Prospects for Japan-Russia Relations and Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Date: November 16, 2015

On November 16, Sasakawa USA and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a public forum on outstanding historical issues between Japan and Russia, prospects for cooperation in the fields of security, energy, trade and investment, and the impact of these relations on the U.S.-Japan alliance.

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Chairman’s Message: The future of the U.S.-Japan alliance

Author: Admiral Dennis Blair

Categories: Chairman's Message

In this edition of the Chairman’s Message, Admiral Dennis Blair looks back on forty years of experience with U.S.-Japan relations and explains why, with this long and deep perspective on the Alliance, he can say without qualification that it is the strongest it ever has been — and how to continue to grow the relationship into the future.

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The Persistent Power of 1 Percent

Author: John C. Wright

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 4

Among the choices that have complicated Japanese defense, one of the most consequential has been Japan’s self-imposed limit on national defense spending. Issued in 1976 and abolished in 1987, the impact of Japan’s decision to limit military spending to 1 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) is still felt today. By examining Japan’s decision to impose a 1 percent limit on its own military spending, we can better understand current Asia-Pacific regional defense arrangements.

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Chairman’s Message: Continued cooperation between U.S. and Japan needed to strengthen cybersecurity

Author: Admiral Dennis Blair

Categories: Chairman's Message

The information technology revolution continues to transform the way people in the U.S. and Japan live their lives, the way businesses operate in both countries, and the way both countries protect their national security. The convenience, precision, and usefulness of information are dramatically improving as more personal, corporate, and government information and processes move to

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Next Steps for U.S.-Japan Security Cooperation

Author: Rachel Hoff

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 3

In recent years, the United States and Japan have taken significant steps toward a stronger security alliance. While recent efforts to remove some of the legal and structural obstacles that have prohibited Japan from playing a larger role in the alliance have set the stage for a new era of U.S.-Japan defense cooperation, serious challenges remain to implement and operationalize the new reforms and mechanisms.

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