Policy report

The normalisation of Japanese policy in the Indian Ocean region

International relations World politics Japan Indian Ocean

The author was invited to visit Japan in August 2017 by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The five-day visit, which included a stay at Okinawa, provided a unique opportunity to understand Japanese perceptions, attitudes and policy objectives with regard to a wide-range of geostrategic issues that confront the country. Briefings and discussions with a number of senior academics, policymakers and service officers highlighted the challenges facing Japan and how Japan might respond to them.

Of particular interest, recognising Future Directions International’s geostrategic interest in the Indian Ocean Region, was Japan’s attitude and policies for operating in that part of the world.

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