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21 - 23 MAY 2025

DSEI Japan 2023 Conference


The Approach of the commonwealth values to the Indo-Pacific region and Japan's Response "Specific measures to maintain and strengthen an open and stable maritime order

17 Mar 2023
  1. Pursuing "specific measures to maintain and strengthen an open and stable maritime order" to ensure freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region, which is an important issue for the security of Japan as a maritime nation.
  2. In view of the dynamically changing security environment surrounding the Indo-Pacific region, including Russia's invasion of Ukraine and China's intensified military pressure on Taiwan, we closely monitor "Security in the Indo-Pacific", which is an important theme for realizing Japan's revised National Security Strategy, etc.
  3. Clarifying security issues in the Indo-Pacific region from the perspective of Western countries, sharing Japan's initiatives in the region and the challenges inherent in them, and discussing specific measures to resolve these issues.

➡ Pursuing the specific measures necessary to maintain and strengthen anopen and stable maritime order by clarifying the current situation and problems in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly with regard to the maritime order, and sharing the security challenges inherent in the region.

Contents of Discussion:

  • Pacific Island Countries to China and measures ofNeighboring Countries

            ・ Impacts of Russia's invasion into Ukraine on the international society

            ・ Naval expansion into Indo-Pacific by the navies of European countries including the U.K.

  • Challenges in maintaining and strengthening the maritime order in the Indo-Pacific sea area

            ・ The Actual threat existing in the Sea Line of Communication, the main economic artery.

            ・ The Future of the strengthened U.S.-Japan alliance and deployment of U.S. Forces which bear the brunt of U.S.-China Relations

            ・ Military balance between China with expanding growth and the U.S. and its allies

            ・ New Missile deployment status and post-INF missile defense

            ・ Deployment of China's aircraft carriers, Amphibious ships, etc. in the South China Sea and response of neighboring countries

            ・ China's submarine development and its status

            ・ Collapse of the moratorium on the use of tactical nuclear weapons

  • Security strategies of the countries related in the Indo-Pacific

            ・ Strategies of Japan Maritime Security based on the results of the revision of the three documents

            ・ Shared responsibilities between the U.S. and Japan for a free and open Indo-Pacific

            ・ Quad's specific measures based on the Japan-U.S. alliance

            ・ Specific cooperation with the U.K., Germany, France and other European countries

            ・ Initiatives to stimulate discussion on maritime security

            ・ Cooperation with ASEAN countries and the tasks to be achieved by the countries concerned

            ・ Establishment of the necessary framework for marine domain awareness (MDA)

➡ Discussions will focus on maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, with active duty naval Admirals from three countries, the U.K., representing Europe, the U.S., and Japan. These Admirals are selected to facilitate discussions on the topic.

➡ At the beginning of the 1 and a half hour session, there will be approximately 5 minutes for greetings and self-introductions, followed by a 15-minute presentation by each speaker, and approximately 30 minutes of discussion, including Q&A sessions from the audience.


Hiroshi YAMAMURA, 元海上幕僚長