On April 7, Sasakawa USA and the Genron NPO hosted a forum discussion in Tokyo on the differing approaches taken by the United States and Japan to promoting democracy around the world, and the potential to leverage the work of both countries through cooperative projects and programs.
Article II of the U.S.-Japan security treaty calls for the two countries to “contribute toward the further development of peaceful and friendly international relations by strengthening their free institutions, by bringing about a better understanding of the principles upon which these institutions are founded, and by promoting conditions of stability and well-being.” Inherent in this formulation is the articulation of democracy as a crucial condition for creating international peace and prosperity. While the initial focus of the treaty was on ensuring continued democracy in Japan (and the United States), over time, a commitment to the support of liberal democracy more broadly came to underlay the commitment to “stability and well-being.”
Sasakawa USA’s new book, “U.S.-Japan Approaches to Democracy Promotion,” examines the state of democracy around the world, offers case studies of U.S. and Japanese democracy support, and provides practical recommendations on how the U.S. and Japan can leverage their distinct but complementary approaches to democracy promotion.
4:30 p.m. │ Welcome and Introduction 4:40 p.m. │ Session 1: The State of Democracy in the World-What Issues we face 6:10 p.m. │ Session 2: US-Japan Cooperation in Democracy Promotion in the World 7:30 p.m. │ Reception
Speakers and Participants
• Yasushi Akashi, Chairman, International House of Japan • Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman, Sasakawa USA • Daniel Bob, Director of Programs, Sasakawa USA • Mitsugi Endo, Professor, University of Tokyo • Yasushi Kudo, President, The Genron NPO • Yasunobo Sato, Professor, University of Tokyo • Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa USA
This conference included live video coverage courtesy of Genron NPO. See below for the video (in Japanese).