FP’s U.S. Japan Forum 2016
OCTOBER, 4, 2016 | WASHINGTON, D.C. | Foreign Policy convened top experts, policymakers, academics, and diplomats to discuss the future of U.S.-Japan relationship.
Opening Remarks: David Rothkopf, CEO & Editor, Foreign Policy, and Atsuyuki Oike, Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Chief of Mission started the night with introductory remarks on the enduring US-Japan relationship—despite the heated 2016 rhetoric.
Armchair Conversation: Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Commerce provided insights into the future of US trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region with Japan as a crucial partner. Andrews made the case for why TPP is critical to US credibility in the world.
Panel Discussion – Economics:
James Fatheree, Executive Director, Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador Robert Hormats, Vice Chairman, Kissinger Associates
Clyde Prestowitz, Founder and President, Economic Strategy Institute
Panelists discussed the mutually beneficial economic relationship between the US and Japan, specifically Japan has been a strong partner in promoting US growth and innovation in industries like automotive and manufacturing.
Panel Discussion – Geopolitics & Security:
Brian Harding, Director for East and Southeast Asia, Center for American Progress
Dr. Toshihiro Nakayama, Professor of American Politics and Foreign Policy, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
Mireya Solis, Senior Fellow and Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies, Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies
Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Associate, East Asia Stimson Center
Panelists discussed the security flash points in Asia, including an aggressive China, a nuclear North Korea, and a potential 4-strong alliance between the US, Japan, India, and Australia to anchor the region’s stability.