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  • JPUS

    2018.09.20up

    SPF Public Panel Discussion "The Role of Think Tanks in the Changing World and the United States"

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation held a public panel discussion on July 17, 2018.


    Ms. Jessica N. Grounds and Ms. Kristin Haffert, Co-founders of Mine the Gap from the United States, a prominent consultant company specializes in supporting gender-inclusive environment, attended the discussion and shared their views and experiences.


    On August 28, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted Prof. James G. McGann of University of Pennsylvania and Prof. Kent E. Calder of Johns Hopkins University.

    https://www.spf.org/en/seminar/list/20180828.html

    Prof. McGann is a leading expert of think tanks studies, researching not only think tanks in the United States but also in many other countries. His annual “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report” (Pennsylvania University), which examines more than 6,000 think tanks in the world, has been receiving greater attention through the world now, and he has also just published his new book Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and the Emerging Powers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Prof. Calder is a well-known expert on Japanese politics and International Political Economy. He also has published a lot of books including Asia in Washington (Brookings Institution Press, 2014), and also has been involved in many projects of think tanks both in the United States and Japan.


    With increased information and communication tools, rapidly changing technological and international landscape, the think tanks have expanded its role and importance in the world in the past decades. Currently, we can see a lot of different types of the think tanks from autonomous to government affiliate having different functions, depending on the different political systems and the environment of civil society. It is reported that the think tanks have now more influence in the emerging powers, such as India and China. On the contrary, in the United States, the decline of the influence and the raison d’etre of think tanks in Washington D.C. is also argued under the Trump administration where the President himself and his closer staff have made many important policy decisions without much consultation with policy makers.


    In the rapidly changing world environment and United States, what will be the role of the think tanks for the future, what will be the necessary changes to tackle with the new challenges, Prof. McGann and Prof. Calder discussed from a broader perspective including the future Japan-U.S. relations and the role of Japan.

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  • JPUS

    2018.09.06up

    SPF Public Panel Discussion "Women and Politics in the Time of Trump"

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation held a public panel discussion on July 17, 2018.


    Ms. Jessica N. Grounds and Ms. Kristin Haffert, Co-founders of Mine the Gap from the United States, a prominent consultant company specializes in supporting gender-inclusive environment, attended the discussion and shared their views and experiences.


    A day after Donald Trump was elected as the U.S. President, five million American women took to the streets and participated in the “Women’s March” to affirm their bold message of resistance and self-determination, which spread all around the world. Soon after, #MeToo movement became the global crusade against sexual harassment and assault, and is having a huge impact on American politics in the lead-up to the midterm elections.
    With this background, we discussed the impact of such women’s movement in politics in the era of Trump, and necessary actions that could promote gender equality in political sphere.


    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/en/seminar/list/20180619.html


    Ms. Kristin Haffert & Ms. Jessica N. Grounds Co-founder, Mine the Gap.

    Kristin Haffert is an expert in women’s leadership and initiatives to advance gender equality. For more than two decades Kristin has conducted research, created practical tools, and delivered gender-related initiatives to more than 100 countries. Kristin founded the women and gender equality team at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in 2002. Her award-winning work on gender equality, and work with political parties, makes her a go-to adviser globally to build and grow gender-inclusive workplaces.


    Jessica Grounds is recognized as a thought leader in the space of women’s leadership. Jessica was named to Marie Claire's List of 50 Most Influential Women and recognized by Campaigns & Elections magazine as a Top 50 Political Influencer. She is the Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Running Start, a U.S. based organization training young women to run for elected office. She has worked on the campaigns of hundreds of women seeking elected office in the United States including working twice for Hillary Clinton. Jessica is a prominent speaker globally on gender and women's leadership.

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  • JPUS

    2017.12.01up

    Dr. Aaron L. Friedberg, "The Authoritarian Challenge: China, Russia and the Threat to the Liberal International Order"

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation organized a public seminar featuring Dr. Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton University on November 1, 2017.


    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_24284.html


    Professor Friedberg is a distinguished scholar in international politics who served as a Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs in the Office of the Vice President from 2003 to 2005. He has published a lot of books and papers, including Beyond Air–Sea Battle: The Debate Over US Military Strategy in Asia (Adelphi series, 2014), and A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia (Norton, 2011).

    Recently, He also contributed a special monograph for the SPF entitled “The Authoritarian Challenge: China, Russia and the Threat to the Liberal International Order”.* In this monograph, he examines the deeply rooted factors driving China and Russia to adopt aggressive policies challenging the existing international order and western values, including the resentment, ambition and insecurity of their regimes.

    In the course of the seminar, based on the argument of his monograph, Professor Friedberg llustrated the strategies both authoritarian countries have taken in order to survive and preserve their political power, and the implications for the United States and Japan.

    * Under the Japan-U.S. Program, the SPF has published a series of special monographs, inviting the distinguished scholars and experts who have been cooperating on various projects of our program as authors. This series aims to raise awareness a wide range of academic and policy topics important to Japan-U.S. relations. PDF file of Professor Friedberg’s monograph is available on our website.

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  • JPUS

    2017.10.27up

    Diversity in Leadership: The Journey of Asian American State Legislators

    On the October 5th, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the U.S.-Japan Council hosted a panel discussion with six distinguished Asian American state legislators from diverse backgrounds who were participating in the 2017 Asian American Leadership Delegation (AALD) program. The AALD program is funded by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and implemented by the U.S.-Japan Council, with support from the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators.


    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_24185.html


    The AALD program gives selected state-elected Asian American officials the opportunity to visit Japan for one week to meet and exchange ideas with Japanese political, governmental, business and community leaders at both the national and local levels. It aims to enhance mutual understanding and network building between Japan and the United States.

    During the panel discussion, which was moderated by renowned journalist Aiko Doden, delegates talked about their respective political and personal journeys in the United States. Many of the delegates this year have followed non-traditional paths, choosing to become a politician after pursuing different careers. The audience had the opportunity to learn about their personal choices, as well as the important role Asian American politicians play in their political arenas, especially in light of current events. The speakers also reflected upon their week-long experience in Japan.

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  • ProgressNow

    2017.10.27up

    Interview with Dr. Seyed Abbas Araghchi, Further promotion of political, economic and cultural partnership between Japan and Iran

    Dr. Seyed Abbas Araghchi contributed significantly to the establishment of Japan - Iran relations as the Ambassador to Japan from 2007 to 2011. In his recent visit to Japan as the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, he held energetic talks with Japan's political and economic leaders. Despite his busy schedule, he kindly accepted our request for an interview.
    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0050.html
  • ProgressNow

    2017.10.10up

    Interview with Dr. Anies Rasyid Baswedan, Challenges of the young Governor of Jakarta, where multiple ethnic groups and cultures coexist

    Jakarta is one of the world's mega cities with the population of ten million. We interviewed Dr. Anies Baswedan, who is set to become the Governor of on 16th October 2017. At the age of 38, he became Indonesia's youngest-ever University Rector. He then went on to serve as the Minister of Education and Culture for two years from 2014 to 2016 under the current government led by President Joko Widodo. We asked him his hopes and ambitions about building a closer cooperative tie between Jakarta and its sister city, Tokyo, and tackling various challenges the city faces as the new Governor of Jakarta.
    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0049.html
  • ProgressNow

    2017.07.13up

    Interveiw with Mr. Niketu Iralu (Famous Activist of Nagaland, India)

    Northeast India including the State of Nagaland is home to some 400 ethnic groups, and Nagaland shares its borders with Myanmar, China, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. It has fostered unique cultures and customs despite adverse turns of history. We interviewed Nagaland's prominent peace activist, Mr. Niketu Iralu, whose calm demeanor reflects his in-depth wisdom and resilient strength, developed through overcoming numerous hardships.
    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0048.html
  • JPUS

    2017.06.29up

    "A View From The Pacific" by Admiral Harry B. HARRIS, Jr.

    On May 17, 2017, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM).


    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_23963.html


    Admiral Harris is the 24th Commander since the USPACOM was established in 1947. He was born in Japan and reared in Tennessee and Florida. Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978, he started designation as a naval flight officer (NFO). He commanded Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, the U.S. 6th Fleet, Striking and Support Forces NATO, and the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and has served in every geographic combatant command region.His graduate education focused on East Asia security. He attended Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, and Oxford University. He was also a MIT Seminar 21 fellow.

    Recently, we have seen the growing threat of North Korean nuclear and missile development, and tension between the United States and North Korea has increased. Looking at the current security environment in East Asia and Asia Pacific, Admiral Harris spoke about the role of Japan-U.S. Alliance, US strategy, and the prospect of the regional stability. Moderator was Dr. Tomohiko Taniguchi, professor of Keio University.

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  • SPAF

    2017.06.09up

    "Challenges and Efforts of Anti-Corruption Policy in Indonesia"

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has been implementing the project entitled "Asian Opinion Leaders' Exchange" since the fiscal year 2014. The objective of this project is to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen collaboration between Japan and Asian countries through inviting Asian opinion leaders to Japan and engaging them in dialogues with Japanese policy makers, scholars and business leaders.

    On March 17, 2017, The Sasakawa Pan Asia Fund held a lecture by Dr. Bambang Widjojanto, Indonesia's renowned human right activist. Dr. Widjojanto served as Deputy Chairman of Corruption Eradication Commission: KPK. Dr. Widjojanto is well-respected leader of Indonesia's civil society for long time and many people freshly remember his endeavors to fight against corruption during his service for KPK from 2010 to 2015.

    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/spaf/news/article_23650.html

    Here he explored Indonesia's corruption eradication initiatives and its problems with special emphasis on civil society's efforts.

    Corruption is deeply rooted in society of Indonesia since Soeharto regime. Considering the increasing number of Japanese companies have developed business relations with Indonesia, the problems revolve around the corruption cannot be ignored. Dr. Widjojanto was staying in Japan as a visiting research fellow of FY2016 at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

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  • ProgressNow

    2017.04.19up

    Interview with Hon. Diana DeGette of the U.S. House of Representatives

    We interviewed Hon. Diana DeGette of the U.S. House of Representatives, a Co-Chair of the 8-member bipartisan Congressional delegation that visited Japan in February 2017 under a program promoting the exchange of Japanese and U.S. parliamentarians. Hon. DeGette, who has a political career spanning over 20 years, was born in Japan, and expressed her sense of attachment to Japan in this interview. We asked her views on the current status of women's empowerment and the significance of Japan - U.S. exchange programs.
    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0046.html
  • JPUS

    2017.03.31up

    "Trump, 'America First' and the Future of the Liberal International Order" by Mr. Bret Stephens

    On March 23, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted Mr. Bret Stephens, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The Wall Street Journal.


    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_23632.html


    America's 45th President has promised a new foreign policy based around the doctrine of "America First," a phrase he used repeatedly during his campaign and emphasized in his inaugural address. Historically, the term has suggested a policy isolationism, protectionism, pacifism—and xenophobia. It was a potent force in US politics right up to Dec. 7 1941.

    Does Mr. Trump use the term in the same way as it was used before WWII?How will the president's version of America First alter the usual course of postwar US foreign policy? Can it succeed on its own terms? Is the US becoming an isolationist nation again? What does it mean for close US allies such as Japan and other Asian democracies? And how should Japan's public and elites think about the US in the age of Trump?

    Mr. Stephens emphasized the political, economic and strategic implications of this new American order.

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  • ProgressNow

    2017.03.30up

    Interview with Dr. Carol Turley (Senior Scientist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory)

    Ocean acidification is one of the issues caused mainly by CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Recent discovery of its current status has highlighted the need for further investigation and research. Dr. Carol Turley told us how today's scientists must broadly communicate about this issue, which relates to every one of us who live on Earth. This interview demonstrated her sense of mission as a scientist and her personal affection toward the ocean.
    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0045.html
  • JPUS

    2017.03.22up

    "American Conservatism and the Problem of Populism" by Dr. George H. Nash

    On February 1st, 2017, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted Dr. George H. Nash, Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center.


    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_23499.html


    As an independent historian of American Conservatism, Dr. Hash has published a lot of books, including the very famous The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 (1976; 3rd ed. 2006), and The Life of Herbert Hoover.

    Among others, Dr. Nash examined the intellectual development and current configuration of modern American conservatism: a coalition with many diverse tendencies. Since the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, the conservative coalition has undergone many challenges. Dr. Nash analyzed these growing challenges, including the recent "volcanic eruption" of populism and the remarkable rise of Donald Trump.

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  • JPUS

    2017.03.02up

    A Panel Discussion on "Asian Views on America's Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance"

    On January 18, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), in cooperation with The Asia Foundation hosted a panel discussion on “Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance.”


    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_21933.html


    On January 20, Mr. Donald Trump will take the oath of office as America’s new President. People all over the world pay a great deal of attention to Mr. Trump’s statecraft. Announced in 2010, the Obama administration’s “rebalance” towards Asia has provoked sometimes-heated debate and drawn mixed reactions in Asia regarding U.S. motives and intentions in the region. How will the Trump administration manage its policy towards Asia?

    What is the future of the “rebalance” policy in the Asia-Pacific region?

    In November 2016, The Asia Foundation published policy recommendations on U.S. foreign policy toward Asia (http://asiafoundation.org/what-we-do/asian-views-americas-role/).

    The Foundation’s “Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia” report suggests the importance of continuity of American engagement in Asia, and emphasizes Asian views from Northeast, Southeast and South Asian experts, along with an American response. Having this opportunity, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation welcomed Prof. Yoshihide Soeya of Keio University as a commentator for the panel to discuss the future of America’s engagement in Asia including Japan views. Prof. Fumiaki Kubo of the University of Tokyo presided at a panel as a moderator to facilitate active discussion.

