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[Press Release] U.S.-Japan Commission on the Future of the Alliance January 13, 2014 in Washington, DC

January 30, 2014

The Asia Pacific region is the center of dynamism in the international system, and events there are defining the security and prosperity of the world. Increased economic interdependence and a budding institutional architecture create a solid foundation for a vibrant and stable future, but the region also faces an array of challenges that could destabilize the security environment. For over six decades the U.S.-Japan alliance has been the cornerstone of security and stability in the Asia Pacific, and it should continue to play an important role in shaping the regional order.

The U.S. and Japanese governments are taking important steps to strengthen the alliance and ensure that it remains a lynchpin in maintaining regional stability and prosperity. In 2013 the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) established a bilateral commission of distinguished policymakers and scholars to develop a strategic vision for the alliance. The commission met for the second time on January 13 in Washington after an inaugural meeting last June in Tokyo and will continue over the next two years to discuss a range of issues animating the bilateral relationship.
Commission members are as follows:
Richard Armitage, President, Armitage International L.C.; CSIS Trustee
Aaron Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS and Associate Professor, Georgetown University
Jiro Hanyu, Chairman, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
John Hamre, President, CEO and Pritzker Chair, CSIS
Ryozo Kato, former Ambassador of Japan to the United States
Joseph Nye Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; CSIS Trustee
Yukio Okamoto, President, Okamoto Associates
Ryouichi Oriki, Former Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security
Koji Tanami, Former Administrative Vice Minister, Ministry of Finance and former President, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
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