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New Shimoda Conference

Revitalizing Japan-US Strategic Partnership for a Changing World

February 22, 2011

On February 22, the "New Shimoda Conference" convened top leaders from Japan and the United States in Tokyo to discuss how to strengthen Japan-US relations at a crucial point in our bilateral relations. Participants consisted of senior figures and promising, emerging leaders from politics, business, and the policy community. At a time when US-Japan parliamentary dialogue has waned, this included a six-member delegation of US Congressional members—one of the largest Congressional delegations to visit Japan in recent years—as well as leading Diet members from all of the major political parties.

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. This meeting and JCIE's subsequent "Shimoda Conferences," which were held at important turning points in US-Japan relations, came to be seen as a symbol of Japan's emergence on the international stage and as the starting point for a more equal and vibrant partnership with the United States. With US-Japan relations at another critical turning point, the New Shimoda Conference was intended to help build new momentum for both countries to rededicate themselves to investing in the long-term future of the bilateral relationship and to expand their joint regional and global contributions. The conference was convened on the occasion of JCIE's 40th anniversary.

 
(from left to right) Keynote Speaker, Hon. Jim Webb, US Senate;
Hon. Diana DeGette, US House of Representatives; Hon. Motohisa Furukawa, House of Representatives of Japan


Conference Agenda

Opening Session

Opening by Convenor:

Tadashi Yamamoto, President, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)

Opening Remarks:

Hon. Diana DeGette, Member, US House of Representatives
Hon. Motohisa Furukawa, Member, House of Representatives of Japan; former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary

Session I: Taking Stock of the Japan-US Relationship

Summary of Background Paper:

Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Chairman, Institute for International Strategy; former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

Session II: The Role of Japan-US Relations in a Changing Asia

Luncheon Meeting

Remarks:

H.E. Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan to the United States

Keynote Speech:

Hon. Jim Webb, Member, US Senate; Chairman, US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Chairman, Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel

Session III: Deepening Japan-US Cooperation on Global Issues

Session IV: The Agenda for Japan-US Relations: What Needs to be Done?

Wrap-up Remarks:

Hon. Motohisa Furukawa, Member, House of Representatives of Japan; former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary
Hon. Diana DeGette, Member, US House of Representatives
Tadashi Yamamoto, President, JCIE

Dinner Hosted by Foreign Minister of Japan

Special Address for New Shimoda Conference

Hon. Seiji Maehara, Foreign Minister of Japan


Background

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.