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The Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF)

Time and Location

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2024 at 8pm (EST) (January 23rd 10am JST)


Dr. Garren Mulloy, an expert on the history of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF), will provide an introductory overview of the development of Japan’s military following World War II. Dr. Mulloy will also discuss his recent book Defenders of Japan, and examine the present and future roles of the JSDF in regional security across the Indo-Pacific.

Dr. Garren Mulloy is a Professor in the Faculty of International Relations and Graduate School of Asian Area Studies, Daito Bunka University, Saitama, Japan. His research has focused primarily upon Japanese security, having completed a PhD on Japan Self-Defense Forces’ overseas operations at Newcastle University (2011), and he has written on contemporary defence, security, diplomacy and related issues, as well as historical studies of Japan, the UK, and war memorialisation. His book, Defenders of Japan: The Post-Imperial Armed Forces, 1946-2016-A History (London: Hurst & Co./NY, Oxford University Press, 2021), combines historical and IR approaches, and he also co-edited with Catherine Jones (St. Andrews) East Asia, Peacekeeping Operations, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (Abingdon: Routledge, 2021). He has contributed book chapters, such as “Ordered to Disarm, Encouraged to Rearm: Japan’s Struggles with the Postwar”, in The Reconstruction of East Asia, 1945-65; Volume One: In the Ruins of the Japanese Empire: Imperial Violence, State Destruction, and the Reordering of Modern East Asia, edited by Barak Kushner and Andrew Levidis (Hong Kong University Press. 2020). Garren has twice been a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, focusing primarily upon how the UK and other states and institutions engage with Japanese Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) concepts. He is also researching a range of other issues, the most prominent being a project led by Catherine Jones (St. Andrews) on Oceans Governance and Maritime Security.

Questions are encouraged during the live event. Register here: Meeting Registration – Zoom.

This event will be recorded and archived on YCAPS’ YouTube channel Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies – YouTube.

For more information visit:
Japan Self Defense Forces
Series webpage: Know Japan – YCAPS

This event is supported through the Salary Assistance Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

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