Japan in 2017 faces both domestic and international issues of critical importance, including forging a new alliance strategy with the Trump administration. Special guests Yoichi Funabashi and Congressman Joaquin Castro joined top experts from academia, media, and the nonprofit sector to consider a broad range of political, economic, security, and social issues likely to impact not only Japan, but also its regional relationships.
On foreign issues, crafting an alliance strategy with a new Trump administration features prominently, all while as managing the ever-growing threat of North Korea and promoting economic and diplomatic cooperation with a wide range of partners including South Korea, Australia, India, and countries in Southeast Asia.
Domestically, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remains focused on improving Japan’s economy through his “Abenomics” policies, and he could be tempted to use his relative political strength to call an election and/or push forward with proposed amendments to Japan’s now seventy-year-old constitution.
This event was cosponsored by the Japan America Society of Washington DC, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and the National Association of Japan-America Societies.
10:00 to 10:15 a.m.
James L. Schoff, Amb. John R. Malott
10:15 to 11:00 a.m.
The Alliance and a New U.S. Congress
Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Matthew P. Goodman
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Domestic Political, Economic, and Social Developments: A Look Ahead
Yoichi Funabashi, Frank Jannuzi, Alicia Ogawa, Emma Chanlett-Avery
12:30 to 1:00 p.m.
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Japan’s International Agenda in the Trump Era
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Japan, Asia, and Their Relationship in 2017
Andrew Beatty, Abigail Friedman, Bonnie S. Glaser, Satoshi Ogawa, James L. Schoff
James L. Schoff
James L. Schoff is a senior fellow in the Carnegie Asia Program. His research focuses on U.S.-Japanese relations and regional engagement, Japanese politics and security, and the private sector’s role in Japanese policymaking.
Amb. John R. Malott
Amb. John R. Malott is president of the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC. He formerly was U.S. Ambassdor to Malaysia between 1995 and 1998.
Congressman Joaquin Castro
Congressman Joaquin Castro is the representative for the 20th district of Texas, a position he has held since 2013. He serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Matthew P. Goodman
Matthew P. Goodman is senior adviser for Asian economics and holds the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at CSIS.
Yoichi Funabashi is co-founder and chairman of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation.
Frank Jannuzi is president and chief executive officer of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.
Alicia Ogawa is director of the Program on Alternative Investments at the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at the Columbia Business School.
Emma Chanlett-Avery is a specialist in Asian affairs in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade division of the Congressional Research Service.
Andrew Beatty is White House correspondent for Agence France-Presse, a position he has held since late 2014. He was previously based in South Africa, Panama, and Brussels.
Abigail Friedman is founder and CEO of the Wisteria Group where she provides advisory services for businesses, educational institutions, non-profits, and public institutions that seek to expand their international networks.
Bonnie S. Glaser
Bonnie S. Glaser is a senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at CSIS, where she works on issues related to Chinese foreign and security policy.
Satoshi Ogawa is the Washington bureau chief at the Yomiuri Shimbun.