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Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 13:30 - 15:00

What is "Proactive Pacifism"? A supporter of Prime Minister Abe explains this new diplomatic slogan.

Michiko Hasegawa
Professor Emeritus of Saitama University
Language:The speech and Q&A will be in English

 A new diplomatic slogan has emerged under the Abe Administration -- Sekkyokuteki Heiwashugi -- which might be translated as "Proactive Pacifism" or, as the Foreign Ministry renders it, "Proactive Contributor to Peace." Some critics of the concept say that this prime minister has shown far more interest in the "proactive" part than the "pacifism" part of the slogan.

 Michiko Hasegawa, however, is a keen supporter of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to reshape Japanese diplomacy and to reenergize its regional and global role. She is a Professor Emeritus of Saitama University with a distinguished record of publications related to Japanese philosophy. Politically, she is a strong defender of prime ministerial visits to Yasukuni Shrine and a reexamination of postwar historical perceptions.

 Last year Professor Hasegawa was appointed to the NHK Board of Governors.

 Come to the Club and hear directly from a key intellectual activist associated with the philosophies driving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website(still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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