Dedicated to research, analysis & better public understanding of the U.S.-Japan Relationship

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  • Constitutional revision in Japan: Why change is hard to come by

    Critics argue Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might use his newfound advantage following the Upper House elections to loosen Article 9 of Japan’s constitution—the so-called peace clause—which bans the country from waging war and has been the cornerstone of Tokyo’s foreign policy for decades. Yet the road to constitutional change is not as straight or certain as many Japan watchers have suggested.

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  • Japan-China Relations at a Crossroads

    Following their assertive actions in the East China Sea in recent years, Chinese foreign policymakers now find themselves under considerable pressure. China’s expansionist strategies in the East and South China Seas have earned Beijing widespread criticism from the international community. These emerging challenges have prompted the current debate in Japan about how best to respond to China.

Upcoming Events
  • Joint JUMP event in Seattle with JGSDF

    Date: September 17, 2016

    Members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces will come together in Seattle to honor the Nisei Veterans at this event from Sasakawa USA’s Japan-US Military Program (JUMP).

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Featured Projects and Resources
  • Maritime Awareness Project

    MAP, a new joint initiative of Sasakawa USA and The National Bureau of Asian Research, improves public understanding of critical maritime problems and possible routes to their peaceful resolution. MAP features a unique, interactive map that visualizes key data at the heart of ongoing maritime disputes and related issues, alongside analytical papers and discussions.

  • JUMP

    The Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP) connects past and present service members, families, and government civilians who have served in Japan, providing a powerful foundation for continued engagement that will help sustain this important bilateral relationship.

  • Sasakawa Forum

    Sasakawa Forum provides a new platform for research and analysis related to Japan and U.S.-Japan relations in a bilateral, regional, and global context. Click through for the latest published work and details on how to submit.

  • Issue Briefs

    Ever wonder what Collective Self-Defense means? Or wanted to track the history of Abenomics policy? How about details of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement? Find all that and more in our Issue Briefs section, which provides guides to the top issues affecting the U.S.-Japan relationship today.

  • U.S.-Japan Resource Library

    Sasakawa USA’s research fellows have curated a list of documents that are key to the U.S.-Japan relationship, from its inception to today. The U.S.-Japan Resource Library is the ultimate reference guide to the treaties, articles, laws, and statements that have helped build and shape the tenor of that bilateral relationship.