Publications

Reports

U.S.-Japan Nuclear Cooperation: The Significance of July 2018

Author: Phyllis Genther Yoshida, PhD

In July 2018, the U.S.-Japan Agreement for Cooperation Between the Government of Japan and the Government of the United States on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy will extend automatically. Its extension means Japan can receive U.S.-origin special nuclear material, retain advance consent for reprocessing, and is bound by the non-proliferation criteria and practices set out in the agreement. Such agreements are known as “Section 123” Agreements.

Testing Trilateral, U.S.-Japan, and U.S.-ROK Responses to North Korean Provocations: Tabletop Exercise Pacific Trident

Author: Admiral Michael McDevitt and Yoichi Kato

Categories: Tabletop Exercise

Tabletop Exercise Pacific Trident explored trilateral, U.S.-Japan, and U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) responses to unexpected events and deliberate North Korean provocations. This report summarizes the exercise, its policy-level insights, and its final recommendations to policymakers in the United States, ROK, and Japan.

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Books

U.S.-Japan Approaches to Democracy Promotion

Author: Daniel Bob, Michael Auslin, Larry Diamond, David J. Kramer, Yasunobu Sato, Tsuneo Akaha, David I. Steinberg, Aung Din, Richard C. Kraemer, Mitsugi Endo

March 24, 2017

Cooperation to support democratic development should be an important component of the U.S.-Japan Alliance, and this volume is intended both to endorse it and to propose practical measures for both countries to take.

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Japan-Russia Relations: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Author: Dennis Blair, Daniel Bob, Gilbert Rozman, Alexander Nikolaevich Panov, Kazuhiko Togo, Tomohiko Taniguchi, Dmitry Streltsov, Yasuhiro Izumikawa, Georgy Toloraya, Vasili Kashin, Frank Jannuzi, Hirofumi Arai, Alexander Gabuev

May 6, 2016

This volume brings together analyses from leading economic and security experts who describe an underdeveloped Japan-Russia economic relationship, a series of ingenious but unsuccessful diplomatic and cartographic attempts to divide the Northern Territories in a way that both countries could claim as a win, and very subtle signaling by Russia and Japan that their concerns about China may present a margin for better relations with one another.

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Commentary & Analysis

Sister Cities: Seedbed for the Grassroots of U.S.-Japan Relations

Author: Grace Ruch Clegg, Former Projects and Outreach Coordinator, East-West Center in Washington

Categories: Sasakawa USA Alumni

Grace Ruch Clegg, former Projects and Outreach Coordinator at the East-West Center in Washington, participated in the Sasakawa USA 2017-2018 In-Depth Alumni Research Trip to Japan. Here, Ruch Clegg shares her findings on the legacy, benefits, challenges, and outlook for sister city relationships between the United States and Japan.

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Abe avoids the FTA trap at Mar-a-Lago, but U.S. pressure on Japan likely to mount

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump on April 18 and 19 were unusually unpredictable for a summit between the leaders of the longtime allies, which are usually carefully choreographed with little left to chance. Much of the uncertainty was due to the Trump administration’s determination to reduce its bilateral trade deficits with major trading partners.

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Issue Briefs

Japan’s Demographic Challenge

Underlying Japan’s long-term economic struggles is profound demographic change. With a combination of low birthrates and the world’s longest life expectancy, Japan’s population is rapidly greying and shrinking. This demographic revolution has already had significant effects on macroeconomic conditions and consumption patterns as well as the health of the social safety net. It has dramatically affected communities outside of Japan’s major cities, because rural areas have aged faster than the country as a whole, threatening their future viability. It may also be forcing Japan to update its immigration and family policies to limit the impact of demographic change.

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