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  • ProgressNow

    2017.02.22up

    Interview with Dr. Bahadir Pehlivanturk (Turkey's expert in international politics)

    Situated at the meeting point of West and East, Turkey has historically tolerated and embraced different cultures and values. Today, the country is serving an important international role as a host for a large number of migrants and refugees under its Open Door policy.Yet, domestically, it has suffered a series of issues including terrorism and attempted coup d'etat. We interviewed Dr. Bahadir Pehlivanturk, Turkey's expert in international politics, about the country's 'now' and 'future', with some reference to Turkey's relations with Japan. [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0043.html
  • SPAF

    2017.02.07up

    "Social Innovation in the Islamic World - Dompet Dhuafa's Challenges as a Muslim Philanthropic Organization in Indonesia -"

    On December 13, 2016, The Sasakawa Pan Asia Fund invited three senior members (including the founder, Dr. Parni Hadi Kasanpuro) of Dompet Dhuafa, Indonesia's largest NGO and recipient of the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award - commonly referred to as Asia's Nobel Peace Prize - to participate in this year's Asian Opinion Leaders' Exchange.

    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/spaf/news/article_21948.html

    In accordance with the Islamic notion of Zakah and Awqaf, Dompet Dhuafa collects donations of 2 billion yen annually in Indonesia and funds a diverse range of programs in fields such as poverty alleviation, disaster relief, reconstruction assistance, education and health. We welcomed as a commentator, Dr. Bambang Widjojanto, currently a visiting research fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. Dr. Widjojanto is a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and former vice-chairman of the Indonesia Corruption Eradication Commission and remains an active figure in Indonesian civil society.
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  • ProgressNow

    2017.01.18up

    Interview with Dr. Transform Aqorau (Technical and Legal Adviser at the Office of Parties of Nauru Agreement)

    Dr. Transform Aqorau (Technical and Legal Adviser at the Office of Parties of Nauru Agreement) has managed to enforce thorough management of his country's fisheries resources and successfully developed a new fisheries business scheme with the aim of bringing true independence to Pacific Island countries. He started this interview by reminiscing about his association with Japan in his younger days, and went on to present his clear vision and passion about the new era of the Pacific Island nations. [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0041.html
  • JPUS

    2017.01.12up

    A Panel Discussion "East Asia's Maritime Challenges: Overview of the Current Situation" on Oct 14, 2016 (1)

    On October 14, 2016, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), in cooperation with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) hosted a panel discussion on “East Asia's Maritime Challenges: Overview of the Current Situation.”


    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_21859.html


    In the Asia-Pacific region, competing claims in the East and South China Seas have become intractable features of the security landscape. Confrontations between claimants, both at sea and in the diplomatic arena, have escalated in recent years as historical narratives collide with modern geopolitics.

    Given the ongoing maritime challenges in East Asia, there is a need for a better understanding of the issues as well as how states can cooperate in this contested realm. Of particular interest is what role the U.S.-Japan alliance can play in these contested spaces. With distinguished experts from Japan, the United States, and other regional countries, including a keynote address by Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka (President of the JMSDF Command and Staff College), we are excited to host this event to discuss these issues.
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  • JPUS

    2016.12.09up

    Panel Discussion "2016 U.S. Presidential Election and Democracy" ~Populism, New Generation and Political Discontents~ on October 25, 2016

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, in collaboration with the United States Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), invited two former Members of the United States Congress, Mr. Cliff Stearns (Republican) and Mr. Jason Altmire (Democrat) for a discussion.

    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_21877.html

    The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, which will be held on November 8th, has attracted global attention. In retrospect, there were two surprises in this electoral process. The first surprise was Mr. Trump as the nominee of the Republican Party for President. Mr. Trump was considered as a “fringe candidate” in the beginning of the race. However, he has since acquired huge support. The other surprise was that Mr. Sanders made an impressive showing at the polls against Ms. Clinton, who was heavily favored. Mr. Trump’s base remains white blue-collar workers, and Mr. Sanders won enormous support from the youth during the primary elections season. The underlining cause of this is a discontent with the status quo and distrust of elites. And it illustrates the possibility of creating “radical” political leaders through democratic process. As a result, some argue that the democracy itself must be re-examined.

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  • ProgressNow

    2016.12.09up

    Interview with Ms. Nadine Salib (Egyptian Filmmaker)

    The Sasakawa Middle East Islam Fund invited Ms. Nadine Salib, a prominent filmmaker who has won various awards at film festivals around the world,to hold a movie screening session. As an Egyptian, a filmmaker and a woman, she offered her views about films, Egyptian society, cultural exchange and her feelings toward Japan. [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0040.html
  • 2016.10.14up

    "International Cooperation: UK and Japan" by Alok Sharma MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Minister for Asia and the Pacific) on Sept. 27, 2016

    On September 27, 2016, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted Alok Sharma MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Minister for Asia and the Pacific) to talk about “International Cooperation: UK and Japan”.

    As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the EU, there are questions about the UK’s role in the world. Mr Sharma addressed this, and the growing strength of UK-Japan relations. He discussed security and foreign policy issues, including in Asia.

    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/gff/news/article_21864.html

    He was elected as a conservative Member of Parliament in 2010. He served as a Conservative Party Vice Chairman from 2012 to 2015, and was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Infrastructure Envoy to India in 2016. He started his current assignment in July 2016 taking the responsibility of Asia and the Pacific, reporting directly to the Foreign Secretary. Prior to entering Parliament, he worked in finance, including at Nikko Securities.
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  • ProgressNow

    2016.09.21up

    Interview with Dr. C. Raja Mohan (the Director of Carnegie India)

    Today, Asia is exploring regional integration from various angles, including integration of the market economy. In the given trend, India is trying to exercise greater responsibility as a major power, while Japan has long made significant contributions to Asia's infrastructure development as the region's only economic superpower. The SPF has interviewed C. Raja Mohan, the director of Carnegie India, to ask about the future of Japan-India partnership, and the relationship between India and China, which currently boasts the second largest scale of economy only after the United States.[Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0038.html
  • SPAF

    2016.08.04up

    Dr. C. Raja Mohan "Connecting Asia: Prospects for India-Japan Partnership" on May 19, 2016

    On May 19, 2016, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation will organize a public seminar by inviting Dr. C. Raja Mohan, a world-leading analyst of India's foreign policy and South Asian security.

    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/spaf/news/article_21116.html

  • JPUS

    2016.07.04up

    Panel Discussion "Continuity or Change: U.S. Defense and Foreign Policy under the Next Administration " on May 18, 2016

    On May 18, Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA hosted a panel discussion on U.S. defense and foreign policy under the next administration featuring seven U.S. emerging defense experts from Washington, D.C. who are participating in the Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) Program.

    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_21131.html

    The event took place in light of the 2016 U.S. presidential election where recent developments have heightened concerns over the fate of U.S. global leadership and foreign affairs within the Washington policy community. The first panel looked back on the successes and lessons learned from previous administrations and provide views on how the next president should approach U.S. foreign and security policy issues, including policy in Asia. The second panel identified major defense challenges facing the U.S. as well as its allies in Asia and around the world, and examined whether the U.S. has the necessary resources and capabilities, political will and public support to address these challenges.

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  • OPRI

    2016.06.24up

    ICM Initiatives in Japan 2015 for Revitalizing our Hometowns (17 min.)

    Program Overview: "ICM (Integrated Coastal Management) Initiatives in Japan 2015 for Revitalizing our Hometowns"
  • OPRI

    2016.06.21up

    ICM Initiatives in Japan 2015 for Revitalizing our Hometowns (5 min.)

    Program Overview: "ICM (Integrated Coastal Management) Initiatives in Japan 2015 for Revitalizing our Hometowns"
  • ProgressNow

    2016.06.21up

    Interview with Mr. Zhou Zhixing (the CEO of the Consensus Media Group)

    As the CEO of the Consensus Media Group, Mr. Zhou Zhixing has supported the world of Chinese ideologies and cultures for many years through a variety of media including the Internet and publishing. In the 'Japan-China Opinion Leader Dialogue' project, he initiated the move to form a team of Chinese intellectuals to visit Japan in his contribution to non-governmental diplomacy between the two countries. In this interview for SPF Now, he passionately talked about reinforcing the mutual networking of young people to help facilitate the establishment of continuous friendly ties between Japan and China into the future.[Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0034.html
  • ProgressNow

    2016.06.09up

    Interview with Professor Gowher Rizvi (Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh)

    Many services have shifted from the public sector to the private sector since the late 20th century, establishing a 'small government' as the mainstream. In the lecture titled "Is Government Dead? The Future of Governance," Professor Gowher Rizvi, who is currently the advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, discussed the importance of governance by the government in maintaining social order. In this interview, we asked him questions about a wide range of subjects including Bangladesh's international relations and the importance of the government and governance.[Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0033.html
  • SPAF

    2016.05.20up

    "Is Government Dead? - The Future of Governance -" on April 7, 2016

    On April 7, 2016, the Sasakwa Peace Foundation organized a public seminar on governance in Bangladesh by inviting Prof. Gowher Rizvi of the Advisor to the Prime Minister for International Affairs, Bangladesh, who will be the first invitee of this project in the fiscal year 2016. Prof. Rizvi has been active globally as a prominent expert on international relations. He has taught at the University of Oxford and Harvard University and has been active for the work of international non-profit organizations such as the Ford Foundation and the Asia Society. He assumed the current position of Advisor to the Prime Minister for International Affairs in 2009.

    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/spaf/news/article_20950.html

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has been implementing the project entitled "Asian Opinion Leaders' Exchange" since the fiscal year 2014. The objective of this project is to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen collaboration between Japan and Asian countries through inviting Asian opinion leaders to Japan and engaging them in dialogue with Japanese policy makers, scholars and business leaders.

    Bangladesh is located at the crossroad between Southeast Asia and South Asia and situated at the geopolitically important juncture. At the public seminar, Prof. Rizvi gave a lecture entitled "Is Government Dead? - The Future of Governance" and addressed the current situations of Bangladesh and its future relationship with Japan.

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  • SPAF

    2016.04.18up

    "Challenges and Future Perspectives of Islam: Views from Indonesia" on Nov. 4, 2015

    On November 4 2015, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation organized a public seminar by inviting Dr. Din Syamsuddin known as one of the prominent leaders of Islam in Indonesia. He served for many years as the chairman of Islamic organization, Muhammadiyah, and is currently chairman of the advisory committee of the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI).

    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/spaf/news/article_17683.html

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has been implementing the project entitled "Asian Opinion Leaders' Exchange" since the fiscal year 2014. The objective of this project is to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen collaboration between Japan and Asian countries through inviting Asian opinion leaders to Japan and engaging them in dialogue with Japanese policy makers, scholars and business leaders.

    Indonesia, the world largest Muslim populated country, provides for freedom of belief and religion by its constitution and allows multiple religions. There is, however, a mounting concern in recent years that extreme and radical Muslim influences, Islamic State (IS) may pervade in Indonesia.

    It is vital to understand Islam, a dominating religion of Indonesia in order to understand political, economic, and social issues in the country. Dr. Din Syamsuddin, a world Muslim leader addressed the challenges and future perspectives of Islam that Indonesia faces today.

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  • SPAF

    2016.03.29up

    "Japan's Security Dilemma: What is the way ahead?" on Sept. 29, 2015

    On September 29 2015, the Sasakwa Peace Foundation organized a public seminar on national security by inviting Professor Brahma Chellaney of the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi, India, who was the first invitee of this project in this fiscal year. He is the former advisor to the National Security Council of India, and known worldwide as an expert in this field.[Related Link]https://www.spf.org/spaf/news/article_17653.html
    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has been implementing the project entitled "Asian Opinion Leaders' Exchange" since the fiscal year 2014. The objective of this project is to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen collaboration between Japan and Asian countries through inviting Asian opinion leaders to Japan and engaging them in dialogue with Japanese policy makers, scholars and business leaders.On September 29 2015, the Sasakwa Peace Foundation organized a public seminar on national security by inviting Professor Brahma Chellaney of the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi, India, who was the first invitee of this project in this fiscal year. He is the former advisor to the National Security Council of India, and known worldwide as an expert in this field. As an opinion leader, he has also been active in speaking to the media in India and many other countries including Japan. Professor Chellaney will talk about the Japan' security dilemma and its future challenges taking into account the Japan's advocated pacifism, the long-term Japan-US alliance and the recent development in the Japan's national security issues including the right to collective self-defense and the arms-export ban.
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  • ProgressNow

    2016.03.18up

    Interview with Professor Biliana Cicin-Sain (Director at the Gerald J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy University of Delaware)

    Professor Biliana Cicin-Sain, Director at the Gerald J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy University of Delaware, has accomplished to draft "Policy Recommendations on Oceans and Climate" at the Oceans Day COP21. She talks about the importance of oceans and current crises of climate and oceans.[Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0031.html
  • JPUS

    2016.03.18up

    "2016 U.S. Presidential Election and the Future of American Politics"

    On March 15, 2016, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the US Association of Former Members of Congress(FMC) held a panel discussion with two former Members of the United States Congress(The Honorable Thomas Petri,The Honorable Dennis Hertel)for a discussion on "The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and the Future of American Politics."(Seminar Info: https://www.spf.org/event/article_20929.html)
  • ProgressNow

    2016.02.03up

    Interview with Prof. Dr. Din Syamsuddin, Chairman of the advisory committee, the Indonesian Ulema Council

  • JPUS

    2016.02.01up

    "Japan Matters for America / America Matters for Japan, Understanding the U.S.-Japan Relationship from Regional View and Citizens' View"

    On November 16, 2015, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted a seminar on the U.S.-Japan relationship, inviting Dr. Satu P. Limaye, Director of the East-West Center in Washington and Mr. Bruce Stokes, Director at Global Economic Attitudes of the Pew Research Center on "Japan Matters for America / America Matters for Japan,Understanding the U.S.-Japan Relationship from Regional View and Citizens' View."
    [Related Link]
    https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_17690.html
  • ProgressNow

    2015.12.04up

    Interview with Prof. Brahma Chellaney, Centre for Policy Research, India

  • JPUS

    2015.12.04up

    "Post-TMI, Post-Fukushima What's Next for Nuclear Energy Governance in Japan and the U.S."

