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  • International Peace and Security Department

    2020.06.02

    COVID-19 updates from Japan: Interview with SPF Senior Fellow Tsuneo "Nabe" Watanabe

    SPF Senior Fellow Tsuneo “Nabe” Watanabe provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan, including the country's strategy to contain the virus, Japan's stance toward the WHO, and concerns about confrontations with China amidst the COVID-19 pandemic over maritime issues and recent moves in Hong Kong.

    Tsuneo Watanabe profile: https://www.spf.org/en/about/staffs/0013.html

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  • International Peace and Security Department

    2020.04.22

    Changes to the global order during the COVID-19 pandemic: Interview with SPF Senior Fellow Bonji Ohara

    SPF Senior Fellow Bonji Ohara discusses the potential shifts in the global order as competition between the U.S. and China continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Bonji Ohara profile: https://www.spf.org/en/about/staffs/0014.html

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  • International Peace and Security Department

    2020.04.16

    How is Japan Responding to COVID-19? Interview with SPF Senior Fellow Tsuneo "Nabe" Watanabe

    SPF Senior Fellow Tsuneo “Nabe” Watanabe discusses the Japanese government's current strategy to contend with COVID-19, possible long-lasting societal effects in the country, and broader security challenges facing Japan in the context of the current pandemic.

    Note: This interview was conducted on April 15, 2020.

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  • Asia Peace Initiatives Department

    2020.04.07

    Towards Promotion of Responsible Business Conduct and Responsible Supply Chains

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, in collaboration with the Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ) and Business and Human Rights Lawyers Network Japan (BHR Lawyers), convened the Symposium entitled “Towards Promotion of Responsible Business Conduct and Responsible Supply Chains - Roles of National Action Plans on Business & Human Rights and "Engagement" & "Remedy" Guidelines” on February 3, 2020.

    In this Symposium, the "Engagement" and "Remedy" Guidelines were launched, a practical guide for Japanese business to strengthen grievance mechanisms through supply chains. It also invited practitioners and experts involved in the development of national action plans in Thailand, Malaysia and Japan to discuss how Japanese businesses enterprises and civil society should respond to new developments in this field.

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  • Japan–U.S. Program

    2020.03.27

    U.S. in 2020: Changing Society and Presidential Election

    On February 7, 2020, the Japan-U.S. Program of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted a public event "U.S. in 2020: Changing Society and Presidential Election". We invited Prof. Toshihiro Nakayama from Keio University and Prof. Paul Sracic from Youngstown State University in Ohio, who discussed the changing dynamics of American society and the U.S. politics in 2020.

    Prof. Sracic explained the U.S. presidential election system, his analysis of the result of the Iowa Democratic Caucus held on February 3, and the process toward the nomination of the Democratic presidential candidate. He also mentioned that severe division within the party during the primaries may affect the presidential election.
    In addition, Prof. Nakayama discussed on the current U.S. society from the longer perspective of the transformation of "conservative" and "liberal", using keywords such as "national conservatism" and "socialism". Based on his recent research, he argued that the reality of the United States is a divided nation, which is represented by Trump and Sanders phenomena.
    In the latter part of the event, by using a cloud service “slido”, Prof. Nakayama invited the audience to vote in real time for some questions such as “Who will the best next U.S. presidential candidate for Japan?”

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  • Pacific Island Nations Program

    2020.03.26

    International Symposium "Discussion Toward Strengthening Pacific Island Countries-Japan Partnership"

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) held the "Cutting-Edge #7 Post PALM8 Symposium" under the title "Discussion Toward Strengthening Pacific Island Countries-Japan Partnership -Multi-Layered Structure of Pacific Islands Regional Order and Security-" in Tokyo on January 29, 2020. The symposium was held to discuss the current state of the Pacific islands from national, regional, and local perspectives, and consider how Japan should strengthen its mutual cooperation with Pacific island countries.

    The video presents the keynote speech delivered by H.E. Isikeli Mataitoga, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan, Republic of Fiji (on behalf of H.E. Solo Mara, Secretary General, PIDF), as well as two lectures from the symposium, by Ms. Nanise Saune-Qaloewai, Deputy Team Leader, UNDP Governance Project, UN Resident Coordinator's Office Fiji, and H.E. Dr. Fabrizio Bozzato, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary to the Republic of Nauru, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, respectively.

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  • Asia Peace Initiatives Department

    2020.01.30

    Violent Extremism and Social Integration: Pakistan, Indonesia, and Japan's Aum Shinrikyo

    SPF recently invited Dr. Fatima Waqi Sajjad (University of Management and Technology, Pakistan) and Mr. Muhammad Faisal Magrie (Search for Common Ground, Indonesia) to provide an update about violent extremism and social integration in Pakistan and Indonesia.


    Keynote Presentation by Dr. Sajjad (00:08)
    Keynote Presentation by Mr. Magrie (17:46)

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