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The Role of Philanthropy in Postwar U.S.-Japan Relations

Tokyo Conference
October 4–5, 2004

Nearly 100 leaders from the fields of civil society, philanthropy, and government gathered at a major conference in Tokyo on October 4–5, 2004, to review the contributions of American and Japanese philanthropy to U.S.-Japan relations after the devastation of World War II and draw contemporary lessons from this experience. The conference, entitled "Lessons in Rebuilding Relations between Nations: The Role of Philanthropy and Civil Society in Postwar U.S.-Japan Relations, 1945–1975," was the culmination of a series of workshops designed to enlist feedback for the project researchers and help promote discussion of their findings. It featured keynote speeches from Susan Berresford, president of the Ford Foundation, and Sadako Ogata, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The papers presented at the conference have been revised and compiled for publication in 2006.

Agenda

Monday, October 4

Session 1

"Historical Overview—The Impact of Philanthropy and Civil Society in the Reestablishing, Sustaining and Developing Postwar U.S.-Japan Relations"

Presenters:

  • Tadashi Yamamoto
  • Makoto Iokibe, Professor, Kobe University
  • Akira Iriye, Professor, Harvard University
  • Masato Kimura, Professor, Bunkyo Gakuin University
  • JCIE research team

Session 2

(1) "The Role of Philanthropy and Civil Society in Relations among States—Lessons from the Past"

Speaker:

  • Susan Berresford, President, Ford Foundation

(2) "The Role of Philanthropy and Civil Society in Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation"

Speaker:

  • Sadako Ogata, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Commentators:

  • Peter Geithner, former Director, Asia Programs, Ford Foundation
  • Charles Morrison, President, East-West Center
  • Hideaki Asahi, Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste

Tuesday, October 5

Session 3

"Investing in the Future—The Role of Philanthropy and Civil Society in Building Sustainable Relations between Nations"

Panelists:

  • Frank Ellsworth, President, Japan Society
  • Yoichi Funabashi, Columnist, Asahi Shimbun
  • Kazuo Ogura, President, Japan Foundation