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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Combating Global Steel Excess Capacity: Policy Proposals for the United States, Japan, and the Global Community

Author: Sonja Schaefer, Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives

Categories: Sasakawa USA Alumni

Legislative Assistant Sonja Schaefer participated in the Sasakawa USA 2018-2019 In-Depth Alumni Research Trip to Japan. In this paper, Schaefer outlines a brief historical background on the development of global steel excess capacity and analyzes two of the world’s largest producers and consumers of steel, Japan and the United States, in an effort to assess how they can influence a global reduction in steel excess capacity.

Japan Should Take a Leadership Role to Address Climate Change: Ambitions for G-20 Action

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

Categories: Energy and Technology

Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida is the Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology at Sasakawa USA. In this Commentary, she advocates for Japan to take on a greater global leadership role in fighting climate change. In particular, she sees a role for Japan by demonstrating decoupling domestically and internationally, which to a large extent, means decarbonizing the energy and transportation sectors while providing expanded economic opportunities and energy access. 

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Japan’s pacifism and America’s gun culture: Views from a Global Classmates Summit participant

Author: Shun Wetlesen

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

Author’s note from Shun Wetlesen, a freshman studying at Pacific University: “I am half-Japanese and half-American which has resulted in my strong interest in U.S-Japan relations. This summer I was selected to participate in the Global Classmates Summit, held in Washington, D.C. from July 26 to August 4.” The Global Classmates Summit is a ten-day

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