A Special Seminar on Japanese Maritime Policy and ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy’ was held on 26 September 2018, jointly organized by the EASC and the Embassy of Japan, Dhaka. The key note speaker of the seminar was Professor Atsuko Kanehara, Faculty of law, Sophia University, Japan. Professor Imtiaz Ahmed and Dr. Niloy Ranjan Biswas, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka were the respected discussants in the Seminar. Professor Dr. Sadeka Halim, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Dhaka graced the event as the Guest of Honor. Mr. Takeshi Ito, the Embassy of Japan, Dhaka and Professor Dr. Delwar Hossain, Director, the East Asia Study Center, delivered the welcome addresses at the outset of the lecture. Professor Hossain moderated the discussion and Q&A sessions and delivered the vote of thanks.
The speaker introduced Japan’s recent development regarding its ocean policies, and under this context she focuses on the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy. Japan adopted the Third Basic Plan on Ocean Policy as a cabinet decision on the 15th of May in 2018. Since Japan enacted the Basic Act on Ocean Policy in 2007, as related legislative measures that Japan has taken, the Basic Plan was adopted in 2009 and it has been reviewed and updated every 5 years. This year, 2018, the Third Basic Plan was adopted. The preeminent characteristic in the Third Basic Plan is its wide understanding of maritime security. To achieve the goal of maritime security of Japan, overarching range of policies need to be firmly realized. Under this context, the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy will be touched upon.