The structure of the international community has changed significantly in the past ten years. The relative standing of Japan has declined rapidly, and despite its overwhelming military strength, the influence of the U.S. on the international community has clearly declined. Meanwhile, China’s influence continues to rise as a result of its economic development, and it is garnering interest from countries worldwide. Considering the decline in the standing of the U.S. and Japan, it is unacceptable to restrict future American and Japanese research to a single country, and if we fail to conduct research U.S.-Japan relations that integrates the relative viewpoint of U.S.-China relations from the perspective of the U.S. and Japan in the world and Eastern Asia, we will no longer be able to deal with the problems facing us.
Future research on America and U.S.-Japan relationships must integrate both practical and academic aspects to cope with the structural changes in the international community. It is not enough to simply track the actual state of U.S.-Japan diplomatic issues, economic conditions, environmental issues, and so on. An academic analysis incorporating a medium to long-term perspective is required. At the same time, it is not enough to analyze the U.S.-Japanese political, economic and social landscape for the sake of academic interest. Research that responds to real-world needs is required.
Resolving the issues facing Japan and the U.S. stemming from the structural changes in the international community requires universities and businesses to collaborate to provide opportunities to conduct practical research founded on academic research principles that respond to real needs. Our academic research results will be implemented based on assumptions, suppositions and techniques that are mutually understood by U.S. and Japanese researchers. Practical research with political implications will be implemented to resolve actual problems facing the American and Japanese societies in the international community. The research results will periodically be published and provided to policy decision makers and corporate leaders. These research activities will enable us to influence government and corporate decision making in the U.S. and Japan.
To provide such opportunities, Japanese Top universities are setting up the U.S.-Japan Research Institute in Washington DC in collaboration with the business world. Top American and Japanese researchers will gather to jointly carry out research. Under their guidance, young researchers and employees from companies will have the opportunity to receive academic and practical training to help them resolve real-world problems. This will enable us to form an intellectual community that influences the decision-making of the top leaders in the U.S. and Japan, as well as encourage mutual understanding between the two countries.
We will also see the establishment of new U.S.-Japan relationships in the business world through a focus on mid-to-long term strategy.
The Board Chair
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