    On October 23, 2015, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation held a panel discussion with a group of American nuclear energy and regulatory experts for a discussion on“Post-TMI, Post-Fukushima What’s Next for Nuclear Energy Governance in Japan and the U.S.”.
    [Related Link]
    https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_17668.html
  • JPUS

    2015.11.20up

    Mr. Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution "The Japan-U.S. Partnership in an Unsettled World" 

    On October15, 2015, the Sasakawa Peace foundation hosted Mr. Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution, on "The Japan-U.S. Partnership in an Unsettled World."
    [Related Link]
    https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_17650.html
  • ProgressNow

    2015.10.20up

    Interview with Dr. Kent Calder, Director of Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

  • ProgressNow

    2015.07.02up

    Interview with Dr. Andrew Krepinevich, the president and CEO of the U.S. Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

  • JPUS

    2015.06.19up

    "The Future of U.S. Defense Strategy and the Japan-U.S. Alliance"

    On May 20, 2015, the Sasakawa Peace foundation hosted Dr. Andrew F. krepinevich, President of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments on "The Future of U.S. Defense Strategy and the Japan-U.S. Alliance."
    [Related Link]
    https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_17482.html
  • JPUS

    2015.04.03up

    "Northeast Asia Reconsidered - North Korea and Seven Party Talks"

    On December 11, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted Mr. Keith Luse, Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea, on North Korea and the Seven Party Talks.
    [Related Link]
    https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_16120.html
  • SPF

    2015.03.23up

    Keynote Speech Itsunori Onodera (the 12th Minister of Defence,

    In 2013, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation organized the event 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century' in partnership with the Royal United Services Institute. This year, we organized our second conference in London, 'UK-Japan Strategic Dialogue: Co-operation in New Security Challenges' on January 12 and 13, 2015.
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  • ProgressNow

    2015.03.22up

    Interview with Dr. Zhu Feng , Executive Director and Professor of the Collaborative Innovation Center for South China Sea Studies

  • SPAF

    2015.03.18up

    "Mongolia after 25 Years since the Democratic Transition: Lessons Learnt and the Way Forward" on February 17, 2015

    The Lecture Series by Asian Opinion Leaders
    "Mongolia after 25 Years since the Democratic Transition: Lessons Learnt and the Way Forward" on February 17, 2015

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) invited Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren, a member of the Parliament, a former Minister of Environment and Green Development, and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia to give a lecture on the theme of “Mongolia after 25 years since the democratic transition: Lessons learnt and the way forward”. SPF extends invitations to opinion leaders in Asian region, who play definitive roles in policymaking and forming public opinions, to further deepen mutual understanding and to contribute to strengthening collaborative relationships between Japan and its Asian neighbors. In particular, this lecture is organized under SPF project, “Promoting Japan-Asia Relations: An Opinion Leaders’ Exchange”.

    During the transition towards democracy in Mongolia in 1990s, Mongolia has transformed itself from state-controlled economy and the single-party system to multi-party parliamentary democratic state. This fundamental change required various reforms in legislative, political, and economic arenas. The challenges and lessons drawn from the experience of Mongolia in the past 25 years present an interesting and positive case of a transition of a post-communist country after the end of the Cold War.

    On the diplomatic front, the independence of Mongolia is geopolitically largely dependent on the power balance between two big neighboring countries, Russia and China. Mongolia also seeks to engage “third neighbors” in order to enhance its democracy and economic development. Japan is identified as one of the main strategic third partners.

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  • JPUS

    2015.02.18up

    The 6th Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum "Panel Discussion 2"

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) held the 6th Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum "The Foreign Policy and Security Implications of Global Aging for the Future of Japan-U.S. Relations" (9th Oct, 2014)
    Panel Discussion II:"Renewing the Japan-U.S. Partnership in an Aging World"
     [Moderator]
    Fumiaki KUBO (A. Barton Hepburn Professor of American Government and History, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo)
    [Panelist]
    Mark L. HAAS (Professor in the Political Science Department and the Graduate Center for Social and Public policy at Duquesne University)
    Heigo SATO (Professor, Faculty of International Studies, Institute of World Studies, Takushoku University)
    Andrew L. OROS (Director of International Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Washington College)
    Akihiko YASUI (Head, Research Department-Europe and the Americas, Mizuho Research Institute)
    Seminar Information
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  • JPUS

    2015.02.17up

    The 6th Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum "Keynote Speech"

    We invited Mr. Jim WEBB, Former U.S. Senator from Virginia to The 6th Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum "The Foreign Policy and Security Implications of Global Aging for the Future of Japan-U.S. Relations~Keynote Speaker~" (9th Oct, 2014)
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  • SMEIF

    2015.02.10up

    "Egypt's Political Prospects in an Unstable Middle East" on September 5, 2014

    At the invitation of the Sasakawa Middle East and Islam Fund, Egyptian Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Hisham El-Zimaity gave a lecture on 'Egypt's political prospects in an unstable Middle East', on Friday, 5 September, 2014.

    It is argued that the failure to form an inclusive government by excluding all the liberal forces, and the worsening economic situation under the Morsi administration triggered the massive anti-governmental demonstrations on 30 June, 2013 in Egypt. After the administration's collapse, the interim cabinet managed to stabilize the socio-economic situation of the country by taking effective measures including reducing the subsidies to gasoline and bread, and by adapting financial support from foreign countries to achieve these goals. Yet foreign investments as well as tourists coming into Egypt declined over security concerns. The Presidential Election was held on 26, 27 and 28 May 2014in the most transparent manner under international supervision, and Mr. El-Sisi, deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister won in a landslide victory with nearly 23 million votes. President El-Sisi was sworn into office on 8 June 2014.

    H.E. Ambassador Hisham El-Zimaity spoke on the prospects of Egypt's politics in an unstable Middle East under the newly-elected President El-Sisi.


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  • SPINF

    2015.02.03up

    "Recent Trends in Pacific Regionalism and the Role of Japan"

    The Sasakawa Pacific Island Nations Fund and the Embassy of the Republic of Fiji jointly organized a seminar that explores the recent regional trends and the outlook for the Pacific Island nations along with the role that Japan could play.
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  • SMEIF

    2015.01.21up

    A Seminar on "Iran and the International Community after Nuclear Negotiation" (October 1, 2014)

    Seminar on “Iran and the International Community after Nuclear Negotiation” on October 1, 2014

    The Sasakawa Middle East Islam Fund has implemented international exchange programs with the Islamic Republic of Iran since 2010. In this scheme, we held Japan – Iran Conference three times with the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) in Tokyo and Tehran. This year we held the 4th Conference in Tokyo, as part of which we have invited Professor Mostafa Zahrani, Director General of IPIS to speak at the seminar entitled, “Iran and International Community after Nuclear Negotiation” on 1st October, 2014.

    Professor Zahrani assisted the current Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Zarif in carrying out Iranian diplomacy in New York when Dr. Zarif was the Permanent Representative of Iran to the UN.

    Ambassador Kinichi Komano, former Ambassador of Japan to Iran, took part as a discussant with the speaker from Iran.


    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Presents:A Seminar on “Iran and the International Community after Nuclear Negotiation” (October 1, 2014)
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    2014.12.12up

    Interview with Mr. Feleti Teo, Interim Secretary General, Pacific Islands Development Forum

  • SPAF

    2014.11.19up

    "Political Situations in Thailand and Its Future Prospect" (October 23, 2014)

    The Lecture Series by Asian Opinion Leaders
    "Political Situations in Thailand and Its Future Prospect" on October 23, 2014

    This year, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation newly launched “Promoting Japan-Asia Relations: An Opinion Leaders’ Exchange” to further deepen the mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening collaborative relationships between Japan and its Asian neighbors by inviting opinion leaders in Asian region who play definitive roles in policymaking and forming public opinions. To mark the launch of the project, we invited H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the former Director General of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) as our first guest to have his lecture on the theme of “Political Situations in Thailand and its Future Prospect”.

    Apart from Asia’s two big powers, China and India, Thailand is the host country of the biggest number of Japanese companies with whom Japan enjoys the closest relationship. Currently, the nation is under the interim administration of the military-led National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). While NCPO has drafted a “roadmap” targeting the restoration of democracy before the end of 2015, the political prospect of Thailand still remains uncertain. Under such circumstances, we had this precious opportunity to hear from H.E.Dr. Surin, who is an experienced politician and also a former foreign minister of Thailand, about the present issues surrounding the nation and its future possibilities.

    The Lecture Series by Asian Opinion Leaders"Political Situations in Thailand and Its Future Prospect" (23 October, 2014)
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  • SPAF

    2014.11.19up

    A Seminar on"A New Possibility for India-Japan Relations"(October 16, 2014)

    "A Commemorative Seminar by Indian Parliamentarians ""A New Possibility for India-Japan Relations- From the Viewpoint of Energy Issues - "
    "on October 16, 2014"
    "A Commemorative Seminar by Indian Parliamentarians ""A New Possibility for India-Japan Relations- From the Viewpoint of Energy Issues - "" on October 16, 2014
    On Thursday, October 16th at 16:30, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation will organize a lecture on a new possibility for India-Japan relations with a focus on energy issues. The lecture will be given by an Indian parliament member visiting Japan.

    Since 2004, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation has been inviting parliament members from India to Japan in an effort to further promote mutual understanding between the two nations. To mark the 11th year of the initiative this year, five members from Rajya Sabha (Indian’s upper house) and Lok Sabha (the lower house) will be invited to Japan under the theme of energy, which has become one of the most imminent issues in today’s India.

    With its population reaching one billion, India has already become the world’s fourth largest energy consumer. In the last five years, the crude oil and natural gas import has been doubled. In such circumstances, people started to see possibilities in cleaner utilization of existing coal consumption and solar and other renewable energies, as they face challenges of environment conservation and global warming. As the promotion of bilateral talks for energy issues was one of the themes embraced at the first visit by the newly elected Prime Minister Modi, the lecture should provide a forum for much needed exchanges of viewpoints. "

    The Sasakawa Pan Asia Fund Presents:A Commemorative Seminar by Indian Parliamentarians"A New Possibility for India-Japan Relations- From the Viewpoint of Energy Issues - " (16 October, 2014)
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  • ProgressNow

    2014.11.03up

    Interview with H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Former Secretary-General of ASEAN

    Promoting Japan-Asia Relations: An Opinion Leaders’ Exchange
  • SMEIF

    2014.10.28up

    A Seminar on "Russian Perspective on Syria, Iraq and the Middle East" (September 12, 2014)

    Seminar on “Russian Perspective on Syria, Iraq and the Middle East” on September 12, 2014

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has invited Dr. Alexander Shumilin, Director of the Center for the Great Middle East Conflicts at the Institute for the USA & Canada Studies (ISKRAN), Russian Academy of Sciences to speak at the seminar detailed below, on September 12th, 2014.

    Russia is at present home to a large number of the Muslim population. Moreover, the country has a long history of direct and deep connections with the Islamic world and has conducted a vast amount of research on Islam, though this fact is little known in Japan. Contemporary research in Russia on the Middle East places a strong focus on fieldwork in the region, and much research has been devoted to the policy analysis which may contribute to the policy making process.

    Based upon his long-standing experience of fieldwork and research on the region, Dr. Shumilin has spoken widely on the current situation in the Middle East both inside and outside Russia. He has also been playing an important role in framing the Middle East policy of the international community, for example, through attending an UN roundtable meeting held in July 2014 concerning Iraq.

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Presents:A Seminar on “Russian Perspective on Syria, Iraq and the Middle East” (September 12, 2014)
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  • ProgressNow

    2014.10.22up

    BOP Products Incubation by Social Entrepreneurs

    BOP Products Incubation by Social Entrepreneurs
  • SMEIF

    2014.09.18up

    講演会サマリー「ロシアから見た中東情勢~シリア・イラク情勢をめぐって」(2014.9.12開催)

    Information Analysis of the Political Situation in the Middle East
    *English follows Japanese.
    【サマリー】「ロシアから見た中東情勢~シリア・イラク情勢をめぐって」(2014.9.12開催)

    笹川中東イスラム基金事業室は、ロシアにおける中東情勢の専門家であるアレキサンダー・シュミリン博士をお迎えし、2014年9月12日(金)に、講演会を開催しました。

    ロシアは、国内に多くのイスラム教徒を抱え、イスラムと直接、間接的に関わってきました。こうした歴史的、社会的な背景と相まって、中東諸国と多くの利害関係を共有する国として、ロシアのイスラム研究には膨大な蓄積があります。その現代中東研究は、現地におけるフィールドワークを重視した独自の方法を採用し、実務に直結する政策研究を中心に進められています。

    今回ご講演いただくアレキサンダー・シュミリン博士は、中東地域でのフィールドワークと情勢分析の成果を基に、現在の中東情勢に関してロシア国内外で積極的に発言をされています。2014年7月には、国連で行われたイラク問題に関する討議会にロシア人専門家として出席し、ロシアだけでなく国際社会の中東外交の立案にも関わっておられます。


    [Summary] Seminar on “Russian Perspective on Syria, Iraq and the Middle East” on September 12, 2014

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has invited Dr. Alexander Shumilin, Director of the Center for the Great Middle East Conflicts at the Institute for the USA & Canada Studies (ISKRAN), Russian Academy of Sciences to speak at the seminar detailed below, on September 12th, 2014.

    Russia is at present home to a large number of the Muslim population. Moreover, the country has a long history of direct and deep connections with the Islamic world and has conducted a vast amount of research on Islam, though this fact is little known in Japan. Contemporary research in Russia on the Middle East places a strong focus on fieldwork in the region, and much research has been devoted to the policy analysis which may contribute to the policy making process.

    Based upon his long-standing experience of fieldwork and research on the region, Dr. Shumilin has spoken widely on the current situation in the Middle East both inside and outside Russia. He has also been playing an important role in framing the Middle East policy of the international community, for example, through attending an UN roundtable meeting held in July 2014 concerning Iraq.

    【笹川平和財団主催講演会のご案内】「ロシアから見た中東情勢~シリア・イラク情勢をめぐって」(2014.9.12開催)
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  • ProgressNow

    2014.08.27up

    Interview with Noriko Suematsu, Mayor of Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture

    Toward a Better Resettlement Program in Japan
    SPF signed “the Agreement on Cooperation toward the Improvement of the Resettlement Support Scheme” with Suzuka City on July 2, 2014. In response to it, we interviewed Ms. Suematsu, Mayor of Suzuka City.
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  • ProgressNow

    2014.08.08up

    Interview with Ambassador Richard Armitage, President of Armitage International

    Research Project on Future Japan-U.S. Security Cooperation

    The U.S.-Japan Commission on the Future of the Alliance was established jointly with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to develop a shared U.S.-Japan vision for the bilateral alliance through 2030.

