人物交流

“Promoting Japan-U.S. Relations: An Opinion Leaders’ Exchange”

At the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, we place an emphasis on promoting people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the United States. Our goal is to maintain a high quality and quantity of people and organizations that would support the future Japan-U.S. relationship, and to foster active intellectual exchanges between experts in the two countries in various policy areas.

As part of this effort, our foundation launched a project in 2008 entitled, “Promoting Japan-U.S. Relations: An Opinion Leaders’ Dialogue.” This project supports visits to Tokyo and other cities by American experts and policymakers in various policy areas at senior, mid-career, and young professional levels, and host their speeches and arrange meetings with their counterpart policymakers and experts in Japan during their stay.

Our foundation has conducted the Opinion Leaders’ Dialogue for six years since 2008 (Phase one from 2008 to 2010, second phase from 2011 to 2013) . Building on the success of those phases, we embarked on implementing the third phase of the Opinion Leaders’ Dialogue in 2014 for further exchanges between the two nation’s opinion leaders for another 3 years.

FY 2014 Participants

Panelists:

  • Representative Sylvia Luke (House of Representatives, State of Hawaii)
  • Representative Raj Mukherji (House of Representatives, State of New Jersey)
  • Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (House of Representatives, Washington State)
  • Representative Hubert Vo (House of Representatives, State of Texas)
  • Representative Donald Wong (House of Representatives, State of Massachusetts)

Dates visited: December 14,2014~December 21,2014
Place visited: Tokyo、Kyoto
Panel Discussion
“Diversity in Leadership: The Journey of Asian American State Legislators”
(November 21, 2014)

The Honorable Jim DeMint
President, The Heritage Foundation and former U.S. Senator (R-SC)

Lecture topic:“Conserving the Promise of Freedom in Asia : U.S. Views on Asia and its Relationship with Japan”(May 15, 2014)

Dr. James Steinberg
(Dean, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University)
Dr. Michael O'Hanlon
(Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, the Brookings Institution

Lecture topic:"U.S.-China Relations : Implications for the Asia-Pacific and the World" (May 14, 2014)

Admiral Dennis Blair (Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence /Former Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command)

Dates visited: April 13,2014~April 20, 2014
Lecture topic:“The U.S.-Japan Alliance in Asian Security” (April 16, 2014)

FY 2013 Participants
Amb. Constance Morella
Former U.S. Ambassador to the OECD/Former Member of the House

Dates visited: February 22,2014~February 28, 2014
Place visited: Tokyo、Kamakura
Lecture topic:“Female Leadership in Government and Society” (February 25,2014)

Interview with Amb. Morella by SPF:

Mr. Robert Einhorn

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence,
Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, The Brookings Institution
Lecture topic:“The Iran Nuclear Issue: Can Negotiations Succeed?”(December 3, 2013)

Members:

  • William Kristol(Founder and Editor, The Weekly Standard and Political Commentator)
  • Gary Schmitt(Resident Scholar and Co-Director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies and Director of the Program on American Citizenship, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research)
  • Christopher J. Griffin(Executive Director, FPI)

Dates visited: November 18, 2013
Places visited: Tokyo
Panel Discussion: "U.S. Foreign Policy Trends and Challenges:
Outlook for Future U.S. Global Engagement and U.S.-Japan Relations"
- A Panel Discussion with American Political Commentator and Policy Experts - (November 18, 2013)

The United States Secretary of Energy
Lecture topic: “The Future of U.S.-Japan Energy Cooperation in Energy Security and Policy” (October 31, 2013)

Members (in alphabetical order):

  • Jonathan ANSFIELD (Reporter, The New York Times Beijing bureau, and Editor, The New York Times Chinese edition)
  • Melissa CHAN (Correspondent, Al Jazeera)
  • Gady EPSTEIN (China Correspondent, The Economist)
  • Isaac STONE FISH (Associate Editor, Foreign Policy)

Dates visited: September 2-6, 2013
Places visited: Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto
Panel Discussion: “Chinese Views of the World and Implications for the United States and Japan:
The Role of Media, Education and the Market” (September 4, 2013)

Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Lecture topic: “An Insider View: What to Expect from the 113th Congress and Second Obama Administration” (June 26, 2013)

