In the News: Little chance of thaw in Sino-Japanese ties at G20 summit
Tokyo’s relationship with Beijing has fluctuated greatly in the past several years, and those tensions are likely to continue through the G20 Leaders Summit that China will host in September, Sasakawa USA Fellow Hiroko Maeda said in an article. Click through for more.
Chairman’s Message: A look toward Tokyo 2020 as Rio Olympics near end
With the Rio Olympics coming to a climax, thoughts turn to the 2020 games in Tokyo, writes Sasakawa USA Chairman and CEO Adm. Dennis Blair. The Olympic Games have been cited as an incentive to improve cyber security and showcase green energy initiatives.
Emperor Akihito’s wish to step down and the need for a national discussion
Emperor Akihito was the first Japanese Emperor who took his position as a normal person, and he has devoted himself to fulfilling his duties, writes Sasakawa USA Fellow Hiroko Maeda. Most people understand his desire to abdicate, but new legislation will be necessary.
JPP: Polls show public supports new cabinet, but with reservations
Three polls conducted after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet and the Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership team on August 3 show that while the cabinet did not receive a bump in support after the reshuffle, the public generally approves of Abe’s decisions.
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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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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.
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).
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.