Sasakawa USA Forum

The Sasakawa USA Forum provides a new platform for research and analysis related to Japan and U.S.-Japan relations in a bilateral, regional, and global context. In order to gain a more comprehensive view of U.S.-Japan relations, the Sasakawa USA Forum offers experts outside Sasakawa USA a chance to bring their work to a wide audience.

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Japan’s Defense Exports: “Three Years Sitting on a Stone”

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 12

Issue No. 12 of the Sasakawa USA Forum focuses on sales of Japan’s defense products three years after the Abe administration lifted restrictions on Japan’s defense exports. The paper focuses on the contradiction created by Japan’s overall stance as a pacifist country that does not, and likely will not, possess an offensive military force and the change in direction Tokyo recently made to allow overseas military sales.

The Economic and Political Impact of Brexit on Japan

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 11

While the Japanese have consistently viewed Brexit as a bad idea, the progression of Brexit negotiations has forced Japan to revisit its position and priorities in terms of Japan-UK and Japan-EU relations. For Japan, Brexit will have important economic ramifications as UK-based Japanese firms begin to relocate to the EU and political results as Japan forges partnerships in Europe to maintain the global, rules based order. Those partnerships may benefit the U.S. as well, with Japan reinforcing U.S. values such as free trade and international cooperation.

Regional Resilience: Lessons from Local Food Systems for Japanese Agricultural Reform

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 10

A key constraints that has impeded trade liberalization in Japan is a politically-connected and uncompetitive agricultural sector that has opposed market opening for decades. With Japan’s decision to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which continues to move forward even without the United States, Japan’s internal debate on agricultural reform and regional revitalization has intensified.

Exploring New Partnerships and Opportunities in U.S.-Japan State and Local Economic Collaboration

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 9

Increasingly important within the U.S.-Japan economic relationship are sub-national linkages at state, prefectural, regional, and local levels. Decades of expanding flows of trade and foreign direct investment (FDI), and resulting economic and supply chain integration, have generated impacts and benefits across every region of both countries.

The Value of Understanding East Asian History in Addressing Current Regional Tensions

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 8

Many in the foreign policy community view China’s rise and potential displacement of the United States as the world’s most powerful country as one of the most consequential developments of the 21st century. In assessing this development and addressing potential associated problems, looking at historical parallels may offer important lessons. However, there has been a tendency to focus more on examples from western history rather than Asian despite a wealth of analogous developments in the region where China is located.