Quadrumvirate: Pacific Theater of the Cold War – Japan
Currently, in 1949, Japan finds itself in the wake of great turmoil and facing fundamental changes in its previously unchallenged political and social structure. Four years after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and two years after it has become a democratized state, Japan is at a turning point which may dictate the its future role in Asia and the world stage at large. The Cabinet of Japan must balance its alliances with the West, internal restoration from WWII, the intensifying of geo-political tension within Asia, namely between North Korea and South Korea as well as coming into its own from its imperial past. As a committee, it is our duty to ensure that the security, stability and interest of Japan is always held in the highest priority. So let us band together, and rally together for a more glorious Japan!
Topic A: Ensuring economic growth and internal social stability in Japan with a new political structure
Topic B: Allying with the United States to safeguard Japan’s influence and territory in Asia
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Letter from the Chair
Distinguished Delegates of the Cabinet of Japan:
Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Model United Nations Conference! My name is Victoria Li and I will be serving as the chair for Cabinet of Japan as we power through the power dynamic of post-war Asia. I am so excited to host you in Baltimore this coming February!
Throughout high school, I participated in national and international MUN conferences, including THIMUN Hague and Harvard MUN Conference. In addition, I have also helped organize the inaugural and second conference in my high school, Choate Rosemary Hall. I have gained experiences as a delegate, chair and organizer for MUN conferences in the past and am excited to see what you, as delegates, will bring to the Parliament table! Now, as a sophomore at Johns Hopkins pursuing a double major in International Studies, Sociology and a minor in Philosophy, I am honored to be a chair for JHUMUNC 2018. Model United Nations has allowed me to further pursue my passion with international affairs in a creative and fulfilling way! I hope that through rigorous, substantial and imaginative debate, this conference and all your MUN experiences can be empowering and inspiring.
At JHUMUNC 2017, I served as a crisis staffer for the Coalition of Pirates in a Quad specialized committee: Power in the Caribbean. Through that experience I found myself loving the fast-pace of the committee, the freedom of the direction of the committee and the general energy that is so characteristic of crisis committees in MUN. Outside of JHUMUNC, I am an associate of the Public Relations Committee of the Foreign Affairs Symposium, involved in Greek Life and works with THREAD.
The Cabinet of Japan Committee is of appointed Cabinet Ministers, military and political advisors and is led by the Prime Minister of Japan. Vested in the Cabinet of Japan is an executive power unseen in other constitutional monarchies, including the execution of the law, conducting foreign affairs and other appointments and budget planning. The Diet appoints the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister in term appoints and can dismiss Ministers. Together, with these powers vested by the Constitution, as a committee we are tasked with the imperative task of rebuilding Japan in the wake of a traumatic war, balancing alliances with the West and being watchful of growing geo-political tensions within Asia.
Feel free to reach out to me should you have any concerns or questions about the committee, the topic or MUN in general! I look forward to meeting every single one of you!
See you in February,
Chair, Quadrumvirate: 1949 Pacific Theater of the Cold War (Japan)
Johns Hopkins University 2020