Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
American General Bureau, The Asahi Shimbun
Japan's Security Posture toward North Korea and China
ICAS Winter Symposium: Humanity,
Peace and Security
February 13, 2007 Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Club Murrow Room
Washington DC 20045
We are pleased
to share with you that Yoichi Kao will address "Japan's Security Posture toward
North Korea and China" at the ICAS Winter Symposium 2007 on February 13, 2007 at the
National Press Club, Washington DC.
Yoichi Kato is bureau chief of the American
General Bureau of the Asahi Shimbun, one of the major daily newspapers in Japan.
He is based in Washington, DC. Prior to his current assignment, Yoichi was national
security correspondent at Asahi's Tokyo head office and reported extensively on
security issues in the Asia Pacific region. In this capacity he interviewed a number
of high ranking government officials in various countries, including the president
of Taiwan, Chen Shui Bian.
Yoichi was deputy editor of both the political and foreign
news department from 2002 to 2004 in Tokyo. From 2001 to 2002 he was a visiting
research fellow at both the Institute for National Strategic Studies/ National Defense
University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington,
His area of expertise is the national security policy of Japan and its alliance
with the United States. Prior to the researching position, Yoichi had been Asahi's
Washington political correspondent for three years starting in 1998. His areas of
responsibility included Japan-US security relations and domestic politics of the
United States. As a political correspondent in Washington, Yoichi covered all of
the major American domestic political events, from the Clinton impeachment to the
presidential elections of 2000. He has appeared on numerous American news programs
- including CNN, ABC's Nightline, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and C-SPAN - to provide
a Japanese perspective on the political events occurring in the United States. In
the realm of national security, Yoichi interviewed former Secretary of Defense William
Cohen three times, and has accompanied the Secretary on several trips to Asia. He
has spoken several times on Japan's national security strategy at the National War
College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Before he was assigned to
Washington, DC, Yoichi extensively covered Japanese politics and government policies,
specializing in the area of national security as a staff writer in the Political
News Department. His assignments in Tokyo included covering news from the Prime
Minister's Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan Defense Agency, the Liberal
Democratic Party, and the Social Democratic Party of Japan. In 1991, he completed
internships at the Washington, DC, bureau of the Baltimore Sun and in Florida with
the St. Petersburg Times. That year Yoichi also earned his Masters of Arts (MA)
in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts
University. Prior to joining the Asahi Shimbun, he graduated from Tokyo University
for Foreign Studies in 1981.
He is married and has a son and a daughter.
confirmed speakers include Daniel Glaser (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Terrorist
Financing and Financial Crimes, United States Department of Treasury),
Theresa Hitchens (Director, Center for Defense Information)
and Kim R Holmes (Vice President for Foreign Policy and Defense, and Director of
the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, The Heritage
Foundation). Confirmed discussants are
Byungki Kim (Vice Dean and Professor of International Studies, Korea University),
Don E Lee (Director, ICAS Liberty Foundation), Michael Marshall (Editor-in-Chief, United
Press International Washington Bureau Chief) and Larry Niksch (ICAS Fellow; Specialist
in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress).
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President