    It is co-chaired by Ambassador Richard Armitage (President of Armitage International), Dr. John Hamre (President and CEO of CSIS), and Ambassador Ryozo Kato (Former Ambassador to the United States). The Commission released its Interim Report on July 14, 2014.
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  • ProgressNow

    2014.08.05up

    Interview with Ryozo Kato, Former Ambassador to the United States

    Research Project on Future Japan-U.S. Security Cooperation

    The U.S.-Japan Commission on the Future of the Alliance was established jointly with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to develop a shared U.S.-Japan vision for the bilateral alliance through 2030.

    It is co-chaired by Ambassador Richard Armitage (President of Armitage International), Dr. John Hamre (President and CEO of CSIS), and Ambassador Ryozo Kato (Former Ambassador to the United States). The Commission released its Interim Report on July 14, 2014.
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  • SMEIF

    2014.07.24up

    A Seminar on "Iran, the United States and Iran's Foreign Policy" on June 5, 2014

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has invited Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to speak at the seminar detailed below, on June 5th, 2014.

    Her areas of expertise include Middle Eastern women's issues, contemporary Iranian intellectual currents and politics, and democratic developments in the Middle East. She was born and grew up in Iran. She has lived in the United States since 1980, having left Iran upon the Iranian Revolution in 1979.

    Dr. Esfandiari was detained at Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran, from May 8 to August 21, 2007, for more than 110 days. On December 30, 2006, Dr. Esfandiari was robbed while on the way to the airport after visiting her mother in Tehran. During this incident, the men threatened to kill her; then they stole her baggage and both her U.S. and Iranian passports. Consequently, she was not permitted to leave the country. When she applied for new travel documents, she was instead barred from leaving Iran and interrogated over a period of six weeks by authorities from the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence. During the time, she was asked to confess to having taken part in anti-government activities, which she refused to do. Senator Hillary Clinton and US Congress called for Dr. Esfandiari's release, followed by the two large petitionsinitiated by the American Islamic Congress and the Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. On August 21, 2007, Dr. Esfandiari was released on a bail. Her passport was returned and she left Iran on September 2. While the news of her detention was little known in Japan, it profoundly shook the US-Iran relations at that time.

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Presents:A Seminar on “Iran, the United States and Iran’s Foreign Policy” on June 5, 2014
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  • SPF

    2014.07.15up

    "How China will Change the World" by Dr Martin Jacques

    On April 25, 2014, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted Dr Martin Jacques, the author of the book 'When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order', to discuss the future of China and the consequent global order.
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  • ProgressNow

    2014.07.02up

    Interview with Dr. Haleh ESFANDIARI, Director of the Wilson Center

    Deepening Mutual Understanding between Japan and the Middle East
  • SMEIF

    2014.06.24up

    A Seminar on "Turkish Foreign Policy toward the Crimean & Syrian Crises" on April 15, 2014

    Crimean & Syrian Crises by H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, Chairman, the Foreign Affairs Committee of Turkish Parliament on April 15, 2014

    A Seminar on Turkish Foreign Policy toward the Crimean & Syrian Crises by H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, Chairman, the Foreign Affairs Committee of Turkish Parliament on April 15, 2014

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has invited H. E. Ambassador Volkan Bozkir, Member of Turkish Parliament to speak at the seminar detailed below, on April 15th, 2014.

    Turkish Foreign Policy during AK party (Justice and Development Party) period represents a major departure from what it was under previous governments. While the protracted domestic problems of democratization reform, civil-military relations, and the Kurdish issue were addressed, policy makers went beyond and began to mobilize Turkey's hard and soft power with a view to establish constructive relations with neighbors. On the one hand, Turkey has anchored itself in the European Union and NATO as a sign of its willingness to work with its old allies in the West. On the other hand, it also embarked on an ambitious project of diversifying its foreign policy relations in the Balkans, Central Asia and Caucasus, Middle East and North Africa.

    Under the new foreign policy, "ZERO PROBLEM WITH NEIGHBORS," Turkey has been investing in economics and political relations, providing humanitarian and development aid, active engagement in conflict resolutions and public diplomacy, lending support to democratization movements (especially in the Middle East). These have all helped Turkey to become an increasingly visible and important international player. Ambassador Bozkir explained the Crimean and Syrian issues from the viewpoint of the Turkish Foreign Policy.

    The Sasakawa Middle East Islam Fund Presents:A Seminar on Turkish Foreign Policy toward the Crimean & Syrian Crises(April 15, 2014)
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  • ProgressNow

    2014.06.15up

    Interview with Dr. James Steinberg and Dr. Michael O'hanlon

    Containing the US-China Rivalry
  • SMEIF

    2014.06.10up

    "Iran in the Moderation Era" by H.E. Dr. Massoumeh Ebtekar

    H. E. Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President of Iran and Head of Environmental Protection Organization visited Tokyo from April 2nd to 4th. The Sasakawa Peace Foundation organized a public lecture commemorating the visit during her short stay.

    Under the leadership of Dr. Hassan Rouhani, Iran's new President, the country has started changing rapidly. Dr. Rouhani appointed Dr. Ebtekar as Vice President and Head of Environmental Protection in 2013. Dr. Ebtekar's lecture was entitled "Iran in the Moderation Era", in which Her Excellency discussed Iran's new diplomacy with the clear aim to contribute to the regional, as well as global peace.
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  • ProgressNow

    2014.06.04up

    Policy Framework for Refugee Acceptance and the Role of Japan

    Policy Framework for Refugee Acceptance and the Role of Japan
  • SMEIF

    2014.05.19up

    "Muslim Democrat -the Case of Malaysia-" by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

    Globalizing Asia: Potential Cooperation between Turkey, Malaysia and Japan
  • ProgressNow

    2014.04.30up

    Interview with Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Former U.S. Director of National Inteligence

    Japan-US Opinion Leaders' Dialogue III
  • SMEIF

    2014.04.29up

    "The Situation in the Middle East and the United Nations' Role after the Arab Awakening"

    Information Analysis of the Political Situation in the Middle East: The lecture highlighted some of the common challenges and issues facing the region such as youth, human rights, security, economic difficulties, women's rights, as well as where the situation is heading and its implications.

    In order to keep abreast of the rapidly changing political situation in the Islamic Middle East, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) is currently conducting a lecture series on political movements in the region. In the 14th lecture, SPF has invited Ms. Ayaka Suzuki, Deputy Director of Africa I Division in the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations in New York. Ms. Suzuki will give a talk on Tuesday 18th February, 2014 on "The Situation in the Middle East and the United Nations' Role after the Arab Awakening".

    The lecture highlighted some of the common challenges and issues facing the region such as youth, human rights, security, economic difficulties, women's rights, as well as where the situation is heading and its implications.
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  • JPUS

    2014.04.24up

    "The U.S.-Japan Alliance in Asian Security" by Admiral Dennis C. Blair

    Japan-US Opinion Leaders' Dialogue III
    "The U.S.-Japan Alliance in Asian Security"
    A Lecture by Admiral Dennis C. Blair (April 16th, 2014)

    On April 16, 2014, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence and Former Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command, to discuss the value of the U.S.-Japan Alliance in the Asia Pacific region.
    The Abe administration is paving the way to deepen the U.S.-Japan security cooperation by establishing the NSC and enacting the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets. In addition, with the occasion of the revision of the Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation at the end of this year, the Abe administration aims at the approval of exercising the right to collective self-defense.
    However, Japan's issues over history and aggravated relationship with neighboring countries are adding difficulties to the management of the U.S-Japan Alliance.
    Under this circumstance, Admiral Blair who has worked at the center of U.S security policy with profound knowledge on the Asia-Pacific region discussed the importance and necessity of a strong U.S.-Japan Alliance in the region.

    From 2009 to 2010, Admiral Blair served as Director of National Intelligence of the USA and provided integrated intelligence support to the President, Congress and operations in the field. Prior to retiring from the Navy in 2002, Admiral Blair served as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command, the largest of the combatant commands.
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  • ProgressNow

    2014.04.17up

    Interview with H. E. Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, the Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) interviewed H. E. Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, the Vice President and Head of the Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    As the female vice president of Iran appointed by President Rouhani following the 2013 Presidential election, she has been drawing world attention lately.
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  • JPUS

    2014.03.26up

    "The Iran Nuclear Issue: Can Negotiations Succeed?" by Mr. Robert Einhorn

    A Lecture by Mr. Robert Einhorn,
    Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
    "The Iran Nuclear Issue: Can Negotiations Succeed?" on December 3, 2013
    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has invited Mr. Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution to give a lecture on "The Iran Nuclear Issue: Can Negotiations Succeed?", in Tokyo on December 3rd, 2013.

    The international community has been concerned about Iran's developing uranium enrichment, which would enable it to attain the nuclear weapons, and thus, the U.S., EU, China, and Russia took diplomatic initiatives to resolve the issue. Several years after the negotiation deadlock and conducting economic sanctions on Iran, the recent Six Party Talks with Iran in Geneva have been reported to foresee a great progress between Iran and the international community in the future. Based on the background, Mr. Einhorn provided his recent analysis on the issue and discussed about the future direction of the negotiations based on his own experiences deeply involved in the U.S. negotiation process toward Iran.
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  • ProgressNow

    2014.03.25up

    Interview with Ambassador Constance A. Morella

    H.E. Ambassador Constance A. Morella is a former U.S. Ambassador to the OECD and a former Republican of House. She took a lead in developing women's social advancement in the U.S. Congress by raising issues such as women's role and a form of family. SPF interviewed about her experiences.
    SPF also hosted Ambassador Morella to discuss the role of women in February 2014. The seminar video is available on SPF website.
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  • SPF

    2014.03.14up

    "An American view of Abenomics" by Dr. Adam S. Posen

    "An American view of Abenomics" A Lecture by Dr. Adam S. Posen, President, The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) on February 24, 2014
    ※本講演会の動画は英語のみです。
    ※English follows Japanese.

    米国から見た「アベノミクス」~ポーゼン所長(ピーターソン国際経済研究所)の視点~

    笹川平和財団では、安全保障・外交、国際政治、経済など幅広い分野について、世界各国から国際的に著名な有識者を招へいし、時宜を捉えたトピックスに関しグローバルな視点からお話しいただく講演会を開催してきております。

    今回のテーマは経済です。2012年12月の第2次安倍内閣の発足後、安倍総理の打ち出した包括的な経済政策、いわゆる「アベノミクス」は、株価の乱高下等には時折見舞われるものの、GDPや雇用等各種の経済指標は向上し、デフレ脱却に向けて概ね順調に推移しているように思われます。

    今般、米国を代表する経済系シンクタンクであるピーターソン国際経済研究所(PIIE)所長アダム・ポーゼン博士を迎え、国際経済、とりわけ米国の視点から、アベノミクスの評価と今後についてご講演頂きました。

    ポーゼン博士は、PIIE所長就任以前、イングランド銀行(BOE)金融政策委員会(MPC)メンバーをはじめ、米国連邦議会予算事務局経済顧問、外交問題評議会委員等を歴任され、マクロ経済政策に関する世界有数の専門家です。

    今回のモデレーターは、慶應義塾大学経済学部の川本明教授にお願いいたしました。行政(経済産業省等)や国際機関(OECD)での勤務経験を持ち、現在は、規制改革会議の専門委員としてご活躍中です。

    "An American view of Abenomics"
    A Lecture by Dr. Adam S. Posen, President, The Peterson Institute
    for International Economics (PIIE) on February 24, 2014

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation(SPF) has regularly invited distinguished experts from all over the world on various fields such as security/diplomacy, international politics and economics to hold a talk, where they share their knowledge and wisdom from their global viewpoint on current issues.

    This time we focus on the economics. Since Prime Minister Abe started his second term in December 2012, his comprehensive economic policy, so-called "Abenomics" has generally showed a smooth progress toward its significant objective to overcome deflation, with the GDP and other economic indicators moderately recovering despite occasional fluctuating stock prices.

    We were proud and honored to welcome Dr. Adam S. Posen, President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), the United States' leading economic think tank. Dr. Posen evaluated Abenomics and talk about its future from the viewpoint of the international economy, especially that of the United States.

    Dr. Posen is the world's foremost authority on macroeconomic policies. Prior to the current position at PIIE, he had held various important posts including Member of Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (BOE), Adviser to the US Congressional Budget Office, and Member of Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in the United States.
    笹川平和財団主催 講演会
    米国から見た「アベノミクス」~ポーゼン所長(ピーターソン国際経済研究所)の視点~(2014.2.24開催)
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    "Female Leadership in Government and Society"

    "Female Leadership in Government and Society" A Lecture by Ambassador Constance A. Morella on February 25 2014.
    "Female Leadership in Government and Society"
    A Lecture by Ambassador Constance A. Morella

    On February 25 2014, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted H.E. Ambassador Constance A. Morella, Former U.S. Ambassador to the OECD, to discuss the role of women. Under the Abe administration, not only "Abenomics" but also "Womenomics" draw increasing attention from the world. Against this backdrop, Ambassador Morella, who took a lead in developing women's social advancement in the U.S. Congress by raising issues such as women's role and a form of family, made a speech about the female leadership in government and society. She talked her personal and political journey as Ambassador, Congresswoman, and Mother, through which she overcome many milestones and high hurdles.

    In 2003, Ambassador Morella became the first United States Ambassador to the OECD ever to have served in the U.S. Congress. Before the tenure, she chaired the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, advancing effort to promote access to micro-enterprise capital among women in developing countries. Currently, she serves as a president of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC).

