The group aims to redefine the significance of the Japan-U.S. alliance as a “public good” for the region and the international community and Japan’s defense system and study the specific areas for bilateral cooperation in response to the international situation. It seeks to pursue the optimum shape of the Japan-U.S. alliance as “public good” unbound by Japan’s domestic laws, geographical constraints, the current power balance, and other factors and make comprehensive recommendations on security strategy and policies based on an assessment of the military revolution, rapid military technological innovation, and so forth.
Specifically, joint research with the U.S. Heritage Foundation and collaboration with the Stockton Center of the U.S. Naval War College will be undertaken.
With China attempting to change the international order today, it is necessary to convert the relations between the U.S. and its allies into a network. As well as looking at the role Japan needs to play in order to contribute to the Japan-U.S. alliance, cooperation with the Central European nations -- which China regards to be its gateway to Europe -- will be strengthened throughout joint studies and other activities that are conducted with the think tanks in this region (Hungary, Czech Republic, and Slovakia).
In cooperation with the Heritage Foundation, Sasakawa Peace Foundation conducts Table Top Exercises to validate the research findings of the Japan-U.S. Study Group and others and simulate policymaking processes in order to identify new issues. In FY2019, due to the Covid pandemic, an online TTX was held in early December on “A Contingency in Taiwan Triggered by Cyberattacks.” Click here for the deliverables of past TTX.