In the years immediately following World War II, the US-Japan relationship took shape in the context of global bipolarity and US global economic predominance. There was clear complementarity in Japanese and American national interests that was manifested in the ready acceptance among leaders in both countries of the asymmetrical relationship. In recent years, however, the world has changed drastically, and some of the key features of bilateral US-Japan relations need redefinition.

In 1998, JCIE launched a research project, led by Professor Gerald Curtis of Columbia University, that attempted to address how US and Japanese national interests intersect in terms of the economic, political, and security issues facing post–cold war East Asia, as well as in the context of globalization. An initial workshop was held in July 1998 in Tokyo to discuss outlines of the papers. The second workshop was also held in Tokyo on June 21–22, 1999, to review the drafts. The final papers were published in the volume listed below.

As a follow-up to the project, two days of seminars were held in the United States to launch the publication. The seminars were held on June 11, 2001, in New York in cooperation with the Japan Society and the Council on Foreign Relations, and on June 12, 2001, in Washington DC in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The seminars addressed developments in Japanese domestic politics, such as the prospects of the Koizumi administration. The outlook for US-Japan relations was also discussed, touching on the recent disarray in Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, complaints about a seeming lack of direction in Japanese foreign policy, and fears of American unilateralism.

JCIE Publications | New Perspectives on US-Japan Relations

This book contains insight from political scientists into one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world; discussions range from issues of trade and financial management, shifting perspectives on security in Asia, to the role of mass media in this relationship.

2001 Seminar (l to r): Akihiko Tanaka, Gerald Curtis, Tadashi Yamamoto, Jiro Murase, Takashi Kiuchi


Director |  GERALD L. CURTIS, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University 

 ROBERT W. BULLOCK, Assistant Professor of Government, Cornell University 

 JENNIFER HOLT DWYER,  Assistant Professor of Political Science, Hunter College, City University of New York 

 MICHAEL GREEN, Senior Fellow for Asian Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations 

 JUNKO KATO, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Tokyo 

 YOSHIKO KOJO, Professor of International Relations, Department of Advanced Social and International Relations, University of Tokyo 

 MASAYUKI TADOKORO, Professor of International Relations, National Defense Academy 

 AKIHIKO TANAKA, Professor of International Politics, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo 

 ROBERT M. URIU, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine


GERALD L. CURTIS, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

THOMAS S. FOLEY, Former US Ambassador to Japan and Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives

TAkASHI KIUCHI, Economic Advisor, Shinsei Bank, Ltd.

 AKIHIKO TANAKA, Professor of International Politics, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo 


LAWRENCE KORB, Director of National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

TADASHI YAMAMOTO, President, Japan Center for International Exchange