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Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 12:00 - 14:00

Co-Authors of "Okinawa Solution"
Mike M. Mochizuki
Professor, George Washington University
Akikazu Hashimoto
Project Professor, J.F. Oberlin University
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

 A big showdown between the Okinawa prefectural and central governments is looming over the Japan-U.S. plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within the prefecture.

 Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga is spearheading the campaign at home and abroad against the plan to build a replacement facility in the Henoko coastal area of Nago and calling for the Futenma air base to be relocated out of his southern island prefecture. At the same time, he said at a news conference at the club last month that he recognizes the significance of protecting Japan from China.

 Mike Mochizuki, Japan-U.S. Relations Professor at George Washington University, and Akikazu Hashimoto, Project Professor at J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, co-chaired the “Okinawa Question” project over a decade. In their new book titled "Okinawa Solution," they suggest proposals to overcome the current stalemate "so that the Futenma air base can be closed as soon as possible.” The two professors will come to the club to elaborate on their perspectives and ideas.

 After earning a PhD. from Harvard University, Mochizuki served as co-director of the Center for Asia-Pacific Policy at RAND and was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. At George Washington, he was director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies from 2001 to 2005 before assuming the post of associate dean of the Elliott School from 2010 to 2015. His recent books include The Okinawa Question: Futenma, the US-Japan Alliance, and Regional Security and China’s Military and the US-Japan Alliance in 2030: A Strategic Net Assessment.

 Hashimoto received a PhD. from Keio University and later served as a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California in 1993-94. He was a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy from 1997 to 2007. A specialist of the quantitative analysis of politics, he is known as the first man to develop and apply the concept of “unaffiliated voters” for understanding electoral politics in Japan.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/members' guest is 1,750/2,700 yen; non-members including guest-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu: assorted crumbled seafood with vichyssoise.) Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:25.

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Mike Mochizuki                       Akikazu Hashimoto

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