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Chairman’s Message: The Mar-a-Lago U.S.-Japan Summit 

I recommend a careful reading of the formal communique of the summit meeting, rather than press reporting, or even the transcript of the joint press conference of the two leaders.  Communiques for summit meetings are drafted with care in consultations between the staffs of both delegations and approved by the heads of state. They represent the considered results of the meetings, drawing on the overall relationship between the countries and the issues they face together. The communique from Mar-a-Lago shows clearly that the U.S. and Japan are united on the big security issues that both countries face.

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Press Releases

U.S.-Japan alliance working in Texas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S.-Japan alliance serves as a foundation for deeper U.S.-Japan relations in areas such as economic growth, energy, and even disaster relief, as seen in the Japan Society of Houston’s JAPAN STANDS WITH HOUSTON fund, created to support Houston’s recovery after Hurricane Harvey.

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In the News

Japan Today article examines debate over Japan’s defense strategy

Brittney Washington, Program Assistant for Sasakawa USA, and Kangkyu “David” Lee, former Program Assistant for Sasakawa USA, have published an article in Japan Today about the Japan Self-Defense Forces, and Japanese PM Abe’s efforts to constitutionally redefine Japan’s national defense strategy.

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Tobias Harris comments on PM Abe’s political situation in Japan Times, New York Times

Sasakawa USA Fellow Tobias Harris was quoted in the Japan Times and the New York Times on recent scandals surrounding Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe’s administration is currently facing backlash over government cover-ups of documents relating to a public land deal with education organization Moritomo Gakuen, and alleged favoritism in a deal to establish veterinarian school Kake Gakuen in a special economic zone in Japan.

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From Nippon.com

Fiscal 2018 Tax Reforms Aim at Overcoming Deflation

The Liberal Democratic Party and Kōmeitō announced a tax reform package for fiscal 2018 that will affect the income tax, the corporate tax, and the tax on business succession (inheritance tax) as well as establish such new taxes as a departure tax for travelers leaving Japan.

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