Sasakawa USA Forum

The Sasakawa USA Forum Emerging Voices Program, an online publication, provides an opportunity for young professionals in diverse fields to publish papers early-on in their careers and provide unique, specialized perspectives on subject matters relevant to U.S.-Japan relations to a wider audience within the framework of Sasakawa USA's mission of deepening the understanding of and strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and Japan.

The Sasakawa USA Forum is now accepting submissions for future publication. Click here for details on how to submit research for consideration. Published items are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Sasakawa USA.

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.

Japan’s Proactive Russia Policy

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 7

Faced with threats posed by North Korea and China, and uncertain about the endurance of the U.S. commitment to the region, Japanese strategists see the logic of cultivating closer ties with Russia and thereby neutralizing the emergence of a hostile Sino-Russian bloc. Japan’s contemporary Russia policy is an initial sign of how a more proactive Japan may increasingly adopt policies that run counter to U.S. interests.

Japan’s Realism and Liberalism

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 6

In 2011, under the Thein Sein administration, the global community welcomed a “newborn” Myanmar. Now, the future course of the country is receiving attention from various actors in the global arena. As a global player, cooperating with its allied partner the United States, Japan is ready to assist Myanmar’s efforts at all levels. In tackling challenges in Myanmar through the mechanism of the U.S.-Japan alliance, Japan’s well-balanced realism and liberalism are required.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Japanese Perspective

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 5

The “Abenomics Acceleration Diet” opened in September with passage of the TPP as one of their goals. Will TPP be ratified in this Diet session? It is difficult to predict, but the Abe administration has made TPP and passage of its implementing bills a high priority. The Diet debate will surely be heated, and among the contentious issues will not only be TPP’s impact on Japan and its agriculture industry but also the status of ratification in the United States.