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A New Perspective for the Future of the Japan-U.S. Security Relationship

Recorded on May 2, 2007

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The US-Japanese military alliance has played a key role in maintaining security in Northeast Asia. The elevation of the Japanese Ministry of Defense and debate over revising Japan's Constitution have raised questions over the future role of the Japanese military and the relationship with the United States. Minister of Defense Fumio Kyuma will address the need for the ministry to further strengthen its relationship with Washington and to engage in bilateral decision-making processes for policies and administrative measures.

Minister Kyuma became Japan's first Minister of Defense when the Japanese Defense Agency was elevated to the Ministry of Defense in January 2007. Mr. Kyuma concurrently serves as a Member of the House of Representatives for the 2nd district of Nagasaki Prefecture. He has previously served in senior positions within the Liberal Democratic Party, including as Chairman of the General Council. Minister Kyuma graduated from University of Tokyo (Faculty of Law).