Lecture Series - Japan



Understanding Japanese foreign policy is of extreme importance to studies of international relations. During the twentieth century, Japan became one of the most powerful countries in the worldhaving consolidated itself as the world’s third biggest economyas well as becoming a favored destination for foreign investments, and for having an ancient culture. The understanding of the country is of vital importance for analyses on the Asian region and its insertion in the world. 


The School of International Relations at FGV (FGV RI) and the Japan House in São Paulo have organized a Lecture Series about Japan, with specials guests from Japanese organizations and universities, in which the main subjects of the country’s policy and international integration will be discussed.


Fee and intend audience 

All lectures are free and open to the public.


Inscriptions and forms 

The events Study Abroad (October 8th) and Doing Business with Japan (October 22ndare Zoom Webinars, and atendees must register to participate. There are limits on the number of participants. To RSVPparticipants must select the events in which they are interested in attending. Organizers will subsequently send information on the selected events, including Zoom links, to participants’ e-mail addresses 


The following events will be broadcasted oFGV RI’s Facebook page. Participants are not required to have an account on Facebook to watch the transmission. The schedule will be progressively updated. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive more information. 


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October 8thStudy Abroad - Japan Edition 

Time4 p.m.  

PlatformZoom Webinar, attendees must register to participate 

Guest: Regina Erika Shiino (Consulate-General of Japan in São Paulo 


About the event: The workshop will present the advantages of studying in Japan, the main scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies, and options on academic exchanges to Japan offered by FGV RI. Our guest of the week is Regina Erika Shiino, Cultural Assessor at the Consulate-General of Japan in São Paulo. Study Abroad is open to the public. After the exhibition, there will be a Q&A session. The event is estimated to last 50 minutes. 


October 22thDoing Business with Japan 

Time4 p.m. 

Platform:  Zoom Webinar, attendees must register to participate 

GuestTatiana Chinen Nagamine (Japan External Trade Organization - JETRO).

About the event: The "Doing Business with Japan" lecture aims to discuss the historical bond between Japan and Brazil in light of their economic relations, in addition to introducing the institutional role of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in promoting trade and investment between the two countries.



October 26thKick-off - Webinar Series “JapanState, Society and International Politics   


1st Webinar: Asian Reemergence and Great Power Competition 

Time8 p.m. 

Platform:  The event will be broadcasted on FGV RI’s Facebook pageParticipants are not required to have an account on Facebook to watch the transmission. 

GuestRyo Sahashi (Tokyo University) 


About the event:

Prof. Dr. Ryo Sahashi concurrently serves as Associate Professor at the International Relations Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia and at the Future Vision Research Institute at the University of Tokyo. We suggest the following article, written by Dr. Sahashi, as preparatory reading to the lecture:

Goh, Evelyn; Sahashi, Ryo. 2020. Worldviews on the United States, alliances, and the changing international order: an introduction, Contemporary Politics, DOI: 10.1080/13569775.2020.1777044.


October 28th2nd Webinar:  Japan’s Cybersecurity Strategy: challenges and Opportunities 

Time: 9 p.m 

Platform:  The event will be broadcasted on FGV RI’s Facebook pageParticipants are not required to have an account on Facebook to watch the transmission. 

GuestsMihoko Matsubara (Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, NTT Corporation) 


About the eventMs. Mihoko Matsubara currently works as Chief Cybersecurity Strategist at NTT Corporation in Tokyo and is an Associate Fellow with the Asia Studies Centre at Henry Jackson Society. We suggest the following article, written by Ms. Matsubara, as preparatory reading to the lecture:


MATSUBARA, Mihoko. 2013. A long and Winding Road for Cybersecurity Cooperation between Janap and the United States, Pacific Forum CSIS - Issues & Insights - Innovate or Enervate: US - Japan alliance collaboration, Vol. 13, No 8. pp 45-60




November 9th3rd Webinar: Japan's Foreing Policy in the 21st Century


Platform:  The event will be broadcasted on FGV RI’s Facebook pageParticipants are not required to have an account on Facebook to watch the transmission. 

