Okinawa Prefectural Government hires Yukie Yoshikawa as a senior research fellow in a new division to study Japan-U.S. security issues

Okinawa Prefectural Government hires Yukie Yoshikawa as a senior research fellow in a new division to study Japan-U.S. security issues

At the Okinawa Prefectural Office on March 1, the head of the Executive Office of the Governor, Susumu Matayoshi (left), delivers the letter of appointment to Yoshikawa.


March 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has hired Yukie Yoshikawa as a senior research fellow in the Regional Security Policy Division (provisional name), the new division to conduct research and gather information about Japan-U.S. security issues, which will be established in the Executive Office of the Governor in April. The OPG entered into an employment agreement with her on March 1.

The head of the Executive Office of the Governor, Susumu Matayoshi and Yoshikawa are scheduled to visit the United States for about one week from March 9 to meet intellectuals there. Matayoshi intends to invite them to participate in a discussion session with experts on security issues that will be held by the new division.

Yoshikawa will belong to the Military Base Affairs Division until the end of this month and will be engaged in the preliminary work to establish the new division.

A senior fellow at the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Yoshikawa intends to use her network in the United States to conduct research and gather information about Japan-U.S. security issues. With regard to the issues of the return and relocation of Futenma Air Station, she said, “I would like to go further than simply discussing where the base should be relocated. I would like to consider how to solve these issues on the basis of Japan’s defense and security arrangements in East Asia in general.”

During their stay in the United States, Matayoshi and Yoshikawa intend to gather information on the U.S. government’s movements regarding the review of the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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