Chairman’s Message: Formal TPP signing a giant step in US-Japan relations
The formal signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a giant step in U.S.-Japan relations, writes Sasakawa USA Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair. Once TPP is implemented, the U.S. and Japan will lead 40% of the world’s economy into the next phase of free trade development.
Japan’s security issues discussed in 3-part Q&A with
Dr. Jeffrey Hornung
The strategic importance of Okinawa, the next steps needed to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance and the status of Japan-Korea relations are among the issues Sasakawa USA’s Dr. Jeffrey Hornung discusses in a three-part Q&A series in the The Sekai Nippo newspaper.
From Nippon.com: The Roots and Realities of Japan’s Cyber-Nationalism
The prevalence of anti-Korean and anti-Chinese hate speech on Japanese websites has raised concerns about the spread of a virulent strain of right-wing cyber-nationalism in Japan. This article traces the rise of “Internet right-wingers” and dispels myths about their identity.
True Stories from Japan: Alliance a great benefit to Asia-Pacific security
After participating in Sasakawa USA's Foreign Policy Initiative SEED Trip last October, Phillip Lohaus reflects on the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance, the historic status of Japan-China relations, and the benefits of collaborating on Asia-Pacific security issues.
Date: February 9, 2016
Sasakawa USA and the East-West Center of Washington, D.C., will co-host the release of “Japan Matters for America” — a publication that quantifies the impact of the U.S.-Japan Alliance through economic and social data.
Date: March 2, 2016
Sasakawa USA will host its second annual “Evening with Japan Experts” event on Capitol Hill. This intimate gathering of leading experts and key Congressional staff will celebrate the past year of the U.S.-Japan alliance and discuss the challenges ahead.
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The United States, Korea and Japan should take coordinated action that includes increasing financial sanctions on North Korea and reassessing the extended deterrence strategy to address its latest nuclear test. Even if the North Korean nuclear program is not reversed, the penalties for pursuing it must be increased.
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China’s military buildup has shaken regional stability and poses a challenge to the U.S.-Japan alliance. This view is broadly shared in the U.S. and Japan, but the respective reasons for concern might be slightly different.
According to the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Gender Gap Index, Japan is ranked 104 out of 142 countries in gender equality, significantly behind its developed-country peers. Limited opportunities for women, particularly for mothers, could be an important contributing factor to Japan’s demographic challenges.
Shortly after taking power in December 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined a three-pronged economic policy that became known as “Abenomics.”
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a regional trade agreement currently being negotiated among twelve countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam (Brunei), Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.
Japan recently reinterpreted the right of Collective Self Defense as outlined by the United Nations, which refers to the right of members of the United Nations to defend other members of the United Nations.
Japan's Demographic Challenge
Underlying Japan’s long-term economic struggles is profound demographic change. With a combination of low birthrates and the world’s longest life expectancy, Japan’s population is rapidly greying and shrinking.