The Space Policy Show: Japan’s New Space Policy: Its Intersection with Missile & Missile Defense Activity

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September 17, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern Time

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The next episode in the series is:

Thursday, September 17, 1pm ET
E33 - Japan’s New Space Policy: Its Intersection with Missile & Missile Defense Activity
with Sam Wilson, Frank Jannuzi (Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation), Sayuri Romei (RAND Corporation), Masashi Murano (Hudson Institute)

About this episode: 
At the end of June, Japan issued a new space policy, its first since 2016. The policy states that the country, in cooperation with the United States, will study the use of small satellite constellations for missile warning. The panelists discuss Japan’s consideration of early warning satellites and its relation to other recent missile and missile defense activity in Japan. They chat about what this could mean for Japan’s military capabilities and the U.S.-Japan defense space relationship. Tune in for more!


Meet the Speakers

Sam Wilson
Project Engineer, Center for Space Policy & Strategy, The Aerospace Corporation

Sam Wilson from the Center for Space Policy & Strategy will moderate this panel. Sam leads much of the international space work in CSPS, in addition to covering missile and nuclear command and control issues. Pertinent to this discussion, he authored a paper about Japan’s shift toward a focus on space security capabilities, which we released in May, and has written other articles about Japan’s defense space activity. Download the paper here.

Frank Jannuzi
President and Chief Executive Officer, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

Frank Jannuzi has led the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer since April 2014. At Mansfield, he oversees the operations of the Foundation's offices in Washington, DC, Tokyo, and Missoula, Montana, as well as its programs, including the U.S.-Japan Space Forum. He has traveled throughout Asia and has written extensively on East Asia policy issues, including U.S. relations with Japan, China, and North Korea. From 1997-2012, Mr. Jannuzi was Policy Director, East Asian and Pacific Affairs, for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he advised Committee Chairmen Joseph Biden and John Kerry on a range of security, political, economic, and human rights issues pertinent to U.S. relations with East Asia. Mr. Jannuzi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Sayuri Romei
Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, RAND Corporation

Sayuri Romei is a 2020-2021 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the RAND Corporation, where she focuses on Japan's nuclear policy and US extended deterrence. Prior to RAND, she was a Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Center and a Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. Her doctoral work focuses on Japan’s nuclear hedging posture and examines how the country started and maintained such a stance throughout the postwar era.

Masashi Murano
Japan Chair Fellow, Hudson Institute

Masashi MURANO is Japan Chair Fellow at Hudson Institute. His research areas include U.S.-Japan defense cooperation and nuclear/conventional deterrence analysis. Prior to joining Hudson, he was a Fellow at the Okazaki Institute (a Tokyo-based think tank). For the past nine years, he has been involved in research, analysis, table-top exercises and facilitation of numerous classified products related to strategic intelligence assessment and policy planning for the Japanese government. Masashi received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Takushoku University in Tokyo, pursuing work in Asia-Pacific studies and graduate work in security studies.

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