An Enhanced Agenda for US-Japan Partnership
September 16, 2011, project roundtable at
the German Marshall Fund in Washington DC
The wide-ranging developments that have begun to reshape Asia in recent years are driving the evolution of new regional relationships and institutions, and it seems clear that these will ultimately necessitate fundamental adjustments to the US-Japan relationship. For this reason, JCIE and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership undertook a study to explore how bilateral cooperation can be deepened in order to face common challenges, strengthen regional and global stability and prosperity, and, ultimately, make the US-Japan alliance more robust and versatile. This project convenes promising, young Japanese and American experts to survey Japanese and US policy on five key issue areas, identify areas of potential divergence and convergence, and examine where deeper bilateral cooperation or coordination may be natural and potentially make a meaningful regional or global contribution.
- An Enhanced Regional Architecture for East Asia— Satoru Mori [PDF 466k]
- US-Japan Cooperation on the Reform of International Organizations—Phillip Lipscy [PDF 615k]
- A New Framework for US-Japan Development Cooperation—James Gannon [PDF 608k]
- Freedom of Navigation and the US-Japan Alliance—Tetsuo Kotani [PDF 360k]
- Revitalizing US-Japan Collaboration on Global Health—Eriko Sase & Susan Hubbard [PDF 416k]
- The Rise of China and the Changing Regional Security Architecture—Ryo Sahashi [PDF 487k]
Roundtable Report: Domestic Political Change and the Agenda for US-Japan Partnership
The study team made preliminary presentations at a full-day workshop in New York on February 25, 2008, where Hitoshi Tanaka, JCIE senior fellow and former deputy foreign minister, drew on his experience to offer commentary on the considerations that a senior policymaker would need to weigh in each issue area. On February 26–27, the study team then took part in a visit program including a series of meetings with senior foreign policy analysts, scholars, former US policymakers, presidential campaign advisors, and Congressional staff on various aspects of US-Japan relations.
On January 9–11, 2009, the study team came together again for several days of programs in Tokyo and Shimoda. On January 9, the study team participated in a roundtable with foreign ministry officials entitled "Global Challenges and Japan’s Strategy" and had a series of meetings with experts on US-Japan relations. The study group then traveled to Shimoda, site of the historic Shimoda Conference, for a two-day workshop where each participant made an in-depth presentation on the progress of their research since the last study group meeting.
On September 16, 2011, several members of the project team, including Tetsuo Kotani, John Park, Ryo Sahashi, James Gannon, and Llewellyn Hughes, reconvened in Washington DC for a roundtable discussion on "Domestic Political Change and the Agenda for US-Japan Partnership" co-hosted by JCIE and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Bringing together more than 20 participants, the roundtable explored recent changes in the US and Japanese political landscapes and the resulting impacts on US-Japan relations in a number of functional areas, such as fiscal policy, disaster management strategies, nuclear and energy policy, and military cooperation.
- Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, JCIE
Military-military and civil-military cooperation on nontraditional security
- Tetsuo Kotani, Special Research Fellow, Okazaki Institute
- John Park, Senior Program Officer (Northeast Asia), Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, United States Institute of Peace
Energy, environment, and climate change
- Llewelyn Hughes, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
- Shoichi Itoh, Visiting Fellow, Russia & Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS); Senior Researcher, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
Human security aspects of global health and other development issues
- James Gannon, Executive Director, JCIE/USA
- Eriko Sase, Lecturer, Department of Community and Global Health, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Japan
Managing the international financial system
- Yuko Hashimoto, Economist, International Monetary Fund; Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Toyo University
Regionalism in East Asia: Bilateralism and multilateralism
- Phillip Lipscy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
- Satoru Mori, Professor, Faculty of Law, Hosei University
- Ryo Sahashi, Tokyo Foundation-German Marshall Fund Partnership Fellow;
- Research Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Associate Professor, Kanagawa University