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US-Japan Relations in an Era of New Challenges

Roundtable Following Up on the New Shimoda Conference

April 7, 2011

 

April 7 2011 Rountable

On April 7, 2011, JCIE and the US-Japan Council co-sponsored a roundtable on Capitol Hill with US Congressional members and experts on US-Japan relations. This was organized as a follow up to the February 22 New Shimoda Conference organized by JCIE, which convened top leaders from Japan and the United States in Tokyo. Discussions centered on how to strengthen US-Japan relations in order to meet future challenges and how to create a more robust and meaningful partnership between the two countries.

The devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami, occuring just 17 days after the Shimoda Conference, only further reaffirmed the critical importance of efforts to reinvigorate US-Japanese dialogue and cooperation. The April 7 roundtable participants, including several US and Japanese leaders who attended the Shimoda Conference, shared some key findings from the conference and exchanged views on how to best move forward with these recommendations in light of the widespread changes to Japan and its relations with the rest of the world brought about by the recent disaster.

Summary of Discussion and Recommendations [PDF 192k]

Agenda

Opening Remarks

  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
  • Tadashi Yamamoto, President, JCIE

Comments

  • HE Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan to the United States

Future Priorities for U.S.-Japan Partnership

  • Kent Calder, Director, Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Reflections on U.S.-Japan Relations

Participating Congressional Members, including:
  • Hon. Daniel Inouye, Member, US Senate
  • Hon. Diana DeGette, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Hon. Tom Petri, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Hon. Susan Davis, Member, US House of Representatives
  • Hon. Mazie Hirono, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Hon. Greg Walden, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Hon. Jim McDermott, Member, U.S. House of Representative

Roundtable Discussion

Participants

Kent Calder

Director, Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, School of Advanced International Studies

Raelyn Campbell

Senior Program Officer, Asia-Pacific Region, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Patrick Cronin

Senior Advisor & Senior Director, Asia Program, Center for a New American Security

Susan Davis Member, US House of Representatives
Diana DeGette Member, US House of Representatives
Abe Denmark Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Gordon Flake Executive Director, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
Ellen Frost Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Ichiro Fujisaki Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America
James Gannon Executive Director, JCIE/USA
Carl Green Senior Advisor, Hitachi Corporation
Morton Halperin Senior Advisor, Open Society Institute
Irene Hirano Inouye President, US-Japan Council
Mazie Hirono Member, US House of Representatives
Susan Hubbard Senior Associate, JCIE/USA
Daniel Inouye Member, US Senate; Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee
Hideko Katsumata Managing Director and Executive Secretary, JCIE
Peter Kelley President, National Association of Japan America Societies
Dan Kliman Visiting Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Christopher LaFleur Vice Chairman, J.P. Morgan Securities Japan; former US Ambassador to Malaysia
Charles Lake Chairman, Aflac Japan
Mark Manyin Analyst in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service
Jim McDermott Member, US House of Representatives
Masashi Nishihara President, Research Institute for Peace and Security
Thomas Petri Member, US House of Representatives
Amy Searight Senior Policy Advisor, Asia Bureau, US Agency for International Development
Yuka Uchida Former Political Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
Greg Walden Member, US House of Representatives
Barbara Wanner Director, Senior Project Coordinator, US Asia Pacific Council/East-West Center
Taizo Yakushiji Research Counselor, Institute for International Policy Studies; Visiting Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies; Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Tadashi Yamamoto President, JCIE
Nobuaki Yasunaga Manager, US-Japan Research Institute

About Shimoda Conference

In 1967, the initial Shimoda Conference brought together top Japanese and American leaders from different walks of life for the first high-level policy dialogue between the two countries. Headlined by Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield and including emerging Japanese leaders such as future Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, it was the first dialogue to bring together American and Japanese leaders from politics, government, business, and academia for high-level policy discussions.