Japan-U.S. Sea Power Dialogue [2008/04/14]
Japan-U.S. Sea Power Dialogue (1:57)
From March 5 to 7, the first Japan-U.S. Sea Power Dialogue was held in Washington, D.C. The meeting was hosted by the Ocean Policy Research Foundation and the Center for a New American Security with financial backing by provided by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA.
The meeting focused on building stronger maritime ties between Japan and the United States, and dealt with the role of maritime security in maintaining peace and development, both in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.（Photo: The conference room in Washington D.C.）
In his opening address, Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation said that since the enactment of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea, the global environment and conditions have undergone dramatic change. Further, he said that given today’s circumstances, no country can deal with maritime issues on its own. International organizations, nations, private sectors, and NGOs must work together to address various threats within the framework of international cooperation. Mr. Sasakawa went on to refer to new navigational safety measures in the Malacca-Singapore Straits and the establishment of a framework for the preservation of the maritime environment, arguing that the private sector must play an important role in maritime security. He also called for change in the way the private sector regards the oceans, a common resource for all people around the world. (Photo: Chairman Sasakawa)
In the keynote speech, Former Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso commented that following World War II, maritime order had collapsed, becoming a vast strategic game. He went on to frame the need for expanding cooperative ties between Japan and the United States with respect to global maritime issues. (Photo: Mr. Aso, former Japanese Foreign Minister)
In the dialogue that followed, participants discussed how Japan and the United States should approach their leadership roles to solve various issues faced by maritime society, including threats of violence from pirates and maritime terrorism, conflicts over resource acquisition and island sovereignty, over-exploitation of fishery resources, maritime environmental pollution, congestion in sea lanes, and the frequency of maritime accidents.