Japan’s Strategic Communications – an International Workshop

Japan’s Strategic Communications

2-3 March 2018

On March 2 and 3 a workshop was held at King’s College London on Japan’s Strategic Communications, with the support of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Toshiba International Foundation.

The workshop was organized by Giulio Pugliese through King’s Japan Centre and pursued the following goals: a) it explored the historical roots of Japan’s Strategic Communications, from the pre-war to the Cold War period; b) it assessed the changes in the post-Cold War, especially under the Abe administration, with emphasis on strategic narratives; c) it dissected the drivers of contemporary Japanese strategic communications, both domestic and international; d) it analysed Japan’s push in funding universities, think-tanks and new institutions, such as the incoming Japan House. The project has involved King’s Centre for Strategic Communications, which was the ideal venue and source of expertise for this workshop. Led by internationally renowned experts from the Department of War Studies and partners from the policy and practitioner communities, the Centre provides practical solutions to contemporary communications challenges rooted in cutting-edge academic research. The Centre is teaming up with its nascent equivalent in Tokyo University’s Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) under the leadership of Prof. Aoi Chiyuki. The workshop has taken place over the course of two days and included a wide range of participants: practitioners in charge of strategic communications for large governmental actors (Breakthrough Media, King’s Centre for Strategic Communications, Japan Ministry of Defense), Japanese journalists (Nikkei Shinbun, Yomiuri Shinbun), established and young academics from Japan and elsewhere (Tokyo University, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kobe University, and Lund University among others), think-tankers from across Europe (IAI, IFRI and ISPI) and academics and an FCO analyst in charge of Japan and East Asia. Several participants actively collaborate with Asia Maior, Italy’s main academic venue devoted to the study of contemporary Asia. Each participant engaged in discussion under Chatham House rules and managed to learn substantially from a variety of perspectives on the points mentioned above.


Foe more detail about the workshop, please contact Dr. Giulio Pugliese.