This event has been postponed. Please see below for details.
On the heels of Prime Minister Abe's resignation, a Cabinet meeting has been called for the morning of Wednesday, September 16 prior to the Diet vote for the new Prime Minister later that day. As much as he would like to join us that morning, Defense Minister Kono has to prioritize the cabinet meeting; the whole cabinet has to resign in order for the vote to take place. Therefore, we will be postponing our seminar "Turbulence in East Asia and Japan's Security," which was planned for September 15 at 4 PM (Pacific)/September 16 at 8 AM (Japan).
We will advertise the new date for the event once it has been set. We hope you will be able to join us at that time. Thank you for your interest and understanding.
Starting with a landscape overview of Japan's security and defense as it regards the Asia-Pacific region and also the world, Japanese Minister of Defense Kono Taro will discuss recent changes in Japan's security environment, the challenges and opportunities these changes present, as well as their impacts on the country's security policy. Minister Kono will also examine the major issues for Japan's defense and Japan's approach to them. The webinar will end with a short audience Q&A moderated by APARC Japan Program Director Kiyoteru Tsutsui.
Kono Taro, 56, is an eight-term Member of the House of Representatives. He has been Minister of Defense in the Abe Government since September 11, 2019.
Among positions he has held are Foreign Minister; Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, or Minister in charge of the National Police Organization; Minister for Administrative Reform; Minister for Civil Service Reform; Minister for Regulatory Reform; Minister in Charge of Consumer Affairs and Food Safety; and Minister in Charge of Disaster Management in the Abe Government, Parliamentary Secretary for Public Management and Senior Vice-Minister of Justice in the Koizumi Government, and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
Kono is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He was Chairman of the Japan Race Horse Association and Chairman of the Shonan Bellmare Football Club, the 1995 Asia Champion Soccer Club. He is married to Kaori and has a son, Ippei.