Members' Lecture - Japan-UK Security Co-operation: Exploring Our Common Strategic Interests

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Nobushige TakamizawaA lecture by Nobushige Takamizawa, President of Japan's National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS).

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On 10 April 2012, the Prime Ministers of the UK and Japan issued the joint statement: A Leading Strategic Partnership for Global Prosperity and Security. Both leaders announced the launch of a Foreign Minister-led 'Strategic Dialogue' and agreed to start negotiations on a government to government information security agreement. They also encouraged the signature of a new Defence Co-operation Memorandum to identify new areas of future collaboration through joint Japanese and British security exercises, training, unit affiliations and a range of defence equipment for joint development and production contributing to both countries' security.

President Takamizawa assessed the possibilities of Japan-UK Security Co-operation and the US New Defense Strategic Guidance and Implications for Europe and NATO.

Nobushige Takamizawa is President of The National Institute for Defense Studies, Japan Ministry of Defense. A law graduate from the University of Tokyo, he joined the Japan Defense Agency (JDA) in 1978. He was appointed Senior Deputy Director to the Defense Minister's Secretariat in 1993 before taking up a one-year Visiting Fellowship at the US National Defense University (INSS). Returning to Tokyo he was promoted as Director, Confidence Building Measures and Arms Control Planning Office in the JDA's Bureau of Defense Policy. From 1996 until 2002 Mr Takamizawa directed the JDA's Defense Operations, Intelligence and Policy divisions respectively and was appointed to Japan's Cabinet Security Affairs Office as Cabinet Councilor. In 2004 he was appointed Deputy Director General at the Defense Intelligence Headquarters and subsequently Director of the Yokohama Defense Facilities Administration Bureau. He thereafter was promoted as Director General of the JMOD's Bureaus of Operational and Defense Policy before taking up his present assignment in August 2011. 



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