Asia Pacific Security Seminar

The National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) has sponsored the Asia-Pacific Security Seminar (APSS) since 1994. The APSS is held annually and countries in the Asia Pacific region are invited to send military officers (usually LTCOL or COL level) to the APSS to exchange views on various security issues of mutual strategic interest. The key aim of the APSS is to deepen mutual understanding and build trust among regional partners.


The 14th APSS November12-16, 2007

Theme
"Prospects for Regional Security Cooperation- Confidence Building Measures and Security Frameworks in the Asia-Pacific Region"

Participated countries:20
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Kingdom of Cambodia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao people’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Union of Myanmar, New Zealand, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of the Philippines, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America

Keynote speaker
Dr. Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security

Chairperson’s Summary
Japanese·English

Study tour
JGSDF Central Readiness Force, Historic sites in Kamakura.

The 13th APSS November14-20, 2006

Theme
"Military in Transition and Asia-Pacific Security"

Topic I : Emerging New Threats Their Implications for National Defense Policy
Topic II : International Peace Operations
Topic III : Addressing Diversity Through Leadership, Organization and management

Participated countries:21
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Kingdom of Cambodia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao people’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Union of Myanmar, New Zealand, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of the Philippines, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America , Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Keynote speaker
Professor Yozo Yokota, Chuo University Law School, Special Advisor to the Rector of United Nations University

Chairperson’s Summary
Japanese·English

Study tour
ASDF1stAirWing. Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Panasonic Center Tokyo. Historic sites in Kyoto.

The 12th APSS November15-21, 2005

Theme
"Promotion of Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region"
(Focused on disaster relief and post-conflict reconstruction)

Participated countries:20
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Kingdom of Cambodia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao people’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Union of Myanmar, New Zealand, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of the Philippines, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America

Keynote speaker
Professor Kenji Isezaki, Graduate School of Social Design Studies, Rikkyo University,
District Administrator (Governor) in Cova Lima, United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET)

Chairperson’s Summary
Japanese·English

Study tour
Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution. Asia Disaster Reduction Center. Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Panasonic Center Tokyo. Historic sites in Kyoto.

The 11th APSS November17-22,2004

Theme
"Promotion of Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region"
(Focused on terrorism and nonproliferation of WMD)

Participated countries:20
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Kingdom of Cambodia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao people’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Union of Myanmar, New Zealand, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Keynote speaker
Professor Yasushi AKASHI, former U.N Under-Secretary General

Chairperson’s Summary
Japanese·English

Study tour
ASDF 1st Air Wing. Historic sites in Kyoto.

The 10th APSS November17-28, 2003

Theme
"Promotion of Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region"
(Focused on traditional military or security roles, counter-terrorism, military exercises, relationship between police and the military)

Participated countries:18
Australia, Kingdom of Cambodia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao people’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Union of Myanmar, New Zealand, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America

Keynote speaker
Professor Keizo TAKEMI, Member of the House of Councilors

Chairperson’s Summary
Japanese·English

Study tour
ASDF 1st Air Wing. Historic sites in Kyoto.

The 9th APSS November25-December5, 2002

Theme
"Peace keeping operations of the participating countries"
"Confidence-Building and Security Framework in the Asia-Pacific"

Participated countries:18
Australia, Kingdom of Cambodia, Canada, India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao people’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Union of Myanmar, New Zealand, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Keynote speaker
Professor Seiicihiro TAKAGI, Director 2ndResearch Dept.

Study tour
JGSDF Fuji School. JASDF 1st Air Wing. JMSDF 1st Service School. JDS Akebono (DD-108). Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Historic Sites in Kyoto.

The 8th APSS November26-December 6, 2001

Theme
"Security Framework in the Asia-Pacific Region"
"Security Outlook and Defense Policy of Participating Countries"

Participated countries:19
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Kingdom of Cambodia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao people’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Union of Myanmar, New Zealand, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Keynote speaker
Professor Seiichiro TAKAGI, Director 2ndResearch Dept.

Study tour
GSDF Fuji School. ASDF 1st Air Wing. Shimazu Corporation. Honda Motor,Co. DLtd.. Sony Media World.

The 7th APSS November27-December 8, 2000

Theme
"Security Framework in the Asia-Pacific Region"
"Defense Policy of Participating Countries"

Participated countries:19
Australia, Kingdom of Cambodia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao people’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Union of Myanmar, New Zealand, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Keynote speaker
Professor Seiichiro TAKAGI, Director 2nd Research Dept.

Study tour
GSDF Fuji School. ASDF 1st Air Wing. Kyocera Corporation.

The 6th APSS November 8-20, 1999

Theme
"Defense Policy of Participating Countries"
"Promoting Confidence-Building in the Asia-Pacific"

Participated countries:19
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Kingdom of Cambodia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao people’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Union of Myanmar, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Keynote speaker
Professor Masashi NISHIHARA National Defense Academy

Study tour
GSDF Fuji School. MSDF Self Defense Fleet Head Quarters. ASDF 1ST Air Wing.

The 5th APSS November12 -2,1998

Theme
"Defense Policy of Participating Countries"
"Promoting Confidence-Building in the Asia-Pacific"

Participated countries:19
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao people’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Union of Myanmar, New Zealand, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Keynote speaker
Mr. Masahiro Akiyama, Administrative Vice Minister
Professor Masashi NISHIHARA, National Defense Academy

Study tour
Technical Research and Development Institute3rd Research Center. GSDF Fuji School. MSDF Self Defense Fleet Head Quarters. ASDF 1st Air Wing.

The 4th APSS November7-19, 1997

Theme
"Defense Policy of Participating Countries"
"Security Environment in the Post-Cold War Asia-Pacific"
"Confidence Building in the Asia-Pacific"

Participated countries:16
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Union of Myanmar, New Zealand, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Keynote speaker
Mr. Masahiro Akiyama, Administrative Vice Minister
Professor Masashi NISHIHARA, National Defense Academy

Study tour
National Defense Academy. GSDF Fuji School. MSDF Self Defense Fleet. ASDF 1st Air Wing.

The 3rd APSS October 10-24, 1996

Theme
"Defense Policy of Participating Countries"
"Regional Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific"
"Security in the Asia-Pacific and the US-Japan Relationship"

Participated countries:15
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Study tour
GSDF Fuji School. MSDF Self Defense Fleet Head Quarters. ASDF 1st Air Wing. Matsushita Electric Co Industrial ,Ltd.

The 2nd APSS November10-22, 1995

Theme
"The Current and Future Defense Policies"
"Promoting Mutual Understanding of Defense Policies"
"Making Military Activities Transparent"
"Managing Regional Arms Transfer"

Participated countries:16
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Study tour
GSDF Fuji School. MSDF Self Defense Fleet Head Quarters. ASDF 1st Air Wing, Hitachi Ltd.

The 1st APSS December,2-16, 1994

Theme
"Defense Policy of Participating Countries"
"The Korean Peninsula and Regional Security"
"Promoting Regional Security Cooperation"

Participated countries:13
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, United States of America

Study tour
National Defense Academy. GSDF Fuji School. MSDF Self Defense Fleet Head Quarters. ASDF 8th Air Wing. Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.

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