Asia Program


Leadership in the Asia-Pacific: The Road Ahead for Japan and the United States HELD IN TOKYO

October 02, 2013 // 10:00am5:30pm

Economic growth and stability in the Asia-Pacific is hardly a regional issue. The world at large has a major stake in ensuring peace and prosperity in the region, especially amid growing risks worldwide. In the fifth annual Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum to be held October 2 in Tokyo hosted by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Wilson Center, experts from both countries will gather to discuss the outlook and challenges ahead for Japan and the United States to take leadership in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Kurt Campbell, will be one of the keynote speakers to start the day-long discussion on how Japan and the United States may be able to cooperate on issues of global importance in coming years. Two panel discussions will follow, one on the sources of uncertainties in the region and the possibility for bilateral cooperation. Panelists will identify current and emerging regional challenges, and assess the effectiveness of existing mechanisms in dealing with those challenges.

The second panel discussion will focus on the region’s domestic challenges, and panelists will discuss ways to overcome constraints within each country to meet the broader needs of the Asia-Pacific.

Through these discussions, the forum will seek to address how Japan and the United States can work independently and collaboratively to strengthen current regional institutions and mechanisms, as well as assess whether new frameworks can be developed to protect the national interests of each and sustain domestic support for active diplomacy and regional leadership.

Since 2009, the annual Joint Public Policy Forum has brought together experts from both the United States and Japan not only to discuss issues of global importance, but also to assess policies that could lead to greater cooperation between the two countries.

A summary of the conference can be found at:


Event Speakers List: 
  • Chairman and CEO, The Asia Group; Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
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    Event Sessions: 


    • Keynote Session


    10:00-10:10     Opening Remarks:       Yuji TAKAGI

    President, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation


    10:10-10:50     Keynote Speech:          Kurt M. Campbell

    Chair and CEO, The Asia Group/former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (East Asia and Pacific)


    10:50-11:30     Q&A                Kurt M. Campbell

    Moderator:   Kamiya MATAKE

                                                    Professor of International Relations, National Defense Academy of Japan

    11:30-13:00     Lunch Break

    • Panel Discussion 1: “Sources of Uncertainties in the Asia-Pacific Region and Opportunities for Japan and U.S. Leadership”


    13:00-15:00     Moderator:       Chikako UEKI

    Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS), Waseda University


                            Panelists:          Ely RATNER

    Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)


                                                    Hiroshi NAKANISHI

                                                    Professor for International Politics at Kyoto University


                                                    David GORDON

                                                    Head of Research; Director, Global Macro Analysis, Eurasia Group


                        Yorizumi WATANABE

                            Professor of International Political Economy, Keio University


    15:00-15:20     Coffee Break


    • Panel Discussion 2: “Domestic Challenges Ahead for Japan and the United States and their Impact on Japan and U.S. Leadership”


    15:20-17:20     Moderator:       Robert M. HATHAWAY

                                                    Director of the Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


                           Panelists:          Vance SERCHUK

    Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi international affairs fellow /former senior foreign policy and national security adviser to Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT)


                            Tatsuhiko YOSHIZAKI

    Chief economist and executive vice president, Sojitz Research Institute


    Bruce STOKES

                                Director, Global Economic Attitudes, Pew Research Center


                        Jun IIO

    Director of Policy Professionals Program and Professor of Political Science, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)


    17:20-17:30     Closing Remarks: Robert M. HATHAWAY

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