Presentation by Ambassador Okuda at the University of Toronto
On April 10th, Ambassador Okuda delivered a lecture on “The Abe Administration’s Foreign and Economic Policy” at the Munk School of Global Affairs’ Asian Institute, at the University of Toronto.
More than 90 people attended the presentation, including professors, University of Toronto students, members of the Japanese Community and the general public of Toronto.
Following an introduction by Dr. Takashi Fujitani, Dr. David Chu Professor and Director in Asia Pacific Studies, and Professor of History at University of Toronto, Ambassador Okuda gave a presentation aimed at providing greater insight into Prime Minister Abe’s Foreign and Economic Policy. In first half of his presentation, Ambassador Okuda explained the National Security Strategy adopted by the Government of Japan last December, focusing on the motivations of the Government of Japan to review the country’s security policy, notably the security environment surrounding Japan and the constraints on the activities of Japanese Self Defense Forces under the Japanese Constitution. In the second half of the presentation, Ambassador Okuda explained the economic policy of the Abe administration, focusing on the structural reforms being made under the “Third Arrow” of so-called “Abenomics”.
After the presentation, Ambassador Okuda answered a wide range of questions from students and faculty touching on Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, Japan’s energy policy and the recent visit to Canada by Prime Minister Abe.