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  • International Peace and Security Department

    2019.10.31

    Is the Japan-U.S. Alliance Unfair? Comparisons between U.S. Alliances in Europe and Asia

    Under the “America First” motto, U.S. President Donald Trump has continued to criticize the U.S. alliance with Japan as unfair and demand greater military and financial investment from allies around the world. Against this backdrop, SPF in collaboration with the Casimir Pulaski Foundation of Poland has conducted a series of comparative analyses to compile balance sheets outlining the strengths and weaknesses of U.S. allies in Asia and Europe.

    On October 24, 2019, SPF welcomed the authors of this research to Tokyo for discussions comparing Japan's relative strengths and weaknesses with other U.S. allies, with the ultimate goal of uncovering strategies for maintaining the Japan-U.S. alliance moving forward.


    For more on the speakers, please visit the event page.

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  • Ocean Policy Research Institute

    2019.09.30

    TICAD VII Side Event 2: Conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of blue carbon ecosystems

    From August 27-28, 2019, the Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) organized two side events on the sidelines of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) in Yokohama. The second side event focused on the latest developments in blue carbon and explored potential avenues for international collaboration.

  • Ocean Policy Research Institute

    2019.09.30

    TICAD VII Side Event 1: Promoting a sustainable blue economy in Africa

    From August 27-28, 2019, the Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) organized two side events on the sidelines of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) in Yokohama. The first OPRI side event assembled a panel of experts and government officials to discuss opportunities for promoting the blue economy in Africa.

  • International Peace and Security Department

    2019.09.12

    SPF China Observer: A new U.S.-China Cold War? A look at China’s true intentions

    On July 24, 2019, SPF hosted a public forum entitled “SPF China Observer: A new U.S.-China Cold War? A look at China’s true intentions.” From escalating trade frictions to technological competition, the ongoing confrontation between the U.S. and China continues to affect not only economic relations, but also spans into the security and political realms as well.

    In the face of extreme pressure from the U.S., China also appears to be setting the stage for a long-term battle. Given these circumstances, what are China’s ultimate objectives, and how will the country act moving forward? To address these questions and more, the forum assembled a panel of specialists in Chinese politics, economics, society, diplomacy, and security for in-depth discussions.

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  • Asia Social Integration

    2019.08.21

    Panel Discussion on Reconsidering “Masculinity” in Japan and East Asia - Men’s Share! Care! Fair!

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation conducted a survey on men in Japan, Seoul, Taipei, Shanghai, and Hong Kong that discovered an unconscious adaptation strategy wherein men are adopting their authority and masculine identity at a time of changing expectations. This result brings up key questions such as how do men approach domestic affairs and child rearing, and what is the potential impact on a gender equal society?

    In this short video of the panel discussion, top experts in men and masculinity studies as well as fatherhood research, Professor Futoshi Taga, Professor Kimio Ito, and Professor Masako Ishii-Kuntz, discussed “masculinity” in today’s Japan and East Asia.

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  • Middle East and Islam Program Department

    2019.08.20

    Lecture by Ambassador Jean-Christophe Peaucelle

    As part of the “Promoting the Understanding of Islam in Japan” project, Ambassador Jean-Christophe Peaucelle, the Advisor for Religious Affairs in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, gave a lecture at SPF about his work navigating the intersection between religion and diplomacy.

    For more about the Middle East and Islam Program Department at SPF: https://www.spf.org/en/programs/islam/

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  • Middle East and Islam Program Department

    2019.07.04

    Lecture by H.E. Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President for Women and Family Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran

    Iranian Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar recently gave a speech at SPF highlighting the results from a joint research project between the foundation and Iran focusing on women's entrepreneurship.

    Also, in the context of escalating tensions with the U.S., she outlined Iran's stance on sanctions, the country's expectations for the international community, and other challenges in the region.

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  • International Peace and Security Department

    2019.05.28

    SPF Conversation Vol. 1
    Featuring Ambassador David Shear and Admiral Scott Swift

    Following the Japan-U.S. Security and Defense Dialogue Series cohosted by SPF and Stanford University in January 2019, Ambassador David Shear, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, and Admiral Scott Swift, former commander of the U.S.

    Pacific Fleet, sat down with SPF for a wide-ranging interview covering the impact of Japan's new National Defense Program Guidelines, the Trump Administration's commitment to the Indo-Pacific region, and debate over the U.S. articulation of a grand strategy in the region.

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  • Japan-U.S. Program 

    2019.05.16

    Video: How Japan Matters for America in the Indo - Pacific

    On April 15, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted a panel discussion on “How Japan Matters for America in the Indo-Pacific”, celebrating the launch of the 3rd edition of “Japan Matters for America/America Matters for Japan” (JMA/AMJ).

    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/en/seminar/list/20190325.html

    In collaboration with the East West Center, SPF started the JMA/AMJ project in 2009 as a part of “Asia Matters for America” initiative, which has been developed by Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of East West Center in Washington. DC. The JMA/AMJ publication is written in both English and Japanese, and provides readers with information about the bilateral connections between Japan and the U.S. through the alliance, trade, jobs, investment, tourism, education, population, and sister city relationships. Data for the booklet has been collected from extensive research at the state, city, and local levels. Along with the JMA/AMJ booklet, an updated and interactive website on state and congressional district information is also available.

    At this event, we introduced the new edition of JMA/AMJ, and had a panel discussion on U.S. relationships with the region especially focusing on Japan, Australia and ASEAN. By examining these regional relationships with the U.S., we can also see unique characteristics and similarities through the “Asia Matters for America” series, and the panel also discussed how Japan, Japan-U.S. relations, and the Japan-U.S. alliance matters in the region.

    The panelists includes Dr. Satu Limaye and three Japanese experts of international relations in the Indo-Pacific region; Prof. Mie Oba from Tokyo University of Science, Dr. Ryo Sahashi from University of Tokyo, and Dr. Tomohiko Satake from National Institute for Defense Studies.

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  • International Peace and Security Department

    2018.12.26

    SPF “North Korean Denuclearization Process and US Experiences”

    At the summit meeting on June 12, 2018, the US and North Korea had agreed to “denuclearize the Korean Peninsula”; however, North Korea has yet to demonstrate its action to abandon its nuclear weapons.

    While denuclearization of North Korea is one of the popular new topics and we are often blinded by idealism by which disarmament and denuclearization can be achieved, we once again need to think about concrete processes to realize denuclearization. In addition, we need to realize that realistic thought and understanding of military and weapons are necessary to promote that process.

    On October 2, 2018, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation organized the open forum and invited the following experts to discuss what is necessary to realize North Korean denuclearization in light of US experiences on the Iranian denuclearization agreement.

    Panelists:
    Mr. Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute

    H.E. Mrs Tomomi Inada, a member of the House of Representatives, Former Defense Minister of Japan

    Prof. Ken Jimbo, Professor, Department of Policy Management, Keio University

    Moderator:
    Mr Bonji Ohara, Senior Fellow, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation

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