Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 Japan’s Role in the Global Governance of Non-Proliferation and Outer Space

Tuesday, March 19, 20194:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place


JAPAN NOW Lecture Series


Lecture Summary:
Japanʼs presence in the global rule-making process was timid, to say the least, during the Cold War. Although it presented itself as a victim of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan was also under the extended nuclear deterrence of the United States. However, recent initiatives such as the Arc of Freedom and Prosperity or Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision brought Japan into a stage of global governance. This lecture will discuss the cases of global governance on nuclear non-proliferation and outer space.

Japan faces a non-proliferation challenge from North Korea and a space threat from China. Taking initiatives in these domains is essential to Japanʼs security as well as to maintaining global order for peaceful use of nuclear and space technologies. As a tech-advanced country, Japan plays a certain role in providing ideas and technical support for both domains. These cases are good examples to show how Japan sees itself as a player in the global governance structure.

Speaker Biography:
Kazuto Suzuki is Vice Dean and Professor of International Politics at the Graduate School of Public Policy, Hokkaido University, Japan. He graduated from the Department of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, and received a Ph.D. from Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex, England. He has worked in the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique in Paris, France, as assistant researcher and as Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba from 2000 to 2008. Suzuki also spent one year at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University from 2012 to 2013 as a visiting researcher. He served on the Panel of Experts for Iranian Sanction Committee under the United Nations Security Council from 2013 to July 2015. He was formerly the President of the Japan Association of International Security and Trade.

His research focuses on the conjunction of science/technology and international relations; subjects including space policy, non-proliferation, and export control and sanctions. His recent work includes Space and International Politics (2011, in Japanese, awarded the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities), Policy Logics and Institutions of European Space Collaboration (2003) and many others.


Kazuto Suzuki
Vice Dean and Professor of International Politics, Graduate School of Public Policy, Hokkaido University, Japan

Louis W. Pauly
Opening Remarks
Interim Director, Centre for the Study of Global Japan

J. Stefan Dupré Distinguished Professor of Political Economy, Department of Political Science

David A. Welch
CIGI Chair, Global Security, Balsillie School of International Affairs

Professor, Political Science, University of Waterloo

Founder, Japan Futures Initiative

Main Sponsor

Centre for the Study of Global Japan


Consulate General of Japan in Toronto

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