    With Ambassador Morella, the lecture provided an implication to women's social engagement as well as gender equality in Japan.
    “Female Leadership in Government and Society”
    A Lecture by Ambassador Constance A. Morella on February 25, 2014
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    "The domestic politics and foreign policy of the Kingdom of Morocco"

    Moroccan Ambassador to Japan Mr. Samir Arrour gave a lecture in Tokyo on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.
    Speaker: H.E. Mr. Samir Arrour, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Morocco to Japan

    Moderator: Dr. Keiko Takaki, Professor, Graduate School of International Studies,
    J. F. Oberlin University

    At the invitation of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Moroccan Ambassador to Japan Mr. Samir Arrour gave a lecture on the topics detailed below concerning the domestic politics and foreign policy of the Kingdom of Morocco, in Tokyo on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

    Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1956, Japan and Morocco have enjoyed a happy relationship. On the economic front, cooperation between the two countries takes place in various areas: trade, agriculture, vocational training, water and energy sectors and technical assistance from Japan to sub-Saharan countries, taking advantage of the strategic location of Morocco within the African continent. At the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-V) which was held in Yokohama in early June, the Japanese government expressed its support for the stabilization of the South Sahara desert, and it is expected that cooperation with Morocco will become increasingly important in the future.

    Though Morocco is thought to have been influenced relatively little by the Arab Spring, the 'February 20th Movement', organized in February 2011 through the social networking website Facebook, initiated nationwide demonstrations, seeking elimination of corruption, adoption of constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system, independence of the judiciary, and gender equality.
    In response, King Muhammad VI announced constitutional revision as a comprehensive reform, and the amendment of the Constitution went into effect by the national referendum. In addition, there are various reforms implemented at the initiative of the King himself.

       In light of the present circumstances, Ambassador Arrour spoke on the latest situation in Morocco and ongoing progress in democratization, as well as topics including regional and international level.
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    "Challenges of the Erdoğan Administration for Regional Stabilization"

    In order to keep abreast of the rapidly changing political situation in the Islamic Middle East, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation is currently conducting a lecture series on political movements in the region. For this, the 13th lecture, Dr. Talip Küçükcan and Mr. Ufuk Ulutaş of The Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) were invited to deliver a talk on Thursday 25th of September in 2013 on the subject of 'Challenges for the Erdoğan Administration in Regional Stabilization'.
    Against the background of robust economic growth in Turkey, Prime Minister Erdoğan secured a third term in office, winning strong support and ensuring political continuity. As a member of both NATO and G20, Turkey is conscious of the important strategic role it plays in regional stability; it continues to work towards improving and strengthening relations between neighboring countries, Middle-East peace process, diplomatic solutions to Iran's nuclear development issue and the crisis in Syria.

    From the point of view of countries that experienced the Arab Spring, Turkey is seen as a model for democratization. On the other hand, the moderate Islam AKP (Justice and Development Party) has granted permission for women to wear headscarves and controlled the sale and consumption of alcohol, which goes against the separation of state and religion that has been national policy since the establishment of the Republic. This led to demonstrations by the people against these polices. The demonstrations that began in May 2013 against the redevelopment of Taksim Square turned into anti-government protests that spread nationwide.

    This lecture provided expert analysis of the influence of the political reforms and regime changes in the Middle-East on the domestic and foreign policy of the Erdoğan Administration.
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    A Panel Discussion: "U.S. Foreign Policy Trends and Challenges"

    "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 Sasakawa Peace Foundation held a panel discussion on U.S. foreign policy trends and challenges, featuring a group of leading foreign policy experts representing the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), a non-profit, non-partisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. on November 18, 2013.

    Three distinguished U.S. opinion leaders with extensive experiences working in the U.S. government and congress evaluated the recent developments in U.S. foreign policy, including the U.S. response to Syria and the U.S. policy to "rebalance" toward Asia, and identified the trends and factors that influence these trends. Panelists include: Dr. William Kristol, a famed political commentator and editor of conservative magazine The Weekly Standard; Dr. Gary Schmitt, a former staff director of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; and Mr. Christopher J. Griffin, the Executive Director of FPI who most recently served as legislative director to then-Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-CT).

    What is the future outlook for U.S. diplomatic, military, and economic engagement abroad? What inter- or intra-party differences are there regarding U.S. engagement overseas? Did the recent government shutdown impact U.S. foreign policy and credibility abroad? What are U.S. expectations toward its allies and partners including Japan? The panelists will share their thoughts on these questions, as well as offer their thoughts on how the United States views the recent developments in Japan's security policy under the Abe administration given recent U.S. foreign policy trends.
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    SPF-RUSI 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century': Session3 / Mr Richard Thornley

    This video is the speech by Mr Richard Thornley CBE MBA CEng FRAeS (President, Rills-Royce Japan Co.Ltd) under the theme of 'The Future of UK-Japan Defence Equipment Cooperation' at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.
    本動画は、SPF-RUSI共催「日英安全保障協力会議」、セッション3「日英防衛装備協力のあり方」におけるリチャード・ソーンリー氏(ロールス・ロイス ジャパン社長)のスピーチです。

    笹川平和財団と英国王立防衛安全保障研究所は、2013年9月30日と10月1日に東京にて、日英安全保障協力会議を開催いたしました。会議では、英国王室のヨーク公(アンドルー王子)ならびに安倍総理から基調講演をいただき、その後、日英の安全保障協力の将来と日英協力が世界の安全保障体制に与える影響について、日英米の専門家による活発な議論がなされました。

    This video is the speech by Mr Richard Thornley CBE MBA CEng FRAeS (President, Rills-Royce Japan Co.Ltd) under the theme of 'The Future of UK-Japan Defence Equipment Cooperation' at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Royal United Services Institute host a conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century' on 30th September and 1st October 2013 in Tokyo. In addition to the keynote speeches by HRH The Duke of York and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, our conference speakers, including distinguished experts and practitioners from the UK, Japan and the US, had an active discussion about the future of Japan-UK security cooperation as well as its impact on the international security environment.
    笹川平和財団―英国王立防衛安全保障研究所(RUSI)共催「日英安全保障協力会議―21世紀の新たな関係に向けて―」を開催いたしました

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    SPF-RUSI 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century': Session3 / Ms Christine Zeitz

    This video is the speech by Ms Christine Zeitz (President, North East Asia, BAE Systems plc) under the theme of 'The Future of UK-Japan Defence Equipment Cooperation' at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.
    本動画は、SPF-RUSI共催「日英安全保障協力会議」、セッション3「日英防衛装備協力のあり方」におけるクリスティーヌ・ザイツ氏(BAEシステムズ 北東アジア 社長)のスピーチです。

    笹川平和財団と英国王立防衛安全保障研究所は、2013年9月30日と10月1日に東京にて、日英安全保障協力会議を開催いたしました。会議では、英国王室のヨーク公(アンドルー王子)ならびに安倍総理から基調講演をいただき、その後、日英の安全保障協力の将来と日英協力が世界の安全保障体制に与える影響について、日英米の専門家による活発な議論がなされました。

    This video is the speech by Ms Christine Zeitz (President, North East Asia, BAE Systems plc) under the theme of 'The Future of UK-Japan Defence Equipment Cooperation' at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Royal United Services Institute host a conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century' on 30th September and 1st October 2013 in Tokyo. In addition to the keynote speeches by HRH The Duke of York and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, our conference speakers, including distinguished experts and practitioners from the UK, Japan and the US, had an active discussion about the future of Japan-UK security cooperation as well as its impact on the international security environment.
    笹川平和財団―英国王立防衛安全保障研究所(RUSI)共催「日英安全保障協力会議―21世紀の新たな関係に向けて―」を開催いたしました
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    SPF-RUSI 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century':Reception / Mr Itsunori Onodera

    This video is the remark by HE Mr Itsunori Onodera (Minister of Defence, Japan) at the reception after the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.
    本動画は、SPF-RUSI共催「日英安全保障協力会議」レセプションでの小野寺防衛大臣によるご挨拶です。

    笹川平和財団と英国王立防衛安全保障研究所は、2013年9月30日と10月1日に東京にて、日英安全保障協力会議を開催いたしました。会議では、英国王室のヨーク公(アンドルー王子)ならびに安倍総理から基調講演をいただき、その後、日英の安全保障協力の将来と日英協力が世界の安全保障体制に与える影響について、日英米の専門家による活発な議論がなされました。
    This video is the remark by HE Mr Itsunori Onodera (Minister of Defence, Japan) at the reception after the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Royal United Services Institute host a conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century' on 30th September and 1st October 2013 in Tokyo. In addition to the keynote speeches by HRH The Duke of York and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, our conference speakers, including distinguished experts and practitioners from the UK, Japan and the US, had an active discussion about the future of Japan-UK security cooperation as well as its impact on the international security environment.
    笹川平和財団―英国王立防衛安全保障研究所(RUSI)共催「日英安全保障協力会議―21世紀の新たな関係に向けて―」を開催いたしました
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    SPF-RUSI 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century': Admiral Dennis Blair

    This video is the keynote speech by Admiral Dennis Blair at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.
    本動画は、SPF-RUSI共催「日英安全保障協力会議」でのデニス・ブレア大将による特別講演です。

    笹川平和財団と英国王立防衛安全保障研究所は、2013年9月30日と10月1日に東京にて、日英安全保障協力会議を開催いたしました。会議では、英国王室のヨーク公(アンドルー王子)ならびに安倍総理から基調講演をいただき、その後、日英の安全保障協力の将来と日英協力が世界の安全保障体制に与える影響について、日英米の専門家による活発な議論がなされました。

    This video is the keynote speech by Admiral Dennis Blair at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Royal United Services Institute host a conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century' on 30th September and 1st October 2013 in Tokyo. In addition to the keynote speeches by HRH The Duke of York and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, our conference speakers, including distinguished experts and practitioners from the UK, Japan and the US, had an active discussion about the future of Japan-UK security cooperation as well as its impact on the international security environment.
    笹川平和財団―英国王立防衛安全保障研究所(RUSI)共催「日英安全保障協力会議―21世紀の新たな関係に向けて―」を開催いたしました
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    SPF-RUSI 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century': Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

    This video is the keynote speech by HE Mr Shinzo Abe at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.
    本動画は、SPF-RUSI共催「日英安全保障協力会議」での安倍晋三内閣総理大臣による特別講演です。

    笹川平和財団と英国王立防衛安全保障研究所は、2013年9月30日と10月1日に東京にて、日英安全保障協力会議を開催いたしました。会議では、英国王室のヨーク公(アンドルー王子)ならびに安倍総理から基調講演をいただき、その後、日英の安全保障協力の将来と日英協力が世界の安全保障体制に与える影響について、日英米の専門家による活発な議論がなされました。

    This video is the keynote speech by HE Mr Shinzo Abe at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Royal United Services Institute host a conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century' on 30th September and 1st October 2013 in Tokyo. In addition to the keynote speeches by HRH The Duke of York and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, our conference speakers, including distinguished experts and practitioners from the UK, Japan and the US, had an active discussion about the future of Japan-UK security cooperation as well as its impact on the international security environment.

    笹川平和財団―英国王立防衛安全保障研究所(RUSI)共催「日英安全保障協力会議―21世紀の新たな関係に向けて―」を開催いたしました
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    SPF-RUSI 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century': Session2 Vice-Admiral Yoji Koda

    This video is the speech by Vice-Admiral Yoji Koda under the theme of 'UK-Japan Maritime Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific' at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.
    本動画は、SPF-RUSI共催「日英安全保障協力会議」、セッション2「アジア太平洋地域の海洋安全保障と日英協力」における香田洋二第36代自衛艦隊司令官のスピーチです。

    笹川平和財団と英国王立防衛安全保障研究所は、2013年9月30日と10月1日に東京にて、日英安全保障協力会議を開催いたしました。会議では、英国王室のヨーク公(アンドルー王子)ならびに安倍総理から基調講演をいただき、その後、日英の安全保障協力の将来と日英協力が世界の安全保障体制に与える影響について、日英米の専門家による活発な議論がなされました。
    This video is the speech by Vice-Admiral Yoji Koda under the theme of 'UK-Japan Maritime Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific' at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Royal United Services Institute host a conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century' on 30th September and 1st October 2013 in Tokyo. In addition to the keynote speeches by HRH The Duke of York and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, our conference speakers, including distinguished experts and practitioners from the UK, Japan and the US, had an active discussion about the future of Japan-UK security cooperation as well as its impact on the international security environment.

    笹川平和財団―英国王立防衛安全保障研究所(RUSI)共催「日英安全保障協力会議―21世紀の新たな関係に向けて―」を開催いたしました
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    SPF-RUSI 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century': Session2 Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope

    This video is the speech by Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE under the theme of 'UK-Japan Maritime Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific' at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.
    本動画は、SPF-RUSI共催「日英安全保障協力会議」、セッション2「アジア太平洋地域の海洋安全保障と日英協力」におけるサー・マーク・スタンホープ前英国海軍参謀長のスピーチです。
    笹川平和財団と英国王立防衛安全保障研究所は、2013年9月30日と10月1日に東京にて、日英安全保障協力会議を開催いたしました。会議では、英国王室のヨーク公(アンドルー王子)ならびに安倍総理から基調講演をいただき、その後、日英の安全保障協力の将来と日英協力が世界の安全保障体制に与える影響について、日英米の専門家による活発な議論がなされました。

    This video is the speech by Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE under the theme of 'UK-Japan Maritime Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific' at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Royal United Services Institute host a conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century' on 30th September and 1st October 2013 in Tokyo. In addition to the keynote speeches by HRH The Duke of York and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, our conference speakers, including distinguished experts and practitioners from the UK, Japan and the US, had an active discussion about the future of Japan-UK security cooperation as well as its impact on the international security environment.

    笹川平和財団―英国王立防衛安全保障研究所(RUSI)共催
    「日英安全保障協力会議―21世紀の新たな関係に向けて―」を開催いたしました

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    SPF-RUSI 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century': Session3 Mr Keiichiro Iwasaki

    This video is the speech by Mr Keiichiro Iwasaki (Acting Chairman, Sub-Committee on Policy Planning, Defence Production Committee, Keidanren) under the theme of 'The Future of UK-Japan Defence Equipment Cooperation' at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.
    本動画は、SPF-RUSI共催「日英安全保障協力会議」、セッション3「日英防衛装備協力のあり方」における岩﨑啓一郎氏(経団連防衛生産員会・総合部会長代行)のスピーチです。

    笹川平和財団と英国王立防衛安全保障研究所は、2013年9月30日と10月1日に東京にて、日英安全保障協力会議を開催いたしました。会議では、英国王室のヨーク公(アンドルー王子)ならびに安倍総理から基調講演をいただき、その後、日英の安全保障協力の将来と日英協力が世界の安全保障体制に与える影響について、日英米の専門家による活発な議論がなされました。

    This video is the speech by Mr Keiichiro Iwasaki (Acting Chairman, Sub-Committee on Policy Planning, Defence Production Committee, Keidanren) under the theme of 'The Future of UK-Japan Defence Equipment Cooperation' at the conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century', co-organized by SPF and RUSI.

