“Disputed Territories and World Peace” – The 2nd Senkaku Islands Issue

Apr 18, 2021News

“Disputed Territories and World Peace” will consist of a series of speeches and discussions by leading intellectuals from various fields of specialization. The second event will be held following the series on September last year. China’s revised Maritime Police Law, which violates international law, went into effect on February 1.

Chinese Maritime Police vessels have long harassed and surprisingly recently driven away Japanese fishing boats operating peacefully in Japan’s waters and now they are armed and permitted to use force. With recent situations where freedom and democracy are challenged, it is important that democratic countries unite and commit to global security and peace.


Date: April 21, 2021, Wednesday

Time: 21:00 – 23:00 JST / 08:00 – 10:00 EDT

Venue: Imperial Hotel (speakers gathering)

On-line: Google Meet


Introduction, Ms. Nobue Mita, representative of Boston Global Forum Japan

Opening remarks, Mr. Tuan Anh Nguyen, CEO of BGF


Senkaku Islands Issue

Moderator: Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, president of Nakasone Peace Institute, former Ambassador of Japan to the United States, president of The America-Japan Society

*At the beginning of the conference: Speech (5 speaker)

*Q&A (Question from audiences)

Closing Remarks: Ms. Nobue Mita, representative of BGF Japan


  1. Ichiro Fujisaki (moderator)
  2. Shunji Yanai, Judge in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLS)
  3. Yasuhide Nakayama, State Minister of Defense; Japanese politician representing the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP); Former State Minister for Foreign Affairs; Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
  4. Nobukatsu Kanehara, Professor of Doshisha University in Kyoto; Former assistant chief cabinet secretary to PM. Abe; Former deputy secretary-general of the National Security Secretariat; Former diplomat.
  5. Robert D. Eldridge, Ph.D.; President, The Eldridge Think Tank; Former Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, G-7; Government and External Affairs, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Okinawa, Japan; Former Associate Professor, Osaka University School of International Public Policy.


Mr. Tsuneo Watanabe, Fellow of Sasagawa Peace Foundation, Adjunct fellow of CSIS, Former senior fellow of Tokyo Foundation.

Minister Theo Peters, Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Tokyo.

Ms. Margaret Hsiang, Political Military Unit Chief, U.S. Embassy Tokyo.

Mr. Shin Okabe, Editorial Writer, Former London bureau chief.

Mr. Peter Landers, Wall Street Journal, Tokyo bureau chief.

Prof. Koichi Hamada, Father of Abenomics, former economic adviser to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Emeritus Professor from Yale University.