The second panel discussed 2015 for Japan in a global context. The discussion focused around how Japan could play a role in global and regional affairs going forward, especially as a key partner of the United States. Matthew P. Goodman of CSIS moderated, and the panelists included Emma Chanlett-Avery of the Congressional Research Service, Robin H. Sakoda from Armitage International, L.C., and Brian Harding, director for East and Southeast Asia at Center for American Progress.