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Royal United Services Institute host a conference on 'Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century' on 30th September and 1st October 2013 in Tokyo. In addition to the keynote speeches by HRH The Duke of York and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, our conference speakers, including distinguished experts and practitioners from the UK, Japan and the US, had an active discussion about the future of Japan-UK security cooperation as well as its impact on the international security environment.
    笹川平和財団―英国王立防衛安全保障研究所(RUSI)共催
    「日英安全保障協力会議―21世紀の新たな関係に向けて―」を開催いたしました


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    2013.12.03up

    Q&A: "Chinese Views of the World and Implications for the United States and Japan"

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation held a panel discussion entitled "Chinese Views of the World and Implications for the United States and Japan: The Role of Media, Education and the Market" on September 4, 2013 with a group of leading American journalists, all with many years of experience living and working in China as reporters.
    Each discussed the factors shaping the Chinese people's views of the rest of the world and the implications for Japan and the United States.

    What role or influence do education, market forces and domestic and foreign media have in influencing the views of the people in China? What changes, if any, have China's rapid economic growth and greater interactions with the rest of the world brought its society? Are there signs of emergent democratic trends? What are the implications of Chinese societal changes and dynamics on Beijing's relationships with Japan and the United States? Distinguished American journalists with experience working in China will offer their thoughts on these and other issues. The event provided an opportunity to further understanding of China and its society.

    Panelists:
    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

    Moderator:
    Toshihiro NAKAYAMA, Professor of American Politics and Foreign Policy at the School of International Politics, Economy and Communication (SIPEC), Aoyama Gakuin University

    笹川平和財団では、日本と米国が、アジア太平洋地域の平和、安定および繁栄に向けて協­働することを推進するため、この地域の情勢や中国を含む地域諸国との適切な関係につい­て、互いの認識を共有し、理解を深める場を設けています。

    その取組みの一環として、中国に詳しい若手~中堅の米国人ジャーナリストを日本へ招へ­いし、2013年9月4日(水)に「中国社会の変化:メディア、教育、市場の役割と日­米への影響」をテーマとするパネル・ディスカッションを開催しました。

    パネリストには、中国特派員としての経験を有し、英語圏・中国語圏に対する発信力を持­っている、ニューヨーク・タイムズ紙、アルジャジーラ(中東の衛星テレビ放送局)、エ­コノミスト誌、フォーリン・ポリシー誌のジャーナリストを、また、モデレーターには青­山学院大学国際政治経済学部の中山俊宏教授をお迎えしました。
    "Chinese Views of the World and Implications for the United States and Japan:The Role of Media, Education and the Market"-A Panel Discussion with American Journalists-(September 4, 2013)

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    Lecture by the Honorable Dr. Ernest Moniz, the United States Secretary of Energy

    On October 31, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted the Honorable Dr. Ernest Moniz, the United States Secretary of Energy, to address current U.S. policy on energy and on the Japan-U.S. bilateral relationship.
    Energy is one of the most important issues for the future of Japan and the international world as a source of electric supply. It has also broader implications for the economy, environment and national security. Additionally, the shale gas revolution in the US and the Fukushima accident in Japan have also drawn attention to future of U.S.-Japan energy cooperation and the energy policies of both countries. Secretary Moniz addressed the issues of U.S.-Japan future cooperation on energy, including nuclear and clean energies, and the implications of these policies for climate change.

    アーネスト・モニーツ米国エネルギー長官講演会「エネルギー安全保障と政策:日米協力の将来」

    笹川平和財団は、現米国エネルギー長官である、アーネスト・モニーツ博士をお招きし2013年10月31日(木)に講演会を開催しました。 
    エネルギー問題は、電力供給源としてだけではなく、経済・環境・安全保障問題まで幅広い問題に関わる、日本にとって、また世界にとっての重要課題です。また、米国のシェールガス革命や福島第一原発事故を背景に、日米のエネルギー政策の変化や日米協力は大きな注目を集めています。このような背景のもと、今回の講演会では、原子力エネルギーやクリーンエネルギーを含めた総合的な日米のエネルギー協力の可能性のほか、気候変動問題との関係等についてモニーツ長官にご講演いただきました。
    なお、モデレーターには国際エネルギー機関(IEA)元事務局長の田中 伸男氏にお願いいたしました。

    "The Future of U.S.-Japan Energy Cooperation in Energy Security and Policy"A Lecture by the Honorable Dr. Ernest Moniz, The United States Secretary of EnergyOn Thursday, October 31.
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    2013.12.02up

    Panel Discussion: "Chinese Views of the World and Implications for the United States and Japan"

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation held a panel discussion entitled "Chinese Views of the World and Implications for the United States and Japan: The Role of Media, Education and the Market" on September 4, 2013 with a group of leading American journalists, all with many years of experience living and working in China as reporters.

    Each discussed the factors shaping the Chinese people's views of the rest of the world and the implications for Japan and the United States.

    What role or influence do education, market forces and domestic and foreign media have in influencing the views of the people in China? What changes, if any, have China's rapid economic growth and greater interactions with the rest of the world brought its society? Are there signs of emergent democratic trends? What are the implications of Chinese societal changes and dynamics on Beijing's relationships with Japan and the United States? Distinguished American journalists with experience working in China will offer their thoughts on these and other issues. The event provided an opportunity to further understanding of China and its society.

    Panelists:
    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

    Moderator:
    Toshihiro NAKAYAMA, Professor of American Politics and Foreign Policy at the School of International Politics, Economy and Communication (SIPEC), Aoyama Gakuin University

    笹川平和財団では、日本と米国が、アジア太平洋地域の平和、安定および繁栄に向けて協働することを推進するため、この地域の情勢や中国を含む地域諸国との適切な関係について、互いの認識を共有し、理解を深める場を設けています。

    その取組みの一環として、中国に詳しい若手~中堅の米国人ジャーナリストを日本へ招へいし、2013年9月4日(水)に「中国社会の変化:メディア、教育、市場の役割と日米への影響」をテーマとするパネル・ディスカッションを開催しました。

    パネリストには、中国特派員としての経験を有し、英語圏・中国語圏に対する発信力を持っている、ニューヨーク・タイムズ紙、アルジャジーラ(中東の衛星テレビ放送局)、エコノミスト誌、フォーリン・ポリシー誌のジャーナリストを、また、モデレーターには青山学院大学国際政治経済学部の中山俊宏教授をお迎えしました。 

    本パネル・ディスカッションは、長年中国を見てきた米国人ジャーナリスト達と共に、中国社会がメディア、教育、そして経済成長からどのような影響を受け、また、変化しているかを議論することで、日米両国が中国社会に対する理解を深めていく際の貴重な示唆を得る機会となりました。

    パネリスト)
    Jonathan ANSFIELD 氏
    ニューヨーク・タイムズ紙北京支局特派員、中国語ウェブサイト「cn.nytimes.com」エディター
    Melissa CHAN 氏/アルジャジーラ(中東発衛星テレビ放送局)レポーター
    Gady EPSTEIN 氏/エコノミスト誌中国特派員
    Isaac Stone FISH 氏/フォーリン・ポリシー誌アソシエイト・エディター
    モデレーター)
    中山 俊宏 先生
    青山学院大学国際政治経済学部国際政治学科教授

    "Chinese Views of the World and Implications for the United States and Japan:The Role of Media, Education and the Market"-A Panel Discussion with American Journalists-(September 4, 2013)

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    2013.11.07up

    "Present and Future Relationship between Iran and Japan"

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Dr. Raza Nazarhari, the Ambassador to Japan of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to speak at the seminar detailed below, on August 29th, 2013.

    Iran -- Japan relations have recently been in a state of flux due to external pressures. These pressures have brought about changes in what have been the consistently close relations between the two countries. Against this background, Japan's oil imports from Iran have fallen by nearly a third over the past three years, and at the same time, Japan's exports to Iran have also declined sharply during this period. These outside pressures are continuing to work to reduce bilateral relations even further.

    Furthermore, the recent presidential elections in Iran and the victory of Dr. Hassan Rohani have created the possibility that future relations between the two countries be further improved. This probability may arise from several factors, mainly:
         - Plans and Programs of Policy announced by President Rohani
         - The mutual needs of Iran and Japan with regard to trade, economy etc.
         - The stability Iran can bring to the Persian Gulf Region.

    To promote a deep mutual understanding, the Iranian Ambassador talked about the current status and outlook for the relationship between the two countries.
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    2013.11.07up

    "A Contest for Supremacy Update: Explaining China's Recent Assertiveness" [Discussion]

    We invited Professor Hiroshi Nakanishi of Kyoto University as a moderator, and Dr. Shinji Yamaguchi from National Institute for Defense Studies as a commentator.
    ( English follows after Japanese )
    ※本動画はフリードバーグ教授講演会のディスカッションおよび質疑応答部分です。
    モデレーターには京都大学教授の中西寛先生、コメンテーターには、フリードバーグ教授の著書日本語版の共訳者のお一人でもある、防衛研究所の山口信治教官をお迎えしました。

    アーロン・フリードバーグ プリンストン大学教授講演会
    「アジアをめぐる米中対立の現状-最近の中国の動向を踏まえて」

    2013年度「日米オピニオンリーダー交流Ⅱ」事業の一環として米国プリンストン大学教授のアーロン・フリードバーグ氏をお迎えし、2013年6月26日(水)に講演会を開催致しました。
    フリードバーグ教授は2011年の著書「支配への競争: 米中対立の構図とアジアの将来」(日本語版 2013年6月出版)の中で、中国の究極的な目標は米国に代わってアジアにおける優位を確立することにあり、米中の異なる政治イデオロギーと統治体制によって対立は深まっていくと論じています。その後2年が経過し、昨年来の日中関係の悪化や中国の行動の変化等を受け、米中関係の構造にどのような変化が見られるのか、中国の行動の変化の背景にあるものは何か、議論しました。

    フリードバーグ教授は著名な国際政治学者であり、ジョージ・W・ブッシュ政権でチェイニー副大統領の国家安全保障担当副補佐官や、共和党大統領候補だったミット・ロムニー氏のアジア太平洋政策作業チームの共同座長も務めたオピニオンリーダーのお一人です。

    *Discussion and Q&A session.
    We invited Professor Hiroshi Nakanishi of Kyoto University as a moderator, and Dr. Shinji Yamaguchi from National Institute for Defense Studies as a commentator.

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Dr. Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor at Princeton University to give a lecture on the update of his book, "A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia" ( Japanese translation of this book was published in June 2013), in Tokyo on June 26th, 2013. Two years ago, in his book, Professor Friedberg discussed that the ultimate objective of China's strategy would be to become the preponderant power in Asia by replacing the United States and the US-China relations would be tense over time due to differences in their domestic political system and ideology. Now, having seen changes in China's behavior and the aggravated Japan-China relations, have US-China relations also changed? If so, how? In the course of the lecture, Professor Friedberg provided his recent analysis and discussed* about the background of China's assertiveness and US-China relations.

    Professor Friedberg is a distinguished scholar in international politics who served as a Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs in the Office of the Vice President from 2003 to 2005. He was also working for Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate in 2012 as a member of his Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team.
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    2013.09.01up

    An Insider View: What to Expect from the 113th Congress and Second Obama Administration

    On June 19, 2013, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted The Honorable J Dennis Hastert, Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, to assess the current US politics and the relationship between Obama administration and the 113th Congress.
    Under the circumstance that the Republican holds a majority of seats in the House, and many of the Republican members are more conservative than ever before, the US political atmosphere has become increasingly tense. Speaker Hastert analyzed this current US political tension, addressing the critical issues that the second Obama administration is negotiating with the Congress, such as Annual Appropriations, Debt Ceiling, and TPP.

    Mr. Hastert worked as Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007. During the tenure as Speaker of the House, he focused his efforts on lowering taxes, improving education, strengthening Social Security and Medicare and bolstering national defense. He also has a strong connection with Japan since 1970s and contributed to strengthen the US-Japan relationship. Prior to serving in Congress, he served three terms in the Illinois General Assembly. Since 2010, he has served as Honorary Co-Chair of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), with a particular focus our Congressional Study Group on Japan.

    With Speaker Hastert, seasoned politician with deep insight, the lecture provided an opportunity to understand the inside of US politics and its implications for future US-Japan relationship.
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    2013.07.08up

    "A Contest for Supremacy Update: Explaining China's Recent Assertiveness"by Prof. Aaron Friedberg

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Dr. Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor at Princeton University to give a lecture on the update of his book, "A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia" ( Japanese translation of this book was published in June 2013), in Tokyo on June 26th, 2013.

    ( English follows after Japanese )※本講演会動画は英語版のみとなります。

    アーロン・フリードバーグ プリンストン大学教授講演会
    「アジアをめぐる米中対立の現状-最近の中国の動向を踏まえて」

    2013年度「日米オピニオンリーダー交流Ⅱ」事業の一環として米国プリンストン大学教授のアーロン・フリードバーグ氏をお迎えし、2013年6月26日(水)に講演会を開催致しました。フリードバーグ教授は2011年の著書「支配への競争: 米中対立の構図とアジアの将来」(日本語版 2013年6月出版)の中で、中国の究極的な目標は米国に代わってアジアにおける優位を確立することにあり、米中の異なる政治イデオロギーと統治体制によって対立は深まっていくと論じています。その後2年が経過し、昨年来の日中関係の悪化や中国の行動の変化等を受け、米中関係の構造にどのような変化が見られるのか、中国の行動の変化の背景にあるものは何か、議論しました※。

    フリードバーグ教授は著名な国際政治学者であり、ジョージ・W・ブッシュ政権でチェイニー副大統領の国家安全保障担当副補佐官や、共和党大統領候補だったミット・ロムニー氏のアジア太平洋政策作業チームの共同座長も務めたオピニオンリーダーのお一人です。

    ※モデレーターには京都大学教授の中西寛先生、コメンテーターには、フリードバーグ教授の著書日本語版の共訳者のお一人でもある、防衛研究所の山口信治教官をお迎えしました。

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Dr. Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor at Princeton University to give a lecture on the update of his book, "A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia" ( Japanese translation of this book was published in June 2013), in Tokyo on June 26th, 2013. Two years ago, in his book, Professor Friedberg discussed that the ultimate objective of China's strategy would be to become the preponderant power in Asia by replacing the United States and the US-China relations would be tense over time due to differences in their domestic political system and ideology. Now, having seen changes in China's behavior and the aggravated Japan-China relations, have US-China relations also changed? If so, how? In the course of the lecture, Professor Friedberg provided his recent analysis and discussed* about the background of China's assertiveness and US-China relations.

