Yasuhiro Matsuda Public Lecture

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Event Details

15 March 2019 at 6:00 pm – 15 March 2019 at 8:00 pm
School of Languages Literatures Cultures and Linguistics


The Japanese Studies Centre (LLCL) and the Consulate-General of Japan (Melbourne)

Public Lecture at the Monash University Law Chambers (Auditorium), 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Yasuhiro Matsuda Public Lecture

The Japanese Studies Centre is pleased to co-sponsor this event with the Consulate-General of Japan (Melbourne).

Title:  The Dilemma between Security and Economy: Japan’s Strategy toward the “New Cold War”

Summary:  Sino-US relations experienced a strategic turning point in 2018. The foundation of their bilateral relations – the Chinese expectation that the United States would continue to support free trade and the American expectation that economic liberalization in China would eventually lead its democratization – has begun to crumble. Has a new Cold War started? The United States is Japan's sole military ally, while China is Japan's biggest trading partner. Facing potential trade and technology wars between two giants, Japan is presented with an increasingly serious dilemma, choosing between national security and economic prosperity. Professor Yasuhiro Matsuda 's lecture will address this topic, including questions such as: What is Japan's strategy here? What is the goal of Japan’s China policy? How can Sino-Japanese relations become more stable?


Professor Yasuhiro Matsuda (松田 康博) is a professor of international politics at the University of Tokyo, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia. He received his Ph.D. in law from Graduate School of Law at Keio University in Tokyo. He spent sixteen years in the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan Defense Agency (later, the Ministry of Defense), as an assistant and a senior research fellow. He moved to the Institute of Oriental Culture (later, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia) of the University of Tokyo in 2008. He specializes in the political and diplomatic history of Asia, politics and foreign relations in the PRC and Taiwan, the Cross-Strait Relations, and Japan’s foreign and security policies. He was a member of the Council on Security and Defense Capability in the New Era, the advisory group of the Prime Minister in 2010. He is the winner of the seventh Yasuhiro Nakasone Award of Excellence in 2011. He has published numerous books and articles in Japanese, English and Chinese. Recent publications in English include articles in journals such as The Journal of Social Science, SAIS Review, and the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Studies.


Friday 15 Mar


06:00pm – 08:00pm

Light refreshments will be offered from 6pm followed by the lecture starting at 6.30pm


Monash University Law Chambers (Auditorium)

555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

RSVPs (link here) are not required but registrations of interest are appreciated

For further information, please contact Professor Carolyn Stevens at carolyn.stevens@monash.edu