This is the third in a three-part series of a discussion between executives at the Asia Pacific Initiative (API) — research director Yuichi Hosoya, a professor at Faculty of Law, Keio University; Ken Jimbo, executive director for the Japan-U.S. Military Statesmen Forum and a professor at Keio University; and senior research fellow Kazuto Suzuki, a professor at the University of Tokyo — on geoeconomics surrounding the Russia-Ukraine war and changes in international order.

KS: In the last two parts, we discussed the characteristics of the Russia-Ukraine war, the role of the United Nations in the international order, deterrence capabilities and the effectiveness of economic sanctions.

In the final part, we would like to discuss Japan’s role and the direction it should head in amid expected changes in the international order after the end of the war. First, I would like to ask Dr. Hosoya, as a historian what do you think about the role of Japan in a historical context.