Reinvigorating US-Japan Policy Dialogue and Discussion in a Time of Political Change

November 16, 2010
Tokyo, Japan

JCIE launched a study in January 2009 on Reinvigorating US-Japan Policy Dialogue and Discussion in a Time of Political Change. With the support of the United-States Japan Foundation, the project examined the state of policy dialogue between Japan and the United States and sought to assess the nongovernmental linkages that have facilitated contact between political leaders and policy experts in each country.

Over an 18-month period, members of the project team conducted interviews with nearly 50 American and Japanese policymakers and policy analysts with backgrounds in government, politics, business, academia, and the nonprofit sector. Along with these on-on-one discussions, two separate roundtables were carried out, one with Congressional members on Capitol Hill and one with foreign policy experts at the Brookings Institution. To complement these findings with a quantitative component, JCIE completed an extensive survey of major US foreign policy think tanks active in Washington DC to identify the level of activity related to Asia studies. JCIE also tracked data on Congressional travel to East Asia countries and major US allies going back more than a decade by examining almost 10,000 travel records for US Congressional members and staff.

Based on this research, JCIE released an English report, Reinvigorating US-Japan Policy Dialogue and Study, in December 2010, with a Japanese version to be released in early 2011. Preliminary findings from the report were shared at a JCIE seminar in Tokyo in November 2010, which convened nearly 70 senior figures in US-Japan relations from Japan and the United States.

Presentation of Report Findings

TADASHI YAMAMOTO, President, Japan Center for International Exchange

Initial Remarks

GEORGE PACKARD, President, US-Japan Foundation

MINORU MAKIHARA, Senior Corporate Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation; Co-chair, US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON)

HITOSHI TANAKA, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Chairman, Institute for International Strategy (IIS), The Japan Research Institute

Comments by members of the Diet and others


Yutaka Aso

CEO, Lafarge Aso Cement Co.

Suzanne Basalla

Senior Advisor to Ambassador Roos, Embassy of the United States of America

Junichi Chano

Executive Assistant to the President, The Japan Foundation

Keiko Chino

Columnist, Sankei Shimbun

Gerald L. Curtis

Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

Kanae Doi

Japan Director, Human Rights Watch

Robert Alan Feldman

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities

Shinji Fukukawa

Chairman, TEPIA (Machine Industry Memorial Foundation)

Glen S. Fukushima

Chairman & Director, Airbus Japan

Yoichi Funabashi

Editor-in-Chief, The Asahi Shimbun

James Gannon

Executive Director, JCIE/USA

Osamu Goto

General Manager, Overseas External Affairs Division, Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyoo Gyohten

President, Institute for International Monetary Affairs; former Vice Minister, Ministry of Finance

Yoshimasa Hayashi

Member, House of Councillors (LDP); former Minister of Defense; former State Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy

Hiroshi Hirabayashi

Vice-President, The Japan Forum on International Relations; Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies

Wakako Hironaka

Former Member, House of Councillors (DPJ)

Phillip P. Hoffmann

Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, Embassy of the United States of America

Keikichi Honda

Chairman, EFI

Hirotsugu Iikubo

Advisor, Decision Systems

Masahisa Ikeda

Managing Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Hisayoshi Ina

Foreign Policy Columnist, Nikkei Inc.

Akira Iriyama

Professor, Cyber University; former President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Hideko Katsumata

Managing Director and Executive Secretary, JCIE

Samuel H. Kidder

Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ)

Yotaro Kobayashi

Former Chairman, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

Shinjiro Koizumi

Member, House of Representatives (LDP)

Ryosei Kokubun

Dean and Professor, Faculty of Law and Politics, Keio University

Kenji Kosaka

Member, House of Councillors (LDP); former Minister of Education

Minoru Makihara

Senior Corporate Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation; Co-chair, US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON)

Mark E. Manyin

Specialist in Asian Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division, Congressional Research Service

Toshihiro Menju

Chief Program Officer, JCIE

Satoru Mori

Professor, Faculty of Law, Hosei University

Toshihiro Nakayama

Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University; Adjunct Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs

Andrew Oros

Professor, Washington College

George Packard

President, US-Japan Foundation

Saadia M. Pekkanen

Job & Gertrud Tamaki Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Ren Xiao

First Secretary, Political Affairs, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

Ryo Sahashi

Associate Professor, International Politics, Kanagawa University; Research Fellow, JCIE

Katsuhiro Sasuga

Associate Professor, Tokai University

Ken Shibusawa

President & CEO, Shibusawa and Company

Shigemitsu Sugisaki

Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs Japan; former Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

Tsuyoshi Takagi

President, Japan International Labour Foundation; former President, Japan Trade Union Confederation/RENGO

Hatsuhisa Takashima

President & CEO, Japan International Broadcasting; former Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Keizo Takemi

Senior Fellow, JCIE; former Member, House of Councillors; former Senior Vice Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare

Akihiko Tanaka

Managing Director and Executive Vice-President, University of Tokyo

Hitoshi Tanaka

Senior Fellow, JCIE; Chairman. Institute for International Strategy, The Japan Research Institute; former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

Shinji Tarutoko

Member, House of Representatives (DPJ)

Kiyomi Tsujimoto

Member, House of Representatives (Independent); former Senior Vice Minister for Transportation

Akinori Uchida

Editorial Writer, Yomiuri Shimbun

Kazuyoshi Umemoto

Director-General, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Koji Watanabe

Senior Fellow, JCIE; former Ambassador to Russia

Ira Wolf

Japan Representative, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

Taizo Yakushiji

Research Counsellor, Institute for International Policy Studies

Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi

Member, House of Representatives (DPJ)

Tadashi Yamamoto

President, JCIE

Yukio Yoshimura

Director, Citibank Japan