Chairman's Message: Economy should top post-election priorities for Abe
During his time in office, Prime Minister Abe has often spent down political capital on difficult initiatives that he believes are the right thing to do, writes Sasakawa USA Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair. Now, the economy should top the list of immediate priorities.
Deadline is Aug. 1 to apply for Congressional Staff Program on Asia
The Congressional Staff Program on Asia is a bipartisan educational certificate program that aims to equip Congressional staffers with greater knowledge of U.S.-Asia policy to better understand America’s role in the region. Click through to learn more before the deadline!
Japan Political Pulse: Abe’s support still rests on lack of alternatives
Japan’s House of Councillors elections are over, resulting in an impressive victory for the ruling coalition. However, opinion polls conducted after the elections suggest the vote did not fundamentally alter public opinion on the Shinzo Abe administration and its policies.
Watch: Adm. Dennis Blair testifies at Senate hearing on UN tribunal ruling
Sasakawa USA Chairman and CEO Adm. Dennis Blair on July 13 testified about the South China Sea arbitration at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cyber Security. Click through for details.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.