in this region, and ramifications for New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.

Please register at connect@catalystnz.org. Venue: Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa – Coronet 2 room. $5 koha at the door.


Prof Nakayama was a special correspondent for the Washington Post at the Far EasternBureau (1993-94), special assistant at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in New York (1996-98), Senior Research Fellow at The Japan Institute of International Affairs (2004-06), Associate Professor at Tsuda College (2006-10), and Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University (2010-14). He was also a CNAPS Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution (2005-06).

Dr Nakayama received his MA (1993) and PhD (2001) from School of International Politics, Economy and Business (SIPEB), Aoyama Gakuin University.

He has written two books and numerous articles on American politics, foreign policy and international relations. He appears regularly on Japanese media and writes a monthly column for Japan News.

Dr Nakayama
Dr Nakayama