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The 5th Annual Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum
"Japan-U.S. Leadership in the Asia-Pacific: Outlook and Challenges Ahead"
Co-organized by Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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Home to countries with the world’s largest population, including China, India, and Indonesia, and accounting for 40 per cent of global growth in 2012, the Asia Pacific region represents half of the world’s population and serves as an engine of global economic growth. While Japan, the United States, and the world at large have a major stake in ensuring peace, security and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, the region’s security environment is characterized by many uncertainties. In addition to dealing with the North Korean nuclear and missile threats and concerns over China’s growing military might, Japan and the United States must take on efforts to counter challenges such as proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and piracy, while also tackling energy security and environmental issues as well as emerging issues of space and cyber security. In particular, the region’s growing population and economic activities have brought forth serious issues of securing and managing competition over vital resources.

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, will hold the fifth Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum to have a day-long discussion on the outlook and challenges ahead for Japan and the United States to take leadership and ensure peace, security and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. This forum was launched in 2009 to strengthen cooperation between Japan and the United States on issues of regional and global importance by facilitating policy dialogues between Japanese and American experts. Since 2009, the forum has taken up topics including bilateral cooperation on nuclear non-proliferation (2009), economic partnership following the global financial crisis (2010), Japan-U.S. cooperation after the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011), and the future of energy (2012).

The 2013 forum will open with a keynote speech by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Kurt Campbell, who will address the way forward for U.S. “rebalance” toward Asia and U.S.-Japan partnership. The keynote session will be followed by two panel discussions, each bringing together two American and two Japanese experts. In the first panel, panelists will identify current and emerging regional security and economic challenges, and assess the effectiveness of existing institutions and mechanisms in dealing with those challenges. The second panel will focus on the domestic challenges that Japan and the United States face, and discuss sustain domestic support for active diplomacy and regional leadership.

Through these discussions, the forum will seek to explore how Japan and the United States can work independently and collaboratively toward continued peace, security and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific.

The forum will bring together American and Japanese experts on regional security and economic issues as well as Japan and U.S. domestic political and economic issues will identify the most significant current and emerging challenges in the region; examine the effectiveness of existing regional mechanisms in dealing with these challenges; seek creative ways to work around the domestic constraints in each country; and consider how Japan and the United States can work independently and collaboratively to strengthen current regional institutions and mechanisms as well as assess whether new frameworks can be developed to protect the national interests of each and sustain domestic support for active diplomacy and regional leadership.
Details of the event are as follows:
Dates & Time:
10:00 – 17:30, October 2 (Wed), 2013
Venue:
Room "PROMINENCE Ⅱ" at ANA InterContinental Tokyo
1-12-33, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
TEL: 03-3505-1111
Access:
Namboku and Ginza line (Tameike-sanno Station, Exit 13) [one-minute walk]
Namboku line (Roppongi-itchome Station, Exit 3) [one-minute walk]
Program:
"Japan-U.S. Leadership in the Asia-Pacific: Outlook and Challenges Ahead"
10:00- 10:10 Opening Remarks: Yuji Takagi, President, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation
10:10-10:50  【Keynote Speech】         
Kurt M. Campbell, Chair and CEO, The Asia Group/former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (East Asia and Pacific)
10:50-11:30Moderator: Matake KAMIYA, Professor of International Relations, National Defense Academy of Japan
11:30-13:00 ≪Lunch Break≫
13:00- 15:00【Panel 1: Sources of Uncertainties in the Asia-Pacific Region and Opportunities for Japan and U.S. Leadership】     
Moderator:
Chikako UEKI (Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS), Waseda University)
Panelists:
Ely RATNER Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New
American Security (CNAS))

Hiroshi NAKANISHI (Professor for International Politics at Kyoto University)

David GORDON (Head of Research and Director, Global Macro Analysis, Eurasia Group)

Yorizumi WATANABE (Professor of International Political Economy, Keio University)
15:00-15:20 ≪Coffee Break≫
15:20-17:20【Panel 2: Domestic Challenges Ahead for Japan and the United States and their Impact on Japan and U.S. Leadership】  
Moderator:
Robert M. HATHAWAY, Director of the Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Panelists:
Vance SERCHUK, Former senior foreign policy and national security adviser to Senator Joseph Lieberman(I-CT)

Tatsuhiko YOSHIZAKI, Chief economist and executive vice president, Sojitz Research Institute

Bruce STOKES, Director, Global Economic Attitudes, Pew Research Center

Jun IIO, Director of Policy Professionals Program and Professor of Political Science, National
Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
17:20-17:30 Closing Remarks: Robert HATHAWAY
Language:
English / Japanese, with simultaneous interpretation
Other Information
  • Admission & reservation:
    Admission is free. Reservation is required on our website.
    Should you wish to participate, please fill out the application form on our website by 17:00, Monday September 30.
    [Notes]
    The venue has a limited number of seats, and seats will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.
  • Contact:
    Japan-U.S. Exchange Program Team, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
    Tel: 03-6229-5432 Fax: 03-6229-5473 
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The 5th Annual Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum
"Japan-U.S. Leadership in the Asia-Pacific: Outlook and Challenges Ahead"
Co-organized by Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Closed.