Former Speaker of the United States House of the Representatives
Dates visited: June 16,2013~June 20, 2013
Place visited: Tokyo
Lecture topic: “An Insider View: What to Expect from the 113th Congress and Second Obama Administration” (June 19, 2013)

FY 2012 Participants

Members(in alphabetical order):

  • Nathaniel AHRENS (Deputy Director and Fellow, Hills Program on Governance, Center for Strategic and International Studies)
  • Ian M. EASTON (Fellow, The Project 2049 Institute)
  • Melanie HART (Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress)
  • Oriana Skylar MASTRO (Fellow, Center for a New American Security)
  • Ely RATNER (Fellow, Center for a New American Security)
  • Derek SCISSORS (Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation)
  • Jennifer TURNER (Director, China Environment Forum, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)

Dates visited: February 16-23, 2012
Places visited: Tokyo, Kyoto
Panel Discussion: “U.S.-China Relations: Policy Recommendations for the 2nd Obama Administration”
A Panel Discussion with American China experts on Military & Security, Economic & Trade, and Energy & Environmental issues” (February 19, 2013)

「Transcripts available: Original, Japanese, English

Professor and Director of China Policy Program, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Lecture topic: “US-China Relations: Managing Cooperation   Competition” (January 23, 2013)

Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Boston University
Lecture topic: “The US-Japan Alliance in a Global Context:
Prospects and Perils for an enduring Partnership” (December 12, 2012)

Michael Frazier, PhD, M.C.P.
Associate Professor, Howard University

Dates visited: November 24-30, 2012
Places visited: Tokyo, Akita
Lecture Topic: “From Slave Ships to the White House: African-Americans and the American Political System”
(1) Akita International University (November 27)
(2) Tokyo Aoyama Gakuin University (November 28)
(3) Center for Pacific and American Studies (CPAS), University of Tokyo (November 29)

Dr. Daniel I. Okimoto
Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science,Stanford University

Lecture topic: "Japan's Economy: A Viable Pathway Forward for Steady Growth"(October 29, 2012)

Mr. William Martin
Former US Deputy Secretary of Energy

Lecture Topic: “Global Energy Trends and Developments”(September 4, 2012)

Mr. Randall G. Schriver
President and CEO of Project 2049 Institute / Partner, Armitage International LLC

Lecture Topic: "Enhancing Japan-U.S. Partnership in a New Global Order: Insights from Armitage-Nye 2012" (August 21, 2012)

Amb. Clayton Yeutter
Former US Minister for Agriculture / Former US Trade Representative (USTR)

Dates visited: June 16 , 2012 ? June 23, 2012
Places visited: Tokyo and Mt. Fuji area
Lecture Topic:“TPP and US-Japan Relations: The Impact of Japan’s Participation”

Amb. Michael Armacost
Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow, the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC), Stanford University/Former US Ambassador to Japan

Dates visited: May 11, 2012 ? May 20, 2012
Places visited: Tokyo and Okniawa
Lecture Topic:“US-Japan Relations: A New Partnership for a New Era”

Mr. John D. Podesta
Mr. John D. Podesta
Chair and Counselor, Center for American Progress (CAP) / Former White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton

Dates visited: April 10, 2012 ? April 16, 2012
Places visited: Tokyo and Kyoto
Lecture Topic:“U.S. Rebalance to Asia: Japan as the Key Partner”

FY 2011 Participants
Dr. Aaron L. Friedberg
Dr. Aaron L. Friedberg *Lecture only.
Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Dates visited: March 2, 2012 - March 6, 2012
Places visited: Tokyo and Sendai
Lecture topic:“A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia”

Mr. Christopher A. Nelson
Mr. Christopher A. Nelson
Senior Vice President, Samuels International Associates (author of the “Nelson Report”)

Dates visited: January 20 ? 27, 2012
Places visited: Tokyo and Okinawa
Lecture topic:“The Obama Administration’s Asia Policy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance”

Mr. Nathaniel C. Fick
Mr. Nathaniel C. Fick *Lecture only.
CEO, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Lecture topic:“After Afghanistan: American Power and Purpose in the 21st Century” (November 7, 2011)

Dr. James A. Lewis
Dr. James A. Lewis
Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and Public Policy, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Dates visited: September 10, 2011 ? September 15, 2011
Places visited: Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto
Lecture topic:“The Future of Cybersecurity as a Global Challenge”