    Professor Friedberg is a distinguished scholar in international politics who served as a Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs in the Office of the Vice President from 2003 to 2005. He was also working for Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate in 2012 as a member of his Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team.

    *We also invited Professor Hiroshi Nakanishi of Kyoto University as a moderator, and Dr. Shinji Yamaguchi from National Institute for Defense Studies as a commentator.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znT-IJyYIv8&feature=youtu.be
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    "US-China Relations: Managing Cooperation & Competition" by Dr. David Shambaugh

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Dr. David Shambaugh, Professor, the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, on the theme of "US-China Relations: Managing Cooperation & Competition" in Tokyo on January 23rd, 2013.
    The relationship between the United States and China today, is the most important one in the Asia-Pacific region, if not in the world. War, peace, stability, growth, and common approaches to multilateral challenges all involve the United States and China. The relationship is also central for Japan's future.
    In this lecture, Professor David Shambaugh of George Washington University, explored the background, current condition, and future prospects for the US-China relationship.
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    A Panel Discussion, "U.S.-China Relations: Policy Recommendations for the 2nd Obama Administration"

    What are the major issues in U.S.-China relations in the areas of military & security, economics & trade, and energy & environment, and how should the Obama administration approach these issues in the next four years? Will the Obama administration uphold the concept it presented in its first term of U.S. rebalance toward Asia, and if so, how will it apply to U.S.-China relations in the second term? The event was an opportunity to hear the perspectives of the panelists, who are both experts in these areas and keen observers of China and its policies.
    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted a panel discussion with a diverse group of American China experts from Washington, D.C. to present a range of perspectives on U.S. policy options with regard to China under the 2nd Obama administration on February 19, 2013.

    What are the major issues in U.S.-China relations in the areas of military & security, economics & trade, and energy & environment, and how should the Obama administration approach these issues in the next four years? Will the Obama administration uphold the concept it presented in its first term of U.S. rebalance toward Asia, and if so, how will it apply to U.S.-China relations in the second term? The event was an opportunity to hear the perspectives of the panelists, who are both experts in these areas and keen observers of China and its policies. They examined the goals of the United States in its relations with China, and discussed U.S. policy options as well as domestic constraints and regional challenges it faces in pursuing these goals.

    This discussion also took place during Prime Minister Abe's first trip to Washington, D.C. after his election, and was a timely opportunity to consider the implications of U.S.-China relations on U.S. policies for Japan and U.S.-Japan relations.
    笹川平和財団は、2012年度「日米オピニオンリーダー交流Ⅱ」事業の一環として、米国から中国専門家計7名を招へいし、2012年2月19日(火)に「米中関係:第2期オバマ政権への政策提言」 をテーマとするパネルディスカッションを開催しました。
    パネリストには、米国の保守系、リベラル系、超党派のシンクタンクから、軍事・安全保障、経済・貿易、エネルギー・環境の分野の専門家を迎えました。
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    2013.04.02up

    "The US-Japanese Alliance in a Global Context" by Dr. Thomas U. Berger

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Dr. Thomas U. Berger, Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Boston University, on the theme of "The US-Japanese Alliance in a Global Context: Prospects and Perils for an Enduring Partnership" in Tokyo on December 12th, 2012.
    Despite the frictions over Futenma and anxiety over US support on the Senkaku's, in certain respects, the alliance is in very good shape. Cooperation between the two sides is as close as ever. The US commitment to Asia appears as strong as ever. Moreover, the strategic concern of the two sides may be converging. As the US grows more concerned about hedging against Chinese bellicosity, Japan is becoming more serious about its territorial defense. Yet, beyond these positive trends and developments, Dr. Berger discusses that there loom serious short and long term problems. He emphasizes that serious work will be needed to make sure that this tremendously important and successful partnership will continue to function in the future. The US-Japanese alliance is at an important juncture again, arguably the most important, and in some ways most difficult, since the end of the Cold War.

    Dr. Berger joined Boston University in 2001. Previously, he taught for seven years at Department of Political Science, the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of War, Guilt and World Politics After World War II, Cultures of Antimilitarism: National Security in Germany and Japan and is co-editor of Japan in International Politics: Beyond the Reactive State. His articles and essays have appeared in numerous edited volumes and journals, including International Security, Review of International Studies, German Politics and World Affairs Quarterly.
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    2013.03.06up

    A Seminar on "Arab Spring"& Kingdom of Bahrain Reforms

    At the invitation of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Bahraini Ambassador to Japan Dr. Khalil Bin Ebrahim Hassan gave a lecture on the topics detailed below concerning the "Arab Spring"& Kingdom of Bahrain Reforms, in Tokyo on November 22 (Thu).
    Speaker:
    H.E. Dr. Khalil Bin Ebrahim Hassan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan
    Commentator:
    Mr. Nobuhisa DEGAWA, Senior News commentator for Middle East Affairs (NHK)

    Provoked by the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia which broke out at the end of 2010, the "Arab Spring" spread across the Arab world, and reached Bahrain. In February 2011, protests occurred, led by the Shi'ite population, demanding more political freedom, greater respect for human rights and democratically-elected cabinet government, resulting in clashes between demonstrators and security forces causing fatalities. With the demonstrations escalating, the government of Bahrain deployed troops, and on March 14, at its request, soldiers from Saudi Arabia and police forces from the UAE were dispatched to the country under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council. A three-month state of emergency was declared and the situation gradually settled. However, in April this year, as Bahrain hosted a Formula One race, demonstrations once again erupted around the country.

    Meanwhile King Hamad has been showing quick response. He announced on February 11, 2011, that 1,000 Baharain Dinars would be distributed to households in Bahrain. He also carried out reforms such as relaxing of media restrictions, the establishment of a human rights agency, together with legal and other reforms.At the invitation of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Bahraini Ambassador to Japan Dr. Khalil Bin Ebrahim Hassan gave a lecture on the topics detailed below concerning the "Arab Spring"& Kingdom of Bahrain Reforms, in Tokyo on November 22 (Thu).

    Speaker:
    H.E. Dr. Khalil Bin Ebrahim Hassan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan
    Commentator:
    Mr. Nobuhisa DEGAWA, Senior News commentator for Middle East Affairs (NHK)

    Provoked by the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia which broke out at the end of 2010, the "Arab Spring" spread across the Arab world, and reached Bahrain. In February 2011, protests occurred, led by the Shi'ite population, demanding more political freedom, greater respect for human rights and democratically-elected cabinet government, resulting in clashes between demonstrators and security forces causing fatalities. With the demonstrations escalating, the government of Bahrain deployed troops, and on March 14, at its request, soldiers from Saudi Arabia and police forces from the UAE were dispatched to the country under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council. A three-month state of emergency was declared and the situation gradually settled. However, in April this year, as Bahrain hosted a Formula One race, demonstrations once again erupted around the country.

    Meanwhile King Hamad has been showing quick response. He announced on February 11, 2011, that 1,000 Baharain Dinars would be distributed to households in Bahrain. He also carried out reforms such as relaxing of media restrictions, the establishment of a human rights agency, together with legal and other reforms.At the invitation of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Bahraini Ambassador to Japan Dr. Khalil Bin Ebrahim Hassan gave a lecture on the topics detailed below concerning the "Arab Spring"& Kingdom of Bahrain Reforms, in Tokyo on November 22 (Thu).

    Speaker:
    H.E. Dr. Khalil Bin Ebrahim Hassan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan
    Commentator:
    Mr. Nobuhisa DEGAWA, Senior News commentator for Middle East Affairs (NHK)

    Provoked by the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia which broke out at the end of 2010, the "Arab Spring" spread across the Arab world, and reached Bahrain. In February 2011, protests occurred, led by the Shi'ite population, demanding more political freedom, greater respect for human rights and democratically-elected cabinet government, resulting in clashes between demonstrators and security forces causing fatalities. With the demonstrations escalating, the government of Bahrain deployed troops, and on March 14, at its request, soldiers from Saudi Arabia and police forces from the UAE were dispatched to the country under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council. A three-month state of emergency was declared and the situation gradually settled. However, in April this year, as Bahrain hosted a Formula One race, demonstrations once again erupted around the country.

    Meanwhile King Hamad has been showing quick response. He announced on February 11, 2011, that 1,000 Baharain Dinars would be distributed to households in Bahrain. He also carried out reforms such as relaxing of media restrictions, the establishment of a human rights agency, together with legal and other reforms.
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    2013.01.17up

    "Japan's Economy: A Viable Pathway Forward for Steady Growth" by Dr. Daniel I. Okimoto

    On October 29, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted Dr. Daniel I. Okimoto, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University, to assess the current state of Japan's economy and present his thoughts on a viable way forward for Japan to achieve steady economic growth.
    Can Japan's economy get back and remain on a trajectory for stable growth, or is Japan a lost cause? Dr. Daniel I. Okimoto addressed this question and discussed a strategy focusing on the development and export of basic infrastructure including energy, transportation, healthcare, and tourism.On October 29, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted Dr. Daniel I. Okimoto, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University, to assess the current state of Japan's economy and present his thoughts on a viable way forward for Japan to achieve steady economic growth.
    Can Japan's economy get back and remain on a trajectory for stable growth, or is Japan a lost cause? Dr. Daniel I. Okimoto addressed this question and discussed a strategy focusing on the development and export of basic infrastructure including energy, transportation, healthcare, and tourism.On October 29, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted Dr. Daniel I. Okimoto, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University, to assess the current state of Japan's economy and present his thoughts on a viable way forward for Japan to achieve steady economic growth.
    Can Japan's economy get back and remain on a trajectory for stable growth, or is Japan a lost cause? Dr. Daniel I. Okimoto addressed this question and discussed a strategy focusing on the development and export of basic infrastructure including energy, transportation, healthcare, and tourism.
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    "Global Energy Trends and Developments" by Mr. William Martin

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Mr. William Martin, former US Deputy Secretary of Energy on the theme of "Global Energy Trend and Developments" in Tokyo on September 4th, 2012.
    Under Reagan administration, Mr. Martin also served as Special Assistant to the President and as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. Recently he concluded ten years of Chairing the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee of the Department of Energy.
    Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the issue of energy security has caught public attention in Japan, especially through the issue of electrical power supply. Yet, the issue of energy security is not only a problem for Japan, but also a global agenda that we have to deal with. At the lecture, Mr. Martin looked ahead to a world of 10 billion people by 2100 and asked the basic question, how can the needs of human kind be met? How can the world provide clean, secure and affordable energy to ensure global prosperity? He described the need for a diversified energy mix to achieve clean and secure energy requirements, and looked at the responsibilities of advanced nations such as Japan and the United States to ensure global energy stability through advanced technologies that will be cleaner and more renewable than today's mix. Considering that without fundamental energy needs being met, it will be much more difficult to achieve economic growth and to secure jobs for young generation resulting in increased global tension and possible war over scarce resources, Mr. Martin addressed the unique responsibilities of the United States and Japan to work together to achieve global prosperity and peace.The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Mr. William Martin, former US Deputy Secretary of Energy on the theme of "Global Energy Trend and Developments" in Tokyo on September 4th, 2012. Under Reagan administration, Mr. Martin also served as Special Assistant to the President and as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. Recently he concluded ten years of Chairing the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee of the Department of Energy.
    Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the issue of energy security has caught public attention in Japan, especially through the issue of electrical power supply. Yet, the issue of energy security is not only a problem for Japan, but also a global agenda that we have to deal with. At the lecture, Mr. Martin looked ahead to a world of 10 billion people by 2100 and asked the basic question, how can the needs of human kind be met? How can the world provide clean, secure and affordable energy to ensure global prosperity? He described the need for a diversified energy mix to achieve clean and secure energy requirements, and looked at the responsibilities of advanced nations such as Japan and the United States to ensure global energy stability through advanced technologies that will be cleaner and more renewable than today's mix. Considering that without fundamental energy needs being met, it will be much more difficult to achieve economic growth and to secure jobs for young generation resulting in increased global tension and possible war over scarce resources, Mr. Martin addressed the unique responsibilities of the United States and Japan to work together to achieve global prosperity and peace.The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Mr. William Martin, former US Deputy Secretary of Energy on the theme of "Global Energy Trend and Developments" in Tokyo on September 4th, 2012. Under Reagan administration, Mr. Martin also served as Special Assistant to the President and as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. Recently he concluded ten years of Chairing the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee of the Department of Energy.
    Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the issue of energy security has caught public attention in Japan, especially through the issue of electrical power supply. Yet, the issue of energy security is not only a problem for Japan, but also a global agenda that we have to deal with. At the lecture, Mr. Martin looked ahead to a world of 10 billion people by 2100 and asked the basic question, how can the needs of human kind be met? How can the world provide clean, secure and affordable energy to ensure global prosperity? He described the need for a diversified energy mix to achieve clean and secure energy requirements, and looked at the responsibilities of advanced nations such as Japan and the United States to ensure global energy stability through advanced technologies that will be cleaner and more renewable than today's mix. Considering that without fundamental energy needs being met, it will be much more difficult to achieve economic growth and to secure jobs for young generation resulting in increased global tension and possible war over scarce resources, Mr. Martin addressed the unique responsibilities of the United States and Japan to work together to achieve global prosperity and peace.
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    "Enhancing Japan-U.S. Partnership in a New Global Order" by Mr. Randall G. Schriver

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation is pleased to invited Mr. Randall G. Schriver, president and CEO of Project 2049 Institute and a founding partner of Armitage International LLC, for a discussion on the Asia-Pacific regional security landscape and the Japan-U.S. alliance.
    As one of the leading Asia-hands in the U.S. and head of a think tank specializing in providing solutions to security and policy issues in the Asia-Pacific, Mr. Schriver discussed U.S. goals and priorities in the region, and assessed the potential of the Japan-U.S. alliance to play a greater role in the region. In addition Mr. Schriver, who is also a member of the bipartisan "Armitage-Nye" working group led by former deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage and former dean of Harvard Kennedy School Dr. Joseph S. Nye Jr., drew his remarks from the findings and recommendations of the third report to be released by the working group in mid-August.

