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NATO-Japan Symposium 2023: Emerging Security Challenges

日・NATOシンポジウム2023 – 新たな安全保障上の課題への挑戦

The world is facing upheaval due to global challenges, including China's military build-up, Russia's aggression in Ukraine, Middle East tensions, and North Korea's nuclear program.

Japan, along with Australia, South Korea, and New Zealand, participated in NATO's summit, highlighting close cooperation between NATO and the Indo Pacific. The Individually Tailored Partnership Programme for 2023-2026 strengthens collaboration between NATO and Japan to promote international peace, stability, and the rules-based international order. This partnership focuses on addressing security challenges like economic security, cyber-attacks, emerging technologies, and building resilient societies to protect populations and territories.

The Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement was entered into in 2019 to enhance our economic cooperation as a model of economic order in the 21st century based on free and fair rule. We also launched a strategic dialogue on security issues and laid the groundwork for closer cooperation in the areas of economic security, in particular on emerging technologies, supply chain diversification and anti-coercion measures.

Against this backdrop, Japan-EU-NATO Symposium 2023 will take place on 11/13, co-hosted by NATO, EU, Royal Danish Embassy and Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST). In this event, we will discuss issues related to Economic Security, Cognitive Warfare, and partnership between Japan and NATO.

日・NATOシンポジウム2023 – 新たな安全保障上の課題への挑戦

Overview of the event

Date Date: November 13th 2023 from 9:00-12:20 (Door opens at 8:20)
Place Ito Hall, Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo
7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyou-ku, Tokyo 113-0033
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Capacity 396 people
Fee Free
Speakers Opening session: NATO-Japan collaboration on emerging security challenges
Opening welcome
- Masakazu Sugiyama, Director, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo
Keynote speech 1
- H.E. Mr. David Van Weel, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
Keynote speech 2
- Norihiro Nakayama, Member of the House of Representatives

Session 1: Perspectives on economic security challenges
Moderated by H.E.Jean-Eric Paquet, Ambassador of the European Union
Japanese perspective
- Akira Igata, Project Lecturer, Economic Security Research Program, RCAST, The University of Tokyo
American perspective
- Raymond Greene, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Japan
NATO perspective
- H.E. Mr. David Van Weel, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
Other Indo-Pacific partners’ perspective (Australia, New Zealand, South Korea):
- Victor Ferguson (JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo)

Session 2: Combatting hybrid challenges
Moderated by H. E. Mr. Peter Taksøe-Jensen, Ambassador, Royal Danish Embassy in Japan
How Japan is countering disinformation
- Hideaki Ishii, Director, Public Diplomacy Strategy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
European views on hybrid challenges
- H.E.Jean-Eric Paquet, Ambassador of the European Union
Hybrid challenges in the maritime domain
Eva Pejsova, Japan Chair, Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy, Brussels School of Governance and Associate Fellow at Fondation pour la Recherche Strategie, Paris
Public-private partnership in combating hybrid challenges
- Tim O'Rourke, Country Manager, Japan, Meltwater

Session 3: The future for the NATO, Japan, and the Indo-Pacific partnership
Moderated by Akira Igata (The University of Tokyo)
NATO’s geopolitical outlook and shifts in security environment
- Dr. Benedetta Berti, head of NATO Policy Planning Unit
NATO’s Indo-Pacific Agenda
- Dr. Luis Simon, Director, Centre for Security, Diplomacy And Strategy, Brussels School of Governance and Senior fellow Royal Institute ELCANO
French perspective on NATO-Japan partnership
- Céline Pajon, Head of Japan Research, Center for Asian and Indo-Pacific Studies, Ifri and Senior fellow, Senior Researcher, Japan Chair, Brussels School of Governance
Japanese perspective on NATO-Japan partnership
- Daisuke Kawai, Project Assistant Professor, Economic Security Research Program, RCAST, The University of Tokyo

Closing remarks
- H.E. Mr. Peter Taksøe-Jensen, Ambassador, Royal Danish Embassy in Japan
Language In English and partly in Japanese (We have simultaneous interpretation available for attendees who prefer it.)
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Details A simultaneous broadcast is scheduled on YouTube at here. Please note that the broadcast may be abruptly canceled depending on the situation on the day. Your understanding in advance is appreciated.
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Against this backdrop, the Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at RCAST, the University of Tokyo and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA will co-host a symposium titled "US-Japan AI Security: Adversarial AI Risks and Mitigation Strategies for Disinformation and Cyber Threats".

The symposium will feature speakers from the U.S. government in charge of developing policies to promote and regulate AI technology development, as well as researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), leading national research institutes for AI research in the United States. They will introduce cutting-edge AI technology developments in the U.S. and explore risks and opportunities these technologies will bring to our society. In particular, we will discuss how to deal with AI-enabled disinformation and cyberattacks, ideal promotion and regulatory means for the government, and the future of Japan-US cooperation on AI related issues.

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Economy security has recently become a central issue of concern for governments and businesses around the world. Various governments have created new strategies, institutions, and tools to address these new challenges. However, the private sector involvement is critical in the effective implementation of these government policies.

Under these circumstances, the Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at RCAST, The University of Tokyo and Law and Geoeconomics will convene a symposium titled _State-Firm Relations and Economic Security: International Comparisons of U.S., China, EU, Australia, and South America_, with the support of Helsinki Geoeconomics Week and the Embassy of Finland.

This symposium will bring together experts on economic security from the U.S., China, EU, and South America to compare how state-firm relations differ in regions around the world, especially given the rise of economic security risks and opportunities. This will allow for the sharing of best practices as well as identifying potential areas of cooperation among countries.

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Symposium: "Economic Security: Risks, Opportunities, and International Cooperation"

The Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at the University of Tokyo's Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) will host a symposium "Economic Security: Risks, Opportunities, and International Cooperation" as part of RCAST's Open Campus.

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NATO, Japan, and collaboration on civil emergencies

The Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo and the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), co-host a brown bag lunch seminar featuring Irina Novakova, the Head of the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC), NATO HQ, with the support of Royal Danish Embassy, Japan.

EADRCC is NATO's principal mechanism to respond to civil emergencies. Ms. Novakova will first give a speech addressing NATO's work on cooperative security, which covers cooperation with Japan and working to support partners build up their resilience and security. She'll also focus on examples from support for Ukraine, cooperation on disaster response, and support for building partners' defence capacities.

Her introductory remarks will be followed by comments from two expert panelists. Robert Dujarric (ICAS, TUJ) will give us a historical perspective, while Maya Sobchuk (RCAST, The University of Tokyo) will touch upon the issue of strategic communication and disinformation in disaster responses. Akira Igata will be the moderator, while also commenting from the angle of economic security policies. This will be followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A with the audience.

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