A Luncheon with Dr. Sheila Smith
On November 17, 2009, Sasakawa USA hosted a luncheon with Dr. Sheila Smith to discuss the possibility of relocating the Futenma Marine air station.
While most Americans had never heard of Futenma, the issue of relocating the Futenma Marine air station became part of a broader discussion of the future of the US-Japan alliance. Many observers pointed to an “escalation of tension” or even a “crisis” between the United States and Japan. Lost in much of the strategic discussion, however, is an understanding of Okinawa and Japanese domestic politics, as well as the historic relationship between the United States and the people of Okinawa.
Smith, the Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations and the Director of the Council’s New Regional Security Architecture for Asia Program is widely considered to be an expert on Japan issues. Among Dr. Smith’s publications are Shifting Terrain: The Domestic Politics of the U.S. Military in Asia and A Place Apart: Okinawa in Japan’s Postwar Peace.
The luncheon was co-sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA.