Publications

Reports

Testing the U.S.-Japan and U.S.-ROK Security Alliances

Author: Admiral Michael McDevitt

Categories: Tabletop Exercise

Tabletop Exercise Pacific Trident II was the second Sasakawa USA tabletop exercise (TTX) exploring trilateral cooperation mechanisms between the United States, Japan, and South Korea in the context of a crisis in North Korea. 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

The New National Defense Program Guidelines: Aligning U.S. and Japanese Defense Strategies for the Third Post-Cold War Era

Author: Dr. Sayuri Romei, Mr. James Schoff, Dr. Eric Heginbotham, Lt. Gen. Koichi Isobe (ret.), Mr. Masanori Nishi, Mr. Kaleb Redden, Ms. Nina Wagner

In The New National Defense Program Guidelines: Aligning U.S. and Japanese Defense Strategies for the Third Post-Cold War Era, a bilateral group of Japanese and American scholars and former defense officials examine the policy implications of the new NDPG. In a collection of papers, they analyze the global changes in the post-Cold War security environment that stimulated adjustments to Japan’s defense policy, identify the common challenges faced by the two allies, and emphasize the opportunities for cooperation between the United States and Japan.

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Japan’s Energy Conundrum

Author: Phyllis Genther Yoshida, Dennis Blair, Robert Alan Feldman, Ken Koyama, Jane Nakano, Llewelyn Hughes, Nobuo Tanaka, Yukari Niwa Yamashita, Michael Smitka, Ken Haig, Jun Arima, Tom Cutler

Sasakawa USA is pleased to bring together an outstanding group of senior scholars, all with extensive knowledge and experience, to analyze and explain the many facets of Tokyo’s energy situation and its intersection with the U.S.-Japan relationship. Japan’s Energy Conundrum provides insights into how Japan is seeking to resolve its current energy conundrum in the aftermath of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

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Commentary & Analysis

The Pacific Island Nations and Japan-U.S. Alliance Cooperation

Author: Hideshi Tokuchi, Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow at Sasakawa USA

Hideshi Tokuchi is a Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow at Sasakawa USA. In this Analysis, he writes about the Pacific Island region and its position in the national interests of a number of major and regional powers, including Japan, China, Australia, and the United States. Tokuchi looks at the challenges and opportunities for the region as its influence evolves and how Japan and the United States can cooperate with the region on their shared vision for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.

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Cooperation Among Innovative Societies Promotes Competitiveness

Author: Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida, Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology, Sasakawa USA

Categories: Energy and Technology

In this Commentary, Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida argues that global competition in trade and investment will increasingly be replaced by competition in innovation. As the world’s first and third largest economies and funders of research, the United States and Japan must fully tap and utilize the knowledge that comes from coordinating and cooperating more strategically bilaterally and multilaterally on the components of innovation. Doing so will help protect the economic and national security positions of not only the United States and Japan, but also our like-minded 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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