Democracy promotion forum in Tokyo focuses on current challenges and opportunities

April 26, 2017

On April 7, 2017, Sasakawa USA and the Genron NPO co-hosted the Japan, the United States and Democracy Promotion forum in Tokyo, Japan. The forum drew its focus from Sasakawa USA’s recently published book “U.S.-Japan Approaches to Democracy Promotion.”

At the event, panelists described the current state of democracy globally, and the slowing spread of democratic values. Sasakawa USA Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair, for example, spoke on the need for greater vigilance in advanced democracies to ward against authoritarianism.

The forum also introduced the themes and recommendations included in “U.S.-Japan Approaches to Democracy Promotion,” such as prioritizing countries of interest, encouraging U.S.-Japan involvement in international organizations, and making democracy promotion a goal of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

A full recap of the event is available in English here, and in Japanese here. A full video recording of the event is also available below (in Japanese).


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