Japan’s Strategic Communications – an International Workshop 2

Japan's Strategic Communications

11-12 January 2019

The workshop was organized by Dr. Giulio Pugliese, with the support of Dr. Aurelio Insisa from Hong Kong University. The workshop consisted of a variety of experts, practitioners and members of news media from Japan and China.

The workshop developed work from the previous year’s workshop but focused more decisively on Japan-China relations, Japanese and Chinese strategic communications, and state security understandings of strategic communications.

The workshop: a) explored the relationship between the executive and (traditional and digital) news media in Japan and China to better dissect domestic information landscapes; b) assessed changes in post-Cold War government-sponsored strategic communications, particularly under the Abe and Xi administrations with emphasis on strategic narratives aimed at domestic and international audiences; c) dissected the drivers of contemporary strategic communications with specific reference to hybrid strategy, intelligence, influence operations, and counter-intelligence; d) aimed to understand China’s and Japan’s push to fund universities, think-tanks and new institutions, as well as the  role of those Chinese and Japanese think tanks in aiding the two governments’ strategic communications ambitions; e) elaborated ill-defined concepts of Chinese “sharp power” and “authoritarian influence” to gauge Beijing’s effective engagement –or lack thereof—in aggressive influence operations and popular discourses.

The project involved King’s Japan Programme, led by Dr. Alessio Patalano; the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC) headed by Dr. Neville Bolt; and Dr Peter Busch from the Department of War Studies.