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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Understanding Abenomics: The Intellectual Origins of Abenomics

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

This paper is the first section in a series called “Understanding Abenomics,” which will explore the intellectual and institutional drivers of Abenomics; what the Abe government has achieved in monetary, fiscal, and industrial and microeconomic policy; and the debates surrounding what Abenomics has achieved and what economic policy will look like after Abenomics.

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The Bright Side of Japan’s Bleak Election

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: In the News

“On paper,” writes Fellow for Economy, Trade, and Business Tobias Harris in an October 25 op-ed for New Republic, “it looks like Japan’s October 22 general election was more of the same.” Despite the successes of the October 22 election for the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, says Harris, this election may be a turning point for Japan.

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Giving Up Hope: How Yuriko Koike Lost Japan’s Snap Election

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: In the News

“Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike upstaged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by announcing that she would lead her newly created Party of Hope in the snap election that Abe announced later that same day,” wrote Sasakawa USA’s Tobias Harris in an opinion piece published by Foreign Affairs. Nonetheless, he continues, the Party of Hope eventually fizzled.

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