Japan-UK Defence and Security Cooperation

RUSI in partnership with the British Embassy Tokyo hosts a conference on Japan–UK Defence and Security Cooperation.

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The Japan–UK defence and security relationship is entering a new era. During an official visit to Tokyo in July 2021, Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace spoke of the ‘deep defence partnership’ between the two countries, adding that the visit of the UK-led Carrier Strike Group (CSG2021) to Japan later this year would only enhance it further.

This conference will bring together officials, policymakers, the private sector and experts from both countries to examine future maritime cooperation. It will also look to frame opportunities for potential cyber collaboration in the context of Japan and the UK’s Indo-Pacific interests.

The event forms part of RUSI’s Navigating the Indo-Pacific Programme, which focuses on the maritime-centric region spanning the Indian and Pacific Oceans as the central arena of competition and cooperation between global and regional powers in the 21st century.

This event is by invitation only. For more information please email Jeremy Wimble at jeremyw@rusi.org.

Main Image Credit A US Marine with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 launches an F-35B from HMS Queen Elizabeth | U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Royal Navy PO Jay Allen

Japan–UK Defence and Security Cooperation: Conference Report


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    Welcome Remarks and Keynote Speech

    • Helen Smith, Deputy British Ambassador to Japan
    • Jonathan Eyal, Director of International Security Studies, RUSI
    • Representative of BAE Systems


    Keynote Speech
    HE Julia Longbottom, British Ambassador to Japan

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    Panel 1: The CSG and beyond - Opportunities for UK-Japan maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

    Dr Chiaki Akimoto, RUSI Distinguished Ambassador in Japan


    • Commodore Stephen Moorhouse, Royal Navy, Commander CSG21
    • Vice Admiral Tomohiko Madono, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Commandant, JMSDF Command and Staff College
    • Dr Michito Tsuruoka, Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
    • Dr Sidharth Kaushal, Senior Fellow for Sea Power, RUSI
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    Panel 2: UK-Japan cooperation in the Indo-Pacific – A Focus on Cyber

    Professor Michael Clarke, RUSI


    • Ms. Veerle Nouwens, Senior Research Fellow, Indo-Pacific Programme, RUSI
    • Dr Tomohiko Taniguchi, Professor, Graduate School of SDM, Keio University
    • Mihoko Matsubara, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, NTT Corporation
    • Douglas Taylor, Principle Research Analyst, FCDO
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    Closing Remarks

    Dr Chiaki Akimoto, RUSI Distinguished Ambassador in Japan

    Helen Smith, Deputy British Ambassador to Japan

Event Partner and Sponsor

  • Conference partner: British Embassy Tokyo

    The conference is run in partnership with British Embassy Tokyo

  • Conference sponsor: BAE Systems

    The conference is supported by BAE Systems.

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