    Mr. Schriver has extensive government experience as deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2003 to 2005 and as chief of staff and senior policy advisor to then-deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage, from 2001 to 2003.The Sasakawa Peace Foundation is pleased to invited Mr. Randall G. Schriver, president and CEO of Project 2049 Institute and a founding partner of Armitage International LLC, for a discussion on the Asia-Pacific regional security landscape and the Japan-U.S. alliance. As one of the leading Asia-hands in the U.S. and head of a think tank specializing in providing solutions to security and policy issues in the Asia-Pacific, Mr. Schriver discussed U.S. goals and priorities in the region, and assessed the potential of the Japan-U.S. alliance to play a greater role in the region. In addition Mr. Schriver, who is also a member of the bipartisan "Armitage-Nye" working group led by former deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage and former dean of Harvard Kennedy School Dr. Joseph S. Nye Jr., drew his remarks from the findings and recommendations of the third report to be released by the working group in mid-August.

    Mr. Schriver has extensive government experience as deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2003 to 2005 and as chief of staff and senior policy advisor to then-deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage, from 2001 to 2003.
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    2012.09.24up

    "TPP and US-Japan Relations" by Ambassador Clayton Keith Yeutter

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Ambassador Clayton Keith Yeutter, former US Minister for Agriculture, on the theme of "TPP and US-Japan Relations: The Impact of Japan's Participation" in Tokyo on June 18th, 2012.

    Ambassador Yeutter is currently a senior advisor of the international law firm, Hogan Lovells. He served as United States Trade Representative (USTR) under President Ronald Regan from 1985 to 1989 and United States Secretary of Agriculture under President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1991.

    With his professional background, Ambassador Yeutter has supported Japan's participation in TPP. But some may ask: Why should Japan join TPP? Why should the U.S. and other participants want Japan to do so? What will be the benefits to all of us, and what will be the impacts on Japanese foreign policy and security considerations? Ambassador Yeutter discussed and answered those questions, overviewing the on-going TPP negotiations and US-Japan relations in the region.The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Ambassador Clayton Keith Yeutter, former US Minister for Agriculture, on the theme of "TPP and US-Japan Relations: The Impact of Japan's Participation" in Tokyo on June 18th, 2012.
    Ambassador Yeutter is currently a senior advisor of the international law firm, Hogan Lovells. He served as United States Trade Representative (USTR) under President Ronald Regan from 1985 to 1989 and United States Secretary of Agriculture under President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1991.

    With his professional background, Ambassador Yeutter has supported Japan's participation in TPP. But some may ask: Why should Japan join TPP? Why should the U.S. and other participants want Japan to do so? What will be the benefits to all of us, and what will be the impacts on Japanese foreign policy and security considerations? Ambassador Yeutter discussed and answered those questions, overviewing the on-going TPP negotiations and US-Japan relations in the region.
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    2012.08.12up

    "US-Japan Relations: A New Partnership for a New Era" by Ambassador Michael Armacost

    "US-Japan Relations: A New Partnership for a New Era" The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Ambassador Michael Armacost, former US Ambassador to Japan to present a lecture on the theme of "US-Japan Relations: A New Partnership for a New Era" in Tokyo on May 15th, 2012.
    "US-Japan Relations: A New Partnership for a New Era" The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Ambassador Michael Armacost, former US Ambassador to Japan to present a lecture on the theme of "US-Japan Relations: A New Partnership for a New Era" in Tokyo on May 15th, 2012. Ambassador Armacost is currently a Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow, the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC), Stanford University. He entered the State Department in 1969 and remained in public service for 24 years. During that time he held sensitive international security positions in the State Department, Defense Department and the National Security Council. He also served as Ambassador to the Philippines from 1982-1984, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs from 1984-1989 and Ambassador to Japan from 1989-1993.

    When he was US Ambassador to Japan, it was the midst of the Japanese bubble economy and the two countries had been facing many difficult bilateral issues, including trade conflict. At the same time, this period witnessed a drastic change in the world due to the end of the Cold War and the firs Gulf War.

    More than twenty years have passed, and we are currently facing the shift in power balance in the Asia-Pacific region. As we need to build a new partnership between Japan and the United States to respond to a new environment, how does the former US Ambassador to Japan who tackled with many difficulties during the changing period twenty years ago see the future development of the two countries? He will address the future of US-Japan relations, comparing the two eras and analyzing the on-going issues such as TPP and Energy security."US-Japan Relations: A New Partnership for a New Era" The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Ambassador Michael Armacost, former US Ambassador to Japan to present a lecture on the theme of "US-Japan Relations: A New Partnership for a New Era" in Tokyo on May 15th, 2012. Ambassador Armacost is currently a
    Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow, the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC), Stanford University. He entered the State Department in 1969 and remained in public service for 24 years. During that time he held sensitive international security positions in the State Department, Defense Department and the National Security Council. He also served as Ambassador to the Philippines from 1982-1984, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs from 1984-1989 and Ambassador to Japan from 1989-1993.

    When he was US Ambassador to Japan, it was the midst of the Japanese bubble economy and the two countries had been facing many difficult bilateral issues, including trade conflict. At the same time, this period witnessed a drastic change in the world due to the end of the Cold War and the firs Gulf War.

    More than twenty years have passed, and we are currently facing the shift in power balance in the Asia-Pacific region. As we need to build a new partnership between Japan and the United States to respond to a new environment, how does the former US Ambassador to Japan who tackled with many difficulties during the changing period twenty years ago see the future development of the two countries? He will address the future of US-Japan relations, comparing the two eras and analyzing the on-going issues such as TPP and Energy security.
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    2012.08.12up

    "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Middle East Policy after Arab Spring"

    "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Middle East Policy after Arab Spring" by Dr. Stephen Martin Walt.
    Mearsheimer and his colleagues, Dr. Walt has criticized the 2003 US attack in Iraq as not being in America's national interest. Furthermore, he has pointed out what he considers to be the excessive influence wielded over US Middle Eastern policy by the Israel Lobby from a realist standpoint .

    In the course of the lecture, Dr. Walt will discuss the impact that the post-Arab spring upheaval in the Middle East has had on US Middle Eastern policy, as well as the various activities of the Israel Lobby."The Israel Lobby and U.S. Middle East Policy after Arab Spring" by Dr. Stephen Martin Walt.

    In order to keep abreast of the rapidly changing political situation in the Islamic Middle East, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation currently conducts a lecture series on political movements in the region.

    For this lecture, the sixth in the series, the Foundation has invited Dr. Stephen Walt, an expert in international relations from Harvard University, to speak on "US Middle Eastern Policy in the Post-Arab Spring Era and the Israel Lobby" on June 12th (Tue) in Tokyo.

    Dr. Walt is an expert on wide range of topics, including US foreign policy, security, and Middle Eastern politics. In his book "Taming American Power - The Global Response to US Primacy-" he provides a thorough analysis of US foreign policy, with a particular focus on recent US Middle Eastern policy. Together with Dr. John Mearsheimer and his colleagues, Dr. Walt has criticized the 2003 US attack in Iraq as not being in America's national interest. Furthermore, he has pointed out what he considers to be the excessive influence wielded over US Middle Eastern policy by the Israel Lobby from a realist standpoint .

    In the course of the lecture, Dr. Walt will discuss the impact that the post-Arab spring upheaval in the Middle East has had on US Middle Eastern policy, as well as the various activities of the Israel Lobby.
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    2012.08.12up

    "Japan's response to the situation in the Gulf"

    Mr. Miyake, on the other hand, addressed issues such as the post-Arab Spring movement towards democracy in the Middle East, why people in Japan tend to misread the situation in the region, and aspects of the Middle East that often remain hidden even to those well versed in the field.In order to keep abreast of the rapidly changing political situation in the Islamic Middle East, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation is currently conducting a lecture series on political movements in the region.
    For this lecture, the seventh in the series, Motohiro Oono, a member of the House of Councilors, and a Middle East expert Kunihiko Miyake were invited to speak on "Japan's response to the situation in the Gulf".
    In April this year, councilor Oono accompanied former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on a visit to Iran to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a number of key Iranian officials. In the upcoming lecture, councilor Oono spoke mainly on the expectations of the Iranian leaders towards Japan, and discussed how Japan may react to these expectations.

    In April this year, councilor Oono accompanied former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on a visit to Iran to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a number of key Iranian officials. In the upcoming lecture, councilor Oono spoke mainly on the expectations of the Iranian leaders towards Japan, and discussed how Japan may react to these expectations.
    Mr. Miyake, on the other hand, addressed issues such as the post-Arab Spring movement towards democracy in the Middle East, why people in Japan tend to misread the situation in the region, and aspects of the Middle East that often remain hidden even to those well versed in the field.
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    "A Contest for Supremacy" by Dr. Aaron L. Friedberg

    "U.S. Rebalance to Asia: Japan as the Key Partner"
    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Mr. John D. Podesta, Chair of the Center for American Progress (CAP) and former White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton, to offer his perspectives on the partnership between the United States and Japan, and the future of the relationship as the U.S. rebalances its foreign policy towards Asia.
    The speech took a broad look at this new focus, while discussing specific areas where the U.S. and Japan can cooperate to make both the United States and Japan stronger, more prosperous, and more secure."U.S. Rebalance to Asia: Japan as the Key Partner"
    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Mr. John D. Podesta, Chair of the Center for American Progress (CAP) and former White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton, to offer his perspectives on the partnership between the United States and Japan, and the future of the relationship as the U.S. rebalances its foreign policy towards Asia.
    The speech took a broad look at this new focus, while discussing specific areas where the U.S. and Japan can cooperate to make both the United States and Japan stronger, more prosperous, and more secure.
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    "A Contest for Supremacy" by Dr. Aaron L. Friedberg

    "A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia" The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Dr. Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor of Princeton University to give a lecture on the theme of his new book, "A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia".

    Professor Friedberg is a distinguished scholar in international politics who served as a Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs in the Office of the Vice President from 2003 to 2005. He is also currently working for Mitt Romney running for Republican presidential nomination as a member of his Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team.
    The lecture meeting entitled "A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia" was held on March 5, 2012."A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia" The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Dr. Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor of Princeton University to give a lecture on the theme of his new book, "A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia".
    Professor Friedberg is a distinguished scholar in international politics who served as a Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs in the Office of the Vice President from 2003 to 2005. He is also currently working for Mitt Romney running for Republican presidential nomination as a member of his Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team.
    The lecture meeting entitled "A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia" was held on March 5, 2012.
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    2012.04.10up

    "Long-term Cost-Benefit Analysis of Demilitarization: Costa Rica's Success Story"

    At the invitation of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Ambassador of Costa Rica to Japan, H.E. Mr. Alvaro Cedeño-Molinari spoke about the long-term effect of demilitarization of Costa Rica and shared his rich diplomatic experience and knowledge in the field of peace research.
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    2012.03.25up

    "The British Perspective on the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula"

    For this lecture, the third in the series, two British experts on the Arabian Peninsula (Prof. Rory MILLER, Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, King's College London / Prof. Clive JONES, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds) were invited to speak about "The British Perspective on the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula" in Tokyo on December 5, 2011.

    In order to keep abreast of the rapidly changing situation of the political situation in the Middle East, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation began a series of lectures on political movements in the Islamic Middle East.

    For this lecture, the third in the series, two British experts on the Arabian Peninsula (Prof. Rory MILLER, Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, King's College London / Prof. Clive JONES, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds) were invited to speak about "The British Perspective on the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula" in Tokyo on December 5, 2011.

    The United Kingdom has a long history of close and extensive interaction with the Islamic world. For this reason, a vast amount of research has been carried out into Islamic countries by UK scholars, and the fruits of this work are now enjoyed by researchers in Japan and other countries worldwide. In particular, a great emphasis has been put on the aspect of field work in contemporary Middle East, and empirical research is now being carried out from various angles.
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    2012.03.25up

    "Singapore's Perspective on the post-Arab Spring Situation"

    For this lecture, the fourth in the series, three Singaporean experts on Middle Eastern Islam were invited to speak on "Singapore's Perspective on the Post-Arab Spring Siutaiton in the Middle East" in Tokyo on January 30, 2012.

    Singapore is a logistical and financial hub for the people of the Middle East and South East Asia, and is in a geopolitically privileged position to obtain clear information on the Middle East situation.
    The speakers are researchers and diplomats specializing in issues in international politics, the Middle East situation and Islam in South East Asia. They presented their views on the effects of the Arab Spring on South East Asian Muslims, as well as the current status of international exchange between the Middle East and South East Asia.
    Speakers:
    Mr. James Dorsey, Senior Fellow, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies RSIS, NTU
    Dr. Farish A Noor, Senior Fellow, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies RSIS, NTU
    Mr. Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Former Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Non-Resident Ambassador to Kuwait
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    2012.03.19up

    Interview with Dr. Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi

    Dr. Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi, a member of the ruling family of the Emirate of Ajman in the United Arab Emirates visited Japan with members of JUKI in Feburary, 2012. SPF interviewed about the future prospects between Japan and UAE.
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    2012.03.11up

    A Lecture by Mr. Christopher Nelson on January 23, 2012

    "The Obama Administration's Asia Policy and the U.S. - Japan Alliance -"The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Mr. Christopher Nelson, Senior Vice President of Samuels International Associates, Inc. and the author of the "Nelson Report" .
    The lecture meeting entitled "The Obama Administration's Asia Policy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance" was held on January 23, 2012.
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