True Stories from Japan: Warmth, generosity and hospitality


June 1, 2015

Ken Sofer is the Associate Director for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. He wrote this blog reflecting on a trip to Tokyo.

square2 (00000002)Tokyo is an incredible, if overwhelming city. I think this trip was the first time I ever felt like I had a good understanding of the true size and scope of the city.

Tokyo’s also a fascinating case-study of the impact of good city-management and strong public investment in a clean and well-networked city, especially compared with many of the other megacities of the world. The trip displayed the incredible warmth, generosity, and hospitality of Japan — an overlooked, but important element of a strong bilateral relationship.

The conversations on the trip reinforced the importance of Japan’s regional relationships, particular U.S.-Japan trilateral cooperation with Australia, India, and ASEAN nations, as well as the progress we need to make on the U.S.-Japan-South Korea relations.

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About True Stories from Japan

True Stories from Japan is an occasional blog on the Sasakawa USA website that features reflective essays about travels to and from Japan. Click here for details on how to submit an article for consideration.

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