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February 26 - March 12, 2019

A series of related events is held over the course of one week in Washington D.C. in order to present the research findings from research projects and other initiatives of the U.S.-Japan Research Institute (USJI) as well as to promote a greater understanding of Japan within the United States. These events also contribute to community building and human resources development by providing a venue where Japanese exchange students and researchers living in the Washington D.C. area can interact with American students and researchers.

Event Schedule

Feb. 26 (Tue.)
Improving China-Japan Relations: Implications for Economic and Strategic Multilateralism in Asia
Mar. 4 (Mon.)
This is a closed event.
Mar. 5 (Tue.)
Corporate Governance Reforms as the Third Arrows of Abenomics
Mar. 8 (Fri.)
How should US and Japan respond to a possible China-Taiwan conflict?
Mar. 12 (Tue.)
Challenges of UN on Peacebuiding: Roles of US and Japan

Admission is free, but seating for these events is limited.

Event 1: Improving China-Japan Relations: Implications for Economic and Strategic Multilateralism in Asia

Date and Time

Feb. 26 (Tue.) 12:30p.m.-2:00p.m.


Room 505, The Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University
1957 E Street NW, DC 20052


In 2019, the Indo-Pacific region could have three mega free-trade agreements (FTAs): the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement). Although these FTAs will differ in quality, they all do not include the United States. China seeks to improve its ties with major countries in the region, such as Japan and India, to shape the regional rulemaking process for trade, investment, and infrastructure. Although Japan continues to be cautious about China’s global and regional economic initiatives, concerns about the Trump Administration’s trade policies and possible tariffs on automobiles have motivated Japan to consider working with China to build a regional economic order that could mitigate the negative effects of U.S. protectionist policies. During his visit to Beijing in October 2018, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared that the Sino-Japanese relationship was entering a new era of cooperation rather than competition. President Xi Jinping is scheduled to make his first visit to Japan as China’s leader when he attends the G20 Summit in Osaka in June 2019. This panel discussion will examine the economic and strategic implications of improving China-Japan relations for the United States and consider the advantages of multilateralism as opposed to bilateralism.

Mike M. Mochizuki
Associate Professor, The George Washington University
Takashi Terada
USJI Operating Advisor / Professor, Doshisha University
Albert Keidel
Adjunct Graduate Professor, The George Washington University / Former Deputy Director, Office of East Asian Nations, U.S. Treasury Department
Kuniko Ashizawa
Adjunct Professor, American University
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Co-hosted by

Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The George Washington University


Event 2:This is a closed event.

Event 3: Corporate Governance Reforms as the Third Arrows of Abenomics

Date and Time

Mar. 5 (Tue.) 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m.


Rome Building, Room 806, Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036


The year 2015 is referred to as the first year of real corporate governance (Kigyo-tochi gan-nen). Abenomics is not, however, only policy package that lead to any major change in corporate governance. What is new in Abenomics is that the governance reform clearly aims at promoting corporate growth.
Then natural questions are : Has the governance reforms as a growth strategy been successful? How much extent do they change governance arrangement among Japanese firms? Do they really influence the conservative behaviors of Japanese firms, and contribute to improve their corporate performance? This presentation addresses these questions, focusing on the two pillars of the reform, (1) Japanese-version Stewardship Code (JSC) that encourages the engagement of institutional investors in the business management and (2) the corporate governance code (CGC) that encourages firms to appoint independent directors and dissolve the cross-shareholding.

Hideaki Miyajima
Professor, Waseda University
Co-hosted by

Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University


Event 4: How should US and Japan respond to a possible China-Taiwan conflict?

Date and Time

Mar. 8 (Fri.) 3:00p.m.-4:30p.m.


Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service (SIS), American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Presentation Material by Professor Keiji Nakatsuji, Ritsumeikan University


There are three dangerous flashing points in East Asia. Along with Korean Peninsula and South China Sea, Taiwan Strait is one such point. In fact, China and US were on the verge of a military collision over Taiwan in 1996. China had a strong intention to even militarily prevent Taiwan’s move toward independence. US could not accept China to use military means to suppress the Taiwan’s desire. Luckily a war was avoided, but the relations among China, Taiwan, and US today were unchanged since then. That is to say Taiwan question is unresolved and it might invite another crisis at any moment if any of three countries misstepped. If a military collision between US and China happened, US forces will be dispatched mainly from US bases in Japan so that the possible crisis might inevitably involve Japan. Did US and Japan have a solid Taiwan policy respectively at that time? And do they have it now?

Carl LeVan
Associate Professor, American University
Robert S. Ross
Professor, Boston College
Keiji Nakatsuji
Operating Advisor, USJI /Professor, Ritsumeikan University
Philip Brenner
Professor of International Relations, American University
Sachio Nakato
Operating Advisor, USJI /Professor, Ritsumeikan University
Co-hosted by

School of International Service, American University

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Event 5: Challenges of UN on Peacebuilding: Roles of US and Japan

Date and Time

Mar. 12(Tue.) 2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.


USJI Office Seminar Room (2000M)
2000 M Street NW, B1, Washington D.C. 20036


The seminar will feature challenges of UN peacebuilding and mediation efforts in conflicted states such as South Sudan, Syria, and Iraq; we will also discuss how the United States and Japan can improve these nation-building enterprises. Dr. Daisaku Higashi, professor at Sophia University will share his ongoing research on challenges of peace-building and peace process of South Sudan, Syria, and Iraq (he just published “Challenges of Peacebuilding and Role of Japan as Global Facilitator” from USJI website http://www.us-jpri.org/en/voice/usji-voice-vol-39.) Dr. Henk-Jan Brinkman, Chief in Policy, Planning and Application Branch at UN Peacebuilding Support Office, will talk about his daily activities of supporting UN peacebuilding operations across the world; he will also share recent development of reforming UN Secretariat structure on peace and security. Dr. Tadashi Anno at Sophia Univ. who just publish his recent book, “National Identity and Great-Power Status in Russia and Japan: Non-Western Challengers to the Liberal International Order” (Routledge), will make comments based on his insights and research about Russia and its challenges to liberal international orders. Dr. Kazuhiro Maeshima at Sophia Univ. and one of the most famous scholars on US politics in Japan will moderate discussion, with exploring how US will engage with global efforts for peacebuilding.

Kazuhiro Maeshima
USJI Operating Advisor / Professor, Sophia University
Daisaku Higashi
Professor, Sophia University
Henk-Jan Brinkman
Chief, Policy Section, UN Peacebuilding Support Office

Tadashi Anno
Professor, Sophia University

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