【Proposal】 “Toward the realization of a seamless security system: What Japan should do to ensure the stability of East Asia in the face of the intensifying U.S.-China leadership competition”
“Toward the realization of a seamless security system: What Japan should do to ensure the stability of East Asia in the face of the intensifying U.S.-China leadership competition”
1.Review the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance.
In review of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement, application of Japan's domestic laws and adequate information disclosure should be demanded.
Review of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement should be considered in all possible ways, including revising the Agreement and changing its operation and interpretation.
An environment should be created in which the Japanese citizens can freely discuss the Japan-U.S. alliance and the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement.
2. Strengthen the partnerships, closeness, and expansion of relationships with allies, the Quad, and other countries that share fundamental values and have geographic and historical ties to the Indo-Pacific region.
The Quad should strengthen multifaceted and multi-layered relationships that go beyond military affairs and security.
Japan should promote more the "Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy" as a maritime power.
3. Establish a cooperation system beyond industrial boundaries from the perspective of "economic security."
The Japanese government should understand and publicly disclose the actual situation regarding economic security.
Establishment of a system for information sharing and cooperation beyond industrial boundaries should be promoted in Japan.
4. Enhance cyber security by both the public and private sectors.
A specialized government agency that oversees and holds responsibility for cyber security for the entire country should be established as soon as possible.
The public and private sectors should work together to raise the level of digital resilience of private companies.
Committee on National Security,
Kansai Association of Corporate Executives
(Kansai Keizai Doyukai)
May 17, 2021