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Sun & Star | U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force since the end of WWII

Wednesday, March 20 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join us for a reception and discussion, “U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force since the end of WWII,”  featuring Professor Naoyuki Agawa and Admiral Tomohisa Takei March 20.


Prof. Naoyuki Agawa is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Doshisha University in Kyoto, teaching American constitutional history and law as a member of the Faculty of Law. Prior to joining the university in April 2016, he was a professor of Keio University from April 1999 through March 2016, where he served as Vice President, International, between 2009 and 2013 and Dean of the Faculty of Policy Management between 2007 and 2009. Mr. Agawa served as Minister for Public Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. (2002 – 2005). Mr. Agawa was also Of Counsel to the law firm of Nishimura & Partners (1996 – 2002), associate and Asian Partner of the law firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo (1987 -1995) and Sullivan & Cromwell (1984 -1985) and a member of the Legal Department of Sony Corporation (1977 – 1987). He is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and the District of Columbia. Mr. Agawa is a graduate of the Law School (JD, 1984) and the School of Foreign Service (BSFS, magna cum laude, 1977) of Georgetown University. Mr. Agawa’s books include: The Birth of an American Lawyer, The Friendship on the Sea, and American History Through the United States Constitution (for which he received the Yomiuri-Yoshino Sakuzo Award in 2005), and Constitutional Revisions and Changes in the United States.

Admiral Tomohisa Takei, Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished International Fellow, U.S. Naval War College

ADM Takei joined the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in 1979 after graduated the Japan National Defense Academy. He assumed the duties as the 32nd Chief of Maritime Staff, JMSDF in October 2014 and retired from service in December 2016 after a 38 year career as a JMSDF officer. ADM Takei was a Surface Warfare Officer and specialized in Weapon Systems. In his early career, he served mainly on Guided Missile Destroyers (DDG). He commanded JS Ishikari (DE226) in 1997. He assumed command of Escort Division One in 2001 after several shore assignments. As a Flag Officer, ADM Takei served as the Deputy Director General of the Administration Department of the Maritime Staff Office (MSO) in 2004, and in 2006 as the first Director General of C4I System Department (J6) of the Joint Staff Office. In 2008, he was the Chief of Staff for the Commandant of the Kure District, and in 2008 the Director General of Operations and Plans Department (N3/N5) of MSO. Admiral Takei commanded the initial stage of HA/DR Operations in response to the Great East Japan Earth Quake in March 2011 as Commandant of the Ominato District of JMSDF. Later, he served as Vice Chief of Maritime Staff of JMSDF and in 2012 he was the Commandant of JMSDF’s Yokosuka District. ADM Takei has a Master’s Degree in Regional Studies from the University of Tsukuba and is a graduate of the Naval Command College of the U.S. Naval War College, class of 1999. ADM Takei was awarded the Legion of Merit from the U.S. four times, and is a recipient of the Legión de Honor (Officie) from France and Legion of Merit from Turkey. ADM Takei is a native of Nagano Prefecture, currently lives in Chiba Prefecture


Hiroki TakeuchiAssociate Professor, Director of the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia, SMU.


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This event is co-sponsored by Japan Airlines and is in partnership with the Japan-America Society of Dallas-Fort Worth



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