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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Allied Against Natural Disaster?: The Need for Exceptional Disaster Relief Policy for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 14

Since the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the U.S. and Japan have taken steps to improve cooperation and coordination in disaster relief, but more recent relief operations have revealed lingering deficiencies. Forum Issue No. 14, Allied Against Natural Disaster?: The Need for Exceptional Disaster Relief Policy for the U.S.-Japan Alliance, discusses these deficiencies and raises recommendations to address them.

Realizing a “Seamless Response”: Incorporating the Japan Coast Guard in the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 13

In Issue No. 13 of the Sasakawa USA Forum, Michael Bosack describes the gap that exists between the Japan Coast Guard, the U.S. military, and Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, and proposes recommendations to improve relations and communication between these entities in order to better respond to grey zone conflicts and escalations.

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.