Book Discussion: Peak Japan: The End of Great Ambitions

On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, Sasakawa USA hosted Mr. Brad Glosserman, Deputy Director and Visiting Professor at the Center for Rule Making Strategies at Tama University and Senior Advisor at Pacific Forum International, for a candid discussion of his new book Peak Japan: The End of Great Ambitions. Sasakawa USA CEO Ambassador James Zumwalt moderated the on-the-record discussion and Q&A.

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Japan’s Upper House Election Results: Implications for U.S.-Japan Relations

On July 22, 2019, Sasakawa USA hosted Tobias Harris, Fellow for Economy, Trade, and Business at Sasakawa USA, and Dr. Andrew Oros, Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington College, for a policy lunch series event examining the results of Japan’s House of Councillors election and analyzing its impact on Japanese policy and U.S.-Japan relations. Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO at Sasakawa USA, moderated the on-the-record discussion.

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PM Abe’s drive to amend the Constitution: Can he overcome the hurdles?

Author: Takenaka Harukata

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

Prime Minister Abe is aiming to amend the Constitution of Japan by 2020. But support for his administration has declined sharply, and if he insists on pushing ahead with the amendment process according to his intended schedule, he runs the risk of failing both at revising the Constitution and at holding on to power.

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Japan Update: Upper House Elections and Implications for the Abe Administration

Date: July 13, 2016

This event brought together several Sasakawa USA experts for a special Speakers Series event to discuss results of the July 10 House of Councillors elections and what they will mean for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration.

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Fiscal Concerns Grow as Abe Again Postpones Consumption Tax Hike

Author: Nippon.com

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō announced on June 1 that he would postpone raising the consumption tax from 8% to 10% until October 2019. The decision marks the second time for Abe to delay the hike, putting it a full four years later than planned. During the press conference announcing the postponement Abe pointed to risks to the world economy from such factors as a slowdown in emerging and developing economies, saying his decision was necessary to prevent a drop in domestic demand.

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