Perspectives on Japan-U.S. Security Relations

February 26, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Hawaii International Imin Conference Center, Wailana Room (Garden Level)

Please join us for a Public Seminar featuring Lt. General Koichiro Bansho (ret.), JGSDF

Drawing on his 35 years with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, retired Lieutenant General Koichiro Bansho will share his views on the Japan-U.S. military alliance. Bansho, a prominent leader during the Operation Iraqi Freedom reconstruction and the Operation Tomodachi disaster relief campaign, will share lessons learned from these joint Japan-U.S. operations that can inform future efforts to meet the challenges of cybersecurity, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and new security threats posed by revisionist states in the region and the world.

Lieutenant General Koichiro Bansho served as an officer in the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) for 35 years. In 2004, he commanded the first Japanese Contingent to Iraq, deployed in al-Samawah. In 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear disaster in Fukushima, he was assigned chief of the Japan-U.S. Bilateral Coordination Center for Operation Tomodachi, the first Japan-U.S bilateral disaster relief operation. In 2012 he became Vice Chief of Staff, JGSDF, and commander of the Western Army of Japan from 2013 to 2015. Retired since August 2015, he serves as senior adviser to the Marubeni Corporation and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the National Security Secretariat, Cabinet Secretariat.

Free admission. Limited seating.

Please RSVP by Feb. 23: 944-7111 or

UHM campus parking available for $6, payable at parking kiosk on East-West Road

Co-sponsored by: The Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu; East-West Center; Center for Japanese Studies (UHM); Pacific Forum/CSIS; and Japan-America Society of Hawaii
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Phone: 944-7111

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East-West Center, Mānoa Campus

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