Guests: Akiko Fukushima (Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research)


About the eventProf. Dr. Akiko Fukushima is a Research Fellow at the Asia International Centre, a Senior Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation and a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute, in Australia. We suggest the following literature, written by Dr. Fukushima, as preparatory reading to the lecture:

FUKUSHIMA, Akiko. 2011. "The Merits of Alliance: A Japanese Perspective - Logic Underpins Japan's Global and Regional Security Role" In: The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance, by Inoguchi T., Ikenberry G.J., Sato Y. (eds), 53-73. Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

FUKUSHIMA, Akiko. 2011. "Modern Japan and the Quest for Attractive Power". In: Public Diplomacy and Soft Power in East Asia, by Lee S.J., Melissen J. (eds), 65-89. Palgrave Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. 





December 10th4th Webinar: Japan-China Contemporary Relations

Timep.m (BRT)

Platform:  The event will be broadcasted on FGV RI’s Facebook pageParticipants are not required to have an account on Facebook to watch the transmission. 

Guest: Prof. Dr. Yasuhiro Matsuda (University of Tokyo)


About the event

Japan-China dynamics are decisive for the International Relations of Northeast Asia. The neighbors represent two of the largest economies in the world and maintain a historic relationship. Latest developments in international politics, such as the US-China trade war, have brought new perspectives to Sino-Japanese dynamics. After all, China is Japan's biggest trading partner and the United States is its main security ally. In recent years, there has been relative stability in the bilateral relations between Japan and China. What are Japan's strategic goals towards China? What is the origin of the recent stability in bilateral relations? What can we expect in the coming years?


Prof. Dr. Yasuhiro Matsuda is Associate Professor of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at the University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. in Law from Keio University in Tokyo. He spent sixteen years in the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) and Japan Defense Agency (later, Ministry of Defense), as an assistant and a senior research fellow. Dr. Matsuda has been a visiting research fellow at numerous institutions, including the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong (1994-96), the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, DC (2000), the Division of Strategic and International Studies of the Taiwan Research Institute in Taipei (2001), and the Center for Japanese Studies of Fudan University in Shanghai (2007). He has worked as a member of the Council on Security and Defense Capability in the New Era, the advisory group of the Japanese Prime Minister in 2010. He is the winner of the seventh Yasuhiro Nakasone Award of Excellence in 2011. Dr. Matsuda is the author of numerous publications in English and Japanese and specializes in the political and diplomatic history of Asia, politics and external relations in the People's Republic of China and Taiwan, and cross-strait relations.



December 16th5th Webinar: Defense Policy-Making in Japan

Timep.m (BRT)

Platform:  The event will be broadcasted on FGV RI’s Facebook pageParticipants are not required to have an account on Facebook to watch the transmission. 

Guest: Prof. Dr. Takako Hikotani (Columbia University)


About the event

Japan is a key player in East Asia's regional security dynamics. The country is among the ten countries with the highest defense budget on the planet. Since the 1990s, the number of missions of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) have increased significantly, indicating the country's growing role in international security matters. In addition, in recent years, we have seen the Japanese Diet's growing participation in security and defense matters. What can we expect for Japan's defense policy in the coming years? What should be the role of the legislative branch in the construction of this policy?


Prof. Dr. Takako Hikotani is serving a term appointment as the Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy at Columbia University. Dr. Hikotani has previously taught at the National Defense Academy of Japan, where she was Associate Professor, and lectured at the Ground Self Defense Force and Air Self Defense Force Staff Colleges, and at the National Institute for Defense Studies. She was a Visiting Professional Specialist at Princeton University as Social Science Research Council/Abe Fellow (2010-2011), as well as Suntory Foundation Torii Fellow (2000-2001), and Fellow of the US-Japan Leadership Program, US-Japan Foundation (2000-). Her research focuses mostly on Japanese Foreign and domestic Policy, civil-military relations as well as comparative civil-military relations. Her publications (in English) include, "The Japanese Diet and defense policy-making", International Affairs, 94:1, July, 2018; "Trump's Gift to Japan: Time for Tokyo to Invest in the Liberal Order", Foreign Affairs, September/October 2017; "Japan's New Executive Leadership: How Electoral Rules Make Japanese Security Policy" (with Margarita Estevez-Abe and Toshio Nagahisa), in Francis Rosenbluth and Masaru Kohno eds, Japan in the World (Yale University Press, 2009) and "Civilian Control and Civil-Military Gaps in the United States, Japan and China" (with Peter Feaver and Shaun Narine), Asian Perspective 29:1, March 2006.


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