Date: February 8, Wednesday Time: 10:00 to 12:00
Format: A Zoom link will be shared with attendees in the registration confirmation email and also in a reminder email on the day prior to the event.
The security environment surrounding Japan has become a source of growing concern in recent years. China’s aggressive stance towards Taiwan and North Korea’s successive missile launches have raised tensions in the region, prompting the Japanese government to reassess its security needs.
Against that background, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced plans to double Japan’s defense spending to 2 per cent of GDP by 2027 in an effort to better meet the security challenges posed by an increasingly assertive China and sabre-rattling North Korea. What are the near-term threats that Japan faces to its national security? Is it prepared to meet these threats? What should the Japanese government do to more fully protect its people? And what does the Kishida government’s promise to double defense spending really mean?
Lance Gatling, a long-time Japan resident and geopolitical and military analyst, will address these questions in his talk to the CWAJ General Meeting in February. Mr. Gatling of Nexial Research is a U.S. citizen who has lived in Japan for over 35 years. He speaks and reads Japanese fluently. After multiple assignments as a U.S. Army officer in Korea, Japan and the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, as a strategic planner and liaison officer with the Japan Self Defense Forces, Mr. Gatling served as a U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer in diplomatic assignments. Recruited by business from the State Department, he served as a business executive in a number of IT, aerospace and defense companies and an advisor to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), based in Japan and traveling throughout East Asia for commercial and government customers. Today, in addition to providing consulting services and geopolitical and military analysis and commentary, he teaches judo at the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo as the first licensed foreign judo instructor in Japan. He is the first non-Japanese on the board of the Tokyo Judo Federation, Japan’s largest, and pursues his unique Japanese history project as author and lecturer at The Kanō Chronicles.
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