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

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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.

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  • Abe’s Victory Simplifies His Agenda

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition won 70 of the 121 seats up for election in the House of Councilors, the Japanese Diet’s upper house. That ensures the Abe government will continue to wield stable control of both parliamentary chambers. For the first time, a Japanese government may have enough votes in both houses to revise Japan’s postwar constitution.

Upcoming Events
  • Joint JUMP event in Seattle with JGSDF

    Date: September 17, 2016

    Sasakawa USA’s JUMP program is pleased to announce plans for an upcoming event in Seattle, Washington that will coincide with joint training exercises to be held between the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces.

Japan Political Pulse

Japan Political Pulse aggregates major opinion polls conducted by Japanese media outlets in order to provide a more accurate picture of the public approval ratings of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet.

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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.