Japan-U.S. Public Diplomacy: Built on Mutual Trust and Shared Values

Author: Takehiro Shimada

Minister Takehiro Shimada reflects on his two tours at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. and the various programs he has been a part of. He describes in detail work that has been done to benefit the Japan-U.S. relationship including relations between the two countries leaders, assistance initiatives, public diplomacy efforts, and optimism for the future.

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National Security Strategy for 5G: Findings & Recommendations on Meeting the 5G Challenge

Author: Trilateral Cyber Security Commission

Categories: Cybersecurity

The Trilateral Cyber Security Commission was formed to make recommendations to the governments of the United States, Japan, and like-minded European countries individually and collectively to improve the security of their information networks. Some of the most critical challenges to all these countries are the economic and security risks of future 5G networks. These rapidly developing networks will become a new and dominant form of critical infrastructure.

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Managing the U.S.-Japan Alliance: An Examination of Structural Linkages in the Security Relationship (Second Edition)

Author: Dr. Jeffrey W. Hornung

Recent changes on both sides of the Pacific Ocean have helped make the U.S.-Japan alliance the strongest it has ever been. This book explores the structural linkages in the U.S.-Japan alliance among the institutional actors—both policy and operational—that communicate and coordinate with one another.

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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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Commentary & Analysis

The EU’s Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

Author: Mr. George Cunningham
Former Strategic Adviser, Asia-Pacific Department, European External Action Service

Mr. George Cunningham, Former Strategic Adviser at the Asia-Pacific Department of the European External Action Service, provides a thorough assessment of the European Union (EU) Indo-Pacific strategy and its implementation. He highlights how the EU is playing to its strengths and making significant advances in the Indo-Pacific, especially on trade and security in alignment with regional partners like Japan.
*This paper is a part of a series on Europe’s evolving strategic vision for the Indo-Pacific.

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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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