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An Enhanced Agenda for US-Japan Partnership

2007–Present

September 16, 2011
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.



Project Publications

An Enhanced Agenda for US-Japan Partnership—Working Papers



Roundtable Report: Domestic Political Change and the Agenda for US-Japan Partnership

Project Activities

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.


Research Team

Senior advisor

Military-military and civil-military cooperation on nontraditional security

Energy, environment, and climate change

Human security aspects of global health and other development issues

Managing the international financial system

Regionalism in East Asia: Bilateralism and multilateralism