Dr. Guibourg Delamotte first presented her view on recent developments surrounding Japan's Defense Ministry and reform initiatives taken by Defense Minister Ishiba and the Iokibe-Tanaka Committee. She also refered to Japan's political situation, where no definite actions can possibly be taken to push any reform in this controversial area in the near future. The ensuing discussions with Mr. Robert Dujarric and the audience mostly centered around Japan's security environment with special emphasis on Japan's relations with China and the U.S.
Reference: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/newsite/main/news/specialevents/events_2008/events_080731.html Dr. Delamotte is a Japan specialist from Asia Centre, based at the Political Institute of Paris. She teaches International relations and Japanese politics at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Inalco) and is currently a Visiting Fellow at Temple University Japan's ICJS. A graduate of the Universities of Paris II (France) and of Oxford (UK), she studied International Relations at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences-po), whilst completing a Masters in Japanese at Inalco. In 2007, she completed a PhD on Japan's defense policy at the Paris-based School of Social Sciences (EHESS), with the highest honors.