Ms. Kara L. Bue
Ms. Kara L. Bue
Partner, Armitage International / Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

Dates visited: June 8, 2011 ? June 16, 2011
Places visited: Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Akita
Lecture topic:“U.S. South Asia Policy post-Bin Laden”

ジョシュ・ローギン氏
Young Leaders
Mr. Josh Rogin
Staff Writer, Foreign Policy

Dates visited: June 5 ? 12, 2011
Places visited: Tokyo and Fukushima

FY 2010 Participants
Dr. Peter Singer
Dr. Peter Singer *Lecture only.
Senior Fellow and Director, 21st Century Defense Initiative, The Brookings Institution

Lecture topic:“Wired for War:The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Centuries” (February 28, 2011)

Dr. Eliot Cohen
Dr. Eliot Cohen
The Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University

Dates visited: January 9, 2011 ? January 19, 2011
Places visited: Tokyo and Kyoto
Lecture topic:“America’s Strategic Choices”

Dr. Michael E. O’Hanlon
Dr. Michael E. O’Hanlon
Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution

Dates visited: December 15, 2010 ? December 19, 2010
Places visited: Tokyo
Lecture topic:“Toughing it out in Afghanistan”

Dr. Charles A. Kupchan
Dr. Charles A. Kupchan
Professor of International Affairs, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and Senior Fellow of European Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Dates visited: November 13, 2010 ? November 20, 2010
Places visited: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima
Lecture topic:“Enemies into Friends: How Peace Breaks Out”

Dr. Patrick M. Cronin
Dr. Patrick M. Cronin *Lecture only.
Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia Program, Center for a New America Security

Lecture topic:”America's Strategic Restraint and its Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance” (July 8, 2010)

FY 2009 participants
Mr. Robert Kagan
Mr. Robert Kagan
Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Dates visited: March 27, 2010 ? April 4, 2010
Cities visited: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and Hakone
Lecture topic:“The Return of History”

Mr. Robert D. Kaplan
Mr. Robert D. Kaplan
Senior Fellow, the Center for a New American Security and National Correspondent for The Atlantic

Lecture topic:“The Indian Ocean Geopolitics” (March 12, 2010)

Dr. Victor Cha
Dr. Victor Cha
Associate Professor at Georgetown University, and Korea Chair, the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dates visited: December 6, 2009 ? June 12, 2009
Places visited: Tokyo and Kyoto
Lecture topic:“Obama and Asia”

Dr. Balbina Hwang
Dr. Balbina Hwang
Lecturer, National Defense University, and Visiting Professor, Georgetown University

Dates visited: November 22, 2009 ? November 28, 2009
Cities visited: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima
Lecture topic:“North Korea: A Problem for Northeast Asia, or Symptom of Regional Problems”

Dr. Peter D. Feaver
Dr. Peter D. Feaver *Lecture only.
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Duke University

Lecture topic:“President Obama’s Grand Strategy: Change or Continuity?” (June 1, 2009)

FY 2008 participants
Dr. Robert Hathaway
Dr. Robert Hathaway *Lecture only.
Director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar

Lecture topic:“America's Asia Policy under the New US President and the Future of US-Japan Relations” (February 10, 2009)

Secretary Norman Y. Mineta
Secretary Norman Y. Mineta
Vice Chairman, Hill   Knowlton / former Secretary of Transportation

Dates visited: March 16, 2009 ? March 27, 2009
Cities visited: Tokyo, Kyoto and Mishima
Lecture topic: “Bridging the Divide”

Other Programs Supporting the Younger Generation
Stanford Japan Center Internship Exit Program (2009~2010)

Stanford University students who completed internships at Japanese companies presented their internship experiences to corporate representatives and interested members of the U.S.-Japan community in Japan.

Columbia University’s School of International   Public Affairs (SIPA) Japan Trip participants’ Panel Discussion with Japanese Politicians

Date: March 16, 2010
Topic: “Future Prospects for Japan and U.S.-Japan Relations”
Diet members: Mr. Motohisa Furukawa (Member of the House of Representatives, The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)); Mr.Shinjiro Koizumi (Member of the House of Representatives, The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)); Mr. Taro Kono (Member of the House of Representatives, LDP); Ms. Mieko Nakabayashi (Member of the House of Representatives,DPJ)
Moderator: Dr. Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

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