Reflections on Japan (Video Interview with Sir David Warren)

Memo #212

Featuring Sir David Warren – David.Warren [at] japansociety.org.uk

(Source: The Harvard Club)

Recent territorial disputes point to tensions in the relationship between Japan and China. Competition extends beyond issues of history and territorial assertions to competition for resources and influence.  Yet it is increasingly recognized that Japan and China are crucial to each other.

Sir David Warren served as British Ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012. He offers his insights into the complex relationship between two major regional powers.

Economic development is a key factor in the evolving relationship, at once fostering a sense of interdependence and competition. China is a market for Japanese goods, and a source and centre for investment. Chinese economic successes however sit in stark juxtaposition to Japanese economic stagnation. There is detectable concern over long term interests and strategic objectives, manifested to a degree in policies on areas as diverse as Free Trade and Cyber Security.

Reflections on Japan – November, 2012 (6:46 min)

 

Sir David Warren served as British Ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012. He is currently chairman of The Japan Society of the UK.

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