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Key Themes


Key Themes

Held in Tokyo, the DSEI Japan conference will examine the key issues faced by the countries of the Indo-Pacific region as they work to promote stabilization and cooperation between nations.

With a record-breaking increase in the Japanese defence budget to $46 billion, Japan’s engagement with external partners is set to increase dramatically. The revitalisation of their military forces, bringing them to the forefront regional capabilities, necessitates greater communication with international trading partners. It also poses significant challenges around achieving operational capability in key areas, and ensuring interoperability with existing platforms and allies.

Responding to this new growth, DSEI Japan 2021 will examine the challenges of delivery security in Asia and its surrounding waters. This encompasses alliances and cooperation both within the region and further afield.

What To Expect

The DSEI Japan 2019 Conference featured 45 world-leading experts from 11 countries and attracted nearly 1,400 delegates with over 20 hours of content across 3 days. 68% of those surveyed said they would definitely attend future editions of the conference.

DSEI Japan is a peer reviewed conference. Technical, policy and conceptual papers from across the research and development community are represented, along with those from the defence and security military and other user communities. 

Sessions will be presented in both Japanese and English, with dual translation available.

Conference Overview

The conference will examine the most pressing security challenges to nations and militaries of the Indo-Pacific, and how we can develop and deploy emerging technologies to attain and maintain a competitive edge in defence capability.

Discussions will also consider how developments in established technologies are forging new ways of employing capabilities with the more traditional disciplines of missile defence and maritime strategy. This includes an assessment of modular design and deployment of capability, the balance of investment in new/replacement programmes, the fit-for-purpose status and resiliency of existing platforms to meet the harsh reality of the future operating environment.

These challenges are not unique to the Indo-Pacific, and the development of deeper alliances with Southeast Asia and Europe is vital for enabling cost-effective and efficient solutions. There is much to be gained from technological exchange, but challenges remain on how to effectively do business with Japanese companies on an international stage. 

This is an unprecedented time for the Japanese defence industry, an industry primed and ready to surge to the forefront of the global defence trade. Led by the Executive Committee, consisting of many of those responsible for the opening of these commerce channels, this conference represents an unmissable opportunity to discover how global industry can capitalise on these developments.