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Commemorative Symposium for the Establishment of the U.S.-Japan Research Institute

May 05,2009

The Obama Administration and the Future of US-Japan Relations

Five of Japan’s top universities, Keio University, Kyoto University, Ritsumeikan University, The University of Tokyo, and Waseda University are planning to establish a new type of research institute, to be located in Washington D.C.
Japan and the US are confronting a variety of problems within the ongoing structual changes inglobal society. In order to work towards problem solution, the US-Japan Research Instituteendeavors to carry out applied research, publicize its carefully considered conclusion for practical needs, cultivate human resources to work on “over-the-horizon” issues, and to create a community where proposals addressing US-Japan issues are generated.

Date and Time

March 5, 2009, Thursday, from 14:00 – 18:25


Waseda University, Ono Auditorium

Program (Simultaneous Interpretation)

14:00 – 15:15
Speeches from initial advocates and executive organizers

“Establishment of the US-Japan Research lustitute”
Katsuhiko Shirai (President, Waseda University)

Congratulatory Speech

Kazuyoshi Umemoto (Director-General North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Kimito Kubo Deputy (Director-General, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

Keynote Speech and Q&A

“Continuity and Renewal in the U.S.-Japan Relationship”
James P. Zumwalt (Charge d’Affaires)

15:30 – 18:20
Speech by Moderator

Shotaro Yachi(Special Envoy of the Government of Japan Professor, Waseda University
Guest Professor, Keio University)

Speeches from professors of Japan’s top five universities

“The U.S. Presidential Power and the Obama Administration”
Satoshi Machidori (Professor, Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University)

“President Obama’s Place in American History”
Naoyuki Agawa (Professor, Keio University)

“Foreign Policy of the Obama Administration and Japan-U.S. Relations”
Akihiko Tanaka (Professor, the University of Tokyo)

“US and Diplomacy of East Asian Financial Cooperation”
Keiji Nakatsuji (Professor, Ritsumeikan University)

“The US environmental Policy and its Global Impacts”
Masahiko Gemma (Professor, Waseda University)

18:20 – 18:25
Closing Speech

Shuzo Nishimura (Executive Vice President, Kyoto University)

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