Japan’s Realism and Liberalism

Author: Junjiro Shida

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 6

In 2011, under the Thein Sein administration, the global community welcomed a “newborn” Myanmar. Now, the future course of the country is receiving attention from various actors in the global arena. As a global player, cooperating with its allied partner the United States, Japan is ready to assist Myanmar’s efforts at all levels. In tackling challenges in Myanmar through the mechanism of the U.S.-Japan alliance, Japan’s well-balanced realism and liberalism are required.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Japanese Perspective

Author: Kayo Matsumoto

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Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 5

The “Abenomics Acceleration Diet” opened in September with passage of the TPP as one of their goals. Will TPP be ratified in this Diet session? It is difficult to predict, but the Abe administration has made TPP and passage of its implementing bills a high priority. The Diet debate will surely be heated, and among the contentious issues will not only be TPP’s impact on Japan and its agriculture industry but also the status of ratification in the United States.

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The Persistent Power of 1 Percent

Author: John C. Wright

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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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Next Steps for U.S.-Japan Security Cooperation

Author: Rachel Hoff

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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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