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Conference Overview

Conference Overview


The DSEI Japan Conference explores the relationship between foreign policy, military capability, and developments in key emerging technologies, and their impact on security in the Indo-Pacific, featuring senior government and military leaders from Japan and its global allies.

With another record-breaking increase in the Japanese defence budget, 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 engagement 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 examined the latest considerations and challenges of delivering security in the Indo-Pacific, including the role of alliances and cooperation both within the region and further afield.




Conference Overview

The ‘Indo-Pacific Century’ is now well underway, with the rise of China and India leading a new era of global prominence for the region. As this century of rapid growth and development continues, the region faces a number of considerable security challenges that will have a significant impact on the shape of the future world order.

In such a geo-politically unstable environment, Japan and its allies have renewed their commitment to upholding the “rules-based international order” that has underpinned global military and foreign affairs since the Cold War, but is now being challenged by an increasingly assertive China. With a new government in Tokyo, keen to share their vision for the future of the Indo-Pacific, the DSEI Japan 2023 Conference represented an unmissable opportunity to discover how global partners and industry can enable this vision.

These challenges are not unique to the Indo-Pacific, and the development of deeper alliances with partners in Asia and Europe are 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. 

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

  • These are important issues and it was a pleasure to be able to participate; my thanks to you for the opportunity.
    Rear Admiral Robert Girrier
    President – Pacific Forum
  • I truly enjoyed it. Nicely done the entire event.
    General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle
    President & CEO – National Defence Industrial Association
  • I believe the event was immensely successful. The fact that it was the first DSEI held outside England speaks for itself. I also hope the organizers and the key members of the conference found the discussion as stimulating and valuable as I did.
    Go Hashimoto
    Registered Foreign Lawyer - Atsumi & Sakai
  • I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to attend DSEI-Japan. The world-class speakers provided invaluable comments and observations on numerous vital topics, ensuring every attendee left the conference armed with critical knowledge. I look forward to the next DSEI and the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals.
    Captain Nick Millward
    Infantry Officer, United States Marine Corps
  • I very much benefited and enjoyed my experience at DSEI Japan. The conference included excellent speakers in a well-organized set of panels and the industry floor had an impressive array of representatives. I came away smarter on the issues and with an invaluable stack of new contacts!
    John Bradford
    President, Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies
  • DSEI brought industry, policy, and strategic leaders together in a collaborative forum to discuss regional security issues, for the first time in Japan. This was a pivotal event, signalling Japan as a leader in defense technology and security partnership. Certainly, more events like this will occur as the 'Pacific Century' unfolds and Japan grows into its role as a pillar of regional stability.
    Tim Haffner
    J54 Strategic Relations Officer, US Forces Japan

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.

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